Welcome!

Welcome to the home of W4GTA, the Tri-States Amateur Radio Club!

The Tri-States Amateur Radio Club is a widely-based group of amateur radio operators, primarily located in NW Georgia and surrounding areas, who gather together for camaraderie, fun and to further our hobby.  We enjoy all aspects and modes of Amateur Radio, Analog as well as Digital modes, from lower HF frequencies all the way up to frequencies you probably weren’t even aware of!  All persons interested in learning about Amateur Radio are welcome to and to be a part of our meetings and/or events!  The TSARC also maintains a Facebook presence, our Facebook page is located here: https://www.facebook.com/tristatesarc/Contact Us here for more information or if there is any way that we can be of assistance to you.

 


 

 

Well, testing went great!  Hit all three license levels tonight at the TSARC testing session,

New Technician Zachary, New General Michael, and New Extra Fred (with only 1 wrong answer to boot)!!!

 

 

 

  • 2018/09/17 – The Cherokee Capital Amateur Radio Society would like to invite you all to our Monday September 17, 2018 meeting at 7pm. John Kludt K4SQC will be making a presentation on satellite contacting. We think you will find this informative and exciting. Our meeting is held at the Gordon County Agricultural Service 1282 GA-53 Spur Calhoun Georgia 30701 Our meeting starts at 7pm and snacks and refreshments will be served. Hope to see you all there, and look forward to getting to know you all better.
  • 2018/09/13 – TSARC Club Meeting – Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1900 (7pm Eastern).
  • 2018/09/13 – ARRL VE test sessions.  Get your Tech, General or Extra license!  Every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1800 (6pm Eastern)
  • 2018/09/13 – Pre-Meeting Eating Meeting. Join us for a nice sit down dinner and Executive Board Meeting.  Every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1700 (5pm Eastern)
  • 2018/08/09 – Come join us for an evening of D-Star “101”.  We’ll have radios, hotspots, & computers setup so that you can learn and put hands on!
  • 2018/08/09 – TSARC Club Meeting – Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1900 (7pm Eastern).
  • 2018/08/09 – ARRL VE test sessions.  Get your Tech, General or Extra license!  Offered every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1800 (6pm Eastern)
  • 2018/07/31 – NW GA ARES Net – Every Tuesday evening @  1930 (7:30pm Eastern) on the 145.350 W4GTA Club Repeater (100.0 Hz tone required).  Join in on discussions ranging from Public Safety and Emergency Services to what happened in your neck of the woods over the last week.  You don’t have to be an ARES Member to join, but we would sure like you to become one of us!
  • 2018/07/30 – TSARC Club Net – Every Monday evening @ 1900 (7pm Eastern) on the 145.350 W4GTA Club Repeater (100.0 Hz tone required).  We’re bringing the net back!  Join in for fun and camaraderie, the more the merrier!
  • 2018/06/11 – Added information on new GA Hands Free Law to Documents page.
  • 2018/06/11 – Check out the new Coverage Maps page.  You can get a good idea of where you expect usable coverage and/or dead spots for our systems.

 


Starting Sunday July 29th at 7 PM Eastern on the W4EDP Digital Systems,  will be the Young Operators Digital Voice Net.

Net control will be Danielle KE8JNU (9 years old). This net is geared toward topics of interest for school age young people, either licensed or 3rd party with a licensed operator present.  But even though this is focused on younger operators, all are welcome to participate.  The goal is to enhance discussion of ideas while fostering the development of operating principles and techniques for young people.  Let’s help our young people get interested in our hobby, join in, contribute, Elmer them!

 

Join the conversation via D-STAR or DMR on one of the following:

  • W4RRG-C D-Star – 145.160 – Lookout Mountain
  • W4RRG-B D-Star – 444.725 – Signal Mountain
  • W4EDP DMR – 444.7125 – Lookout Mountain (Talkgroup 31012, Timeslot 2)
  • W4PL DMR – 444.150 – Signal Mountain (Talkgroup 31012, Timeslot 2)

 


Radio Amateur to Pay $7,000, Face Restricted Privileges to Settle FCC Interference Case

July 4, 2018

The US Department of Justice and the FCC have reached a settlement with Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, to resolve allegations that Crow intentionally interfered with the communications of other Amateur Radio operators and failed to properly identify. The core component of the settlement calls on Crow to pay $7,000 to the US Treasury, the FCC and US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott W. Brady announced in separate July 3 news releases. In addition, Crow’s Amateur Extra class license will be restricted to Technician class…

See the press release for the entire article.  http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateur-to-pay-7-000-face-restricted-privileges-to-settle-fcc-interference-case

 


A Bit About Us

The TSARC owns and operates one of the amateur radio repeaters in the NW Georgia area.  Our W4GTA 2 meter repeater located high atop (2473′ ASL) Lookout Mountain in GA, operates on 145.350 (minus offset & a pl tone of 100.0 Hz) and is open to all properly licensed Amateur Radio Operators.  The W4GTA repeater has some of the best coverage in this area, it covers all of NW GA, South down toward Calhoun, West into Alabama as well as Chattanooga, TN and North.

If you would like to help support our efforts to maintain this repeater and it’s coverage, think about joining the Tri-States Amateur Radio Club.  At only $18 per year, it costs less than 1/2 of a cheap cup of coffee per month!

Also, some of our members own, operate and maintain repeaters and other types of systems that are open for all properly licensed Amateur Radio Operators to use.  You can find out more about many of these systems by checking out our Repeater Listings.

Come try us out, we think you’ll find what your looking for here!

The TSARC is an ARRL (American Radio Relay League) affiliated club and we encourage all of our members to become and remain ARRL members.  For more information visit the ARRL TSARC Club page.  We also offer ARRL Volunteer Examiners (VE’s) to help you obtain your license.  We can test for Technician, General and Extra Class and generally offer a test session 1 hour prior to our Monthly Club Meeting. (Please Contact Us prior to the month you want to test so we can make sure that we can accommodate your needs.)

We are very good at communicating!  If you’re having a public event where communications are important, we might be able to help.  Amateur Radio Operators assist in events such as bike races, triathlons, parades, large events and more.  All the practice we get from helping out, is preparing us for emergencies that we hope we’ll never have to deal with.  Let us know if we can help by Contacting Us.

 


 

A brief note: The key to success on the air is described by one word: Courtesy. There’s no other way to explain how hundreds of thousands of Amateur Radio Operators can share the same radio frequencies all over the world with minimum interference and conflict. If you keep courtesy at the front of your mind you’ll rarely have difficulty on the air. An attentive and courteous operator is welcome on our systems!

With that said, what we really want is for YOU to have fun and enjoy this hobby!