ARRL Sections - Tennessee



Contact Information

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

Basic Information


Section Notes
June 2015  

Good Day to Everyone,  

Field Day 2015
It is 4 days until Field Day, the weather is hot and sticky and the largest ARRL operating event of the year is nearing go-time!!! The bulletin schedule is now out. You can access it at this link:  

If your group is planning to participate, please take the time to register your activity on the Field Day locator page at this link: Tennessee currently has 26 locations registered. After Field Day is finished, make sure you publish some of your pictures and comments about your activity on the ARRL Soapbox page at this link:   

If you are still looking for the published packet of Field Day materials: you can find them at this link:   

Governor Haslam has signed an Amateur Radio Week and Field Day proclamation for this year. I have placed it on the ARRL TN Webpage as well as the Tennessee Section Webpage for your group to access for your activities.  

I will be traveling in Middle Tennessee this year. You may send your Section Manager and SEC messages via winlink or via the 3980 nets being held during the operating period. I plan to check into at least one of the HF nets during the weekend. I hope all have a great time.   

H. R. 1301 Amateur Radio Parity Act
Tennessee now has their first co-sponsor for H.R. 1301 this year. That is Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn TN 7th District. We appreciate her support. If you are a constituent in her District, please send a letter of thanks to her expressing you appreciation for her efforts on her behalf.   

Many of you have already signed letters to your congress person asking for their support at the Hamfests that have been held in our section this year and I want to say my thanks to all of you for your efforts. There are many more letters that need to be written and forwarded to Dan Henderson N1ND, our Field Regulatory Manager, to be personally forwarded to the respective offices of our representatives on Capitol Hill.   

Please consider doing so at your earliest convenience. This is probably one of the best opportunities that we will have for quite some time to have a large impact on any legislation relating to our hobby and our service to our communities. More and more, our abilities to practice our hobby and art are being encroached by a public that cannot and will not look to see the benefit of what we have to offer on their behalf. We have to be more vocal in telling our story to insure that we preserve this legacy for the next generation.  

Licensing Classes and VE Exams
There are many licensing classes and VE Exams that are being given in our section. I get inquiries from time to time asking where these sessions are being held because there is no published information that can be found.   

We have a list of several but not all club newsletters with links that can be offered to folks in the Tennessee section. We offer that information to the inquiries that are made.   

In addition to those newsletters, is a service from ARRL to have posted your local class sessions as well as VE sessions for the entire year. Please consider doing that along with your local publicity to help serve as many folks as we can who are interested in entering our hobby or upgrading to another license.   

TN Section ARES Simulated Emergency Test Oct 1-3
The Tennessee Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service Simulated Emergency Test will be held in conjunction with the Fall Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Statewide Exercise. It will include served agency partners as well as other auxiliary communicators from across the state. The exercise is a continuation of the spring exercise using an earthquake scenario on the New Madrid fault. Additional information will be provided in the coming months as planning goes forward.  

US Navy-Marine Corps Program to End
On May 13th and 14th, it was announced that the US Department of Defense is phasing out the US Navy-Marine Corps Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program. The MARS operational mission will transition to the other MARS service branches by the end of September. For further information, see

Updated Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual Now Online
The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service(r) (ARES) Manual now is online. This edition includes various ICS forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the RACES, contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement. ARES consists of amateur radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service, when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of ARRL membership, is eligible to apply for ARES membership. For further information, see radio-emergency-service-manual-now-online.  

NTS Section Traffic Report
TN Section Report:  Sessions = 107, QNI= 8229, QTC= 5, ARES= 1764. Have you made a Station Activity Report (NTS) or a Public Service Honor Roll report (FSD-210) to your Section Traffic Manager? Let us know what you are doing. We would like to hear from you.    

Silent Keys
With deep sadness, the passing of the following amateur radio operators is reported: Sam Shields, WB4CSG, Jon Conner KG4QVJ, K9IMI Bob Buenger, Trena Willann Braswell Curtis KD4ESF.  

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. As always, thank you for sending your emails and club newsletters - they keep me informed about your activities and programs! I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming hamfest or club meeting.   

Finally, thanks for everything you are doing for amateur radio and your community!  73, Keith Miller, N9DGK ARRL Tennessee Section Manager (615) 631-9952 (cell)  

*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 ____."  

Until next time, best 73 es DX!!  

Tennessee Officials

  • Keith Miller

    Section Manager

    Keith E. Miller N9DGK

  • David Dabay

    Assistant Section Manager

    David M. Dabay KD3PC

    View Profile

  • Thomas Wolfe

    Section Traffic Manager

    Thomas E. Wolfe K4CMY

  • James Goodrich

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    James H. Goodrich WA4VGZ

    View Profile

  • David Bower

    Assistant Section Manager

    David L. Bower K4PZT

  • Glenn Snow

    Assistant Section Manager

    Glenn R. Snow N4MJ

  • G Chambers Williams

    Public Info Coordinator

    G Chambers Williams AB6EC

  • Charles Morgan

    Technical Coordinator

    Charles T. Morgan K4VCM

  • Ingrid Klose

    State Government Liaison

    Ingrid Klose KD4F

  • Greg Tomerlin

    Bulletin Manager

    Greg A. Tomerlin K4KO

    View Profile

  • John Swisher

    Official Observer Coordinator

    John B. Swisher AB4O

  • Jay Daniel

    Assistant Section Manager

    Jay C. Daniel KG4DCI