ARRL Sections - Tennessee



Contact Information

Section Name:
Keith Miller SR N9DGK
Daytime Phone:
615 631 9952
Evening Phone:
615 631 9952

Basic Information


Good Day to Everyone,  

Here it is the 5th Day of March and another round of winter weather has again blanketed Tennessee. Some are having less this time but all have been impacted. It is a priority for everyone to insure that family, friends and neighbors are well and have heat, food and water. It sometimes such a simple thing, but it is so necessary that we all take the small amount of time to talk to and make sure folks will be cared for, especially the elderly and the sick.  

ARRL SOLICITING NOMINATIONS FOR 6 AWARDS – The ARRL is soliciting nominations for 6 awards: the Hiram Percy Maxim Award, the key award honoring a young amateur radio operator (deadline, 3/31); the ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award (deadline, 3/15); the ARRL Microwave Development Award (deadline, 3/31); the ARRL Technical Service Award (deadline, 3/31); the ARRL Technical Innovation Award (deadline, 3/31); and, the Knight Distinguished Service Award (deadline, 4/30).  For further information on these awards, including the nomination procedures, see

We have many fine amateurs in our section who would qualify for one of these awards. Please take a few minutes to think about recommending them. Send the information to the league and copy me so that we are aware of the submission and can make any additional recommendations necessary.   Our time is beginning to run short for nominations, and though the deadlines vary, the first will be March 15 for the Herb s. Briar instructor of the year due March 15. I hope that you will take the time to say thanks you and reward our deserving Amateurs in the Tennessee Section you believe fit the criteria above.  

ARISS CONTACT PROPOSAL WINDOW FOR 2016 NOW OPEN – The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is now accepting applications from formal and informal educational institutions and organizations in the US – either individually or working together – that would like to host an amateur radio contact with an International Space Station crew member between January 1 and June 30, 2016.  The application window closes on April 15th.  For further information, see ;  

ARRL FIELD DAY 2015 PACKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE – On February 10th, it was announced that the packets for ARRL Field Day 2015 are available online.  There are no rule changes for 2015.  ARRL Field Day 2015 will be held on the June 27th and 28th.  For further information, see   FCC

“PAPERLESS” AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE POLICY NOW IN EFFECT –As of February 17th, the FCC no longer routinely issues paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees.  For further information, see  

ARRL SEEKS MEMBER INPUT ON DRAFT HF BAND PLAN PROPOSALS – The ARRL is asking Members to comment by April 19 on possible changes to the ARRL HF Band Plans, which have been suggested by the HF Band Planning Committee. For further information, see  

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON RADAR SHARING SCHEMES THAT COULD DISPLACE AMATEUR RADIO AT 76-81 GHZ – The FCC is seeking comment on issues involving expanded use of various radar applications in the 76-81 GHz band, whichAmateur Radio shares with other services.  For further information, see  

DX - K1N NAVASSA ISLAND DXPEDITION 2015 COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY – The K1N Navassa Island DXpedition 2015 has been completed successfully.  K1N was QRV on February 1st and QRT on February 15th at 1130 UTC.  K1N logged more than 140,00 QSOs with at least 30,000 unique call signs. For further information, see and  

Contesting – The ARRL International DX SSB Contest will run this weekend 0000UTC Saturday through 2359 Sunday. Additional details can be found at this link:  

READY TO COPY SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FOR NTS TRAFFIC HANDLERS – The software program, Ready To Copy, developed my Lane Kendall, WK4WC of Mount Pleasant, NC is now available for use by NTS traffic handlers.  Lane WK4WC was asked to provide information on Ready To Copy and here is his report:  “Ready to Copy (RTC) is message management software for NTS traffic handlers.  Radiogram text as well as received / sent information is stored in a database with automatic date time recording.

The heart of the program is a free form editor much like Notepad.  No individual text boxes to tab through.  The RTC “check” feature formats the free form message with five words per line and compares the actual word count of the message to the check in the message preamble. Features include: small screen footprint and minimal computer requirements; station activity reports (SAR) available instantly; radiogram forms can be printed; clone feature for receiving book traffic; standard text (canned message) support; generates and tracks outgoing message numbers; internet call sign and phone number lookup as well as maps (when on line); and, NTSD features, import messages from AirMail 2000.

The program was designed to be used in real-time, with the user typing as messages are received.  However, some users prefer to take traffic on paper and transfer to RTC after the fact.  Doing this is typically less effort than compiling a station activity report (from paper) each month.  More information and free download at   

Licensing Classes – The only ARRL listed license class is a general class session that is being presented in Memphis, TN through 04/11/2015. If you are currently presenting a class or plan to present one later in the year, please consider registering your sessions on the ARRL web site or you can send the information to me and I will be sure it is posted in this newsletter.   

ARRL Clubs – Our Affiliated Club Coordinator Jim Goodrich, WA4VGZ has just posted his monthly club report on the webpage. Be sure to check the information to insure it is correct. If it needs to be corrected please contact Jim directly. His contact information is on the Affiliated Club webpage.  

IN THE NEWS – The recent storms have generated news information to the ARRL headquarters from our SEC Dan O’Donovan, W4DOD. From an article titled: “US Southeast ARES Teams on the Job as Severe Winter Weather Strikes” dated 02/26/2015 and reads in part:  

“02/26/2015 Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in the US Southeast remained on alert on February 26, as the region faces an unaccustomed ration of severe winter weather. Tennessee, which as seen at least 30 winter storm-related fatalities, was placed on a Level II state emergency operations center activation level, indicating a major disaster — an event likely to exceed local capabilities and require state and federal assistance. Tennessee Section Emergency Coordinator Daniel O’Donovan, W4DOD, said February 26 that Tennessee ARES volunteers in several counties were on standby, monitoring established nets, or actively staffing shelters and other locations. He said the American Red Cross has six shelters open in five counties, with 224 occupants. “There are 19,700 customers without power in Tennessee over five counties,” O’Donovan said on February 26. “This is down from around 36,000 without power last night.”   The full article can be seen at this link:   

Teachers Institute Schedule for 2015 – Debra Johnson, K1DMJ  ARRL Education Services Manager sends the following:   The March issue of QST includes an announcement of the Teachers Institute schedule for 2015 on page 83.  Included in this article is a sidebar asking members to consider funding a seat at the Teachers Institute.  I hope you might encourage clubs in your section to consider this as a possible fundraising activity.   The Teachers Institute depends on donations to the Education & Technology Fund.  We now have brochures with information about the 2015 Teachers Institute available.  If you would like to have some on hand to provide to educators in local schools please send me an email with your request.     Also in the March issue you’ll see an article about a recent Teachers Institute grad’s efforts to integrate Amateur Radio into his high school’s electronics curriculum with the support of a local ham radio club.    You’ll find that story on page 81.   You may contact Debra for more information by writing to her at 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1494 Or call at Office:(860) 594-0296 Fax: (860) 594-0259 Email:  

Special Event Stations – There are currently no special event activities scheduled for the Tennessee Section. If your club or group is interested in information about how to register a special event station please check the following link:  

Coming Hamfests – These are the coming Hamfests for the spring and early summer of this year. You will also find a complete list of ARRL Hamfest listings on the Hamfest Schedule page. Here is the link:   

Location: First Methodist Church
208 West Lauderdale Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Sponsor: Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS)
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.700 -600 (PL 114.8)
Public Contact: Ed Hohenthaner , W7LGD
717 McKown Street Cowan, TN 37318
Phone: 931-967-0545

Ides of March Hamfest
Location: Tennessee Army National Guard Armory
2017 East Reelfoot Avenue
Union City, TN 38261
Sponsor: Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.70/10 (PL 100)
Public Contact: Robert Bob Miles , K9IL
113 Green Acres Drive Martin, TN 38237
Phone: 731-588-2840

Delta Division Convention (Memphis FreeFest)
Start Date: 04/10/2015
End Date: 04/11/2015
Location: Bartlett Station Municipal Center
5868 Stage Road
Bartlett, TN
Sponsor: Mid-South Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.030 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Anthony Tony Brignole , WA4KHN
2444 Lacosta Drive Bartlett, TN 38134
Phone: 901-216-3263

Silent Keys – It is with deep regret that we received information of the passing of these Tennessee Section members: James F. Hull W4YGM; John Babbitt W4MV; Charles W. “Chuck” Mills Jr. K4CM; Jerry Sharp K4BWL; Hans P. Hassemer KK4CIO; Toby Pennington III K4NH; Vonn R. Murell K4HHA;   

Delta Division Ham Of The Year Award (HOTY) –  The ARRL Delta Division Ham of Year Award for 2014 is now accepting nominations.  

The requirements are five years continuous ARRL membership and doing something noteworthy that promotes amateur radio on air or off air.  This is not limited to public service operating but any aspect of amateur radio such as contributions in contesting, DXing, experimentation, design, education or public relations.   Please submit your nominations to your Section Manager by March 15, 2015. We will make the announcement during the Delta Division Convention at Free Fest in Memphis, TN April 11 regarding the recipient for 2014.

                            DELTA DIVISION AWARD NOMINATION                                                                                    Page 1                                                

************************* Amateur Of The Year *************************    
Nominator Data:  
Name __________________________________ Call Sign ________________ Address _________________________________________________________           City _____________ State __________ Zip ____________
Phone __________________  Email _______________________________    

Nominee Data:  

Name __________________________________ Call Sign ________________ Address_________________________________________________________         City _____________ State __________ Zip ____________
Phone ____________________  Email _______________________________        
Instructions for making a nomination:
1) Please follow these instructions.  The Award Selection Committee will only see page 2 on each individual with nothing to identify the nominee.    
      a) On page 2 please use only BULLET statements to document the nominee’s accomplishments.
     b) Please keep the font at 10 point.
     c) Do not use a name or call sign in the bullet statements.    

2) Mail the completed nomination to the ARRL Delta Division Director (Mailing address available on ARRL website or latest issue of QST.    

3) The Director will appoint an independent selection committee to make the final selection.    

4) Additional support documents (pictures, news articles) may be attached, but will not be used unless there is a tie or verification is required.                                                                Number ____                                      

                        DELTA DIVISION AWARD NOMINATION                                                                                   Page 2









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*QUA is an international Q signal (prosign) meaning, “Have you news of _____?”  In the absence of a question mark, QUA means, “I have news of ____.” Do you have news to be shared?  

In closing, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to provide input on our Section.  I can be reached via email at or via cell phone.  Thanks for everything you are doing for amateur radio and your community.  Best wishes for 2015!  73, Keith Miller Sr., N9DGK, ARRL Tennessee Section Manager, 615-631-9952 cell.  

Until next time, best 73 es DX!!  

Tennessee Officials