Click HERE to email our QSL Team for contact confirmation.

What's My IP?
You can snail-mail us at:

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
Kingsport, TN. 37660

The Current time is:

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

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

WM4T's Repeater List
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


Ed AC4ED's Photos
(RIP Ed!)

Jenni KI4TNT's Photos 1

Jenni KI4TNT's Photos 2

Jeff (K4LMP's)
Web Site

Earl (N4ZFA's)

QSL.NET 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


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.


W4TRC Webmaster

Press the play arrow then click the fullscreen box for maximum entertainment.


Tip: You can Zoom in/out by holding CTRL and rotating your mouse wheel.

Repeater Info


KARC & BMRC Present the

Twice a month now we are getting together for great fellowship and good breakfast food! The first meeting each month is the Saturday following our club meeting and we gather at Perkins on Fort Henry Drive in Colonial Heights at 10AM. The second gathering is the 4th. Wednesday at the Bob Evan's, I-26 exit 17 North of Johnson City at 9AM.

Everyone attending seems to really enjoy these so why don't you come and join us too! All are welcome, HAMS, friends and family!!

(Digital Mobile Radio)
is getting pretty popular these days.
To find out more, join the
VolNet Facebook Page,
or visit the official website below.


Almost every club meeting is preceeded
with an ARRL VE test session @ 5pm.

tests are available to be taken.

Naturally, some folks work until 5pm.
Testing is open for two hours
before each club meeting.
Arrive BEFORE 6pm as the Club Meeting
WILL start at 7pm.

The August and December club meetings
will NOT have Test Sessions.

August is the Club Picnic &
December is the Christmas Party.

If you plan on testing, PLEASE
contact the LEAD VE ASAP.
Tom Price (KI4CVU)

Mobile (423) 429-1500

Here's what you need to bring:

$15.00 cash for your test.
Please try to bring exact change.
2 picture ID's.
(or one picture ID and your birth certificate)
and your CSCE (if applicable).
A copy of your current license.
Yes, A COPY.
(Unless you aren't already Licensed.)
It has to be sent to the FCC in order
for you to recieve your upgrade.

(This is YOUR responsibility. Not ours.)
You may also bring a non-programmable calculator, if needed.

We will provide everything else that
you will need for the 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 for this month.


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, 2015.

Kingsport has a 33cm repeater
up thanks N6MMX.

The output is 927.025 &
the input is 902.025
The PL tone is 123.0 hz.

Here's a good site for News.


The Internet Archive website has every edition of 73 Magazine archived. Feel free to click on the logo above and get lost for days reading and reliving the experience! You newer Hams will find out that Baofeng hasn't always existed! People actually had to BUILD their equipment back in the "good old days!" Also, make sure you check out the prices in some of the ads from back in the 60's, 70's and 80's. $25.00 radios didn't exist back then! Whatever you do, enjoy this journey back in time and share the link with your family and friends. They'll get a kick out of it too!


Click on the image above to see another awesome J-Pole design.

Want to learn Morse Code?
Here's a good place to start!

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

Remember the 1996 movie " Phenomenon "?
It starred John Travolta, Forrest Whittaker,
Kira Sedgewick and Brent Spiner. (Yes, Data.)
In the movie, Nate (Forrest Whittaker's character)
is a ham operator.  His callsign is WB6QLF.
It turns out that WB6QLF is a real call, but
doesn't belong to anyone by the name of
Nate or Forrest.  It belongs to a gentleman
by the name of Charles B. Roblin in Victorville, CA.

Here's the official FCC record for that callsign.

We here at W4TRC are all about interesting and cool stuff!

Weather for Kingsport, Tennessee

FCC Callsign Lookup Database


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
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

You might also like

HERE are the Sullivan County, TN
trunked frequencies on

HERE are the Washington County, TN
trunked frequencies on

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---


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

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!

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


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 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.


18:00 Freq: 145.410 Jefferson County ARES Net
21:00 Greene Co. Emergency Net 145.390
Sevier County Emergency Radio Service, 19:30, on the 146.940 repeater.

Tuesdays (except 3rd):

ARES Net, 21:00 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 21:00 local time. The net will then move to 147.420 (one of the national simplex frequencies).

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:
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

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.

Three Rivers Cornbread

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