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The Blount County Amateur Radio Club meets at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of the month at the
Pine Mountain Community Center
. All amateur operators are welcome.

FreezeFest 2022...

The New Year started with a crisp, clear, cols day for the BCARC's annual FreezeFest at the Locust Fork High School Cafeteria. The doors were hardly open before a sizeable number of hams from across the state showed up. Old friends slapped each other on their backs, new friends were made, and everyone seemed to be glad to be out and about. There were nmerous prizes, ranging from modest to pretty darned good. Thanks are owed to the club members who really worked hard to again provide a friendly gathering place for the biggest little hamfest in the Sout.

Once again, VE testing was available, there were bargains snapped up, and the coffee and doughnuts hit the spot! It's hard to believe, but planning for FreezeFest 2023 will soon begin.

CQ from W4BLT...

The Blount County Amateur Radio Club is a general interest radio club for amateur radio operators of Blount County and its contiguous counties. Club meetings occur each Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM at the Pine Mountain Community Center on Pine Mountain Road.

  SERVICE ACTIVITIES include SkyWarn storm spotter nets activated anytime severe weather threatens the Blount County area and Disaster Emergency Communications that may be required by the Blount County Emergency Management Agency.  Weekly training nets to prepare amateurs for Emergency Communication are held each Sunday evening at 8:00pm on the club's two meter repeater (146.700 mHz - PL tone 91.5.

  OTHER ACTIVITIES include participation in Field Day, the American Radio Relay League's annual communications exercise, held on the 4th full weekend in June. The Club's annual Swapmeet, an Amateur Radio flea market and social gathering, otherwise known as FREEZEFEST, occurs shortly after the new year begins. 

  Volunteer examiners certified by the American Radio Relay League, administer periodic license examinations. Resulting licenses and upgrades are issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). VE Testing is held the second Saturday of each odd calendar month at 10:00am at the Family Dentistry Building in Snead, located at 88223 US Hwy 278. The ARRL fee for testing is $15.00. Please notify WB4OWC, VE Liaison, prior to the exam date.

  please have In order to take an amateur radio license exam, proof of identity is required:
   • Photo ID — passport (current or expired), driver's license, employee or
     student ID;
   • Birth Certificate;
   • Social Security Adminstration Card;
   • DD214, Service Discharge Certificate;
   • Certificate of Marriage;
   • School Diploma.

  • If you are upgrading your license class, 2 copies of your Amateur License and
     of any CSCE's you may have.

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Join us in our local two meter net (146.700 mHz, PL 91.5) each Sunday evening at 8:00pm. If you're in the neighborhood, give us a shout. We would like to say "Howdy" as you go by.

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