You can still snail-mail us at:

Ken Klotz (W4IJK)
208 Navijo Trail
Church Hill, TN 37642l

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 individual
or $15.00 for immediate family
membership to:

David Stevens
Treasurer KARC
Kingsport, TN. 37660

AMATEUR ULS License Search

A Good Jump-Kit Page

ARRL's Hambands in color PDF

N1HY Go-Kit Links

Ready Kits

ICS213 Form

ARRL Executive Committee Issues Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy Statement

Logbook of the world now 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

2011 & 2012 Sunday Night Net Stats

2009 & 2010 Sunday Night Net Stats

2013 & 2014 Sunday Night Net Stats

2015 & 2016 Sunday Night Net Stats

Thanks to Phil Alley (KE4FFO) - Here is the Sunday Night Log Sheet for NCO's

Here is the Sunday Evening NET Script if you think you'd like to be a Net Control Operator...

Local 2 Meters Repeaters List (Thank You, K4JP!)

Local 220 & 440 Frequencies

W1AW ARRL DX Bulletins

Daily FCC ULS Updates

Canadian Amateur Callsign Database

NASA Live Streaming Video

Abandoned Russian 'Duga - 3' Woodpecker Antenna Array"

Amateur Radio Today
Video with Walter Cronkite


Ed AC4ED's Photos

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

ND2E's Webpage

Club Photos (


Radio Mods

Radio Direction Finding

KWARC's Dipole Calculator

Ohm's Law Calculator

Misc Links




Interactive Map

Time & Frequency

Official US Time


Tennessee Amateur Auto Tag Application

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 Gate City's 146.820 machine.


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Go to the West Sullivan County
ARES Website

Click below for some
W4TRC Repeater Autopatch Tips

Thursday, March 12th

The Kingsport Amateur Radio Club and Bays Mountian Radio Club will be having a test session at 17:00 (5pm) in the Eastman Employees Recreational Center located at the corner of Wilcox Drive and Industry Drive in Kingsport, TN.


If you plan on attending,
you need to contact:

Ken Robinson >(K4KBR) @ (423) 348-1473.

This test session will be for ALL Amateur Radio class licenses.
(Technician - General - Extra)

What to bring: $15.00 cash for the test, 2 picture ID's
(or one picture ID and your birth certificate)
and your CSCE (if applicable) or a copy of your current license.

You may also bring a non-programmable calculator, if needed.

We will provide everything else that
you will need for your test session.

Note: when you show up (15 minutes early is advised), you will need to ask the attendant at the front desk (on your left as you enter the building) which room the radio club is meeting in this month.

Which color would you like the background to be?

Weather temperature in Kingsport, Tennessee, United States of America
Weather Forecast

Google Groups


Visit our users group!

Did you know that you can get a personalized license plate
for your vehicle with you ham call on it?


is the application that you can print out, fill out and
mail in to order your new tag!
(Don't forget to include a photo-copy of your fcc license!)

Note: it will take a few weeks to a couple of months to get your new tag, so be patient!

Check out the Capital City Amateur Radio Club SO-239 antenna page. This is the first antenna I built when I upgraded from Novice to Technician Plus...

Click here to read the FAQ about
Digital Mobile Radio from NC PRN

Here is another page on that shows you how to build your own dipoles and vertical antennas!

Thanks to Tanner for finding this morse code link!

Also, Thanks to Tanners Special Ed teacher Maggie O'Brien
for letting us know about his find!

Check out the
Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan

Thanks to John Williams (KJ4ZFK) for finding this link!

Okay, this has absolutely nothing to do with ham radio,
but it is useful to just about EVERYONE!

How to get rid of ants, naturally!

I was cruising the 40 meter band one Sunday morning and happened
across a net that I thought 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 webpage!

Click HERE for Sullivan County (TN) trunked frequencies on
Click HERE for Washington County (TN) trunked frequencies on

Radio Programming Software
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 I recommend that you extract it to
c:\Wouxun for ease of use. Also included is a wealth of PDF documents that will make programming and day to day operations of your new radio much easier.

We have also included the ultimate programmer, the KG-UV Commander!

If you happen to have a UV-5r or one of the newer BF-F8+ 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.

Good News! Chirp now has a setting for the BF-F8HP!!!

Note that the first time you upload this image file to the
BF-F8+ you will get an error. Just download the image
from your radio and save the file on your computer.
(After you've done your personalized editing, of course!)
You won't get that error when you upload that image next time.

Also, Here is a link to the latest version of CHIRP.

Here is an archive of programming software for most of the Quansheng radios that may not be covered by CHIRP.
IE: Quansheng TG-UV2

Click Here for the Prolific Chipset drivers for XP, Vista and Windows 7 & 8 - Both 32 and 64 bit versions.

>>>Please Read These Notes<<<

After downloading, run the file and click "browse". Select your desktop to extract the files to. After extraction, you will find a folder named "PROLIFIC DRIVERS" on your desktop.

These drivers are for the programming cables that are typically used in programming
the Wouxun, Yaesu, Icom, Puxing and Baofeng handheld radios.

If you let Windows install drivers automatically from the internet,
chances are excellent that your cable WILL NOT WORK!

The newest versions of the Prolific drivers
(the ones found on the internet) WILL NOT
allow the cloned chips that almost all manufacturers now use to start.
(This was done intentionally by the original Prolific company in an effort
to force people to buy their more expensive chipsets.)

To install these drivers, select the proper file from the archive for your OS and run it. After it finishes, go to the control panel (from the Start Menu) and open the device manager. Look for the Prolific USB to Serial adapter with an exclamiation point next to the icon for that device (It should stand out rather noticably). Double click on that device, and 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 two (perhaps more) drivers available - they all have dates on them...
Select the OLDEST one (cirrca: 2009) and then click next...
Let Windows do its thing, and -


You now have a working (albeit, cloned) Prolific USB
to serial adapter to program your new radio with!


Click here to download these instructions in a text file....

We now have a Digi-peater up on Bays Mountain!

The frequency is 145.050 and
the digi's name is

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!

(Thanks to Mike Jackson - KI4OJO for this link!)

The Singing Hams!
This is so cool! You just have 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 in range!
(Covers almost all VHF and UHF repeaters!)

If you want to look up a callsign,

visit QRZ.COM

Click for Kingsport, Tennessee Forecast

Is your computer constantly accessing the hard drive?

The free software "What's my computer doing?" tells you why. It shows all programs (with details!), that are accessing your hard disk or using the CPU. Furthermore you have the option to close these programs or even uninstall them.

Click here for a list of tools and resources from that will help you make your own 'Emergency Preparedness Kit'!
Thoughts on the "Mystery" Antenna
By Gene Hinkle, K5PA

Here is a good way to install
a PL-259 on RG-8x coax!

Click HERE for the Super Cool

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!

And of course, there is the ever
ubiquitous J-Pole Calculator!

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

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

Thanks again, Norris!!!

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

HERE is the last FREE version of HRD v5.0
Dipoles for Dummies!

Some local ARES nets and their days and times.


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.


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 (HT) 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 per person & $15 per year for families!

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:
It is worth mentioning 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

Scanner Frequencies and Talk Groups for Sullivan County

For some mildly entertaining reading,
Click here to go to

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

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

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

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), and then remembering which questions you answered correctly and incorrectly.
Then, the system will select questions based on your previous results.

Renew your own License!
Other than for Vanity license applications,
all FCC license application actions are FREE.

This includes requesting duplicates of your existing license.


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