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.

May 2018 Meeting is all about SATERN

Jason KF4IOC will present “No Rings About It” – The Salvation Army’s SATERN Program.

May 3rd is the date and 7:30 is the time. We meet in the Boardroom at Atlanta Red Cross HQ, 1955 Monroe Dr. in Atlanta.

And don’t forget! We have moved our Eatin’ before the Meetin’ back to:

Cowtippers Restaurant – 1600 Piedmont Rd. near the Monroe Dr. intersection. 6:00 PM or earlier is the best time to come and enjoy a good meal before our meeting.



April 2018 Meeting is Heavy Metal

Thursday April 5 is the day for our next meeting. The topic is TTY – Heavy Metal in the Internet Age. Our guest presenter is Nick N0NCQ and he will share a look at some of his big iron and show us how  hams and other enthusiasts salvage TTY equipment and make it relevant in the internet age.

Join us as we meet in the  Red Cross HQ located at 1955 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm in the main level board room.

Don’t forget we are returning to Cowtippers Restaurant located at 1600 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 on April 5th for our ‘eatin before the meeting’ – We meet at the restaurant starting at 6 pm for food and fellowship before the 7:30 pm program. See you there!

Publix Marathon March 18, 2018

Dekalb ARES has been asked by the Atlanta Track Club to provide comms for the Publix Marathon on Sunday March 18,2018.
We still need 15 licensed hams to participate. All that is need is an HT. We have asked ATL Radio Club for permission to use the 146.820 repeater.
Please consider helping out on this event, it is actually fun.
You can register at the Volunteer Opportunities website.
Please pass this information along to anyone else you know who would like to participate.
Best regards
Jon Goodson

March 2018 Meeting – FT-8

Put the date on your calendar now. Meetings start 7:30PM at the Atlanta Red Cross HQ which is located at 1955 Monroe Dr NE in Atlanta.

And don’t forget to join us at 6:00pm for some food before the meeting. Grindhouse  Killer Burgers is located at 1842 Piedmont Rd NE.

Thursday March 1st is the date for the next meeting of the Atlanta Radio Club. Our program will be “How FT8 puts WAS in reach for anyone” and the presenter is our very own Chandler W2NP, the ARC 2017 Ham of the Year.

The latest digital mode of FT-8 has taken the Ham Radio community by storm since its inception and Chandler has put that new mode to good use by gaining Worked All States (WAS) on 5 bands!

Chandler Friedman is the founder and owner of World Gone Silent, and the Emergency Coordinator for Atlanta ARES. His first experience with radio was with a handheld Radio Shack CB radio where, as a teen, he went by the age-appropriate handle “Nighthawk.” After graduating college, he began a career in TV news, starting in local newsrooms in Orlando and Phoenix before joining the national desk at CNN.  He worked at CNN for nine years, and took a couple years away to build a desk in Ft. Myers.  He left the corporate media world to devote his time to World Gone Silent, a company that helps people who’ve heard of ham radio a streamlined way to get licensed and get on the air.