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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


Rick “WB4RLJ” & John “KJ4ZFK” AT Cafe 93

Winter Field Day 2019

Patrick Quesinberry, K4LPQ, hosted the KARC/BMRC Winter Field Day this year at Boone Creek Middle School in Johnson City.  It was definitely the best Winter Field Day experience since I have been with the club.  The facility easily accommodated four stations, was heated, had lavatories and plenty of food.  Approximately fifteen hams participated over the twenty four hour event making 384 contacts, accumulating 3,024 points within 5 countries.  The club is very proud of those that made this a huge success this year!!!  More information about the event is in ZeroBeat.

Patrick (K4LPQ) Captain, Winter Field day 2019


February Program

Neil Weber (KM4NWH) presented an interesting program on the SDRplay RSP1A 14 Bit SDR.  The device is awesome, allowing you to see much more than analog radio signals on the ham bands.  It interfaces with many radios and as Neil says “I don’t even have to touch my rig to change bands, frequencies or filters.  The SDR-UNO Software is included with the unit.  Before purchasing the unit though, call the distributer such as DX Engineering, and make sure you get the correct cables and hardware. Thank You Neil for a Great Program!!!


NVIS Program

We are blessed to be surrounded by other clubs willing to share talent.  We too have members that are willing to share their expertise with other clubs.  One of those members is John Williams, KJ4ZFK, making a presentation on NVIS at the Bristol Club.  Click on the following link to watch John in action:


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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