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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and comraderie of amateur radio!"


Quick Notes:

  • Our next club meeting is Thursday, September 7 @ 7 PM (6 PM EDT for FCC Test Session) at the Red Cross Building on South Access Road near Chickamauga Dam.
  • Amateur Radio Parity Act FAQ.  A new FAQ has been issued by the ARRL about this important legislation.
  • Dipole Antenna Stabilizer.  A simple stabilizer “trick” suggested by Mr. Antenna (Phil Mullins W4PRE) solved my dipole antenna’s tendency to roll with in high winds.
  • 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.”

The President’s Corner

New YL Net.
The new YL Net premiered on Monday night, August 7th at 8 PM EDT on the 442.650 Repeater.  Twelve lady hams joined in the inaugural net.  The YL Net is scheduled for every Monday night…same time, same channel.  Terri Perdue N9ZEN did a great job officiating as Net Control.  Additional activities are being planned so stay tuned for more info.

BBouvet Island DXpeditionouvet Island DXpedition.
At our July meeting, George Nicholson N4GRN of the Bouvet Island DXpedition wowed our membership with a great presentation on the upcoming expedition (January 2018).  Bouvet Island has been dubbed the most remote place on earth and is the 2nd most sought DX entity.  I’m very proud of our club for its warm reception to George and the DXpedition and particularly so for the membership’s voluntary, voted-on decision to make a substantial donation to the expedition.  George graciously made the trip from Atlanta to speak with our membership.  The Bouvet Island DXpedition is the BIG thing in the DXing world this year. A few photos are available here.

CARC ARRL Special Service Club

ARRL Special Service Club Recognition.
I’m very pleased to announce that our club has been recognized by the ARRL as an ARRL Special Service Club (SSC). This honor is bestowed only upon clubs that embody the best of principles and practices to encourage the growth of Amateur Radio.  We genuinely appreciate the honor and the hard work of our membership to maintain and adhere to those high principles and putting their “love of radio” into action. Well done Club!

ARRL Field Day 2017 was a rousing success.  Photos are available here and on the club’s Facebook page for viewing. Thanks to everyone that helped or participated with special kudos to Jim Gifford KM4MPF, Field Day Manager and to Bill Crowell N4WBC for the great Field Day Tee Shirts.

FCC and OSHA Release Communications Tower Best Practices Guide.
Many ham radio operators have communications towers for antennas, weather stations, data links, and other gear. Tower selection, installation, ownership, use, and community/neighborhood relations often pose a challenging scenario for tower-owning hams.  Safety issues often come to the forefront when humans and towers mix or are in close proximity.  The FCC & OSHA have issued a new best practices guide for commercial tower owners, workers, and others. Click here to review the guide.  While most of the guide deals with commercial towers, it has some great suggestions which can be helpful to hams as well.  I encourage you to read it.  Keep your tower safe for you, your family, and your neighbors.


Gary Ownsby, CARC President 2016

Gary Ownsby, CARC President 2017


Gary S. Ownsby AK4ZX
President 2017
CARC Director 2017-2019
ARRL Life Member
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

Club Phone:  423-308-3477