DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club 


 Welcome to the exciting world of Amateur Radio!  This well-established and organized hobby consists of people from various backgrounds and age groups without regard to territorial boundaries.  We have the privilege to earn a license granted from the Federal Communications Commission to utilize the airwaves for many hours of experimentation, public service and rag chew enjoyment.

 The DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club (DCARC) welcomes you to join our club.   Active for over 25 years, here are just a few of our club’s features.

 The DCARC maintained repeater, W4GBR can be heard on the frequency of 147.270MHz with at +600KHz input.  The repeater is located on Lookout Mountain above Fort Payne and has three satellite receivers located around the county.  The repeater autopatch is open to members, and offers a wide area calling service for access to countywide telephone numbers.  To gain repeater access a PL tone of 100Hz  is required.  The repeater has many other features!

 The club sponsors a weekly session of the Alabama Emergency Net Zulu (AENZ) training net on the club repeater at 7:30 PM each Monday.  At 6:30pm each Thursday, the DeKalb County participates in the emergency communications group net and the check-ins are relayed to the North Alabama SKYWARN weather training net at 8pm, you’re invited to come check in to all our nets.  

 In June of each year the club participates in a national amateur radio event called Field Day.  Field Day is a emergency preparedness drill and contest to test our setup, communication and duration skills that last 24 hours, and we have lots of fun.

 The club participates in other local activities such as Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) for the Boy Scouts.  We also hold a swap meet that brings out electronic equipment for buy, sell or trade.

 Monthly club meetings are held each 4th Tuesday of the month at various locations in the county and you are invited to attend. The DeKalb County Activities Building, 111 Grand Avenue SW, Commission Chambers 2nd floor Fort Payne, Alabama is the usual location but any changes will be announced on the repeater and during the weekly nets.  The club meeting is a good place to meet local amateurs and keep up with and participate in club activities.  The Club annually participates in several national and community wide events.

The club Echo Link coordinator is Jimmy Killian, node #77000.

 Calendar year dues are $12.00, and family membership is also available.  Please make checks payable to the DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club and mail correspondence to the address below.   Club certificates are available to first time members through the Club secretary.

 For additional information feel free to contact the address below.  Welcome to amateur radio and hope to hear you on the air soon!


DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club

P.O. Box 680652

Fort Payne, AL  35968