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 100+ members would enjoy meeting you, making a new friend and sharing the excitement. Maybe you need help getting started or with a radio or antenna. There is a group of mentors ready and willing to offer assistance.
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.
SMARC' s Fusion Repeater supports both Analog FM and Fusion Digital
443.075 MHz / 448.075 Tone Encode/Decode: 100.0 Hz
VHF and UHF club repeaters are linked during the nets. Let Net Control know which repeater you are using. (Tail removed from UHF repeater.)
SMARC e-MAIL LIST
To get on our list, just join our groups.io by clicking here. You will then be on an email list where you will be sent information and announcements of SMARC club meetings and activities. We also encourage you to join SMARC and become an active member, just back up a bit on this home page and follow the highlighted.
As a little background relative to SMARC, the early club history is described under the More tab on the ribbon above.
If you are not yet licensed, SMARC holds a regular Technician class and also routine FCC tests are given locally (see below). A Technician Class will be scheduled when there is demand.
> Every Thursday Evening: SMARC Net, 7 PM, Club Repeaters & Zoom
> Sevierville Hamfest: March 18th, 7AM until 4PM CHECK OUT: https://seviercountyars.com/hamfest-2023
> Monthly SMARC Meeting: March 27th, In-person and via Zoom at 7pm. PROGRAM: TBD
> SMARC Annual Trunkfest: April 24th, 6pm and after Sales Move Indoors for Hot Dogs and Dish to Pass Social Time. <No ZOOM>
> SMARC Field Day: Last Weekend of June at Smoky View Baptist Church, 2201 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN
EVERY THURSDAY: Want to get involved in a face to face technical discussion? A number of members meet at TC's Grill on 2514 Old Niles Ferry Road, 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, Maryville every Friday morning, people arrive about 8:30am. 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 likely discussed. See: S.M.A.R.C. (w4olb.org)
FOX HUNTS and PICNIC: These events will be planned as weather permits where the club sponsors a picnic and with 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.
TRUNKFEST & 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. Event starts at 6PM in the parking lot and then moves indoors.
CHRISTMAS PARTY: This event is held in December, in place of the normal club meeting. In the past the meat dish was provided and attendees are requested to bring a salad or desert to share.
The Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club Meeting: We have monthly meetings in-person at the United Steelworkers Union Hall, 339 S. Hall Road, Alcoa, TN. We meet the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 P.M. Members and non-members are welcome.
We starting assembling about 6:30pm. Remember, you are invited a bit earlier, about 4:30pm at Hot Rods restaurant for a quick bite and then about 6pm to help set up the room for the meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Meeting will also be on Zoom, please carve out the date/time. To join the Zoom video conference, click here. The passcode is w4olb. 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.
SMARC also has a Club leadership meeting the Thursday before (4th Monday of every month) at 8:00 P.M. via ZOOM video conferencing. Announcement of the meeting and any changes to the schedule will occur via email. All are welcome to attend this meeting.
Please Note: June is Field Day month and likely no club meeting. Generally no December meeting, as our Christmas Party replaces it. If you have any questions or need directions, please click here.
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), the linked W4OLB UHF Club Repeater (443.075 MHz, Tone 100.0 Hz) and the KK4XA DMR repeater on TG314742. 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'.
Join the very informal KK4XA Morning Net every Monday through Thursday morning at 9:00 A.M. on the W4OLB Club Repeater (146.655 MHz, Tone 100.0 Hz), the W4OLB 443.075 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 KK4XA DMR repeater is privately owned and is connected to the internet via the Brandmeister system, thus these two repeaters can be accessed from anywhere by connecting to DMR Talk Group 314742.
>>>>> NEXT TEST SESSIONS <<<<<
March 13th, 7pm - Parish House, St. Andrew's Church, 314 W. Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN
Contact Carrol, W4PCA to RSVP/Register: email@example.com
ALL TEST APPLICANTS PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE
Applicants must use an FCC Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC. Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day. As of May 20th, ALL electronic batch filed applications that do not include a candidate's FRN will be rejected. The Social Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled. The FCC will use the FRN rather than a Social Security number with all interactions after May 20th.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING AN FRN. Register in CORES (COmission REgistrati
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Blount Emergency Communications Service (BCECS) is an active ARES group. This is not a club, rather it is a service group formed under the structure of the ARRL. ARES communications operators receive emergency communications training and offers communications services to such organizations as Blount County Emergency Management, Blount Memorial Hospital, the local American Red Cross chapter and other community organizations. All licensed amateur radio operators are invited to take an active role in this organization.
SMARC donated their communications trailer in support of the Blount County ARES group in 2019. A grant request was submitted to Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) for funds to update the trailer and make some needed repairs. ARDC awarded a $11,750 grant to BEARS. The trailer roof and floors have been repaired, the carpet cleaned and door repairs are underway. The AC power system has been updated and updated DC lighting mostly installed. Soon a DC power system, replacement LED light fixture, two donated 100AH batteries, new chairs, U/V/HF radios and the antenna systems will be ordered and installed shortly.
If you have an interest in ARES, the group meets at the Blount County 911 Center at 7pm on the 3rd Tuesday each month and there is a regular Thursday evening Net at 9pm on the 146.625 repeater. Want more information? Contact the BCECS TEAMAPP button below and/or take part in the Net, it is open to all licensed amateur radio operators.