ARRL TN Section PIC Reminders

Just a reminder that there are two Amateur Radio – related functions coming up over the next two weekends:

Greater Nashville and Middle TN HamQuest, sponsored by: Wilson County Amateur Radio Club    Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. CDT; Location: James E. Ward Agricultural Center (Wilson County Fairgrounds),  945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, TN 37087

This HamQuest is sponsored by the Wilson Amateur Radio Club, with assistance from the Wilson Radio League. FORUMS: MESH Networking and its use in amateur radio, presented by Tom Delker, K1KY, is one of the highlights of the event. Keith Miller, N9DGK, ARRL TN Section Manager will provide the latest ARRL information at the ARRL Forum. Amateur radio satellite operations at this year’s Greater Nashville & Middle TN HamQuest. Michael Jordan, N1MDJ will present a forum on this subject and the construction of a simple ground station. Michael, a local ham from Mt. Juliet is the author of the article “A Portable Full-Duplex Satellite Ground Station” in the May 2017 edition of QST Magazine.

For more information, visit the HamQuest website at


Amateur Radio Technician License Class, offered by: Nashville Amateur Radio Club, Inc., and Davidson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services

When: Saturdays, August 5 through September 2, 8:00 am – 12: noon, CDT in Nashville, TN

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, 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.

To register or for additional information, please contact: Paul, or Adam,

Invitation to the Helena, Alabama Hamfest

David Ihle WB5MSB with the Shelby County ARC sent an invitation for Nashville ARC members to attend the Helena, Alabama hamfest. It is an ARRL sanctioned hamfest held on October 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Helena Amphitheater (map).

More information along with flyers for distribution can be found on the Helena Hamfest web site.

Dear Mr. Nutter,

I am writing to invite you and the members of Nashville ARC to a growing hamfest in Central Alabama. It will be held in Helena, Alabama, which is a suburb of Birmingham. The date is October 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please announce the hamfest on your local nets, club meetings, and on the air QSO’s.

What will be there you ask. The event is sponsored by the City of Helena and the Shelby County ARC. It is located in an outdoor amphitheater which you can check out at . The amphitheater is located beside Buck Creek in downtown Old Town Helena. It has over 100 vendor areas with 120 volt electrical outlets. The location makes it very much a family affair with a large Kiddy Playground located in the middle of the park.

There will be over $900.00 in prizes given away. Prize tickets will only cost $0.50 each if you purchase $20.00 or more. Admission is only $2.00. More information on prizes will be sent later.
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2014 National ARRL Centennial Hamfest

From Brad WF7T, facilitator of the Tennessee Contest Group (K4TCG):

I encourage you guys to lend your support to the proposal to hold the 2014 National ARRL Centennial convention in Huntsville.

If you have never been to this Hamfest, then I encourage you to go this August. It continues to get better and better each year. It is great to have a major event such as this so close to us. The 2014 ARRL Centennial convention in Huntsville would be fantastic!

I sent a message to the ARRL president Kay Craigie N3KN, and copied the Delta Division (K5UZ) and Southeast Division (W4OZK) leadership, our section manager (N9DGK), the ARRL Contest Committee (, and the Huntsville Hamfest guys ( and Mark K0EJ is the co-facilitator of the TN Contest Group and would not need a copy of your responses if you choose to send one.