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We had testing Saturday 9-18-21

David Baker - KG4OJL upgrade to General Class
Steve Page - KO4TLF New Ham Technician Class



With the threat of rain on Saturday the pond pavillion at Athens Regional Park has been reserved from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the antenna activity and testing. The trailer and antenna folks will meet at Hardees (join a few us for breakfast) and pull out at 9 a.m. If you think you'll need it bring it (rain coat, chair,umbrella, bug spray, drink, food etc.). For the folks testing, you are more than welcome to meet at Hardees and eat with us and travel with us to the park. Also your invited to hang around after testing and enjoy learning about building an antenna and ask questions that you may have. It should be a fun outing!!!
Looking foward to seeing you all there!!
73 de KM4BBV



!!!!! ATTENTION !!!!!

 The testing for Saturday has changed venues and time. The new venue will be at Athens Regional Park and the time will be at 10:00 a.m. Look for our Club trailer.

We will be meeting at Hardees on Congress parkway (by Cook Out) Saturday Sept 18th . We will leave at 9 a.m.

and travel to Athens Regional Park with the club trailer. Paul will demonstrate how to make a 10m wire antenna and then use it on the trailer to make some contacts!! Anyone and everyone is invited to join.    


Calling Mountain Toppers (and flat landers!!!) We will meet in Tellico At Hardees (possibly closed) and the gas station next to it. We will leave out at 9a.m. So get your bug spray, pack a lunch and your radio gear or whatever you think you'll need during the day and join us!!! Oh you just have a hand held radio thats 5 watts? Did you know we have talked to Nashiville with a Baofeng ht?  Oooh so your not a liscenced ham?....I see, you dont have a radio?....Oh your just a new technician? THIS ADVENTURE INCLUDES YOU!! Anyone is welcome to ride along,look and participate . It doesn't matter your level of ham experience or even if you are a ham! You can use our radios or bring yours!!!! but don't ask Kenny to use his he is stingy! LOL..  Come on out and learn new ideas or experience the many different "modes of ham radio or just come out to see different ways to operate ham radios in "not so ideal" conditions.



The testing for 9-11-21 has been RESCHEDULED for the following Saturday 9-18-21. Whether your testing for technician or an upgrade even if your not a member of MCARC you are welcome to test. Testing will be 9a.m. at Southern Home Reality in downtown Athens @ 205 East Madison Ave. VEs will be needed.



CANCELED but rescheduled-----There will be testing for all classes of ham licenses Sept. 11th at 9:00am at Southern Homes reality offices @ 205 East Madison Ave. Athen Tn. Anyone and everyone  interested in getting their ham license or wanting to upgrade is welcome. VE's will be needed as well.



I over heard a conversation "wink wink" that MOUNTAIN TOPPING was starting back up in September!!! The second Saturday to be exact. So get your bug spray, pack a lunch and your radio gear or whatever you think you'll need and join us!!! Oooh so your not a liscenced ham?....I see, you dont have a radio?....Oh your just a new technician? THIS adventure INCLUDES YOU!! Anyone is welcome to ride along, see and participate . It doesn't matter your level of ham experience or even if you are a ham! Come on out and learn new ideas or experience the many different "modes or just come out to see different ways to operate ham radios in "not so ideal" conditions. For more info you can contact the website editors at the top of this blog.

Oh yeah, mark your calanders for mountain topping "March Madness" We plan to go Mnt Topping every Saturday in the month of March!

 de KM4BBV



Dont forget about finalizing your golf commitments and getting them turned in! Time is drawing close!



Latest News for Huntsville Hamfest

August 11, 2021

Through the year we’ve been encouraged by declining hospitalization rates and positive tests.  Now in the past few weeks this COVID Delta variant is reversing trends with hospitalizations up and some locales & organizations implementing mask MANDATES.  This fluid situation has everyone on edge – vendors & visitors alike are wondering what to do.  MFJ cancelled last week.  DXEngineering called today to cancel.  But just as many vendors have called recently to say they are still coming.

In an earlier post, the Huntsville Hamfest encouraged everyone attending to be vaccinated.  We’re going further in this post to strongly recommend, for the sake of everyone attending and then going home to their families, to wear a mask.  This follows CDC GUIDANCE at this time. 

At this late date, the Huntsville Hamfest is contractually committed to hosting the show.  The only reason for cancelling would be a MANDATE from Local or State government banning indoor mass gatherings.   

From the beginning of our planning the Hamfest Board has taken steps to ensure the safety of our guests.  Twelve-foot aisles in an expanded space with hand sanitizers social distancing signage throughout the Hall will allow visitors and vendors to safely gather.  We will continue to be “The World’s Friendliest Hamfest” but without the handshakes and hugs this year.


Huntsville Hamfest Board





Jonathan Rayburn - KO4SJA




Arthur Walker - KO4RZX

Mary Walker - KO4RZY

Arthur Walker Jr. - KO45RZW

Mathew Spearman - KO4RZZ

Robert Flemming KF4GDS upgraded to General Class

 Matthew Kirrman KO4SAC




Friday 7/16 there will be a need to for club members to volunteer for the hamfest set up. This will include but not limited to setting up signage will need to be placed. Several vendors will need help in the latter part of the day. There will be a need of 8-10 ppl needed on friday. Saturday morning requires opening the gates at 06:00 for vendors. 10-15 volunteers will be needed to start the day at 05:30. At 07:00 the gates will open to the public. The more volunteers we have the , the more time for us to take breaks and enjoy the hamfest during the day. At the close of the hamfest, the club is obligated to police the grounds back to the way we received it. This is part of the rental clause.If you will be able to help please email Paul at and let him know which time slot you can be there for example: Friday only, Saturday only or both days etc. If you have a previous assignment that you would like to do then please state this info. We need a talk in operator, club table team, tailgate lead person, ticket person just to mention a few.


From KM4BBV:

Thanks to all that participated in the field event this past Saturday and Sunday. If you were there you played a role at some point to make this event great and I thank you! I want to personally thank Darris K4RST for staying the 24 hrs and contesting I know he enjoys it but I think he stayed because he didnt want me to have to be by myself. Thats the second time we have done an all night  field day contest together. The first time if it had not been for his encouragement, I would have not had the confidence to do it. Second I would like to thank Bill W4WPL and Chris KM4OTL for making a special trip to Athens just to help some newbies set up the trailer and the antenna. Thank You to Bob Miller KC4KUZ for the nice table set up and signage and for the "behind the scene" stuff. Last but not least thank you Mike KD4DW for coming over Sunday and helping close up and clean up. Are these mentioned all that did anything for field day? NO! All these men displayed the true spirit of hams in my opinion and took on the role of mentoring and very diserving of a big thank you!

There will be more from Field Day 2021 coming to the website



Some amateur radio operators dedicate exceptional amounts of time and effort promoting

 and supporting the hobby, encouraging and mentoring those interested in becoming liscensed "hams".

Mike Farmer, KT4DW, has recruited and offered training classes for aspiring hobbyists for

decades adding numerous new enthusiast to the airways. In recognition of his many

years of promotion and service to the Mcminn Amateur Radio club awarded

Mike with Lifetime Membership in the club.

 Congratulations Mike!

Pictured below is MCARC Club President Paul Eakin KJ4G awarding Mike's Life Membership to the club.



    A BIG THANK YOU to Darris K4RST for his up keep of the website and miniblog.

 Will KO4WHD and Sid KM4BBV have officially taken over the website committee.

Please preview the website and report any issues or ideas to website editor.



From Paul. KJ4G. I asked Bob, KC4KUZ, to clarify with the various officials our use of the government buildings and parks for Amateur Radio programs. The following results will be a real benefit to our programs throughout the year. We continue to have a great working relationship with our government officials.

#1 The pavilion by the lake at the Athens Regional Park has been reserved for the last full weekend in June for those who want to hold Field Day at that site. The park is slowly opening more of its area up to the public. If we decide not to use it, we can let the Parks & Rec. Department know so they can reschedule to someone else. There is NO cost for us to use it. Making the reservation needs to be done in early January of each year.

#2 The Athens Municipal Buildings Court Room is still on the reserve list for the clubs monthly meeting on the second Monday of the month from 6-9 pm. As soon as the room is opened for meetings with larger crowds, we will be contacted by the City Manager’s Secretary. The yearly scheduling of this room should be done in December of each year in the City Managers Secretary’s office. The new procedure for entering the building will be given to the club’s officers.

#3 The Parks and Recreation Department has approved the use of their parking lots for amateur training sessions. We need to make sure we do not interfere with the Baseball parking. The Department would like for us to contact them when we plan to have an event in the parking lot so their park staff will know what is going on.

#4 The Parks and Recreation Department has also agreed to let us use the top of the Hill to do training, have “Portable Operations” events from that area and during emergency events in our area. We will have to contact the Department when we plan to use the Hill Top to get access to the road going to the top, so they can let their staff know what we are doing. The long-term plans for development of the hilltop have amateurs in mind. When the light poles are installed, they will have pulleys installed for wire antennas to be set up.

Notice! The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that's likely to change its RFE profile - such as different antenna or placement or greater power - will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change.

The Report and Order can be found online in PDF format at,

Lookout mountain Amateur Radio Community. Click here

Hello All, The 442.275 repeater at AUB is now connected to the Southeast link via Wires-X for those that have C4FM capabilities. For more info, contact Reed, W4HRC

South East Tennessee
First Responders Cup was a great success. Thanks to all the sponsors, player's and MCARC Members that helped out. Also, thanks to Brian Ford and staff at Ridgewood Golf for there support. Could not of done it without them. Till next year 73s!