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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

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.

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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)

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Museum Ships Weekend Event

USS Hornet

USS Hornet (credit: the_tahoe_guy)

Paul Wieloszynski NA4ZI alerted us to the Museum Ships Weekend Event taking place today from 0000Z June 1 through 2359Z June 2, 2013. Stations that worked at least 15 of the participating ships will be eligible to receive a certificate. More information is on the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station web site.

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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!”

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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

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.

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