Why do you have that antenna on your car? **Wilson County Radio League**

What is that antenna for? Why do you have that radio in your car? Who do you talk with?

We as radio operators get questions like this fairly often, but what do you say when you are asked this question? Do you downplay the question by saying “oh it’s just a hobby” or “I just talk with my friends” however you answer the question is personal to you or the situation you are in. I encourage you to be aware that most people have no clue the capabilities of radios or the usefulness in emergencies or business. case in point-

I accidentally set of the burglar alarm at a location I was leaving a few months ago and I waited around for at least 10 minutes waiting on the police to let them know I was supposed to be at this location and I accidentally set of the alarm as I was locking up. When they arrived I quickly informed the officers and told them I was the key holder, and that I heard the call go out on the radio and I had been waiting on them. The officer looked very concerned and bewildered that I knew of his location and response time. He inquired how I would have known that information. I began to tell him about the local radio club that I was a member of and how we learn and practice radio operation. This hobby helps us to learn about electronics and radio frequency. After several minutes of discussion about how repeaters work and digital communications that are sometimes relayed to analog repeaters etc.. etc.. I think I finally convinced him I was not really a burglar. What I did do is use my knowledge as a teaching moment for this officer and hopefully pique his interest in the subject so maybe one day he will learn more about the equipment he uses and maybe join a local group and have some fun and make friends while learning a hobby.

If you are not a member of a club-

I encourage you to come to a meeting and learn about those people with antennas.

If you are a member, I encourage you to tell a stranger about your hobby!



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 arrl.org/ares. And visit the DCCARC website at http://www.dccarc.org”



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


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