Welcome to Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Club Website
"Where Metro meets the Mountains"
Serving Cherokee County, GA and the surrounding communities
Information about us
Cherokee Amateur Radio Society is an organization of FCC licensed amateur radio operators (also called Hams) that meet and share the hobby as well as educate people about amateur radio, and support our local community in times of disaster. We are located in Cherokee County Georgia and have club call sign WX4CAR.
The club also participates with ARES, and the Cherokee County EOC when severe weather gets close to the area or we can help with public service projects.
The members of the club also dedicate some of their time to promote and help new hams to develop their skills and knowledge on Amateur communications modes and to be better operators. We are a very active club and participate in ARRL Field Day every year.
The tabs on the left will help you navigate to the area of interest.
If you have a question and would like to contact us, use the button here to go to the Contact Us page.
Our weekly Net can be found on 145.270 MHz every Thursday evening starting at 8PM Eastern Time. (- offset, PL=100Hz)
We operate under the club call sign WX4CAR for our club sponsored events.
Our next meeting on June 9, 2018 at the William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, Georgia 30188
June is Field Day month! The next meeting will be about all-things Field Day.
We will have a workshop that will go over all the aspects of Field Day 2018 as well as time to meet as teams to plan for the day. If you don't have a job we will give you one. Decide where your skills fit best and volunteer.
Topic for the May was on SOTA (Summits on the Air), presented by Joseph Ladd, N3NNU.We will try to make materials available.
The April meeting featured a presentation by Stephen Price on ARES Orientation and EMCOMM. You can find his slides on the Cherokee ARES website, as well as the other reference materials he spoke about.
We will have a continuing need for people to help organize Field Day for 2018. We are still working on station and antenna details. Contact Joseph, N3NNU for more details on how you too can help.
Joseph (N3NNU) will be presenting on SOTA (Summit on the Air) as a ham radio activity you can combine with camping, hiking, or just day trips up the mountain.
Marty (KB4MG) is working on a presentation about microcontrollers (think Arduino) for amateur radio projects. This can be followed up with some hands-on time following the meeting. many projects you see in QST these days are based on microcontrollers and embedded software.
Special Events for Hams - Year long special events by NASA, as well as the ARRL - 2018 Grid Square Chase.
I think Wendell (N4VLK) is leading for our club! Check out his results by searching his call sign.
Check out the External Events Page for more details.
Testing - Need to test for your license or upgrade? An ARRL Testing session will be held at 2PM the same day. Testing is done at the William G Long Senior Center. Walk-ins are welcome, but we like reservations. Click on the Contact Us button if you want more information.
Let us know your comments about the club, programs or whatever is on your mind, on the Yahoo group email reflector or Contact Us form on this website.
Want to present to the group?
We NEED members willing to present on a topic in an upcoming meeting. Per our survey, topics include DIY projects, various aspects of soldering, batteries and solar power, working ham radio satellites, and using microcontrollers in your project. Please contact Marty, Jim, or Joseph Ladd about your topic.
What do you want to see presented? Let the leadership team know.
Look for new sessions and all new topics in 2018. Submit your ideas to Marty Buehring or Joseph Ladd.
Slides are still posted for the 2017 sessions from early in the year.
Build It Project
We hope to do the club "build it" project in 2018. The Ham Radio Workbench Podcast team should have circuit boards available in late May. Projected cost of the bare board is $20. Total project cost is about $80-$90, not counting the battery.
I have a list of who is seriously interested in doing this project.
Plan is to have a "build it session" following Field Day. We will have to order the parts and circuit boards prior to then.
The design has changed a bit, and parts cost will go down. The final design is being worked by George Zifiropoulos (KJ6VU) in April and new boards expected early May 2018. He will have to test the new design and let us know it is ready to go. The design is still Arduino based. Yes, it can be programmed in-circuit.
Thanks for everyone's patience on this.
WX4CAR YouTube Channel
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