ARRL TN Section PIC News Jan 2017

Happy New Year!!!

A new year, new events, and a time to look back at some of the great things that Amateur Radio Operators accomplished as 2016 came to a close.

The ARRL TN Section PIC News provides an overview of some of the activities that took place in our TN Section. Check out the list of VE Sessions! There are a LOT taking place in the next few months- a perfect opportunity to encourage someone you know to get their Amateur Radio license, or to upgrade your own license to start enjoying the increased privileges that an upgrade brings! We have also included a list of many local Nets that you can participate in on a regular basis, or as a visitor if you are just passing through the area.

You can access the ARRL TN Section PIC News by clicking the link below, or by opening the attached .pdf document that has been included for your convenience.

Please pass this on to your club members, and to anyone you believe would be interested in reading about some of the Amateur Radio activities taking place in the ARRL TN Section.

Wishing all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017,


Catherine “Cathy” Goodrich, KK4IWN
(Cell)  860-916-0151
ARRL Public Information Coordinator
Tennessee Section 
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®
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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  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: 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

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®

ARRL TN Section Upcoming Events

by Catherine “Cathy” Goodrich, KK4IWN

Good Afternoon,

The holiday season is upon us, but for those looking for some diversion from the festivities, here are a few things planned for the next few months.  More details about upcoming events, and memories from recent club activities will be available in the January 2017 PIC Newsletter. In the meantime, here are a few things to get started on thinking about 2017:

Before the New Year:

–  Marshall County Amateur Radio Society – Monthly Meeting – Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Marshall County Office of Emergency Management at the Hardison Office Annex, 230 College Street in Lewisburg. Talk-in to the meeting will be available on the Lewisburg 146.625 Amateur Radio Repeater. The club will celebrate Christmas after refreshments are served. All members are asked to bring a list of the ham radio goodies they want from Santa Claus for Christmas. Please don’t bring the entire catalog and keep the list to under $10,000! de K2SMA 

–  2016 National Parks on the Air: Time is running short– be sure to participate! “Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio will be helping the National Park Service celebrate their 100th anniversary. Hams from across the country will activate NPS units, promote the National Park Service and showcase Amateur Radio to the public.” It’s fun, whether you are set up in a National Park as an “Activator”, or “chasing” the parks on the air. Please send your write-ups about your great experiences with NPOTA that you would like included in our special NPOTA publication to  #1MillionQSOs

 2017 Events:

–  Lakeway Amateur Radio Club (and local ARES Groups) – Morristown Hamfest January 7, 2017 see more information about LARC’s Annual Hamfest at

–  The Memphis Digital Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce the D-STAR 101 training class that will be presented at our January meeting, January 14th. 2017. Please check their website for meeting info: de KA2BSM   

–   WFDA- Winter Field Day Saturday, January 28 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST) until Sunday, January 29 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST). On all the bands and modes, except the WARC bands. Check out the details at and on Facebook at de WX4ET 

–  Williamson County ARES will be hosting a class for Technician and General Class Licenses from Feb. 4th through March 4th, with a test date March 11th. Classes will run from 0800 – 1200 local time. Advanced registration is required. Contact information is: Dallas Clements, K7DCC, email: de WB5WAJ 

–  Cave City Hamfest – just over the border (for some of us), the Cave City Hamfest is scheduled for Saturday, March 4. See details at:

–  MTARS Tullahoma Hamfest – Saturday, March 11, 2017.  For more information, see their Hamfest flier at de KB4JHU

Don’t forget… please send info about your past events (pictures appreciated), upcoming events for inclusion in upcoming ARRL TN PIC NEWs publications, and information you would like us to share with the ARRL TN Section!

Wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!


Catherine “Cathy” Goodrich, KK4IWN
(Cell)  860-916-0151
ARRL Public Information Coordinator
Tennessee Section 
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®

TEMA-AUXCOMM Spring 2016 Exercise – Announcement

Subject: TEMA-AUXCOMM Spring 2016 Exercise – Announcement

All-see below for more details on the TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency) sponsored AUXCOMM (Auxiliary Communications) Spring Exercise 2016.  I participated in the Spring and Fall exercises last year, and it was a great opportunity to learn and train with other amateurs and public safety served agencies.  Please note the deadline for registration is April 21st, 2016.  I am personally looking forward to the Spring exercise and will be assisting in exercise planning and a leadership position as part of the Incident Command System this year.  As a, exercise participant you can expect to train and interact with 100+ amateur radio operators, many of who are also members of public safety and the emergency management community.  Even if you are only able to be onsite for one of the exercise days, that will still be a valuable experience.  Any questions let me know and we can discuss, and also note further links and contact details below.

Thank You,

Jeff Pryor KC8NNO

Nashville Amateur Radio Club/Davidson County ARES


TEMA-AUXCOMM Spring 2016 Exercise


The dates for the TEMA-AUXCOMM Spring 2016 Exercise are May 5th – 8th, 2016. The deadline to register is April 21st, 2016. The exercise will be held at the campus of the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy. The physical address for the site is 2161 Unionville – Deason Road, Bell Buckle, TN, 37020

The purpose of this exercise is to test the communications infrastructure between State and local agencies. This exercise is unique in that it invites all Tennessee Amateur Radio operators to participate. It is our desire that you will work with emergency management partners in your community to determine your level of preparedness for a major disaster or loss of critical infrastructure.

Those wishing to stay overnight on campus, or to have their meals provided through the campus cafeteria, will need to contact the academy’s business office in advance to place their reservation. Each participant must cover the cost of their own meals & lodging. The meals are reasonably priced (Breakfast $6, Lunch $8, and Dinner $9), and the rooms are college-dorm style (Cost per night is $63, which includes dinner on the day of check-in, plus breakfast and lunch the following day). The academy’s business office may be reached at 1.931.294.4111 or 1.800.747.8868. Additional information can be found on their website at ***IMPORTANT: Either a meal plan and/or dormitory reservation must be on file at the time of check-in to participate in this exercise (or, with the prior-approval from the Incident Commander)***

Please submit your registration form no later than April 21st, 2016. The link to register is:

Additional information will be shared with registered participants after the registration deadline. Thank you!

Questions and/or concerns may be directed to:

David Wolfe, TEMA (WA4VVX)


Mike Harris, TEMA (N4ULM)

Questions regarding registration may be directed to:

Elizabeth St. Vincent

Certified Communications Unit Leader (TN-COML)
Communications Unit Technician (COMT)
(615) 946-9766 Mobile
(615) 301-1747 Fax



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Net Reminder

This is a reminder of the Nashville Amateur Radio Club information net on Monday evening, 7:30 pm, 147.015 Mhz repeater. 

Other Nets of Interest

ARES net is on each Monday at 7 pm. It is on 442.750 (T 100) with a backup of 146.67;

M-TEARS is on Monday at 8:00 pm. It is on 443.725 (T 107.2) or any M-TEARS repeater (;

The Bible net on weekdays, 6 am Monday thru Friday, on 147.015.

The Nashville / Davidson County Traffic net on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on 146.67.

The MTEARS net in at 8:00 p.m. on Mondays on 442.800 (tone 107.2).

The Short Mountain Repeater has 3 nets during the week. All of the nets are on 146.910: – The Old Codgers’ Net – 8:00 p.m. Mondays – A net just for fun; the purpose of this net is share absolutely, completely useless information. – Info Net – 8:00 p.m.Tuesdays – Traders Net – 8:00 p.m. Thursdays

The Robertson County Amateur Radio Club has a information net on Tuesday at approximately 7:20 pm on the 147.345 repeater which follows the Robertson Co. / Cheatham Co. ARES net at 7pm

The Rutherford County Heart of Tennessee ARES / Skywarn net on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. local time; the frequency is 145.230 (114.8 tone) / 145.370 (no tone) (linked).

The Sumner ARES Net on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Repeaters 145.390 & 147.240MHz tone 114.8 and 443.300, 444.000, & 444.350MHz tone 107.2.


Paul, KJ4WQN


Nashville Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Information Net for March 3

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Read by: RICK N9GRW

There is a high chance of your encountering an out-of-control fire at least once in your life, so knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is an important skill to be able to resort to. This article explains the process of using a fire extinguisher in an emergency.


  1. Call for help before attempting to extinguish a serious fire. The fire may take hold much faster than you’re capable of dealing with it, and if help is on the way, it removes one less concern for you.
    • Call, or have someone else call, 911 in North America, 999 in the United Kingdom, 112 in the European Union and many other countries (or the appropriate emergency number for your country) as soon as possible. Ask for the fire service to come immediately, giving your address and a brief description of the type of fire.
    • Check that all other people are out of the house and have them remove pets as well. Check that they’re all assembled at a safe meeting point. Do not allow children to attempt to use a fire extinguisher or control a fire in any respect whatsoever.
    • Realize that reacting to a fire requires a sound process of decision-making that children and some adults may not be capable of coping with their panic.[1] Prior training on correct use can alleviate some of the concern here.
  2. Continue reading “Information Net for March 3”

Information Net for February 24

Credit Cards


Losing your wallet can cause your brow to sweat and your blood pressure to rise. Ditto for getting a call from your bank saying your credit card has been compromised. No one wants to deal with card fraud, but unfortunately, many of us do.More than 2 out of 5 Americans with credit cards experienced some kind of credit card or debit card fraud in the past five years. About a third of card fraud in 2008 involved counterfeit cards or lost or stolen cards. That amounted to $2.44 billion in card losses that year. No card is invulnerable to fraud. But every type of payment card, from the traditional card with the magnetic stripe to the emerging virtual cards on smart-phones, comes built with security features to make it harder for someone to steal your card info at checkout. When using one of your cards, know what its strengths and weaknesses are to protect yourself against losses.
Continue reading “Information Net for February 24”

Information Net for February 3

Engineering Day

Read by: PAUL KJ4WQN

Saturday, Feb. 22 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local engineers will be on hand at Adventure Science Center for its annual Engineering Day. During the event, visitors will have opportunities to learn about a variety of engineering specialties and participate in hands-on activities to help them gain a better understanding of the concepts used in the field.

Back again this year, Nashville Amateur Radio Club and local high school students will showcase and test their entries in the 7th Annual Music City Bridge Building Competition, presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Nashville Chapter.

Nashville Amateur Radio Club
All Engineering Day activities are included with general admission, except where noted. Subject to change.

International: Canada to Get Five 60 Meter Channels


Industry Canada has granted Amateur Radio operators there the use of five 60 meter channels on a non-interference basis. The center-channel frequencies harmonize with those available to US radio amateurs on 60 meters: 5332 kHz, 5348 kHz, 5358.5 kHz, 5373 kHz, and 5405 kHz.

“[G]iven that use of these frequencies was requested, in part, to allow for cross-border communications in times of emergency,” Industry Canada said, “harmonization of the frequencies with the United States would facilitate such communications between the Canadian and the US Amateur Radio communities.”
Continue reading “Information Net for February 3”

Information Net for January 20

ARRL Centennial: W100AW Hits the Airwaves!


At the stroke of midnight Eastern Time on January 1, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters in Newington took to the air to debut its special ARRL Centennial call sign, W100AW. ARRL Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, and ARRL Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, were at the helm into the wee hours of New Year’s Day.
Daylight hours saw ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B; Membership and Volunteer Programs Assistant Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ; Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko; KX9X and QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, taking their turns at the operating positions. By mid-afternoon, several thousand contacts were in the log on SSB, CW and RTTY.

“This is just the beginning,” said Kutzko. “Hams will hear W100AW throughout 2014 on every mode possible. When you hear us, spot us on the cluster!”

Not surprising, 20 meter SSB yielded the most contacts — 1121 of the 3700 logged — during the 19 hours of New Year’s Day operation from W100AW. Ten meter phone was in second place with 639 contacts.
W100AW contacts will be uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW). QSL cards sent by mail will be acknowledged as well.
W1AW Portable Operations, ARRL Centennial QSO Party
Continue reading “Information Net for January 20”