You can snail-mail us at:

KARC / BMRC RADIO CLUBS
C/O Ken Klotz (W4IJK)
208 Navijo Trail
Church Hill, TN. 37642

If you need to pay your club dues, you can either pay at the club meeting or you can mail a S.A.S.E. and $10.00 for an individual or $15.00 for an immediate family membership to:

David Stevens
Treasurer KARC
2621 WILDWOOD DRIVE
Kingsport, TN. 37660


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AMATEUR ULS License Search


Here is the latest Part 97 update directly from the FCC

Here's a Good
Jump-Kit Page

ARRL's Hambands
in color PDF

N1HY Go-Kit Links

Ready Kits

Editable
ICS213 Form
 

Logbook of the world
easier than ever!

Upcoming Hamfests

Links to other Local Radio Clubs

Days & Times for other Clubs Nets

Licensing & Testing

Zero Beat 2008 - 2012 Newsletters and Suppliments

Zero Beat 2013 - 2017 Newsletters and Suppliments


2009 & 2010 Sunday Night Net Stats

2011 & 2012 Sunday Night Net Stats

2013 & 2014 Sunday Night Net Stats

2015 & 2016 Sunday Night Net Stats


Here is a Sunday Night Log Sheet for NCO's


Here is a copy of our Sunday Evening NET Script if you think you'd like to become a Net Control Operator
Local 2M Freqs.
(Thank You, K4JP & N4FV)

Local 220 & 440 Frequencies


W1AW ARRL DX Bulletins

Daily FCC ULS Updates

Canadian Amateur Callsign Database

Tour the abandoned Russian 'Duga - 3' "Woodpecker" Antenna Array

Amateur Radio Today
Video with Walter
Cronkite

MEMBER'S PAGES &
OTHER LINKS:

Ed AC4ED's Photos
(RIP Ed!)

Jenni KI4TNT's Photos 1

Jenni KI4TNT's Photos 2


Jeff (K4LMP's)
Web Site

Earl (N4ZFA's)
Photos

Earl(N4ZFA's)
QSL.NET Webpage

Club Photos (flickr.com)


USEFUL STUFF

Radio Mods

Radio Direction Finding

KWARC's Dipole Calculator

Ohm's Law Calculator

Misc Links

Software

Kingsport

Tennessee

Interactive Map

Time & Frequency

Official US Time

Sunrise/Sunset


RIGPIX.com

Click to visit the ARRL page.

RadioReference Dot Com


2 Meter Net held every Sunday Evening @ 20:30 eastern.

Freq 146.970 -600
With a 123 hz tone.


The Club's Repeater Site is located on Bays Mountain in Kingsport, Tennessee and the Backup Repeater is our 443.325 machine.


Complaints?
Suggestions?
Requests?


N4ZFA
W4TRC Webmaster



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QST, QST, QST!

Please keep the following frequencies (+/- 10 khz) clear until further notice:


14.205
14.210
14.215



Amir, 4x6tt has posted the following:
"NEPAL EARTHQUAKE LATEST UPDATE"

All,

I am in direct contact with my good Friend Satish who is a Ham radio Operator (the only in Nepal) We have been exchanging Emergency Traffic for the past 9 hours. We are getting tons of requests from all over the world, for missing people in Nepal. If you would like us to try and help, Satish has been very kind and is willing to help me in the search, he has great contacts to local officials and to the Local Police offices in Nepal. Please forward me the full information, via email to amir@4x6tt.com, along with Recent Picture and last place known of the persons where-abouts.


I am in contact with Satish Via Radio Communication 24/7.

If you have any questions feel free to msg me at anytime.

The Maritime Mobile Service Net on 14.300 is offering to pass traffic as needed.

Any US hams or clubs wishing to donate equipment are asked to get it to W8CI that equipment will be gathered and dropped in India. The Amateur Radio Society of India has put together a team of 20 to go into Nepal and they will deliver it. Please be advised that this equipment is likely not returning.

Those with powerful stations and the ability to monitor 2 20 meter frequencies willing to assist with the Nepal nets anywhere in the world are asked to contact Amir 4X6TT


Welfare materials are now being requested:

blankets
flashlights
mattresses
tents
body bags
medical supplies
food
purified water
purification tablets
sanitary supplies




On behalf of Amir Coordinator for 9N1 Emergency
4X6TT- 9N1 EMERGENCY

Urgently Required Equipment
10 x HF Verticals or Buddipoles or Mag mount 7MHz HF Antennas
200 Mtrs of 50 Ohm Coax
50- PL259 Coax Connectors


If your are talking to the News Media please let them know that:

Many Amateurs world wide have been involved from day one of the earthquake in Nepal and that the main line of Communications currently is by HF radio on the Following Frequencies. 14.205 Emergency Traffic 14.215 Check ins and information. It would be appreciated if all Amateur Radio operators could keep well clear of these frequencies.


Anyone who can help Monitor these Frequencies please call in on 14.215 or email amir@4x6tt.com




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A new class of Amateur Radio License
COMING SOON!

Please don't laugh.
This is very serious business.

Then again, you could take this to be some sort of sick April Fools Joke! ☺
Wanna learn Morse Code?
HERE is a good place to start!


Interested in obtaining a vanity callsign?
Click HERE to read all about it!
Thanks to my friend Steve Robeson, K4YZ for posting this article on facebook!



Weather for Kingsport, Tennessee


FCC Callsign Database

Which color would you like your background to be?




Amateur radio license plates

These plates are available to owners or lessees of passenger motor vehicles who are residents of the state of Tennessee and who hold an un-revoked and un-expired official amateur radio license issued by the FCC.

The annual fee for automobiles is $46.50. If the applicant is a member of emergency or rescue squad or ARES, the annual fee is $21.50.

The annual fee for motorcycles is $39.50. If the applicant is a member of emergency or rescue squad or ARES, the annual fee is $14.50.

Personalized plates are not available.

The registration is authorized under the emergency category but has a separate plate. The application for Amateur Radio license plates must be supported with a copy of the FCC Amateur Radio license submitted to the Vehicle Services Division.

To apply for Amateur radio license plates, download the application form HERE then fill it out and mail it in. After sending the application in you will receive a confirmation by mail from the state in about 2 weeks.

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for the plates to be made and delivered to your county court clerk's office.

Information courtesy of: Tennessee Department of Revenue.


Did you know?

YOU can renew your own FCC Amateur Radio license for FREE.

Except for the fees involving Vanity licensing,
all FCC Amateur Radio license application and renewal actions are FREE.
You now have the OPTION from the FCC website to continue recieving a
paper license or downloading your license in pdf and printing it out yourself.


However, you might prefer a license that you can customize yourself.

Check out Dean Gibson's
Amateur Radio Tools Webpage.


Now, go buy a pack of card stock and some fresh cartridges for your printer!

Also, if you're interested in saving your license as a .jpg image, you can use the snipping tool
that comes with Windows. (It's located under Windows Accessories in your Start Menu).



Click below for a website that you
definitely don't want people to
see your callsign on!

Here is the FAQ about DMR:
'Digital Mobile Radio' from the NC PRN


Here is a page on Hamuniverse.com
that teaches you how to build your own
HF dipoles and vertical antennas!


For you PREPPER types, here is the
Standardized Amateur Radio
Prepper Communications Plan


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While cruising around the 40 meter band one Sunday morning, I happened
across a net that some of you might find interesting.
It's called the 'OFF ROAD HAMS NET' and is held every Sunday morning
at 11:00 am EST and every Wednesday Evening at 8:00 pm EST on 7.225 mhz.

Click the banner below to visit their somewhat limited website.


HERE are the Sullivan County, TN
trunked frequencies on RadioReference.com

~and~
HERE are the Washington County, TN
trunked frequencies on RadioReference.com


Radio Programming Software

Just click it and check it out.
By Jim Mitchell, KC8UNJ


If you have a Wouxun radio and the programming cable for it,
-> HERE <-
is an archive that a few of us in the Kingsport area have assembled (Including frequencies and settings, programming software and Prolific drivers) that you might be interested in obtaining. The self extracting archive is about 23 megs in size, and will create a

Wouxun folder on your Desktop
The KGUV Commander installer will auto-launch immediately after extraction. There are also a wealth of PDF documents included that will make programming and day to day operations of your
Wouxun radio much easier.


If you happen to have a UV-5r or one of the newer BF radios from Baofeng,
Here is a chirp image file that you might find interesting.


Click Here for the Idiots Guide to
HAND Programming the UV-5r and other Baofeng radios.


Here is a link to the latest version of CHIRP.


Here is the programming software for most of the
Quansheng radios that are not be covered by CHIRP.

IE: Quansheng TG-UV2


If your radio programming cable doesn't work, don't throw it away!
There's probably nothing wrong with it!
It probably just needs the correct drivers installed!


Here are the Prolific Chipset drivers
for your misbehaving programming cable!


Please, Read The following Notes-


After downloading the above file, run it.
(Don't worry, it's safe - N4ZFA created it!)

You'll find a folder appropriately named "PROLIFIC DRIVERS" on your desktop.
Open that folder & run the proper executable file for your Operating System.


After you've run the corrrect exe for your Operating System, plug in your cable, and go to the CONTROL PANEL. Open the DEVICE MANAGER and look for the Prolific USB to Serial adapter (IT'S LOCATED UNDER COM AND LPT PORTS) that has an exclamation next to or over the icon for that device (It should stand out rather noticably). Double click on that device. In the box that pops up, click on the driver tab at the top. Now click on update driver and select Browse my computer for driver software. On the next screen, click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer. You will see at least two (perhaps more) drivers available - they will all have dates associated with them.
Select the OLDEST one (circa: 2009) and then click next.
Wait for Windows to do its thing, and---

Wallah!

You now have a working USB cable to program your radio with!


FYI: The drivers that Windows will automatically find on the internet are probably
not going to let your programming cable work, because t
he internet based drivers will not allow the "cloned" chipsets in the inexpensive cables that almost all manufacturers now sell to run.


This was done intentionally by the Prolific Corporation in a failed attempt
to force manufacturers & retailers to buy their more expensive
chipsets to build their cables with.
Now you know.

Have fun, N4ZFA - Earl

Click here to view (or right click and save) these instructions as a
Portable Document Format file.


Kingsport now has a Packet Digipeater on Bays Mountain!

The frequency is 145.050 and
the digi's name is
baysnd

There are several Winlink Servers and other nodes that can be
accessed through our digi, so please feel free to start using it!

A Big Thanks to Jim & Jeff Flannary
and Garrett Stanley for putting this system together for the club!


Scanner Food Dot Com


Scanner Frequencies, Recorded Audio and More!



If you haven't seen this video,
check out the Singing Hams!
It's pretty entertaining!

This is so cool! You've gotta to check this one out!
The K5EHX repeater search.
Enter your callsign, or just about any other info about a location and this site will
come back with a list (along with a map!) of all the repeaters that are within range!
(Covers almost all VHF and UHF repeaters!)


If you want to look up a callsign,try

QRZ.COM


Click here for a list of tools and resources from Ready.gov
that will help you make your own 'Emergency Preparedness Kit'!

Thoughts on the "Mystery" Antenna
By Gene Hinkle, K5PA

Here is an interesting way to install
a PL-259 connector on RG-8x coax!

Click HERE for the J-Pole handbook!


Build your own 2 meter Hentenna
bi-directional gain antenna!

HERE is a good way to make a JPole for
Emergency use! Also, there is the ever
ubiquitous J-Pole Calculator!

Speaking of antennas, check out the
KF4BWG's antenna site!

Shown below is the 80 meter horse fence antenna just like the one that Norris donated to our club!

Click on the picture below of the horse fence antenna to visit Norris' site!


North America Radio Beacons
LF/MF Radionavigation Stations

W3WVG Amateur Radio Software





Click HERE to download the last FREE version of HRD v5.0
Dipoles for Dummies!

Some local ARES nets and their days and times.

Monday:

6:00 PM Freq: 145.410 Jefferson County ARES Net
9:00PM Greene Co. Emergency Net 145.390
Sevier County Emergency Radio Service , 7:30 pm, on the 146.940 repeater.

Tuesdays (except 3rd):

ARES Net, 9:00 pm on the KE4RX Repeater,
147.015 MHz with a 110.9 PL.

Wednesday:

Simplex Frequency 147.420 - Simplex net meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month on the 146.940 WB4GBI repeater at 9PM local time. The net will then move to 147.420 National Simplex Freq.

Thanks to Billy Taylor (KI4TNS) for this information.



Just Learn Morse Code!

Click Here for a Comprehensive
Listing of Q Signals


HERE is a piece that ND2E
wrote on the Elecraft K3
Rest In Peace, Joe. You will be missed!

Click HERE for the ARRL ARES Newsletter

Spread Spectrum:
It's not just for breakfast anymore!


How to work amateur radio satellites with your handheld radio!

Did you know?
If you are a brand new ham, the Kingsport Amateur Radio Club
will give you your first year membership in the club for free!
Thereafter, club dues are only $10 per year for you or
$15 per year for your family!



If you have a Pro 96, Pro 97 or Pro 99 scanner,
Don Starr has released 180 day license keys
for these programs.
Click Here to view these keys.
The software to program scanners can be found here:
http://www.starrsoft.com
It is worth noting that many
of his programs are free to use.


The Purpose of a Balun.


Here is a good page about Fox Hunting


ND2E's Digital Modes Powerpoint


For some mildly entertaining reading,
Click here to go to Hamsexy.com...


For those that are interested, here is the Tech Question Pool in .pdf
format with the correct answers hilighted. (Effective July 1st, 2014)


Right-click on either of these two links and select "Save Link As"
to save that question pool to your computer.


Here is the question pool with only the correct answers for
General Class in .pdf format for July 1st, 2011.


Below is the Extra Class Question Pool with only the correct answers. The Diagrams are also included in this self extracting Archive.

Click Here for the Extra Class Question Pool
that went into effect July 1, 2012.


Who We Are
How to Join
Club Officers




The Gray Hamfest has been replaced by the Greenville Hamfest.
Click here to visit their website.


AA9PW FCC Exam Practice

Amateur Radio and Commercial Radio licensing exam practice

Hamboozler works by quizzing you through random study or practice tests.
It remembers which questions you answered correctly and which ones you missed.
The system will then select questions based on your previous results and populate
your next practice test with the same (or similar) questions to the ones you missed.


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Last updated 5/10/2015 by:
N4ZFA Webmaster.

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