Upcoming Meetings...

[Please check the Public Service page for upcoming public service events that the club will be supporting.]

All meetings are on the UGA Health Sciences Campus at the Institute for Disaster Management, 105 Bowstrom Rd., Athens, Georgia. A map and directions can be downloaded.

January 8, 2019 [NOTE THAT THIS IS THE 2nd TUESDAY]: ARES Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. & Radio Club Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. TOPIC: "Tips on Learning Morse Code"

February 5, 2019: 6:30 p.m. VE FCC License Exam Session... Radio Club Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. TOPIC: "Building an Itinerant Repeater

March 5, 2019: ARES Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. & Radio Club Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. TOPIC: "Software-Defined Radio"

April 2, 2019: 6:30 p.m. VE FCC License Exam Session... Radio Club Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. TOPIC: "Skywarn Net Protocol"

May 7, 2019: ARES Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. & Radio Club Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. TOPIC: TBA

June 4, 2019: 6:30 p.m. VE FCC License Exam Session... Radio Club Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. TOPIC: Field Day Planning

June 22-23, 2019: FIELD DAY!

July 2019: NO MEETING... Happy 4th of July!

*Some previous programs that have been made available can be accessed here.  If anyone has particular interest for a program topic and/or would like to present a ham radio-related topic at an upcoming Club meeting, please e-mail the Club Vice President.

Area VE Sessions...

Barrow Amateur Radio Club: 3rd Saturday of each month at the CERT Office, 66 McElroy St., Winder, GA 30680. Contact Mike Wolcott, W4WYI, 404.281.6581 or via e-mail.

Walton Count Repeater Group: 3rd Thursday of odd months at 6:15 pm at the Walton County Fire Headquarters (adjacent to the drivers' license office), Hwy 78, Between, GA.

OPERATING EVENTS... (If anyone spots an interesting operating event, please notify the webmaster.)

Contests:  Contest calendar


September 22, 2018 - Members of the Athens Radio Club assisted at the annual Bulldwag Memorial 5K run that benefits the families of fallen soldiers through the Joshua Reeves Foundation and ROTC Cadets through scholarships established in honor of fallen UGA Army ROTC alums. 

August 19, 2018 - Four club members staffed the Athens-Clarke County Mobile Communications Van, along with ACC dispatcher Kevin Zapata (below center), at the "Tri To Beat Cancer" triathlon. The volunteers were, left-to-right, Ed Rollor (N4ZRA), Alex Ankirskiy (KN4GTB), Jess Hickey (N4JAH), and Rick Waters (WA4ERS).

August 4, 2018 - The Athens Radio Club helped the Athens YMCA with their 5K trail run. Rick (WA4ERS) and Janna (KK4ESB) worked as net control, and James (KF4AQO), Sonny (KD2IXT), Tom B (K4THB), Nola (KG4OVO), Ed (N4ZRA), Jess (N4JAH), and Alex (KN4GTB) braved the muddy woods for a fun event. Many run participants expressed appreciation for our being there. 

August 1, 2018 - MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS VAN (MCV) TRAINING... Seven (7) Athens Radio Club members were trained in the operations of the Athens-Clarke County Mobile Communications Van (below).

Kathleen (KN4IJM), Tom B. (K4THB), Bob (KE4JLL), Jess (N4JAH), Ed (N4ZRA), James (KF4AQO), Rick (WA4ERS), and Alex (KN4GTB) spent 3+ hours with ACC's 800 MHz Coordinator, Howell McKinnon, learning about this fascinating ability to patch multiple agencies' radios together in an emergency.

June 23-24, 2018 - FIELD DAY VIDEO! Thank you everyone who helped out!

May 30, 2018 - Bob Herrin (below right) KE4JLL, Rick Waters (below left) WA4ERS, and Kathleen McCook (off camera) KN4IJM taught a "Ham Radio 101" class for UGA's OLLI program, which was well-attended.

June 24-25, 2017 - Field Day was a resounding success as the Athens Radio Club participated with the Northeast Georgia Amateur Radio Club at Nicholson Park.  The group entered as 3A with one station focused on CW and the other stations on phone or digital.  The CW ops were a serious group as usual.  Thanks to Rick Waters, WA4ERS, for the aerial shots, and James Reeves, KF4AQO, for the other photos.


May 30, 2017 - Chris Harper, KK4GXT, shared about an experience that he had over the Memorial Day weekend. He was camping in the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina with a group of friends when a distraught Scoutmaster came into their camp looking for two missing Boy Scouts, both around 12 years old.  The Scoutmaster had just hiked a long section of trail from the south trying to locate them without any luck.  Chris' group, all carrying Baofeng UV5R radios (on a Simplex frequency) decided to split up and each take a section of trail to see if they could locate them. There is a fairly extensive network of trails with numerous forks, loops and trails that simply dead end. 

Here's the map of the region: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/stelprdb5298957.jpg

In teams of two to three, Chris' group split up into four teams and cleared around 18 miles of trails in just a few hours. Chris stayed at Yates Place Camp, centrally located, with the Scoutmaster, primarily because he is a paramedic, but also because he had the only vehicle with a radio powerful enough to reach out in every direction, an ICOM 2300H transmitting at 65w.  The antenna on the roof of his Toyota Tacoma is a 19 inch quarter wave, which he soon to discovered has a major limitation (which he wants to address in the future).

Sitting at the picnic table with the Scoutmaster, Chris also set up a Baofeng UV5R 5 watt HT and hoisted his roll-up/slim jim Ed Fong DBJ-2  into the air over a tree limb.  He was able to make contact with all four of the teams, located 3.5 to 4.5 miles away (as the crow flies) through mountainous, heavily forested terrain with the ICOM. They said they could all hear him clearly; but hearing them was a different story. He noticed that when the ICOM could not receive the transmissions of the field teams, the Baofeng with the DBJ-2 picked up even the most faint transmissions of radios with dying batteries. He was also using it to talk to them, and about 80% of the time they were hearing him. When they couldn't, Chris would run back to the truck to transmit using 65 watts.  But he really was most amazed when he heard nothing from the truck radio, and the DBJ-2 was crackling with their radio traffic. 

Needless to say, Chris was impressed by the performance of the DBJ-2, and recommended that all of his fellow campers invest in one, (or build one if they had the know-how.)  Now Chris just needs to work on that truck antenna.

3-1/2 hours into the search one of the teams located the Scouts and returned them to their troop located down at Woodrun Camp. (See below) 

(Contributed by Chris, KK4GXT, edited by Webmaster.)

May 16, 2017 - A program by the Athens Radio Club - Hams Helping Other Hams - coordinates Rick Waters, WA4ERS, with other club members to offer their expertise, labor, and other resources.  Go to the "Need Help?" page to register your willingness to help or to request help.

April 11, 2017 - A set of files are on the Software page to use in programming radios.  These files are contributed by club members.  If you would like to provide a file, please indicate the radio, date compiled and software package that uses the file.  Send the file as an e-mail attachment to the webmaster.

April 4, 2017 - A new meeting location provides ample room for club meetings with great capabilities for programs.  If you haven't visited us in a while, come see and enjoy the fellowship of Athens Radio Club.  (WA4ERS photo)





Updated 03/31/2018