89th Atlanta Hamfest

The Atlanta Radio Club and the Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club will be working together again this year for the 89th Atlanta Hamfest. The Hamfest will be held on June 2nd at the Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, SE, Marietta, GA 30060. (Jim R Miller Fairgrounds is closed for construction.) The entrance fee is still $8. There will be a boneyard, new equipment vendors, forums, Boy Scouts Radio Merit Badge Class and all day VE Test Sessions. Keep watching here for more announcements or www.atlantahamfest.org for updates.

2018 Meeting News from the Chairman

With starting the new year without a location to meet. Starting in February we now have a new location on the 1st Tuesday of the month. It will be located at the Atlanta Area Council Volunteer service center. We only have two dates that will need to be moved to different location. See the list below. If anybody knows of a location that will work for those dates please let a board member know.

If you were at the last meeting the PAYPAL that the club was using has been closed for reason that I will not go into here. Please pay the Secretary your dues for 2018. The dues are $25.00 for the year. If you have a family, it is still the same.

I will be at the University of Scouting on 2/17/18 to talk to leaders about Ham radio and pass out flyers. If anybody would like to help please let me know.

For the persons who would like to join us for supper we will be meeting at the Piccadilly’s located at 536 Cobb Parkway South Marietta, GA. 30060. Starting time will be 1730 hours.

Here are some of the things that we have going on this year.

Asked to put up a table at the University of scouting 02/17/2018

General class at American Legion in Power Spring 01/06/2018 – 01/20/2018

Board meeting 01/23/2018

Asked to put up a table at the Boy Scout program kick off  04/14/2018

Asked to help with the Fishing For Freedom on

Hamfest will be 06/02/2018

Field day will be 06/22/2018 – 06/24/2018

Club Meeting dates at the Atlanta Volunteer services center.

Feb. 6

March 6

April 3 Braves Game Location unknown at this time.

May 1

June 5

August 7

September 4 Braves Game Location unknown at this time.

Oct 2

November  6


The Annual Club Picnic

This is to remind everyone that the annual club outing is this Saturday October 1st at 12 noon.

The location is the same as the last two years at  the pavilion at lake Acworth . The club is bringing

Turkey and Dressing with Giblet gravy, cranberry sauce  Soft drinks and all the utensils , and home made ice cream

So bring your favorite covered plate and maybe some deserts.

As always all are welcome come one come all you do not have to be a member and the kids too.

Let’s all have some fun and fellowship.

ps no charge for anything

– Joe Grimes, WD4FGB


It’s HAMFEST time!

That’s right!  It’s HAMFEST time again!  The KARC and the ARC has teamed up again to host the annual hamfest at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, Georgia.  There will be the boneyard, vendors, testing session, prizes, food, a merit badge class, a GeoCache event, antenna launcher contest and live entertaiment!  Don’t forget the grand prize!

All of this happens June 4th and the gates open at 8am.  Visit http://atlantahamfest.org/ for more information.

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Has anyone used the 146.880 repeater lately?

tower1If you have been on the air lately, you may have heard some improvements with the 146.880 repeater!  Our repeater guru’s have done it again!  The KARC 2 meter repeater is now back on the air!  So far, the signal reports have been coming in with promising data.

If you have a signal report that you would like to submit, go to the Repeater Signal Report Page and submit your information!  We’d love to hear from you!

For those who may have never accessed our repeater, program the following information into your radio and get on the air!

You want to know where to find the repeater???  Right here!

146.880 (-) 100.0 PL  Also available via EchoLink node 755017

See you on the air!



Assistance Needed! Can you help?

On Saturday, January 2. 2016, we will need to move some club equipment from a site in Cherokee County down to another location in Cobb County.  We will need a few extra hands with the move.  If you are available on the morning of Jan 2nd, email Joe Grimes at wd4fgb@yahoo.com.  We will be leaving from the Golden Corral (Kennesaw) after our regular weekly breakfast and heading to Cherokee County.  The more people that we have pitch in, the quicker this will go!

Thank you for taking some time from your schedule and helping out!

Joe Grimes, WD4FGB
Repeater Committee Chairman

Annual Christmas Party


We will be having our annual Christmas Party on December 8, 2015  The doors will open at 1830 hrs.  We should be eating by 1900 hrs.  The club will provide the meat and dressing.  Susan will supply the mashed potatoes.  Bring your favorite dish or dessert!

Location:  St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30068

Please RSVP so the club knows how much meat to buy.



Anthony Gaito, KC0CSG
KARC Chairman 2015

2015 Field Day

KARC will be operating as W4BTI at Dallas Landing Park (Acworth Parks & Recreation).  We will be operating Saturday June 27th through Sunday June 28th, with setup beginning on Friday the 26th.  We will operate for 24 hours (continuous) from 2:00 p.m. Saturday to 2:00 p.m. Sunday local (EDT) (1800-1800 UTC).  W4BTI will operate as a 4A group (4 transceivers, emergency power – 1 digital, 2 voice, 1 cw – plus a GOTA).  You do not have to have an amateur radio license in order to operate the GOTA station!

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