ARC November 2018 meeting is ‘APRS For the Rest of Us’

NEW Meeting Time is 7:00 PM!!

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 PM for a presentation by Jorge NN4QQ entitled “APRS For the Rest of Us.” 

What is APRS? What can you do with it? Who uses it? How can I do it? What is ‘Voice Alert’ ? Jorge de la Torre will answer those questions and have more info for all.

Remember – 7:00 PM!! Atlanta Red Cross -1955 Monroe Dr. in Atlanta

Don’t forget the dinner meeting before the meeting is at Cowtippers Restaurant, 1600 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta – we meet there at NEW TIME – 5:30 PM –

October 2018 Meeting – DMR Code Plugs

Jeff W4JEW is our speaker for the October meeting and his topic will include DMR and Code Plugs. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM on October 4th and we meet at the Atlanta Red Cross HQ on Monroe Drive in Atlanta.

Members can eat before the meeting at a couple of locations, Gino’s NY Pizza – 1740 Cheshire Bridge Rd., and Cowtippers Steak & Spirits – 1600 Piedmont Ave. We suggest you arrive at 6 PM for dinner before a short drive to the meeting.

Here’s a description of the meeting from Jeff:

“For the October meeting (10/4/2018) I promised that we would go over how code plugs work and a high level overview of DMR for those that either couldn’t attend or want to hear about it again.

So that means we’ll be Code Pluggin’!!!

This will not be a session where we will actually program code plugs, though I will give a demonstration of the process. We will likely have one or two Second Sunday code plug programming events where you can bring your radios and laptops and we can roll up our sleeves and get to programming. 

If you have any specific requests for content, want to share what type of radio(s) you own, or anything else related to this topic, please let me know. I will be assembling my content over the weekend and will try to accommodate as many requests as I can.” 

See you on the 4th!

Second Sunday Tech – October 2018 is In the Park

It’s that time of year again for some outside radio fun! Join us at Tanyard Creek Park on the belt line on Sunday October 14 at 2:00 PM. Some of us may be there a little earlier.

Bring a radio or an antenna or both. Don’t have a radio or a license? That’s OK – you can still get on the air with one of our rigs!

See you there!

Here’s a map to Tanyard Creek.

September 2018 Meeting is DMR 101

Ken Bryant K1DMR will be our next guest speaker and his topic is “Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) – Why this Digital Protocol should be Important to You”

Ken has been a licensed amateur radio operator for nearly 25 years and holds a general class license.  For the past 20 years, Ken has held various leadership positions in the Amateur Radio Public Service Corps and Emergency Services.  He has been involved in Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) since the beginning in 2006 when it was first released to the commercial market in the US.  He is a frequent presenter on DMR around the country.

Mark the date of September 6 on your calendar now. The meeting begins promptly at 7:30 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. The address is 1955 Monroe Dr. NE, Atlanta for the Atlanta Metropolitan Red Cross Center, and we meet in the Board Room. See you there!

August 2018 Meeting is SWL and Elections

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 is the date for the next meeting. Join our current president Jim N4BFR on a tour of Short Wave Listening.  After Jim’s presentation we will hold the ARC annual election for our Executive Committee. As of this writing there is one slate up for election, and that slate includes the following Amateur Radio Operators:

President – Jeff W4JEW

Vice President – Bert KE4FOV

Treasurer/Secretary – Lane KB4KHQ

Member At Large – Stephen KG4PTO

Member At Large – Rob KI4UTY

An additional slate or slates can be offered at the meeting. Be sure to attend and cast your vote! 

See you at 7:30PM!

June 2018 Meeting is Trunking

This Thursday June 7, 2018 we will have Christopher Atkinson with his program “MARTA Communication Technologies” – A practical view of the systems that allow MARTA to communicate both above ground and below.  I will be covering technologies such as trunking, simulcast, tx/rx losses, bi-directional amplifiers, and GPS timing.

Christopher describes himself:

Lifelong super nerd.  Worked in RF for nearly 30 years covering everything from designing trunking systems to being the service manager of a 2-way radio shop.  Contracted for the US Department of Defense doing research & design for security related equipment.  Degrees in computer networking, electronics engineering and certifications in various specialties.  Can set the time on both the VCR AND the Microwave oven.

I can relate to the lifelong super nerd part!

The usual place at 7:30 pm – That’s the Atlanta Red Cross on Monroe Dr. Join some of us at the Cowtippers Restaurant on Piedmont Rd for a bite to eat before the meeting  at 6 pm.


See you there!

June 2018 Meeting is APRS

I am pleased to announce that Jorge Luis – JL – NN4QQ will be our speaker at the regular June meeting on 6/7/2018. His topic is on APRS, specifically on a feature called ‘Voice Alert’

“My presentation is a response to the anemically low level of activity on local repeaters. Focus on an APRS feature called voice alert. This one feature could have a significant impact on the levels of repeater activity, Bringing in it back to healthier levels.”

The Place: Atlanta Red Cross – 1955 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta 30324

The Time: 7:30 pm

Don’t forget the dinner meeting before the meeting is at CowTippers Restaurant, 1600 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta 30324 – we meet there at 6:00 pm.

SATERN Program – Net Information

Thanks again to Jason KF4IOC for his program about the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN)

For more info about SATERN goto

Below is listed the current Net information:


The INTERNATIONAL SATERN SSB NET is on 14.265.0 MHz on Monday through Saturday at 11:00 AM (ET) / 10:00 AM (CT), 0900 (MT), 0800 (PT).

The INTERNATIONAL SATERN DIGI-NET is on 14.065.0 MHz on Saturdays at 1:00 PM (Eastern) / 12:00 PM (Central).  Default mode is OLIVIA 8/500 (8 Tones, 500 Wide) offset by the standard 1000 Hz.

The CENTRAL TERRITORY SATERN NET is currently not in operation.

The EASTERN TERRITORY SATERN NET is on 3.918 MHz on Thursdays at 9:30 AM (Eastern)

The SOUTHERN TERRITORY SATERN NET is on 7.262.0 MHz on Saturdays at 11:00 AM (Eastern) / 10:00 AM (Central).

The WESTERN TERRITORY SATERN NET is on 3.977.7 MHz on Sundays at 0400 Z / 9:00 PM (Mountain) / (9:00 PM (Pacific).  The pre-net begins two hours earlier and stations can use NetLogger on the internet to check-in and monitor the net.