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 for more information or if there is any way that we can be of assistance to you.
We had another great testing session, 2 new HAMS! Welcome Mark Beard – KN4VGL and Buddy Pevehouse – KN4VGM to the wonderful world of HAM Radio!
Let’s all share a round of applause and let them know we’ll look for them on the air.
Field Day 2019 is in the books! TSARC Field Day was held at the Cedar Grove Community Center in beautiful McLemore Cove (click the link for Google Maps). The address is 5395 West Cove Road, Chickamauga, GA 30707. We’ll had 2 stations setup along with a GOTA station and a Yaesu FT-991A for folks to play on and make individual contacts! This is a great location that presents us with unique challenges to Field Day operation. Field Day setup started early Saturday morning (June 22) and officially started at 2PM and ran until 2PM Sunday June 23. We also had Fusion, D-Star and DMR setup along with various Hotspots setup for show and tell, as well as allowing folks to get on the air via those and just get some hands on with digital radio!
We even had a 10 meter contact made in Maryland via an Equestrian Mobile station! I’m willing to bet that we had the only one of those for a very large radius of our site, if not the only one! We also had several HAMS working satellites! And… we had over 16 YL’s attend, with most of them being licensed HAMS! The food was unbelievable, there was pork BBQ, Ribs, a Low Crab Boil, so may sides and desserts that they can’t be listed.. Oh, and a breakfast Sunday morning, Eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, plus so much more.. it was just an awesome time!
The event was open to the public and we had plenty of walk-ins as well as public officials come by and visit! We also had walk-ins stop by that wanted to schedule license testing and we had multiple new club memberships! We are putting pictures up in the TSARC 2019 Field Day Photo Album as fast as we can, if you have additional pics, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Filed Day, see the ARRL Field Day website.
The National Weather Service Office in Nashville is hosting free, yes free, weather classes. All you need is a laptop. Classes begin next month. This is also the first spring the classes have been offered by the weather service. The courses started in Fall 2018.
Classes such as radar, flash flooding, and observations in 3-D begin next week. The first class being offered is ‘The Radar: Reflectivity, Velocity, and Dual Polarization,’ which begins at 7:00PM on Monday April 1st. The classes are an extension of the SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program that’s been offered for decades. No prior training is needed before attending the classes. Plan for a one hour class, with time afterwards for questions. This is an online class, Click here to sign up!
Just a friendly reminder to anyone who has been studying for your General Class license or upgrade, the current pool of questions will not be valid after June 30th 2019. If you plan to test or upgrade you need to do so soon or wait until the new questions are out and new test study / help is available!
- 2019/07/11 – TSARC Club Meeting – Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1900 (7pm Eastern).
- 2019/07/11 – ARRL VE test sessions. Get your Tech, General or Extra license! Every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 1800 (6pm Eastern)
- 2019/07/11 – 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)
- 2019/06/22 & 06/23 – 2019 Field Day – Field Day will start June 22 at 10AM and run until 11AM Sunday June 23. See above for more info.
- 2019/05/10 – Updated TSARC Rules of Conduct. Please familiarize yourself with these “common sense” rules!
- 2019/03/08 – Join the new TAG Digital Voice Nets on Wednesday nights! 1930, Fusion Wires-X – 2000, D-Star & 2030 DMR. See LMARC for more details.
- 2019/05/06 – YouTube videos to learn all about Fusion and the new PDN modes, presented by Yaesu. Tons of great info!
- 2019/03/12 – Join in on the 10 meter fun with the Walker Cty ARES Group, Tuesday, 7:30pm on the W4GTA 145.350. NC will lead from there.
- 2019/02/01 – SKYWARN Spotter Training Class – You MUST register (see link to left). See here for the SkyWarn Weather Spotters Filed Guide.
- 2018/12/26 – We now accept Paypal online for new and renewal Memberships as well as tax deductible Donations!
- 2018/12/26 – 287 Wire Antennas for HAMs is available! Check out this document, amazing content, diagrams and more in our files section.
- 2018/12/19 – TSARC Christmas Dinner pictures have been uploaded! If you have more, send them to w4edp AT tristatesarc DOT com.
- 2018/12/14 – TSARC Christmas Dinner and Club Meeting. This replaces the regular meeting. Board Officer voting & Election.
- 2018/10/20 – Chattanooga Area HAMFest – Saturday, October 20, 2018, Hours: 8 AM – 2 PM EDT, FCC Testing Session, 8:30 AM
- 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.
Wednesday evenings beginning at 7:30 PM Eastern on the N4LMC Digital Systems
TAG Digital Nets: TAG (which stands for TN, AL GA) are held each Wednesday night for Fusion/C4FM and D-Star. These are digital only nets and they are off to a great start! The TAG Fusion net is held on Wednesday nights from 7:30 – 8:30 PM Eastern time. The TAG D-Star net follows starting at 8:30 and running until 9:30 PM Eastern time. The TAG DMR net has been combined with the TDARG (TN Digital Amateur Radio Group) and is held on Friday nights at 9:00 PM. See below for connection information and check out our Nets page for more information, days and times.
The focus of the net will be PDN/HRI operation, setup, HRI-200, and registration questions. This net will answer questions, however it will not have technical support available to answer in depth questions. Depending on the question, answers may not be available. You can also reach technical support during normal business hours.
Join the conversation on the TAG Fusion Net by using one of the following methods:
- Wires-X N4LMC X 442.650 – located atop Lookout Mountain
- Wires-X N4LMC 442.725 – located atop Signal Mountain
- HRI-200’s (in digital operation only), you may connect to Room 43369
- FTM-100D, FTM-400DR/XDR & FT-2D use PDN/HRI modes – Room 43369
- YSF Room “US SOUTHEASTLINK”, Room # 95984
- D-Star XREF N4LMC 145.160 – located atop Lookout Mountain
- D-Star XREF W4RRG 444.725 – located atop Signal Mountain
- D-Star XReflector system XRF205-D and XLX205-D
- DMR via the TGIF Network, TalkGroup SOUTHEAST-LINK #43389
Join the conversation on the TAG D-Star Net by using one of the following methods:
- D-Star XREF N4LMC-C 145.160 – located atop Lookout Mountain
- D-Star XREF W4RRG-B 444.725 – located atop Signal Mountain
- D-Star DPLus KA4RVT-C 145.330 – located in Dalton, GA
- D-Plus Reflector REF030A
- XReflector XRF139-A
Join the conversation on the TN DARG DMR Net by using one of the following methods:
- DMR N4LMC 444.7125 Brandmeister TG3147 TS2 – located atop Lookout Mountain
- DMR W4PL 444.150 Brandmeister TG3147 TS2 – located atop Signal Mountain
- Brandmeister Talkgroup 3147
See LMARC’s Net page for information on all the nets that our systems carry that you can join in on. Join in on these nets, they won’t exist without participation and interest. Many of these nets are also looking for Net Control persons and Alternate Net Control persons!
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.
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 $20 per year, it costs less than 1/3 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, It’s not the class of license the amateur holds, it’s the class of the amateur who holds the license”!