Welcome!

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

The Tri-States Amateur Radio Club (TSARC) 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.



The TSARC 2019 Christmas Dinner was an awesome success!

We gathered together for dinner, (along with the official bits of the monthly club meeting), a great time together, some really good food thanks to Park Place Restaurant, some great give aways and prizes!

David Brunner, N4SUO got to take home a brand new Yaesu FT-70DR HT!  Rick Wright, KI4P took home the top gift certificate complements of KM4MPF Sales!  There were other gift certificates given away compliments of Down Range Custom Creations and KC4CCL, Park Place Restaurant and a ton of other prizes for the ladies, children and guys!  We even had a magician there to entertain the kids and some grown-ups!

Check out the photos from last night, everyone had a great time and it shows!  If you took pictures and you would like to see them in the TSARC Club Photo Album, you can send them here and we will get them posted as soon as possible.


We had another great testing session, another new HAM!

Welcome to the fun and excitement of HAM radio, the world’s greatest hobby!  Now that you’ve earned your license or upgrade, you probably can’t wait to get on the air and make use of those privileges, and we’d like to do our part to help you get going.  If there is anything that we can do to help you get going, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any club member, we want to hear you on the air!

Let’s Welcome, Jim Fontenot – Technician, KO4ACK, to the wonderful world of HAM radio!


Join in with us on the weekly TSARC Club Net!

We have a great time every Monday evening beginning at 7pm eastern time.  We welcome announcements from any station, regardless of club affiliation, as long as they are HAM radio related.  Announce your clubs meetings, nets, local HAM Fest, etc.  We’ll accept checkins from mobile, portable, short time, in and out stations along with Echolink and Allstar stations first.  We move onto all other checkins, any mode, anywhere and start taking comments from all.

We usually will have a question and / or topic for the evening just to add a little fun and camaraderie.  We’ll follow all that up with time for Tech Q&A, this can be a question, an announcement or just a FYI statement.  After that, we’ll take time for a Swap Shop, you can buy, sell, swap anything as long as it’s a) HAM Radio related and b) you are selling personal.. nothing business related.

Join the TSARC Club Net via one of the following:

  • W4GTA 145.350 Repeater – minus 0.600khz offset and a 100.0hz tone required – located atop Lookout Mountain in GA
  • N4LMC 224.560 Repeater – minus 1.6mhz offset and a 146.2hz tone required – located atop Lookout Mountain in GA
  • N4LMC 144.920 Repeater – no offset and a 146.2hz tone required – located atop Signal Mountain in TN
  • Echolink – W4EDP-R, Node 9058
  • Echolink – Conference Server *SELINK*
  • Allstar – N4LMC Node 46145
  • Allstar – N4LMC Node 46530

Join the Walker County ARES Net on a Simplex “hop around”.

We’ll be utilizing simplex on both 10 meters and 2 meters to hone our skills, as well as test our radios and antennas!  We’ll start on the W4GTA 145.350 (100 Hz tone), and follow net control’s directions from there.

  • January 28, 2020 @ 1930: 10 meter Simplex – Frequencies will be announced at net time on the W4GTA 145.350.
  • February 1, 2020 @ 1930: 2 meter Simplex – Frequencies will be announced at net time on the W4GTA 145.350.


Wednesday evenings beginning at 7:30 PM Eastern on the N4LMC Digital Systems

TAG Multi-Mode Digital Net: (TAG, which stands for TN, AL GA) is held each Wednesday night at 7:30 PM Eastern.  This is a digital only net and is off to a great start!  The TAG D-Star (D-Plus Only) net follows starting at 8:30 PM Eastern time.

The TDARG (TN Digital Amateur Radio Group) is held each Friday night at 9:00 PM Eastern. See below for connection information and check out our Nets page for more information, days and times.

Join the conversation on the TAG Multi-Mode Digital Net by using one of the following methods:

  • D-Star – N4LMC-C 145.160 – located atop Lookout Mountain, GA
  • D-Star – W4RRG-B 444.725 – located atop Signal Mountain, TN
  • D-Star – XReflector systems XRF139-D, XLX139-D, DCS139-D (XLX334-D & XLX205-D are backups)
  • DMR – N4LMC 444.7125 – located atop Lookout Mountain, GA – TS2, TG 43389
  • DMR – W4PL 444.150 – located atop Signal Mountain, TN – TS2, TG 43389
  • DMR – via the TGIF Network, TalkGroup SOUTHEAST-LINK #43389
  • Wires-X – N4LMC 442.650 – located atop Lookout Mountain, GA
  • Wires-X – N4LMC 442.725 – located atop Signal Mountain, TN
  • Wires-X – NQ4Y 145.410 – located atop Monteagle Mountain
  • Wires-X – W4DRC 443.000 – located in Dalton, GA
  • Wires-X Room – (digital only), Room # 43389
  • YSF Room – “US SOUTHEASTLINK”, Room # 95984

Join the conversation on the TAG D-Star (D-Plus only) Net by using one of the following methods:

  • D-Star – N4LMC-C 145.160 – located atop Lookout Mountain, GA
  • D-Star – W4RRG-B 444.725 – located atop Signal Mountain, TN
  • D-Star – KA4RVT-C 145.330 – located in Dalton, GA
  • D-Plus Reflector REF090-D

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, GA
  • DMR – W4PL 444.150 Brandmeister TG3147 TS2 – located atop Signal Mountain, TN
  • 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!


TAG YL Net (TN, AL, GA) – Monday nights at 8 PM Eastern on the W4GTA 145.350 repeater as well as other methods, see below.

Net control will usually be Terri, N9ZEN. This net provides a forum for Licensed Female Hams of all ages and ham experience to meet on the air for fellowship, to discuss common interests, to discuss technical topics, to learn how to prepare for emergency events and communications, and more!

Each week we will cover many of those and other eclectic subjects, including providing information on topics such as FAQs, answers to technical questions, information about upcoming events and activities, and more.

We invite all female (YL) Hams everywhere to check in to this net.  We invite OMs (Old Men) hams and non hams to listen as well (and many do), but only YLs are “allowed” to check-in and participate.  Be sure to check out our website located at https://lmarc.net/club/resources-tools.

Join the TAG YL Net via one of the following:

  • W4GTA 145.350 Repeater – minus offset and a 100.0hz tone required – located atop Lookout Mountain, GA
  • N4LMC 224.560 Repeater – minus offset and a 146.2hz tone required – located atop Lookout Mountain, GA
  • N4LMC 144.920 Repeater – no offset and a 146.2hz tone required – located atop Signal Mountain, TN
  • Echolink – W4EDP-R, Node 9058
  • Echolink – Conference Server *SELINK*
  • Allstar – N4LMC Node 46145
  • Allstar – N4LMC Node 46530

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”!

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