Meeting, Christmas Dinner, and the Forgotten Angle program

Thanks to everyone for a great Christmas Dinner last night.  We had a great crowd and donated a large number of toys to the Salvation Army.  Thanks to everyone who came and contributed.

We also wanted to let you know that the sister of Dennis Purcell, KF4CSR passed away earlier this week.  I know Dennis and Nicki would appreciate a card of support during this difficult time.  Dennis address is:


37529 Gagabeut Ln
Zephyrhills, FL 33541

Merry Christmas!

Paul, KJ4WQN


Nashville Amateur Radio Club, Inc.


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


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:


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:


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:


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: ) See details at:


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.” 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 for more details and the event program.  “Countdown to W4DXCC”, the event flyer, can be found at:


If you missed our August issue of our ARRL TN Section PIC News, check it out at:


Hope to see you there!



Catherine “Cathy” Goodrich, KK4IWN

(Cell)  860-916-0151

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Tennessee Section

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®

MCARS Meeting Announcement 08-21-16

VUARC Free Amateur Radio Course

Countdown to W4DXCC

August 2016 Newsletter (2)

April Minutes

Meeting Date: 4/16/15

Location: Club House

2560 Lock Two Rd.

Meeting Time: 7:05 p.m.

Meeting End Time: 8:05


April 2015 Monthly Meeting Minutes

6:05 P.M. – Opening Call to Order by Jerry Hedgcoth/KE4ETY President, Nashville Amateur Radio

Club April Monthly Meeting. 61 members and guests in attendance.

Minutes were taken by Libby Lester/K4HER, Secretary.

A motion to approve the Minutes of the March 2015 meeting was given by Martha

Fredrick/KJ4RIQ and seconded by George Jackson/KC4MTU.

No finance report.

Paul Stinson officiated the 2015 oath of office for Larry Franklin/KC4ZOA, Treasurer.

Jerry Hedgcoth announced that April 16th is the last day to get orders in for Field Day Shirts.

Jerry asked for volunteers to sign up for upcoming events. The events are:

June 13th – Big Hill Challenge

June 27 & 28 – AARL Field Day

Jerry introduced Angie Lese, Science & Operation Officer for the Nashville National Weather

Service who provided a training session on 2015 SKYWARNTM Spotter Training. The course


 Basics of thunderstorm development

 Fundamentals of storm structure

 Identifying potential severe weather features

 Information to report

 How to report information

 Basic severe weather safety

At the conclusion of the training the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

ARRL TN Section Manager, N9DGK

Keith Miller N9DGK, ARRL Section Manager for TN, was a guest speaker at our last club meeting on Feb. 16. He talked about the challenges in setting up his team after being elected as Section Manager. With that complete, he said that he would like to see increased involvement between the amateur radio community and the various counties and emergency agencies. He also invited everyone to contact him with any ideas, comments or suggestions.


Keith Miller, N9DGK

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