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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


Annual Christmas Dinner

President Rick Johnson (WB4RLJ) has arranged for our club to have Christmas Dinner this year at the Piccadilly Cafeteria located in the Fort Henry Mall.  We will meet in front of the cafeteria as a group and enter as a group for private seating.  As this is always a family event, please bring your family.  Prospective hams are welcome too.  Dave Stevens (WB4DES) always makes the White Elephant/Dirty Santa time, FUN!!!  Cost is suggested at no more than $10 or something another ham would enjoy.  As always, the club meeting is suspended for the dinner.  See you December 12 at 1800 in front of the restaurant!!!


Silent Key

This morning as we all read our email, President Rick Johnson notified our club of the passing of Russ Richard (KA4RJR). Below is an excerpt from his email and comments from other club members.

Good Morning,  Russ Richards lost his battle with cancer on November 4th. Russ was the Net Admin for our club.

There will be a Memorial Service at the Keith House, 179 Greenwood Dr. Weber City Virginia, November 9th from 1300 – 1600.

His wife Cindy would like for all who knew Russ to attend.  Food and beverage is welcome.

I am deeply saddened to hear that Russ has died. I appreciated his pragmatic approach to matters and his sense of humor.  I enjoyed working with him on the NCS Team.

I didn’t know Russ well, but when we were together on club business, he was humorous and had good ideas to benefit the club.  It was evident that he loved his family and his family loved him.

We pray for our Lords Comfort and Blessing upon his family. And also for His Wisdom as they navigate their future without Russ.


Russell J Richard


Russell Obituary


Wondering What The Program will be about at the club meeting?  Wonder No More!!!  Norm Green (N5EES) will be presenting a program on BALUNS.  That’s Right, BALUNS.  Do you really know what a BALUN is?  Do you know the difference between a Current BALUN and a Voltage BALUN? Come to the club meeting and get ALL,  Thats Right, All, of your questions answered!!!

Great News!!!  Our club is sponsoring the First Annual Netherland Inn Special Event next month, October 12 and 13 from 1400 – 1700.  All club members have free access to the site during these times.  Please invite your family and friends to this historic site on this weekend.   Built between 1802 and 1808, the Netherland Inn is a registered National Historic Site.  Three United States presidents have stayed in the inn and Daniel Boone is believed to have lived in a cabin on site for two years.  For more information, please attend the next club meeting, stay tuned to your email and this webpage.  For more information on the Netherland Inn, visit their very informative website by clicking here

Update:  As many as 20 members attended the event enjoying the radio aspect as well as the tour of this historical site.  On Saturday, 100 contacts were made in 3 hours on SSB with the new NVIS Antenna constructed by John Williams (KJ4ZFK).  Bob Warden (KU4R) brought part of his station to the event and could be seen sending CW at the unbelievable speed of 150 wpm!!! WOW!!!  (Just kidding about the speed)  For the weekend, we had a total of 192 contacts in 29 states including Canada.  Everyone had a Great time and Jennifer Light was very appreciative of the special event promoting the Netherland Inn.  We will return next year!!!

Netherland Inn Special Event 2019 With Jennifer Light and Members Of The KARC/BMRC

To See Pictures Of The Event Click Here


Rick Johnson With Dave Light Discussing The Netherland Inn Special Event

To See The SAMPLE QSL Certificate Created By Patrick Quesinberry,  Click Here

Meet Bob Watts   KM4VMZ

Bob And His Station

To Read His Biography, Click On This Link


This Well Erected J-Pole Belongs To Bob Watts


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.  If you are testing for Technician Class,  you must  apply for an FRN (Federal Registration Number) first at   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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