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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and camaraderie of amateur radio!"



Update. On-site Vendor Setup on Friday, October 19th has been extended until about 6 PM EDT.

Rain or shine, Hamfest Chattanooga is THE place to be on Saturday, October 20th.

While the weather forecast for Saturday, October 20th, continues to evolve, our Hamfest Team is making preparations for those wishing to move inside the Arena from the Outside Flea Market might be able to do so. We’ll see if we can wiggle the space some if the weather is wet on Saturday. We’d sure wouldn’t like to see those great deals getting wet! We don’t mind getting a bit cozy if you don’t! Inside tablespace is only $20 per 8-foot table and it’ll be nice and dry inside. Don’t let a little damp weather keep you away from Hamfest Chattanooga! We have 34,000 square feet of DRY space.

Hamfest Chattanooga Address:

Camp Jordan Arena
323 Camp Jordan Pkwy
East Ridge, TN 37412

FCC Test Session at Hamfest Chattanooga

Please note that the start time for the test session has been advanced to 8:30 AM EDT to help with overall event scheduling.  Thank you to the VE Team for their flexibility!

Talk-In / Talk-Out Service for Hamfest Chattanooga

The following systems will be used for talk-in / talk-out service for Hamfest Chattanooga:

FM Repeater:  Chattanooga Repeater K4VCM 146.790 / No Tone

Echolink K4VCM-R (Node 79190)

D-STAR Repeater W4PL Module C

D-STAR Reflector 077 Module C.

Note:  W4PL Module C and Reflector 077 Module C are linked.

Countdown to Hamfest Chattanooga 2018


One Convenient Place, Two Great Events, Something for Everyone With That “Love of Radio”:

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Hamfest Chattanooga 2018

A great city to visit, a great venue, and two seamless conventions:

  • 2018 Tennessee State ARRL Convention

  • 2018 Tennessee State D-STAR Convention


Hamfest Chattanooga’s Zello Channel is Now Operational.

If you have questions about our hamfest now or during the event, just connect via Zello and someone will help you.  Our channel is monitored most of the day.  If we’re not on-line, just leave a message.


Quick Notes:

  • Operating Notes:
    2018-07-24 The 146.610 Club Repeater is temporarily off-line but is expected to return to service very soon.
  • CARC Zello Channel.  Install the Zello App on your smartphone and get instant information via voice, text, images, etc.  Zello is a free app.  Learn more about it here.
  • Membership.
    The new membership & renewal form is available here.  We encourage you to join our club or renew your membership now.  We strongly encourage membership in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  They are the “voice of amateur radio.”

Details on most events may be found on the club web calendar.

The President’s Corner

Jim Gifford

Jim Gifford

Let me start by saying “Thank You” to everyone who has put faith in me for this position for the year 2018; let’s make it a great one.  As we look forward to a New Year and a personal view, I would like to ask that if anyone ever needs me, just reach out and ask.  We have a lot planned already for the year and it started with Winter Field Day at Chester Frost Park.  We also had one of our Saturday training sessions on LOTW.  I did not get to make it, but I did hear it was a great event.  Let me know what you would like some of these training sessions to be on, and let’s see if we can make them happen.

In February, we welcomed the National Weather Service back for SKYWARN Training. This is always a super evening of learning.  Hamfest season is well underway, with Orlando’s Hamcation, and Dalton, here closer to home. In our love for Amateur Radio, let’s always keep in mind that the club is nothing without our members. We pay to be a part of it and volunteer our time to make it great. I believe you have put together a great group to lead the club and I am honored to be one of them. Once again, please feel free to call me on the club phone or email me and let’s look forward to the year ahead. Until next time…

Jim Gifford / KM4MPF