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.
We are planning a Technician class over 3 Saturdays in June. 6/11, 6/18, and wrapping up with a brief summary and exam on 6/25. This VE test session will lead into the kick-off of the club's Field Day gathering.
Cost of the book/materials is less than $25, test fee is $15. This book provides the entire question pool for the Technician Class License exam – and the answers! Only 35 of the questions will be on the exam.
The book is available on Amazon or from https://www.gordonwestradioschool.com/main/page_w5yi_training_resources.html
Monthly Club Breakfast
Saturday, May 21st, 2022 we will be meeting for our monthly club breakfast (3rd Saturday) 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. June 18th will be the next breakfast.
Field Day 2022
June 25th at the Dickson EOC the club will host a gathering for Field Day. More information will come out over the next month or so. For the most up-to-date information please email the club or join the Slack group.
Next ARES meeting - May 9th, 2022, 6:30pm at the EOC
No club meeting in May as we host a club picnic along with officer elections (details below).
Both the regular club meeting and ARES meet at 7pm at the EOC. If you need information or paperwork addressed and signed for ARES, please arrive around 6:45pm. Next club meeting, besides the picnic, is June 13th.
Workshop with WM4Q
May 14th, 10:30am in Bon Aqua, TN with WM4Q -- For more information please contact the club or join our slack group.
May 2022 Club Picnic and White Elephant Auction
May 28th, 11am at the EOC we will host our annual picnic, elections, and auction. Please bring a dish and something fun we can bid on to raise money for the club. This is our primary fundraiser as we do not collect dues. For the more information please email the club or join the Slack group.
Fox Hunt- TBD
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. The frequency is 147.375, + 0.6 offset, PL tone 146.2. We also have the ability to connect to the McEwen repeater (147.225, + 0.6 offset, PL tone 114.8) as needed to expand coverage. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
June 13, 2022, 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. The frequency is 147.375, + 0.6 offset, PL tone 146.2. We also have the ability to connect to the McEwen repeater (147.225, + 0.6 offset, PL tone 114.8) as needed to expand coverage and combine resources. You do not need to be a member of ARES 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 2022: January 20, March 24, May 26, July 21, September 22, and October 27. 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, email@example.com.
VE Testing Sessions held at 7:00 p.m. at Colton’s Steak House 2431 Hwy 46 S, Dickson, TN 37055