Welcome to Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club (SMARC)


Would you like to know more about amateur (ham) radio? Are you a licensed ham and new to the area, been here forever or just have an interest in amateur radio, consider joining SMARC. Our 60+ members would enjoy meeting you, making a new friend and sharing the excitement. One good way to learn about SMARC is to join a Zoom session either every M-Th at about 8:30am to 10:15am or at a monthly meeting. Click the Join Zoom Link below. Passcode is w4olb.

To get on our email list, just join our groups.io by clicking here. You will then be on an email list where you will be sent for more information and annoucements of SMARC club meetings and activities. Just want more information or to contact SMARC leadership, click the button below to email us.

As a little background relative to SMARC, there is some early history under the More tab on the ribbon above. If you are not yet licensed, SMARC holds a regular Technican class and also routine FCC tests are given locally (see below). Some ask, what does amateur radio cost?

  • Technician course book is $25
  • Technican class is FREE, just your time
  • FCC Test is $10 (administrative fee)
  • A basic two meter portable radio can lost as little as $50
  • A basic digital radio, $150 - $250
  • First year of SMARC Club membership as a new ham after completing the class is FREE ($25 per year thereafter)
  • Over time and assuming you enjoy the hobby, likely you will acquire more used and/or new equipment 


Net Control Stations Needed


We are looking to fill some empty spots in our weekly SMARC Net Control Schedule Thursday evenings. You can, but do not have to be on a regular schedule, so if you would like to be a SMARC NCS once every 6 months, we welcome you. Just click "Apply Now" below. Melvin will provide a net script that can be easily followed.


Weekly and Morning Nets


The Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Weekly Net is held each Thursday at 7:00 P.M. on the W4OLB Club Repeater (146.655 MHz, Tone 100.0 Hz) with the backup repeater being the WB4GBI (146.625 MHz, Tone 118.8 Hz). All amateurs are welcome to take part. Net Control will ask only for your Call Sign, Name, Location and Affiliation. We also hold a simultaneous Zoom video conference which you are welcome to take part in by clicking here and using passcode 'w4olb'.


KK4XA Morning Net

Join the "The Bobs or Mike" every Monday through Thursday morning for the very informal KK4XA Morning Net beginning at 9:00 A.M. on the W4OLB Club Repeater (146.655 MHz, Tone 100.0 Hz) or the KK4XA DMR Repeater, 444.075 MHz, CC1, TG 314742. We also invite you to join the Zoom Conference, just click here and use passcode 'w4olb' to join the KK4XA Morning Net Zoom.

The W4OLB VHF Club Repeater and the KK4XA DMR Repeater are Linked

The KK4XA DMR repeater is connected to the internet via Brandmeister, thus these two repeaters can be accessed from anywhere by connecting to Talk Group 314742. 


New to Ham Radio or Want to Upgrade?


Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club is a social club with its membership having hundreds of years of combined experience in many of the various aspects of ham radio. Check out our local repeater, W4OLB (146.655 MHz, Tone 100.0 Hz). Our club also offers a Technician Class licensing class to help newcomers with a test following the training class. This training is open to anyone interested in the hobby and you will learn the needed information to pass the FCC element 2 exam. To learn more about ham radio, click here.
For information on testing offered by SMARC and The University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club please click here

Upcoming Ham Radio Tech Class and Testing

TEST SESSIONS

March 8th, 7pm - Partnership Church Fellowship Hall, 323 Partnership Way, Maryville, TN 

April 17th, 1pm - Partnership Church, 323 Partnership Parkway, Maryville, TN

FREE TECH CLASS - Begins March 2nd

If you would like to register for the class, please click here and we will contact you with more information.

SPECIAL NOTE: You must have a Federal Registration Number (FRN) and a valid email address to register for the FCC test.  A FRN is a 10-digit number assigned by the FCC to all businesses and individuals conducting business with the FCC. The FCC will use the FRN rather than a Social Secuirty number with all future interactions. You must register with the Commission prior to filing applications in ULS License Manager. The process of obtaining a FRN is free and relatively easy. We will cover this process in the class or contact us.


Join Us for Our Monthly Meetings


The Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 P.M. via ZOOM video conferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To join the video conference, click here. If you are not a member of our groups.io, please click here to join. There will be an email sent out to club members before each meeting including the credentials necessary to join the meeting. Thank you for your patience and we hope that you and your family are well.

SMARC also has a club board/staff meeting the week before (3rd Monday of evry month) at 7:00 P.M. via ZOOM video conferencing. Announcement of the meeting and any changes to the schedule will occur via email. 

As an FYI: There is no meeting in June due to Field Day and in December our meeting is replaced by our Christmas Party. If you have any questions or need directions, please click here.



Regular Social Events


EVERY THURSDAY: Want to get involved in a face to face technical discussion? A number of members meet at Gracy Resturant, 766 E. Lincoln Rd, Maryville starting about 11:30am every Thursday. Just come in and look for the big group of folks in the back of the restaurant. All are welcome to stop by.

EVERY FRIDAY: We also welcome you to join a number of our members, spouses and guests for breakfast at TC's Grill on 2514 Old Niles Ferry Road every Friday morning at 9am. Just come in and look for the big group of folks in the back of the restaurant. All forms of radio any other topics are likley discussed. 

FOX HUNTS and PICNIC: This event will be planned as weather permits where the club sponsors a picnic and then has a fox hunt. Announcement of the event, location, time and date will be sent out via email to all registered on SMARC groups i/o. {NOTE: This event is subject to COVID restrictions.}

TAILGATE and POT LUCK: This event is usually held in the spring where members are invited to bring any ham related equipment to sell and then afterward for a pot luck with meat dish provided. {NOTE: This event is subject to COVID restrictions.}

CHRISTMAS PARTY: This event is held of course in December, in place of the normal club meeting where the meat dish is provided and attendees are required to bring a salad or desert to share. {NOTE: This event is subject to COVID restrictions.}


Field Day


The Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club has a long and rich tradition of Field Day operations. Located at Middlesettlements United Methodist Church Field of Dreams, the food is is always delicious, the fellowship enjoyable, and our competitive results always among the top in our class. We are planning and working to make this year’s outing our biggest and best, and we want all of our club members and as many visitors as possible to come out to help and enjoy. Make plans now to come out and be a part of the greatest tradition in ham radio. Always the fourth weekend of June 2:00 p.m. Saturday until 2:00 p.m. Sunday. We begin setup at 8:00 a.m. during the cooler morning hours. Since our regular monthly meeting occurs on the fourth Monday each month, Field Day takes the place of the June meeting. If you have further questions or need directions, please visit our about page here.


This Week's NCS

Bob

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