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 for our club sponsored events.
Our next meeting on September 8, 2018 at the William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, Georgia 30188
Upcoming for October 13, 2018 meeting:
We will have a regular meeting in October, despite the activities for GA ARES. More than half of our members are not involved in the planned ARES event, so we will be meeting on this date.
Parking Note: The Fire Station will be having their open house the day of the meeting, so please park across the street at the AME Church. Thanks!
"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. Let's talk about it.
If you miss a meeting, you miss a lot. Here are things we have done lately.
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.
In the July meeting we had a recap of Field day and lessons learned. We are totaling the points and making the submission to the ARRL. At last count we had about 3400 points.
Look at the Technical Programs page to download the presentation.
Topic for the May was on SOTA (Summits on the Air), presented by Joseph Ladd, N3NNU. Slides are posted on the Technical Programs page.
We have need for additional speakers for 2018-2019. If you have a topic that you would like to present, please let us know.
Marty (KB4MG) is working on a presentation for this Winter about microcontrollers (think Arduino) for amateur radio projects. This can be followed up with some hands-on time following the meeting. Many of the projects you see in QST these days are based on microcontrollers and embedded software. We can help you with the basics.
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 2018-2019. Submit your ideas to Marty Buehring or Joseph Ladd.
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 in 2018. 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 November. What do you want to build? Tell us and we will plan to help.
WX4CAR YouTube Channel
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