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.

We had another Tech that aced the test!  Welcome Erin Howell to the world of HAM Radio!   He has said that he will try to be at the Christmas Dinner, so let’s all help him get started on the air.

  • 2018/12/14 – TSARC Christmas Dinner and Club Meeting.  This replaces the regular meeting.  Board Officer voting & Election.
  • 2018/11/08 – TSARC Club Meeting – Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1900 (7pm Eastern).  Board Officers will be nominated.
  • 2018/11/08 – ARRL VE test sessions.  Get your Tech, General or Extra license!  Every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1800 (6pm Eastern)
  • 2018/11/08 – 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)
  • 2018/10/23 – 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!
  • 2018/10/22 – 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!
  • 2018/10/20 – Chattanooga Area HAMFest – Saturday, October 20, 2018, Hours:  8 AM – 2 PM EDT, FCC Testing Session, 8:30 AM
  • 2018/10/11 – TSARC Club Meeting – Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1900 (7pm Eastern).
  • 2018/10/11 – ARRL VE test sessions.  Get your Tech, General or Extra license!  Every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1800 (6pm Eastern)
  • 2018/10/11 – 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)
  • 2018/09/17 – 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.
  • 2018/08/09 – 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!
  • 2018/06/11 – 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.

FCC Enforcement Advisory – Importation and Use of Non-Certified Radios

December 8, 2018

The importation and use of non-certified radios continues to be a hot item for discussion in the Amateur Radio community.  The primary issue is that such radios are being marketed to the non-ham community and are often used by non-licensed individuals on Amateur Radio frequencies.

Use of Amateur Radio frequencies is only for use by properly licensed individuals.  Simply because a radio can use a frequency, doesn’t mean it’s legal for even a licensed individual to do so.  See the full article here.

“While much of this equipment is actually usable on Amateur bands, the radios are also capable of operation on non-amateur frequencies allocated to radio services that require the use of equipment that has been FCC-certified,” ARRL said.  “Such equipment is being marketed principally to the general public via mass e-marketers and not to Amateur Radio licensees.”

ARRL said the upshot is that the general public has been purchasing these radios in large quantities, and they are being used on the air by unlicensed individuals. “

“Radio amateurs have complained of increased, unlicensed use of amateur allocations by people who are clearly unlicensed and unfamiliar with Amateur radio operating protocols,” ARRL said.  But while it supports the general tenor and intent of the Enforcement Advisory, ARRL said it disagrees with the FCC on one point.

“In several places, the Enforcement Advisory makes the point that ‘anyone importing, advertising or selling such noncompliant devices should stop immediately, and anyone owning such devices should not use them,’” ARRL pointed out.  “The Advisory broadly prohibits the ‘use’ of such radios, but our view is that there is no such prohibition relative to licensed Amateur Radio use — entirely within amateur allocations — of a radio that may be capable of operation in non-amateur spectrum, as long as it is not actually used to transmit in non-amateur spectrum.

ARRL has had extensive discussions about this issue with FCC Wireless Bureau and Enforcement Bureau staff, and those discussions are ongoing.

“It is important to protect the flexibility of the Amateur Service as essentially an experimental radio service, but it is also very important to stop the unlawful importation and marketing of illegal radios in the United States and the use of those radios by unlicensed persons,” ARRL maintained.  “We will keep our members informed as our discussions with FCC on this subject continue.”

Make sure you stay legal, only transmit where you are legally licensed to do so.

Starting Sunday July 29th at 7 PM Eastern on the N4LMC Digital Systems,  will be the Young Operators Digital Voice Net.

Net control will be 9 year old, Extra class Danielle, KE8JNU.  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
  • N4LMC DMR – 444.7125 – Lookout Mountain (Talkgroup 31012, Timeslot 2)
  • W4PL DMR – 444.150 – Signal Mountain (Talkgroup 31012, Timeslot 2)

Radio Amateur to Pay $18,000, Face Restricted Privileges to Settle FCC Interference Case

August 2, 2018

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) proposing to fine Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, $18,000 “for apparently causing intentional interference and for apparently failing to provide station identification on amateur radio frequencies,” the FCC said.

“Mr. Materne was previously warned regarding this behavior in writing by the Enforcement Bureau and, given his history as a repeat offender, these apparent violations warrant a significant penalty,” the FCC said in the NAL, released on July 25.

See the full 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!