Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

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CARC Christmas Gathering Luncheon 2022

After a pause for the last couple of years due to COVID, the CARC Executive Board is pleased to invite you to attend a Christmas Gathering Luncheon.  Details are as follows:

Date:  Saturday, December 17, 2022
Time:  Noon to 2 PM ET (End Time is Approx.)
Where:  Hixson United Methodist Church, 5301 Old Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343
How Much:  $7.00 for Adults (12 & Over); $5.00 for Kids (Under 12)
Payment Types Accepted:  Cash Only (No Credit or Debit Cards)
Event Type:  On-Site Catered by Family Concessions, LLC; Self-Serve
RSVP:  Required (Click Here to RSVP Your Intention to Attend)

The scheduling for this event is designed for those that do not wish to drive at night so please take advantage of daylight to come and enjoy the great meal and visit your ham radio family as another year draws to a close.

Light entertainment is planned but no formal program will be presented…just fun and pleasant fellowship as we celebrate the Christmas Season.

This event is primarily intended for CARC members and their families, though non-members are welcome to attend as well.

As we must have a minimum number of attendees for our Christmas Gathering, it is VERY important that you RSVP to this event.  Using the on-line form is simple, easy and makes it easy for event planners to keep everything squared away to make the event enjoyable.  PLEASE use the form to RSVP.

If you have any questions about the event, please send an email to “events@w4am.net“.

We look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Gathering Luncheon!

Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Website:  https://www.w4am.net
Club Phone Number:  423-308-3477

“Preparedness Through Communications & Self-Reliance”

Several of our forum presentations were video recorded and will be placed on this website soon.

The APRS Forum Presentations are available at the links below:

Part 1 is available here.
Part 2 is available here.
Part 3 is available here.

Free Radios.
Hamfest Chattanooga 2022 was pleased to present QRZ-1 Radios to those that passed their Technician Class License exam.  Though the QRZ-1 is intentionally designed to be easy to program via the keypad, there are other options available too.

David Baughn, WW4DB, suggests considering the following:

  • The latest version of CHIRP (20221012)  includes the QRZ-1 radio.  It’s under vendor,  “Explorer” and the radio is QRZ-1.  *Does require the additional purchase of a TYT UV88 programming cable.
  • There is also an RT-Systems software version available as well.

Congratulations to all those that passed their Tech Test.  Welcome to the world of Amateur Radio!

Welcome to the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club.​

Next Monthly Club Meeting
Thursday, November 3, 2022

5:45 PM EDT FCC Test Session
7:00 PM EDT Club Meeting

New Meeting Venue:

Hixson United Methodist Church
5301 Old Hixson Pike
Hixson, TN 37343

Beginning in May 2022, our meetings will be at Hixson United Methodist Church.  It’s a great venue in a welcoming environment.  Come join us for our first meeting in our new venue.

The Lone Ranger Wellness Net

The net was created as a daily check-in for members of the amateur radio community, no matter their QTH, who wish to have someone check in on them to make sure they’re OK. So, if you live alone, you are disabled, if you need some help with a chore, or you’re just wanting someone to check in on you, then this net is here for you.

Join us nightly on the Chattanooga TN repeater 146.790 or on Echolink Node 79190.

To learn more, visit their website.

Club members David Dickey, KN4TEM, and Dale Wykoff, N5EIA, gave an excellent presentation on digital modes at our August club meeting.

It was a perfect blend of a digital overview, comparisons between modes, and probably best of all, a successful, working, homebuilt & home-designed Winlink interface between a computer and a Baofeng HT radio.

After the main presentation, David & Dale demonstrated the working Winlink client station by connecting to a Winlink gateway about 12 miles away.

Their presentation is available for viewing here.  We hope you enjoy their great presentation.

FCC RF Exposure Guidelines - How To Calculate

After last month’s presentation on the FCC’s RF Exposure Guidelines, Mac Thomas, WT4BT, compiled the following information to assist you in calculating RF exposure for your own station(s).

CLICK HERE TO VIEW

A Future Ham Radio Operator
Katie B. operates an HF radio under the supervision of a licensed ham radio operator.
Stephen Hamill KN4NSZ
13-Year Old, Stephen Hamill listens intently for radio traffic during ARRL Field Day.
Ham Radio Always Draws A Crowd
Kids have fun, parents & grandparents beam as they watch their children learn ham radio.
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Curious about using Amateur Radio to communicate with Ham Radio Satellites circling the earth? The Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a program at this Thursday night’s monthly club meeting (January 6, 2022) about “How to Work Amateur Satellites with Your HT”.
 
The Zoom-based program will be presented by Clint Bradford, K6LCS, ARRL Legacy Circle Member, Registered Instructor, and an AMSAT Ambassador. Participation by coming to our meeting location or if you can’t be there, use Zoom to log in and enjoy. As a benefit of membership, CARC members have first dibs on available Zoom slots; however, we may have extra space for non-club members to join us. If you’re a non-member and wish to participate let us know now by sending an email to ham-sat@w4am.net.
 
Clint, K6LCS, has been a ham since 1994, and found his niche in the hobby: working amateur satellites with minimal equipment and telling ALL about it! He has served as a liaison between NASA, the ARISS team, and schools coordinating amateur radio contacts between the International Space Station and students (and orchestrated a wildly successful ARISS contact). Audiences have never found his presentation slides “wordy” nor dull. Trivia questions are included throughout the session–audiences are never bored.
 
Zoom check-ins will begin shortly before 7 PM ET Thursday night with the actual program starting around 7:15 PM ET.
Curious about using Amateur Radio to communicate with Ham Radio Satellites circling the earth? The Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a program at this Thursday night’s monthly club meeting (January 6, 2022) about “How to Work Amateur Satellites with Your HT”.
 
The Zoom-based program will be presented by Clint Bradford, K6LCS, ARRL Legacy Circle Member, Registered Instructor, and an AMSAT Ambassador. Participation by coming to our meeting location or if you can’t be there, use Zoom to log in and enjoy. As a benefit of membership, CARC members have first dibs on available Zoom slots; however, we may have extra space for non-club members to join us. If you’re a non-member and wish to participate let us know now by sending an email to ham-sat@w4am.net.
 
Clint, K6LCS, has been a ham since 1994, and found his niche in the hobby: working amateur satellites with minimal equipment and telling ALL about it! He has served as a liaison between NASA, the ARISS team, and schools coordinating amateur radio contacts between the International Space Station and students (and orchestrated a wildly successful ARISS contact). Audiences have never found his presentation slides “wordy” nor dull. Trivia questions are included throughout the session–audiences are never bored.
 
Zoom check-ins will begin shortly before 7 PM ET Thursday night with the actual program starting around 7:15 PM ET.