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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and camaraderie of amateur radio!"

Welcome Our Forum Presenters

ARRL

Keith Miller N9DGK

 

 

Keith is the current ARRL Section Manager for Tennessee.

He is responsible for carrying out the duties of the office in accordance with ARRL policies established by the Board of Directors and shall act in the best interests of Amateur Radio.

Keith brings a wealth of knowledge about issues affecting Amateur Radio and what may lie on the road ahead.

Website:  www.tnarrl.org

ARRL

Steve Ewald WV1X
 
Steve holds an Amateur Extra Class and is the ARRL Field Organization Supervisor who helps provide administrative support and guidance to Section Managers and Field Organization appointees.
 
He has been a staff member at ARRL Headquarters for 36 years, and is active as a club officer for the Newington Amateur Radio League and the Connecticut Chapter of QCWA.
 
Steve is originally from Knoxville, and was first licensed as a radio amateur in 1972. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
 
Forum Topics*:
  • Proposed ARES Strategic Plan
  • New ARRL Volunteer Monitoring Program
Website:  www.arrl.org

Paradan Radio

Daniel (Dan) Gravereaux N1ZZ

Dan holds an Amateur Extra Class and is the founder of West Mountain Radio.  Since his retirement, he continues to contribute his considerable audio and amateur radio expertise to the development of new products that are smarter, easier to use and offer greater connectivity with PCs and the internet.

Dan’s new company, Paradan Radio, provides cutting-edge equipment in the field of DC power in the shack and protective gear for ham radio.

Forum Topic*:  Hamshack DC, Batteries, and Lightning Safety

Website:  www.paradanradio.com

D-STAR

John Davis WB4QDX

 

John holds an Amateur Extra Class and has been licensed since 1969. He has been in wireless communications of various types throughout his professional career.

He built his first VHF repeater in 1975 in Nashville, his first UHF repeater in 1982 installed on Stone Mountain in Georgia and has been involved with VHF and UHF repeaters of various modes

Having professional roots in early cellular digital communications, he became interested in digital voice and data modes for Amateur Radio and in 2009 secured a $250,000 grant from Georgia Emergency Management Agency to build out D-STAR systems across Georgia.

John is currently involved with various digital modes and serves in the Georgia Section of ARES promoting and teaching digital modes for emergency communications. He has conducted D-STAR forums, seminars and training across the country including D-STAR InfoCon at Dayton Hamvention for several years.

Professionally, he is the system administrator and manager of a large P25 Public Safety communications system for Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Website:  www.dstarinfo.com

D-STAR

Ed Woodrick WA4YIH

 

Ed holds an Amateur Extra Class and has been licensed since 2000. 

Ed started in digital radio 30 years ago with Civil Air Patrol, creating the National Digital Radio Network, combing HF and VHF packet networks for a cross continental data transfer network. Ed participated in the Peachtree Road Race for over 20 years and in the 90’s created a Packet Medical Response System that consisted of a database of all runners accessed by up to 10 medical facilities around the finish line. At each facility, a packet radio station was deployed and allowed operators to perform admits, discharges, and lookup patient information.

In 2008, Ed created DSTARInfo.com, one of the most popular D-STAR websites on the Internet. DSTARInfo.com provides a number of features that help users get on D-STAR, including the ability to update the database in the radios. Ed has led the Friday Evening D-STAR gathering at the Dayton Hamvention for many years and works alongside of John Davis, WB4QDX and Robin Cutshaw AA4RC to implement and maintain many of the Georgia based D-STAR repeaters.

Website:  www.dstarinfo.com

Icom America

Ray Novak, N9JA

Ray began his career in 1988 at MFJ Enterprises as an electronics technician after graduating from Northeast Mississippi Community College. From there he moved into international sales, later adding domestic sales to his role as sales manager. He credits Martin Jue, founder of MFJ, as an early career mentor and coach.

He joined Icom America in 1994 starting in technical support, moving to district sales manager in 1995, national sales manager in 1999, and division manager in 2002 – where he is responsible for all amateur radio and receiver sales. He credits his advancement to hard work, street smarts, and coaching/guidance from his colleagues Hiro Nakaoka, president; Bob Carey, retired vice president; Chris Lougee, vice president, and Nick Pennance, former vice president.

Click here to learn more about Ray and his interesting career in our “Friends of Hamfest Chattanooga” section.

Hamfest Chattanooga and Icom America is pleased to introduce a “One-on-One Forum” experience.  To provide the maximum possible time for those interested in D-STAR, Icom America as made its forum time available to the D-STAR Forum.  Ray will be available for a one-to-one forum with him at the Icom Booth.  How’s that for a personal touch?

Website:  www.icomamerica.com

YL Forum

Catherine Andrews AC4YL

Melanie Glemser AG4YL

Catherine Andrews AC4YL
Catherine was first licensed as KK4UBQ back in September 2013, upgraded to General Class License in April 2014, then upgraded to Amateur Extra Class license in December 2016 taking KW4PE before acquiring the vanity callsign AC4YL.  Believe it or not, a British TV mini-series called “Wish Me Luck” about underground wireless operators (including women) during WWII in France is what sparked her interest in amateur radio

She founded the YL Op Net back in October 2014 and this net is still active on the Echolink ALARA Conference every Thursday evening at 8pm Eastern year round.  The purpose of the net is to encourage YLs everywhere to become and stay active in amateur radio, enhance our operating knowledge and skills, share ham radio experiences, and have fun!

She enjoys contesting, activating parks for WWFF/KFF (before that had a blast activating parks for NPOTA with Melanie AG4YL back in 2016), encouraging other YLs to participate and have fun in amateur radio, doing YL forums at major hamfests in the Southeast with Melanie AG4YL, “chasing paper”, and exploring the many aspects of this wonderful hobby.


Melanie Glemser AG4YL
Licensed in 2014, Melanie enjoys contesting, portable operations, chasing DX and learning new ways to “play radio”.

She started participating in the YL Op net soon after she was licensed to find out if there was a place for her, being a YL, in amateur radio.  The answer?  Yes, there is!  It was finding that answer for herself that really inspired her to help other YLs find their own place in amateur radio.

“Having been fortunate to have some wonderful Elmers and Elmiras (YL Elmers), I wanted to give back to the hobby and help others, especially YLs, who often don’t have that built-in system of mentoring that the OMs do.”


Please join them for a look into YLs in Amateur Radio.  OM (Old Men) are welcome to participate in these forums…who knows you might learn a thing or two.  🙂

Forum Topics*: 

Part 1:  “YLs in Amateur Radio:  Then, Now, and On Into the Future”

Part 2:  “YLs in Amateur Radio:  Echolink and Contesting Basics and Demonstrations”

*Forum presenters and topics are subject to change.