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The objective of the club shall be:

  • Promotion of interest in amateur radio communication and experimentation
  • The relaying of messages by radio without charge
  • Provide emergency and community service communications
  • Advancement of the radio art
  • The maintenance of fraternalism and a high starndard of conduct among club members
  • The promotion of other activities similar to those named

Coming Events & Information

Field Day 2018

The Kingsport and Bays Mountain Amateur Radio Club will be hosting Field Day 2018 on June 23 and 24 at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport at Shelter House 1 on Duck Island. We will meet for breakfast on Saturday the 23rd at Hardees at TN 93 (John B. Dennis Highway) and I-26 at 8:30 a.m. We will leave from there to arrive at the park by 10:00 a.m. and begin setting up the stations. Lunch is at noon and operating begins at 2:00 p.m., continuing for 24 hours until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For a map and directions, visit the ARRL Field Day Locator site at

All are welcome, whether experienced or just getting into the hobby. We will have three stations in operation at all times in addition to a GOTA (Get On The Air) station. The GOTA station is for those who are a bit rusty in their skills or new to the hobby and need a little coaching on procedures and how to make contacts.

The Kingsport two-meter repeater of 146.970 will be monitored for talk-in under the call sign of W4TRC. For those with mobility issues, the site is accessible, but please call on the repeater to get directions on how to drive around to the shelter house.

Chef Carl will be preparing our meals and he would like a head count so he knows how much food to get. Please visit the following site and add your name to the list:

Or, you may email Carl at and let him know which meals you will attend.

If you have your own headphones and/or CW key, you might want to bring them along.

For questions or additional information, you may email Ron Burns at

License Testing will be available at 430pm during Field Day on-site. However, you must follow the instructions near the bottom of this page to be eligible to test.

QRP In The Park was hosted by John Williams (KJ4ZFK).  John led discussions on ” Lessons Learned From Previous Outings ” and ” Using Technology For More Successful Communication “.  David Gulley (KI4AAU) spoke to us on ” Better Practices For UHF/VHF Communications “.  Carl Hacker (WC5WM) discussed NVIS Antennas and led us in an NVIS installation.  Everyone had a good time and took home what we had learned!

David Discussing VHF/UHF

Carl Explaining NVIS

Dave & Rick Adjusting Radio


There Are Three club breakfasts each month.  They are held on the 1st and 4th Wednesdays and the Saturday following a club meeting.  Many come to breakfast and bring their wives.  Many come and do not belong to any club.  But everyone has a good time because we all continue to come again.  For more details, check out the club activities tab.

License Testing

On the odd months of the year, prior to the normally scheduled club meeting, the club offers testing for Amateur Radio Licenses.  The tests will be administered at 5:00 p.m. at the Eastman Toy F. Reid Recreation Center located at 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN.  If you are interested in taking an exam, please contact Tom Price, KI4CVU, at or phone (423) 429-1500.  All applicants MUST Pre-Register with Tom prior to the day you would like to take an exam.  See menu tab for additional details.

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