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  • 2020 Dalton Hamfest

    Dalton ARC Logo
    Who: Dalton Amateur Radio Club
    What: The Dalton Hamfest. The Best Hamfest in Georgia.
    ARRL Sanctioned.
    Handicapped accessible (ask at the gate).
    VE Testing (At nearby Western Sizzlin).
    Indoor and Outdoor Boneyard.
    Door Prizes.
    When:  February 22, 2020 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.
    Where:  North Ga AG Fairgrounds,
    500 Legion Dr, Dalton, GA 30721.
    Admission:  $5 at the gate.
    Talk In:  The Dalton Amateur Radio Club sponsors an open repeater on the top of Fort Mountain, nearby to Dalton.
    2-Meter frequency 145.230, offset -600KHz, tone 141.3.
    Club operators will be monitoring to direct you in from Interstate 75.
    For further information:   Visit their website at Dalton Hamfest,
    Visit their Facebook page at Dalton Facebook,
    or email them at or
  • 2020 BirmingHamfest

    Birmingham ARC Logo
    Who: Birmingham Amateur Radio Club
    What: The BirmingHamfest. .
    Hosts the ARRL Alabama Section Conventions.
    When:  March 6, 4-7 p.m. March 7, 8:30-4 p.m.
    Where:  Trussville Civic Center
    5381 Trussville-Clay Road
    Trussville, Alabama 35173.
    Admission: $10.00 includes one prize ticket.
    One ticket is good for both days of the Hamfest.
    Children under 12 admitted free.
    Talk In:  Available on the Club's 146.88 MHz repeater (PL 88.5).
    License Exams:  Exams will be given at 9.00 am on Saturday in the Fireside Room.
    Admission ticket not required for testing.
    Testing fee is $15.
    For further information:   Visit their website at BirmingHamfest,
    or email them at John Outland or Rosalind Fazel.
  • Dekalb County Annual Tailgate 2020

    Who: DeKalb Amateur Radio Club
    What: The Annual Tailgate Party.
    When:  March 28, 2020 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Where:  Fort Payne VFW Fair Grounds
    151 18th Street North East,
    Fort Payne, Alabama 35967. From I-59 take exit 222 east on US11 all the way to 18th. st.
    Admission: $5.00 per person.
    Talk in:  147.270, +offset, tone 100Hz.
    License Exams: Testing will be conducted at 10:00 am.
    For further information:DCARC email

  • Dekalb County ARC Field Day 2020

    Field Day 2019 was a great success.
    See our results at 2019 Results.
    We look forward to even more contacts in 2020.
    Be sure to mark your calendar for June 27th and 28th, 2020.
    For further information:DCARC email

  • Jackson County ARC Events

    Please join the Jackson County ARC members for their regular events.  All are welcome.
    What:  Social Net.
    When:  Every Tuesday night at 7:00pm
    Where:  146.90 repeater.

    What:  ARES Training Net.
    When:  Every Thursday night at 7:30pm
    Where:  146.90 repeater.

    What:  Club meeting.
    When:  Second Saturday of each month at 9:30am
    Where:  Western Sizzlin in Scottsboro Alabama.

    What:  Ares meeting.
    When:  Fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00pm
    Where:  EMA Emergency Operation Center in the Jackson County Courthouse.

    Who:  For further info please contact Richard.
    Emergency Coordinator.
    Jackson County ARES/RACES.
    Jackson County Amateur Radio
    Phone: 256-527-9331.
    Email Richard at email


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  • New Chattooga ARC Repeater

    The Chattooga Amateur Radio Club in Summerville has a new two meter repeater in operation.

    It's a Kenwood TKR-740 and along with a new duplexer it provides greatly improved receive sensitivity and transmit coverage area.

    We are on 147.225MHz with a plus offset and a 100 Hz input tone.

    All hams are invited and encouraged to use the new system and check in to our club net on Mondays at 6:30PM central time.

    For further information contact:  CARC President: Jim Warnock, KJ4WSB Jim's email at

    Also, visit their website at Chattooga County ARC
  • DX in Challenging Times

    When your DX signal doesn't bounce as well as last month's rent check then give these methods a try.

  • Propagation Reports

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  • The sun is sleeping. We are at a solar minimum.   Our friends at Spaceweather.comreported on September 26 there were no sunspots for over 3 weeks, or more precisely 24 consecutive days.     She has nearly gone flatlined.    Last Monday marked the summer autumnal equinox, and during the northern summer more than 89% of the days were sunspot free.     For this year the spotless days percentage is 72%, matching the last solar minimum of 2008 and 2009.

    Passing the equinox is historically a good time for HF propagation, even with low solar activity for both spring in the Southern Hemisphere and fall in the northern.   However, current conditions are poor for all bands except 80/40 meters which are fair in the daytime and good at night.     30 meters through 10 meters are all poor.     Six meters and above is currently closed.     Over the past week (September 19-25) average daily solar flux shifted marginally from 68.1 to 67.3, while average daily planetary A index reflected quiet geomagnetic indices changing from 8.3 to 5.4 and mid-latitude indices went from 8 to 4.6.
    Predicted solar flux is 67 on September 27 to October 4, and 68 on October 5 through November 10.
    Predicted planetary A index is 28, 45, and 20 on September 27-29, 12 on September 30 and October 1, 8 on October 2-3, 5 on October 4-5, 12 on October 6, 5 on October 7-9, then 8, 5, 8, 10, 8 and 8 on October 10-15, then 5 on October 16-19, then 12 and 8 on October 20-21, 5 on October 22-24, then 25, 18, 10, 5 and 8 on October 25-29, then 5 on October 30 through November 1, 10 on November 2, 5 on November 3-5, then 8, 5, 8, 10 and 8 on November 6-10. The planetary A index forecast of 28, 45 and 20 on September 27-29 is due to solar wind spewing from a large coronal hole. This is the same hole that gave us the planetary A index of 38 and 45 on August 31 and September 1. Look for it again on October 25-26 after yet another trip around the Sun.

    Spaceweather.comreported in an email on September 26:   GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING: A large hole in the Sun's atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind in our direction. NOAA forecasters say there is a chance of moderately-strong G2-class geomagnetic storms when the gaseous material arrives on Sept. 28th. The last such storm in early September produced auroras visible in many northern-tier US states. Visit today's edition of for more information and forecasts.

    Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period September 27 until October 22, 2019 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH is as follows:
    • Quiet on: October 8, 16-17
    • Quiet to unsettled on: October 3-4, 7, 9, 20
    • Quiet to active on: October 1-2, 6, 10-11, 15, 18-19, 22
    • Unsettled to active on: September 30, October (5, 12-14,) 21
    • Active to disturbed: September 27-28, (29)
    Solar wind is expected to increase on: September 27-30, October 1 (-4, 7-9,) 11 (-14,) 21-23
  • ARRL Renews Request for FCC to Replace Symbol Rate with Bandwidth Limit
     ARRL renewed its request that the FCC delete symbol-rate limits for data transmissions in the Amateur Service rules. As it did in its initial filing, ARRL asked the FCC to couple the removal of the symbol rate limits with the adoption of a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit. In response to a 2013 ARRL Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11708), the FCC proposed deleting the symbol-rate limits but declined to replace them with the 2.8 kHz bandwidth that ARRL wanted.
    If I, Charles Gray KM4SDB, may interject a personal opinion here:  When visiting ARRL headquarters my first question was why the ARRL had not pursued this issue with greater vigor.  It was reported to me at that time that it wasn't a priority with the membership.  As this rule change is critical to the future of amateur radio digital modes I hope that all amateurs will express their support for it.


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  • HAM Test Study Resources
  • provides excellent resources for study and exams for all amateur licenses.     Flash cards for study are well presented and up to date, practice exams provide extensive review of missed questions. provides similar resources.
    QRZ is a popular source of help, although I have not personally studied there. is a paid service with excellent reviews on

    There are many other excellent online study and test sites that can aid you in your quest for a Ham license.     For those that may not have Internet connectivity during study time the pool questions for each exam can be downloaded and reviewed offline.
    Technician class exam pool.
    General class exam pool.
    Extra class exam pool.
    Extra class exam pool diagrams.

    Keep in mind that DCARC members are here to help you in your quest.     Please let us know if you have any questions about the wonderful world of Ham radio.