ARRL Sections - Tennessee



Contact Information

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

Basic Information


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                                           Section Notes
                                            Jan-Feb 2016

Hello Everyone, The year is off to a roaring start with NPOTA and some great DX with much more to come. I hope that everyone has survived the recent snowstorm and is making preparations to continue on with your club and ARES goals for 2016.

Board of Directors Installs New President

UPDATED 18 January 1620 UTC] The ARRL Board of Directors has elected ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of Little Rock, Arkansas, as the ARRL’s next president. The Board took the action as it convened for its 2016 Annual Meeting January 15-16 in Windsor, Connecticut. Roderick, 63, officially assumed office for a 2-year term at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. He is the ARRL’s 16th president, succeeding Kay Craigie, N3KN, of Blacksburg, Virginia, who served for three terms as the League’s president.

For the rest of the article see:


New CEO Announced

Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Will Succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ as ARRL CEO

Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach, Florida, will succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ, as the chief executive officer of ARRL, effective April 18. In that role, he will oversee all activities at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. Meeting in a special webinar session on January 25, all 15 ARRL Directors voted to elect Gallagher as CEO and Secretary, positions that Sumner will relinquish on April 18. Gallagher will join the ARRL staff as CEO-Elect on February 29, and a transition period will follow.

See the remainder of the article here:

Amateur Radio Parity Act

On the legislative front, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 continues to gain support in the House of Representatives as well as being moved out of committee in the Senate. Things are looking promising but we must continue to write our letters and speak with our congressional representatives at every opportunity. If and when those opportunities open up, be sure you are prepared and using the ARRL published information to have those conversations. You will probably only have one opportunity to do that and you need to be certain that your information is current and consistent.

New Tennessee ARRL Website and Facebook Pages

As I write this newsletter, work is being completed on the new Tennessee ARRL Web page. The final pieces are being secured now to try to have the page ready to launch within the next two weeks. I will send an email to the section to let you know when it will go live. I hope you like the new page. We will work to take your comments and suggestions and, if possible, incorporate them into the page if allowable.

The new TN ARRL Face book page is up and running. The page name is ARRL Tennessee Section. Our ARRL ACC Jim Goodrich WA4VGZ laid out the page. I want to thank Jim for a great job to help us get the page up and running.

New Term and Appointments

1 January 2016 began my third term as your Section Manager. I thank you for your confidence and I will continue to work to earn your trust. We are deeply involved in completing approvals for field service appointments for this term. If you hold an appointment and have not yet received your certificates, please be patient with me and I will work to get them to you as quickly as possible. We are still finding a very few that were held by now silent keys. That requires that I have to coordinate with ARRL HQ to insure proper removal from records and takes additional time.

There will be some open appointments for a while including the Assistant Section Manager positions for both Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee. I will be working to identify candidates to fill those positions so the entire section can be properly represented.

There are two new appointments that will be filled this year as well. Over the last year and a half, the Board of Directors created two new Appointments.

The first is a Section Level Appointment for Section Youth Coordinator. The descriptions of responsibilities are described at this link:

If you know of someone who may be a viable candidate for this position, please have them contact me and I can start the registration process and set up some time to talk about the expectations.

The second is a Field Service Level Appointment for Assistant Section Traffic Manager. The description of responsibilities are described at this link:

Anyone interested in applying for this position should contact the Section Traffic Manager Tom Wolfe K4CMY or myself for an application.

Additionally, there will be other appointments to be filled in the ARES Management structure, ASEC DEC as well as recruiting additional EC’s for counties.

New positions were established in the Division for Assistant Section Manager of IT & Security and DX & Contesting. These appointments have been filled already.

In the ASM IT & Security – Appointments were made to Jay Daniel KG4DCI and Samuel Davidson KK4RGU to help continue development and administration of the ARRL Website, The TNARES Website as well as providing security of these pages.

The ASM DX & Contesting has been filled. I have moved EastTN ASM David Bower to this new position. David is a long time contester and DXer as well as a long time member of the East TN DX Association. His responsibilities will be to help foster stronger relationships with existing and newly incoming DX and Contest groups and provide mentorship for them as needed. He will be a specialty coordinator for those interests across the section. David has been a long time contributor to DX magazine, authoring many articles over the years. He will continue to be a great asset to our organization.

NEW Section PIC (Public Information Coordinator)

I have appointed a new Public Information Coordinator for the Tennessee Section. I want to thank our former PIC Chambers Williams III AB6EC for his efforts over the past four years. Chambers has taken on larger professional responsibilities as a professional news reporter, editor and publisher and we wish him well.

The new PIC is Catherine Goodrich, KK4IWN. Cathy holds an Extra Class License. She is a member of Davidson County ARES, Davidson County ARESMAT, Hickman County DX Association and the Dickson County VE Team. She and her husband Jim Goodrich, WA4VGZ, TN ARRL ACC travel to Hamfests on occasion with me and help with assisting members in renewing memberships, answering questions and helping point folks to your Section Manager as needed. Cathy is also an ANCS for the Davidson County Traffic Net, is CERT trained and instructor.

Professionally she has served as VP of education and of membership of the Nashville Chapter of the Project Management Institute with a local membership of over 1,200 members, coinciding with the nationwide membership in addition to her current employment as a Senior IT Project Manager for Fresenius Medical Care.

Cathy has completed the ARRL PR 101 Course as well as many other FEMA Self Study courses. She intends to help develop both the ARES and Club contingent PIO cadre for the section. Please welcome her aboard. If you are helping share your story for your group and do not currently hold the ARRL PIO appointment, please consider doing so to allow everyone to “share our story” with the public and media to the best of our ability.

The application can be done online through this link:

Coming Tennessee Hamfests

The following Hamfests are currently scheduled in the Tennessee Section:


Start Date: 03/12/2016
End Date: 03/12/2016
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 offset (PL 114.8)
Public Contact: Michael Glennon, KB4JHU
302 Twelve Oaks Road Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 931-588-0302

Ides of March Hamfest

Start Date: 03/26/2016
End Date: 03/26/2016
Location: Tennessee 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 Miles, K9IL
113 Green Acres Drive Martin, TN 38237
Phone: 731-588-2840

Memphis FreeFest

Start Date: 04/09/2016
End Date: 04/09/2016
Location: Bartlett Station Municipal Center
5868 Stage Road
Bartlett, TN 
Sponsor: Mid-South Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.03 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Tony Brindle, WA4KHN
2444 Lacosta Drive Bartlett, TN 38134
Phone: 901-216-3263

Tennessee State Convention (Knoxville Hamfest & Electronics Convention) 

Start Date: 06/18/2016
End Date: 06/18/2016
Location: Kerbela Temple
315 Mimosa Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37901
Sponsor: Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.300 (PL 100)
Public Contact: Dave Garner, K4YRK
10917 Sonja Drive Farragut, TN 37934
Phone: 865-966-9811

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the Hamfests this year.

Section Manager Club Visits

The past 4 years have been a great experience for me personally. I have been able to meet many of you at Hamfests but not as a club. I know that there are many clubs that may have never been visited by me, and because we now have 50 active ARRL affiliated clubs and many more that are not, I want to be able to visit with as many of the 50 clubs as I can this year. If your group is not affiliated and would like to have me visit your club as well, I will be willing to do that but I will need your help to let me know who you are and when you meet to be able to arrange a visit. I may not be able to get to all of you this year and if not, I will work to be there the following year.

I will be starting in Tipton County on Feb. 15, and moving on from there. It is am ambitious project but one I feel is worth doing to allow me to get to meet and talk with more Hams in Tennessee. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible this year.

New Field Day Rules Available

ARRL 2016 Field Day Packet is Now Available, New Bonus Point Categories Announced


It’s not too early to be thinking about Field Day 2016 and planning your club’s strategy for a bigger score and greater participation than last year. Field Day is June 25-26 — always the 4th full weekend in June — and the 2016 ARRL Field Day Packet now is available to download as a PDF file. This year’s Field Day introduces two new ways to score bonus points — Social Media and Safety Officer.

See the rest of the information at this link:

Tennessee Senior Statesman Award 

We are revising the criteria of the Tennessee Senior Statesman award to include those operating Amateurs who are 90 years and older. We would like to celebrate as many of them as we can find, just to say thank you for your years of service and friendship

If you know of someone who has been an active ham and who is currently 90 years or older, please forward that information to me, and I will have a certificate prepared and make arrangements to present it at the earliest convenience.

There will be no requirement for any of them to be a member of ARRL. Their consistent contribution to the hobby and fun of amateur radio are all that is necessary. I hope my email box gets filled up. Please remember that these folks are the ones who helped to give us their enjoyment and passion for this great hobby.

NPOTA Continues to Roll

I spoke to headquarters last week and found out that 72,000+ LOTW entries have already been submitted in the first month of activity. So many are having a ton of fun chasing and activating National Parks across the country in honor of the National Park System’s 100th birthday. I have seen many from Tennessee already in the log. I can’t wait to see what spring will bring. “LET THE FUN KEEP ON ROLLING!!!”

Silent Key

It is with regret that we report the passing of the following operators in the Tennessee Section: 25 December 2015 Tom Thurman Jr WA4LAN; 5 January 2016 Kermit E. “Bud” Claunch N4KEC; 27 January 2016 Bill Hornbaker WA4JTT.


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 ____.”


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 – 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! 


Keith Miller Sr., N9DGK

ARRL Tennessee Section Manager, 615-631-9952 (cell) 


Tennessee Officials

  • Keith Miller

    Section Manager

    Keith E. Miller N9DGK

  • John Swisher

    Official Observer Coordinator

    John B. Swisher AB4O

  • Jay Daniel

    Assistant Section Manager

    Jay C. Daniel KG4DCI

  • Ingrid Klose

    State Government Liaison

    Ingrid Klose KD4F

  • Thomas Wolfe

    Section Traffic Manager

    Thomas E. Wolfe K4CMY

  • Samuel Davidson

    Assistant Section Manager

    Samuel R. Davidson KK4RGU

  • James Goodrich

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    James H. Goodrich WA4VGZ

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  • David Bower

    Assistant Section Manager

    David L. Bower K4PZT

  • Glenn Snow

    Assistant Section Manager

    Glenn R. Snow N4MJ

  • Charles Morgan

    Technical Coordinator

    Charles T. Morgan K4VCM

  • Greg Tomerlin

    Bulletin Manager

    Greg A. Tomerlin K4KO

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  • Catherine Goodrich

    Public Info Coordinator

    Catherine M. Goodrich KK4IWN

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