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 menu 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, or a special call sign for our club sponsored events. Field Day 2019 we will be K4R
Our next meeting on February 9, 2019 at the William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, Georgia 30188
Topic this Month: NVIS Antennas
Be on the lookout for our annual survey. We always like to know how we are doing as a a club and what people want to see and do.
Annual HAM CRAM - Get your license in one day!
Join us February 9, 2019 at 8AM at the William G. Long Senior Center - 223 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, Georgia 30188
Bring pencils, paper, and calculator to the class. If you are testing that day as well, be sure to bring the $15 testing fee as well as identification.
Reservation is required! Contact : Ken McIntire
kj4pqx at gmail dot com
In February we will have session on antennas, in particular NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave). This is a topic of interest to everyone these days. For those in ARES it is an important skill and knowledge to have. If you have no idea what this about, be sure to attend the February meeting. Bob Chambers (KK4JPM) will be presenting.
In March we will be treated to a special presentation from Wendell Abernathy N4VLK. He will be talking on "Try Something New! – an introduction to DXing, Contesting, and QSL Card exchange". For those who are new hams as well as many of our members who haven’t ventured far from VHF and a little rag chewing, here is another whole part of the hobby you may find fun and exciting. Wendell with share his experience and wealth of knowledge.
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.
What would you like see in 2019? The club officers will be looking for your suggestions, ideas, and participation.
If you have a topic you would like to present to the club, please provide a summary or abstract in writing to any officer. It needs to related in some way to amateur radio.
Topic for the January meeting was centered around microcontrollers for Ham radio projects.
Almost every time you open QST magazine you find project that the uses a microcontroller. Anyone needing help getting started can just ask. We have at least 3-4 experienced people that can help you get started.
If you miss a meeting, you miss a lot. Here are things we have done lately.
We had a great Christmas party. Thanks to everyone who participated and brought all that great food.
New Officers are as follows:
President - Martin Buehring ( 2nd term)
Vice Presidident - Rob Bruderer
Secretary - Joseph Ladd
Treasurer - James James
Topic in October was :
"What is the future of amateur radio?" This will be a lively discussion of the hobby today, and where it is going to tomorrow.
Some say it is dying. Others say it is far from dying, but it is changing. What do you think?
You can find lots of opinions and not too many facts.
We had a good lively discussion.
September meeting highlights:
Skype with George Zafiropoulos (KJ6VU) who is the host of the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast. George helped us understand how to set up an efficient and low cost workbench for ham radio projects. The slides are posted for download on the Technical Programs page.
August meeting highlights : "Thinking about getting a DMR radio or have one already? Now what?
"What is DMR? Let's talk about it." Was presented by Bob Cheek (N4RFC)
Slides will be posted under the Technical Programs page.
The afternoon session was hosted by Chris Atkinson (KM4JER) and was a HT Programming party. Chris Atkinson can walked us through the process and helped you set it for the local repeaters. Focus is on FM and DMR.
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 2019. Submit your ideas to any club officer.
Slides are still posted for the 2017 and 2018 sessions from early in the year.
Build It Project
We hope to do the club "build it" project. The Ham Radio Workbench website has a number of DIY projects you may want to try. WE are here to help.
I have a list of who is seriously interested in doing projects.
Plan is to have a "build it session" in 2019. What do you want to build? Tell us and we will plan to help.
WX4CAR YouTube Channel
National Weather Service Radar