Hanging Judge Hamfest – MS QSO Party

Subject: Hanging Judge Hamfest – MS QSO Party

Greetings Delta Division Members,

I am excited to announce the move to a new location for the annual Hanging Judge Hamfest hosted by the Fort Smith Amateur Radio Club:

Sebastian County Emergency Communications and Training Facility
8400 South Zero Street
Fort Smith, AR, 72903


•       Great Hourly & Grand Prizes!!!
•       $5.00 admission
•       Flea Market Table: $10.00
•       Power for Table (if available): $5.00
•       Snack Bar with great food and drinks!
•       Forums & Programs
•       Children Under 16 Free!
•       Contact: Mike Cole, W5TMC
124 Grant Street, Roland, OK 74954
(918) 427-1431 H : (479) 522-3683 C

*Note: Please do not send correspondence or payments for pre-registrations to the facility address. All correspondence and or payments should be directed to:

Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club
Fort Smith AR 72903-0032
Remember, the hamfest is no longer at Columbus Acres.


The 15th Annual Mississippi QSO Party is this weekend and some rare counties are planned to be activated.  The following was sent to me by Frank, K4FMH:
The Fox Mike Hotel Portable Ops Team will activate Issaquena County, Mississippi and Sharkey County, Mississippi on April 7-8th, 2018 as part of the MS QSO Party: 1400Z April 7 and ends at 0200Z April 8 (9AM to 9PM local time on Saturday).

The team includes Frank K4FMH, Thomas N5WDG, Glen KW5GP, and Teri AC5YL.
We plan to be in Mayersville MS (Issaquena) from 9am to 1pm and Rolling Fork MS (Sharkey) from 2pm to 9pm when the Party ends. The bands and rules for the 15th MS QSO Party are at http://www.arrlmiss.org/2018_-_2018_MSQP_Rules.pdf

We plan to operate SSB and possibly FT8 (depending on band cx) with phone power from 100W to 500W with two phone stations operating, all under the K4FMH call sign. There are NO licensed amateurs in Issaquena and only 12 in Sharkey, making both exceptionally rate counties for DX entities. For the ARRL Grid Square Contest during 2018, the grid for our location in Issaquena is EM42lv while that for our location site in Sharkey is EM42nv. This might be one of the few chances during 2018 to work either square.

Again, for more information on the MS QSO Party go to


***Also, Don’t forget MARA’s Memphis Freefest is coming up on 14 April –just 10 days out!  It’s free admission or as Brother Bluto says “it don’t cost nothin’!” and all drawing ticket sales proceeds go to charity.


Here is a rundown on the upcoming events around the Division:

Memphis FreeFest

Location: Bartlett Station Municipal Center Auditorium
5868 Stage Road
Bartlett, TN
Website: http://maraonline.org
Sponsor: Mid-South Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.210 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Art Barnett , WA4PSS
4133 Minden Road Memphis, TN 38117
Phone: 901-619-5573
Email: WA4PSS@gmail.com

2018 Sevier County Hamfest, Meet & Greet, & Boneyard

Location: Sevier County Middle School
550 Eastgate Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/299798003820435/
Sponsor: 470 Amateur Radio Group & Sevier County ARES
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.940 / 118.8 -DMR Local
Public Contact: Rick Sawaya Sr , N4JTQ
2005 Spence Mountain Loop Sevierville, TN 37876
Phone: 865-446-4535
Email: n4jtq@live.com

North East Louisiana Hamfest

*** NEW Location: West Monroe Convention Center
901 Ridge Avenue
West Monroe, LA 71291

Website: http://nelarc.org/hamfest.html
Sponsor: NorthEast Louisiana ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.850 –
Public Contact: Jim Ragsdale , W5LA
111 Eagle Lake Drive West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone: 318-372-7131
Email: w5la@arrl.net

PHARA Hot Dog Social

Location: Cooktown Park
2800 Kavanaugh Road
Ruston, LA 71270
Website: http://phara.us
Sponsor: Piney Hills Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.120 (PL 94.8)
Public Contact: Joe Holland , KB5VJY
6019 New Natchitoches Road West Monroe, LA 71292
Phone: 318-348-0153
Email: kb5vjy@gmail.com

CATS Tailgate Party

Location: Hilldale Family Life Center
250 Old Farmers Road
Clarksville, TN 37040
Website: http://www.kf4l.org/
Sponsor: Clarksville Amateur Transmitting Society
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.390
Public Contact: Ed Bennett , W4EMB
3517 Eastridge Road Woodlawn, TN 37191
Phone: 931-551-6875
Email: W4EMB@yahoo.com

Knoxville Hamfest

Location: Kerbela Temple
315 Mimosa Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37901
Website: http://www.w4bbb.org
Sponsor: Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.30 (PL 100)
Public Contact: Dave Garner , K4YRK
10917 Sonja Drive Farragut, TN 37934
Phone: 865-966-9811
Email: dgarner@usit.net

I plan on being in Fort Smith and working a few Q’s in the MS QSO
Party as travel and WX allow.

73 ES DX


ARRL Delta Division
Director: David A Norris, K5UZ

Winlink 101 – Basic Training

Winlink 101 – Basic Training


FYI. All invited.

Wayne Eby, W4EBY

Cheatham County Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Tennessee Section



Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 11:02 AM

Subject: Winlink 101 – Basic Training


Please join Cheatham Co. ARES for Winlink 101 – Basic Training.  Anyone with interest is invited!  Feel free to forward this invitation to other amateur radio operators or organizations.


Winlink is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses amateur-band radio frequencies to provide radio interconnection services that include email with attachments, position reporting, weather bulletins, emergency relief communications, and message relay.  In this training, we will break down the different modes, explain the basic functions and let you practice connecting to a radio to send messages through Winlink.


Thursday, September 14 at 6:30pm

Faith Community Church

238 Ed Harris Rd

Ashland City, TN 37015


This venue, provided by Wayne Eby (W4EBY), will allow us more space, better internet, ability to set up actual radios to connect.  Thank you Wayne!


Read all about the software and how it is used in Emergency Communications.  https://www.winlink.org/



Download the FREE software at:



Download the HTML templates (at least the ICS forms):



Don’t forget to add the HF propagation modeling!



run the itshfbc_161207.exe file


Looking forward to seeing you there!  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Laina Stanford, KK4HSP

Cheatham Co. ARES Emergency Coordinator


Amateur Radio Technician License Class

What: Amateur Radio Technician License Class
When: Saturdays, August 5 through September 2, 8:00 am – 12: noon, CDT
Where: 200 Oceanside Drive, Nashville
Who: Nashville Amateur Radio Club, Inc., and Davidson County Amateur Radio Emergency
Description: This class will prepare students to take the FCC examination for the entry-level
Technician amateur radio license. There is no charge for the class although students are
encouraged to purchase the Technician Study Guide, available from the American Radio Relay
League (ARRL) at their website, http://www.arrl.org/shop/Licensing-Education-and-Training/.
No special skills are required to take this class, and people of all ages and all backgrounds have
successfully passed the examination for the Technician License. The class is scheduled to
conclude just one week prior to an exam session to be held in Nashville on September 9.
Contact: To register, or for additional information, please contact:
Paul, kj4wqn@arrl.net
Adam, w8ifg@att.net

Upcoming Events!!

June 24-25, 2017 Summer Field Day!!!

Please make plans to come.

Dates for 2017 club events so far are:

Skymont Horseback Ride – Oct. 6&7

Jack n’ Back Bike Ride – Oct. 7&8.

Martha O’Brian TBA


Social events

The Middle Tennessee HamQuest will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from8:00 AM until 2:00 PM CDT in the Entertainment Pavilion at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in  Lebanon, TN. Additional information is available at http://midtnhamquest.com/

The Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. This event is sponsored by the Short Mountain Repeater Club.

Family Day: The Club will hold its annual Family Day event on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Additional details will be announced later.

SPECIAL EVENT: N4M— Oak Ridge Secret City Festival Radio Operations 

SPECIAL EVENT: N4M— Oak Ridge Secret City Festival Radio Operations
de Darrell Cook, WA4LNX, President Oak Ridge Amateur Radio Club
Sponsored by: Oak Ridge Amateur Radio Club in Cooperation with a local WW II reenactment group
“The Oak Ridge Amateur Radio Club in Cooperation with a local WW II reenactment group will sponsor a special activity on June 2 and 3. This activity consists of setting up and operating WW II vintage radio equipment. There will also be a battle reenactment. Most operations are scheduled for Saturday June 3, but we hope to be on the air in the evening and night of June 2. The club will operate with the their Special Event Call Sign N4M. There will be CW and phone operations. (All phone operations will be a.m.) The Club will also have a public affairs operation on June 3 at the main area of the Festival.
Planned frequencies include:
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For additional Information re: Radio Operations or the Secret City Festival, please check the Oak Ridge Amateur Radio Club website at http://orarc.net/ or contact Darrell Cook WA2LNX at dcook306@comcast.net
Have a GREAT Weekend!
Cathy W4CMG

From our illustrious vice president

Planning for #SWAD2017 is well underway! Mark February 25th on your calendar and look for registration to begin toward the end of January!

Posted by US National Weather Service Nashville Tennessee on Monday, January 9, 2017

Monthly breakfast on Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 am at Ryan’s Buffet

As a reminder, the Club also has its monthly breakfast on Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 am at Ryan’s Buffet, 2151 Gallatin Pike North, Madison, TN  37115.  We hope to see everyone there.

Also, please be aware of the license class taught by Williamson County ARES.  The class will take place from Saturday February 4th, 2017 through Saturday March 11th, 2017.  If you know someone who is interested in getting a Technician license, or who is interested in upgrading to General class, please let them know about this great opportunity.  Registration is open on the WCARES web site, http://www.wcares.org/2017-license-classes/.


Paul, KJ4WQN


Nashville Amateur Radio Club, Inc.


CQ, CQ, CQ – SANTA NET on Christmas Eve!!!

This is a special way to share in the magic of Amateur Radio during the special night of Christmas Eve. Every year, Santa talks to our young folks via HAM Radio, as he works his way thru the skies across Middle Tennessee.

Here are the high points about the net. Full details are in the attached pdf, or available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1oh0-enVr7CcU1zNmNiTGUxNm8  Many thanks for Tony Proctor, KF4KFQ for sharing his time to help Santa chat with our young ones on Christmas Eve!

The time of year is once again approaching and Santa and a cast of characters will be making their way across the night skies of Middle Tennessee.

This year the 14th Annual Santa Net will be running across most of Middle Tennessee on the 145.21 (PL 173.8) system of linked repeaters (If there is no weather emergency) and this year, for many of those travelling, Santa will be answering QSO’s from the Echolink system (Node Number 258417 – Franklin Tennessee). The net will be at 7:00 PM and last as long as traffic holds. Net Control will begin calling for QSO’s with Santa after 7:15 PM. Please be considerate. Santa can not take everybody’s QSO at 7:15 so please if you can wait until a little later in the evening please do so…. Santa will appreciate it…. It is a busy night for him after all.

Santa will again be accepting special information about the younger listeners to the Santa.

Please forward any special information about your special little one to: tony.proctor@comcast.net. Please put “Elf Report” in the Subject Line. de KF4KFQ

For those who are not able to reach the net, or don’t have little ones in town to participate, please share this info with others who may be interested, so they can experience the wonder in a child’s eyes when they get to talk with Santa on Christmas Eve.

I am able to live the experience each year! My granddaughter visits from North Carolina each Christmas, and thanks to the Santa Net, can go to sleep knowing that Santa knows how to find her in Nashville, once Santa reassures her that he knows where she is, and has her special requests in his sack 🙂

Many Thanks and 73,


Catherine “Cathy” Goodrich, KK4IWN

(Cell)  860-916-0151

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Tennessee Section


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