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

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.


Just a reminder…  We have several great events coming up in the ARRL TN Section during the rest of August and in September.


August 20 & 21:  Southeastern Division Convention (Huntsville Hamfest– AL)

Not quite in TN, but our southern neighbors will be putting on a great Hamfest this weekend, with a LOT of folks from the TN Section heading down for a weekend of fun and information! Many great forums, a flea market, and, of course, a large assortment of vendors for some serious shopping. See details at http://hamfest.org/


August 21: Marshall County Amateur Radio Society Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Marshall County Amateur Radio Society will be held this Sunday, August 21st, at 2:00 PM, in the conference room of the Marshall County Office of Emergency Management at the Hardison Office Annex, 230 College Street, in Lewisburg. Coffee and a snack will be provided following the business portion of the meeting. See the attached document, or click for additional details: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1oh0-enVr7CNE1hc1BzTjhhd0U


Sunday, August 28: Cedars of Lebanon 36th Annual Hamfest

If you are looking for a Hamfest a little closer to home (aka within TN state lines), please visit the Short Mountain Repeater Club Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest. The SMRC Hamfest will be on Sunday, August 28th, in their usual location (Cedars of Lebanon State Park) with a lot of fun and many great vendors to visit. Learn more at: http://smrclub.com/cedars-of-lebanon-hamfest


August 30 – September 8: Technician License Class offered by Vanderbilt University Amateur Radio Club

If you would like to earn your Technician Class amateur (ham) radio license, join the Vanderbilt University Amateur Radio Club (VUARC) for a two-week prep course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Aug. 30 – Sept. 8. Please see the attached flyer for more details or click: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1oh0-enVr7CMEdibHFtUkF6TE0


September 4 – 5: TN QSO Party

“The Tennessee QSO Party is an annual amateur radio event which takes place on either the first or second Sunday of September.  All amateur radio operators in the great state of Tennessee are encouraged to participate as antennas around the world rotate and point to the volunteer state. The Tennessee QSO Party is hosted by the Tennessee Contest Group.  Each year tens of thousands of QSOs occur between Tennessee amateur radio operators and hams worldwide. “* Plaques are awarded for category winners.  (* from the TN QSO Party website:  https://tnqp.org/about-2/ ) See details at:https://tnqp.org/


September 23-24: W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention “SEDCO”

In Pigeon Forge, TN. “The SouthEastern DX and Contesting Organization (SEDCO) is a non-profit organization, founded for one reason-  to bring DXers and Contesters together in fellowship.”  http://www.w4dxcc.com/ The convention will feature a full day Ham Radio Bootcamp, which is the perfect venue for new and experienced hams to come and learn how to build an HF station and how to use it!  The second day features many interesting speakers, and time to visit the TOP equipment manufacturers that will be present. Visit the website http://www.w4dxcc.com/ for more details and the event program.  “Countdown to W4DXCC”, the event flyer, can be found at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1oh0-enVr7CcDRLczBuaEFJbFk


If you missed our August issue of our ARRL TN Section PIC News, check it out at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1oh0-enVr7CSGJjQ3YzNUtweWs


Hope to see you there!



Catherine “Cathy” Goodrich, KK4IWN

(Cell)  860-916-0151

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Tennessee Section


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August 2016 Newsletter (2)

Contest Season Refresher

For those who are into contesting, the fall and winter months are packed with contests of different types. H. Ward Silver, N0AX at ARRL has put together a small quiz to help participants get ready for this season’s activities. The quiz is posted on the ARRL site.

He also reminds everyone that “if you’re not a contest aficionado, most major contests use only one mode and 12, 17 and 30 meters bands are entirely contest-free and wide open!”

CQ World-Wide WPX SSB Contest

Russ Ward has invited everyone to come to his place for the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest which is on Saturday, March 24th. If anyone is interested they can email Russ at RW4NI@yahoo.com.

Please make sure you email him if you would like to come because he will have limited parking area and you will need to get times and directions from him.

The objective of the contest is for amateurs world wide to contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest period. Contest rules (pdf) are on the CQ WPX web site.

Winter Field Day 2012

The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio (SPAR) has their annual Winter Field Day to prepare for emergencies or natural disasters involving bitter cold temperatures, icy tree limbs, and frigid winds. This annual event is held on the last full January weekend.

This year, Winter Field Day will be from 1700 UTC on Jan. 28 (Saturday, 11:00 AM local) through 1700 UTC on Jan. 29 (Sunday, 11:00 AM local).

The club is looking for volunteers that can assist with this event. Please contact one of the club officers and let them know of your interest in making this event a success.

The official rules for this event are found on the SPAR web site. The object is Continue reading “Winter Field Day 2012”

ARRL Straight Key Night 2012

The annual ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) is not considered a contest; it is “dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage”. For 24 hours beginning on Jan. 1 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve for those in the US) until 2359 UTC, hams are encouraged to go on air and make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. No points are awarded, no fast exchanges, no sequential serial numbers–just get on the air and send CW for the fun and joy of it.

Dan, N1ND, outlined the full details:

Continue reading “ARRL Straight Key Night 2012”

ARRL Sweepstakes

From Brad / WF7T:

ARRL Sweepstakes is this weekend! The exchange makes this a fun and slightly challenging contest, but where else could a person work all states in less than 24 hours? 20 through 10 meters has been Hot Hot Hot so this should great! If nothing else get on for a few hours Sunday afternoon or early evening give us poor guys a contact!

By the way, I will be on as K4TCG operating from K0EJ’s fantastic mountain top multi-tower contest station near Chattanooga. Please call us if you hear us (and you WILL HEAR US!)

November 26-27th (UTC) will be the fantastic CQ World-wide DX contest,CW edition. There will be some juicy DX out there and easy pickings! Search and pounce to add to your country totals or try to run them…either way it should be really fun in between turkey sandwiches and bowl games.

A few others fun contests coming up:

  • ARRL 160-Meter Contest 2200Z, Dec 2 to 1600Z, Dec 4
  • ARRL 10-Meter Contest 0000Z, Dec 10 to 2359Z, Dec 11
  • ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW 1800Z-2359Z, Dec 18

Check out the following link for contest activity: http://hornucopia.com/contestcal/contestcal.html

On the DX scene, I have been working new ones like crazy, breaking pile-ups with my 100W and wire antennas. I bet others in the club could too! Here is a link to active DXpeditions: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxo.html

Here is a list of activations for this week-end’s CQWW CW contest: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqc2011.html

Get active!


73 Brad WF7T