Dickson County Amateur Radio Club


The Purpose of the Dickson County Amateur Radio Club (DCARC) is to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, to provide radio knowledge, fraternalism, and individual operating efficiency, to conduct club programs and activities as to advance the interests of amateur radio in the community and to perform organized public service during emergencies and disasters.

Upcoming Events

General Class

The Dickson County Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a free General licensing class October 9, 16, & 23, 2021 at the Dickson EOC.

You must already be licensed as a Technician to attend this class. The class will be based the popular Gordon West General licensing book. You can purchase the book on Amazon or W5YI.

All 454 questions in the test pool will be covered during the class but you will need to be familiar with the material before the class starts. The class is free, however you are responsible for purchasing your book for the class. Testing will be offered October 28, 2021, 7 PM at Colton’s Steak House & Grill in Dickson, TN. Please contact Randall, n4bm@arrl.net or join our slack group for more information.

Monthly Club Breakfast

Saturday, September 18, 2021 we will be meeting for our monthly club breakfast at Jeanine's in Dickson. 1200 HWY 70E. Let us know if you plan on being there and we will make sure Kyle, KN4YYZ reserves enough seating. Click on the Activities tab at the top of the page for directions.

Next club meeting - September 13, 2021 - HT programming

September's meeting will be in person at the EOC, 7pm. We will be programming various HTs without additional software/PC support.

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Fox Hunt- Coming in October!

We ask you check-in to the White Bluff repeater so we have an accurate count of who is participating. You can meet some of us at the Dickson Post Office around 9:45-10a. Join Slack or get in touch with Tom, NN5A or Randall, N4BM for more information.

Weekly 2 Meter Net

We hold a 2 meter net every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. on the White Bluff repeater frequency is 147.375 pl tone 146.2. We sometimes are also are connected to McEwen repeater. You do not need to be a member of Dickson County Amateur Radio Club to participate.

 We are looking for people to be net controllers so we can rotate each week. Email info@wc4dc.org to volunteer.

Monthly Club Meetings (new location)

The Regularly scheduled meeting times and place for the DCARC has changed back to the Dickson County EOC: 284 Cowan Rd. Dickson, TN 37055. We will meet here until further notice. The Time: 7:00 PM the second Monday of each month, except May and December. In May the meeting is a picnic, and in December it is a Christmas Dinner.

September 13, 2021, the normal 2nd Monday of the month time, will be in person. 

ARES volunteers are licensed amateur radio operators who are organized and highly trained to provide emergency communications during emergencies and public service events. “When all else fails” is a motto of ARES because in many instances, amateur radio communications are operational when other communications systems have failed or are over burdened.

We hold a 2 meter net every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. on the White Bluff repeater frequency is 147.375 pl tone 146.2. We sometimes are also are connected to McEwen repeater. You do not need to be a member of Dickson County Amateur Radio Club to participate.

The above link will take you to the District 11 information page. Emergency Coordinator and HF nets are listed. 

If you are interested in joining the ARES team, please let us know. We also need volunteers to be net control for the 2 meter net. 

Get your license!

The Dickson County ARC will hold VE sessions regularly throughout the year. Walk-ins welcome & reservations accepted. The Tech, General and Extra exams will be available. VE sessions scheduled for 2021: January 21, March 25, May 27, July 22, September 23, and October 28. Testing starts at 7:00 p.m. in private meeting room.

Please visit http://www.cavechamexam.com/ and read the “New FCC Requirement” section. Register for your FRN and fill out the Quick-Form 605. Bring both to the testing session. Don’t forget $15 and your photo ID.

Any questions email please email the club, info@wc4dc.org.

VE Testing Sessions held at 7:00 p.m. at Colton’s Steak House 2431 Hwy 46 S, Dickson, TN 37055

Email Sena luvcats20@yahoo.com or call 615-636-7733

To ensure we have enough testing materials on hand.