Member update- ARES

  We want to congratulate one of our members Jerry Lee-W4HZB who has recently been appointed to  Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Cannon County TN. as of 22 August 2017. Jerry wanted to also welcome anyone to join the ARES net on Tuesday nights 7 pm on 145.490 pl 100. 

“If you are interested in becoming a member of ARES, please contact Bob Mitchell – W3HKG in DeKalb County or KG4IKT – Jeff Estal in Cannon County, or  your local ARES Emergency Coordinator, you may also visit the ARRL ARES website at And visit the DCCARC website at”




Nicholas Winslow KK4UTQ:

Confirmed this morning that our tower suffered a direct lightning strike sometime Friday that destroyed most if not all equipment including our comet antenna. Plans are in place for the repair and replacement of damaged equipment and the repeater should be back online within a few days. For the record, our repeater itself was not harmed – the lightning arrester and surge protector did their jobs. In the meantime, as always, primary simplex backup is USIM1 and the W4LYR Repeater in Watertown is available for general use. 

Thank you for your understanding 

If you miss Hamquest, You will regret it

Attention Attention read all about it. July 29th Wilson County Fairgrounds Lebanon,TN Be there or hear dead air. Even if you don’t know how to turn on a radio but you have an interest in communication, please come out and talk with someone.

Official Hamquest Website

What is Hamquest you ask?  Well we definitely will not be searching for the perfect pig.. This is an amateur radio swap meet. There will be mobiles, handheld’s, coax, antennas, connectors, wire and everything in between. If you have the cash or the right trade you can outfit your car or home to communicate with other radio enthusiast without internet or cell phone fees. All of this gear in one location, no searching the internet for hours and days wishing you could test and use the radio before you buy. This is a one stop shop.

The Wilson County Radio League will be operating the talk-in and test station in the back corner of the venue. Stop in and say hi. We are a different kind of club. Our goal is to better ourselves and to serve the community by continually maintaining, practicing and improving our communication and technical abilities. We are primarily focused on amateur radio, but we embrace all types of auxiliary communication.”  

The all types of auxiliary communication include MURS, GMRS, FRS, and more. Our club is planning to have multiple type of radio gear to showcase, including a GMRS Repeater and handheld radios.  We will see you there.gmrs btech

Foxhunt Radio frequency Challenge


Forwarding reports from
Filbert – K4MCD


Long Message follows, prepare to copy:

A foxhunt transmitter has been placed somewhere in the Middle Tennessee area that is currently transmitting on the input of the 145.170 Repeater, Tone 114.8.

This active foxhunt signal is a test of amateur radio personnel notification systems. Amateur radio personnel and stations are encouraged to use all communications mediums, to include social media, to notify and report progress.

This exercise is an actual transmitting foxhunt, per request from many local amateur radio personnel.

The foxhunt transmitter will remain on the air until further notice in order for participants to have time to test out their equipment, develop new equipment and techniques, and such.

Reports say the foxhunt signal is very weak into the repeater. Reports say the foxhunt signal transmits on a fairly regular schedule, though it is not strong enough to trigger the repeater each time.

Protocol for volunteers for this foxhunt transmitter exercise in seven parts is:

One: Locate the transmitter and follow the instructions posted on the unit. Please do not turn it off or disturb the location of the unit, leave it as you found it once the instructions are read and followed.

Two: Work with friends and other amateur radio personnel and use any resources that you have available to find this “rogue” transmitter. “Teams” are allowed.

Three: Extra Credit: Decode the CW message that is being transmitted and send an e-mail to the person that notified you of this event for data collection purposes as well as your Hunt status.

Four: Track your activities during this exercise on an ICS-214 form and submit an electronic copy to the person who notified you of this event.

Five: Report your ongoing activities via radio, text, e-mail, and such, to the person that notified you of this event.

Six: Report and record the time intervals of the transmissions.

Seven: Please do not disclose the exact location of the unit when found via radio so that others can enjoy the challenge of the hunt as well.

Experienced Net Controllers are encouraged to activate the system and do what they do so well.

Tom K1KY wishes “Happy Hunting”

Dan KM4WSX adds – similar procedures for a lost child or adult would be used, so exercise due diligence.

Dan KM4WSX sends



Dekalb/ Cannon ARC Field Day

You are invited to join the DeKalb Cannon Amateur Ham Radio Club field day event on June 24th 2017 @ Jim Cummings state roadside park, 2675 McMinnville Highway Woodbury TN. 37190.
Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015. “It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.” “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.” Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator.


Samantha and Joey Hudson lost their son in a motor vehicle collision on I440 in Nashville on May 15th,  2017. Samantha is a Dispatcher for Lebanon Police department in Tennessee Samantha was also injured in the crash and unable to work.  Please send donations to:

Samantha Hudson c/o Lebanon Police department 406 TENNESSEE BLVD Lebanon, TN 37138



20170509_184705A recent meeting of the minds at our monthly radio league get together started out unlike any other meeting. The president of the club walked in to the meeting carrying a glass punch bowl. This punch bowl was just like the ones you’ve all seen in the movies where some misguided youth pours a fifth of PGA in while the teachers are distracted at prom.

But on this particular night he had something up his sleeve, something that quite possibly had never been done before at any club meeting.

As we called the league meeting to order using the standard parliamentary procedure.. The introduction was “H.A.M RADIO SUCKS!” as the secretary hammered away his meeting notes on a 1970’s model typewriter. Ears’s perked and attention drew to the punch bowl and a huge stack of brightly colored cue cards sitting next to it.

Yes, the meeting was going to be different from all the other meetings that are typically filled with talk of  band openings and who purchased the latest and greatest  radio.

You see, in recent years the FCC has issued a record number of amateur radio licenses, we have well over 700,000 licensed amateurs in the U.S alone, but the repeaters are just sitting out on their respective hill tops’ wishing they could pickup a tone.

As the FCC certifies more and more radio operators, local club membership continues to slip downward. And even if a club has a few members join here and there the participation rate with those clubs is dismal at best.

Why you ask? Well the punch bowl was about to tell us…


The cue cards and markers were handed out to everyone in attendance that night and we were asked to write down everything we hated about our amateur radio hobby with one request ” Tonight, we’re not criticizing any negativity” . At first we had laughs and giggles and then some people jokingly started to refuse and said  ” I enjoy the hobby”  or “What’s wrong with ham radio”.

Eventually everyone settled down and started to realize we had to participate to figure out what was up his sleeve. The gripes started to fill the bowl. As each dislike and gripe was written the gripe/dislike was announced to the group. Here are a few.. ” Not enough young people.”/ ” People think I’m Weird”/ ” My radio is not a chick magnet” / “People associate me with other crazy operators”/ “Too expensive”/ “Too many Rules”/ “I hate having my personal info out there”/”Everyone in the hobby is old”/ ” I hate it when people use ham radio as an acronym H.A.M.”/ “Too many cliques”.  It went on and on.

As you can see in the picture, just about everyone had plenty of filled out cards in the bowl. Even the folks that loved everything about the hobby filled out some cards with dislike they had “heard of” before from other folks.

The point soon became crystal clear. We had a room full of radio operators that love this hobby and we managed to fill a punch bowl full of reasons this hobby is awful. We eventually went back through and found solutions and rebuttals  (too many to list here) that each one of our members could articulate to the massive amount of licensed operators and general public out there that are not participating in this fun hobby, so that maybe they to could enjoy the hobby and learn to embrace the honesty that not everyone is perfect. By reviewing the negatives we can better appreciate and spread the positives of our loved hobby.

God Bless and “Key that Mic”

WCRL- John McKinney- PIO

"Creating communities through communications"