Amateur Radio Club
ARRL Affiliated Club
emergency communications throughout
Polk County, North Carolina in times of any disaster.
Our Club Meetings
The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club holds 2 meetings a month. The evening meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7:30 p.m., The luncheon meeting starting at 11:45 a.m. on the Last Wednesday of the month. Both meeting are held at the United Methodist Church conference room in Columbus, NC.
The Church GPS location is
Noon meeting starts at 11:45 a.m.
Bring your own lunch.
All hams and would be hams and guest are welcome to attend our meetings. Feel free to bring friends as well as encourage other would be hams in the area to attend the meetings to learn more about this fantastic hobby.
We provide communications for a number of events in the Polk County and upper Greenville / Spartanburg SC areas. This includes Bicycle, Horse, and Running Events as well as providing emergency communications in time of disaster for this area. We also host our own solar powered repeater which is also on the above menu. Feel free to check it out.
About The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club
The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club has been
serving Polk County for over 30 years.
We also meet, on the radio (net), each Monday night at 7:30 PM, on
the club’s solar powered repeater on 145.330(-) Mhz
with a PL of 91.5 Hz.
This radio network gives radio operators experience in using
their radio equipment in the case of an emergency.
All licensed HAM's are invited to join in and participate
in the NET.
All licensed HAM's are invited to join in and participate in the NET.
It is fun to learn from supportive experts who will mentor you in proper procedures, and provide you with instructions in the operation and how these radios work.
TBARC Swap Shop
Items for sale
Apple Antenna Systems
Home of the Hitch-Viper and Quadrapod
Bicycle Events that our club supports.
The Assaults ~ A Bicycle Challenge on Mt. Mitchell and Marion
This event is held on the 3rd. Monday of May each year
participates in the Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and the Assault on
Marion bicycle tours which takes place normally near the end of
the month of May each year ~ per the National and State Park
Services scheduling. TBARC provide emergency radio
communications while the riders are riding through Polk County.
The Spartanburg Amateur Radio Club provides the remainder of the
HAMS require for this event. If you would like additional
information on the history of Assaults - follow the link to The
Assaults History. If you would like to read up on the progress
of the Assaults for this year and see what is happening then go
Spartanburg Freewheelers Website.
The Fabulous 4th Metric Century Tour
On the morning of the 4th of July each year
The TBARC also participates and helps sponsor the Fabulous 4th of July Metric Century Bicycle Tour here in Polk County, NC . This event takes place on the actual day of the 4th of July each year regardless of the weather. We provide all of the emergency radio communications for this event. If you would like additional information on the Fabulous 4th Bicycle event - follow the link The Fabulous 4th.
You will be able to monitor this event on your scanner on either of two frequencies: 145.330 or 147.285. The GPS Coordinates for Harmon Field are: N 35.13.3936 and W 82.11.9074
Tour de Leave Metric Century
This event is also a Metric Century Tour. This tour starts and ends at the Harmon Field Complex. This event is normally held on the last Saturday of November. You may visit their web site at Tour de Leaves.
A Note to Motorcycle Riders
If you wish to ride as escort motorcycle for any of these bicycle events, please contact Robin ~ KV4AL ~ for additional information. Ham radio or scanner equipped motorcycles are not required but are very useful. Quite mufflers are required of the motorcycles (no loud straight pipes).
Robin - KV4AL at email@example.com
The Tryon Riding and Hunt
Date for 2015 to be announced
The Block House Races - a track with 5 jumps and on a up and down course. We provide the primary communications on the course for this event each hear. We operate on simplex and this is a all day event as well. We can use all of the radio operators that are willing to come out to assist so when the call goes out and you will be able to assist - please let us know. The full information on this event is found at The Block House Races.
Our club's solar
Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Net
The KF4JVI Repeater is an open repeater.
How about a video of the completion of the
WSPA TV New Tower and Antenna installation
Their tower was destroyed during the September 2009 storm. The tower and antenna
had to be completely rebuilt / replaced from the ground up. The video is about 36 minutes long.
This video was produced by Bob ~ KI4ZPF.
ARRL North Carolina section
Call Sign Lookup
Western North Carolina Amateur Radio Club.
Elecraft HF QRP / 100w all mode
QSL . NET
Amateur Radio Clubs in this area
Western North Carolina Amateur Radio Club.
NC, Amateur Radio Club
, SC Amateur Radio Club
Good links to information and programs to make operating your station a lot more fun.
DX'ing and Contesting is
Remember that these sites
provide YOU with these
Antennas and how to make them. Fine web site for
DX Spotting Sites INFO
DX Spotting Program (Free) ~ It's great
Contest Logging program (Free)
Meeting People with HAM Radio.
Morse Code source with lots of good
HF Military Radio from the MRC-108
ROMAD Jeep used in the Vietnam War.
Have any additional good sites to post, email me with the link. Please report any broken links to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the SKY WARN SPOTTER SYSTEM
Anyone may be a spotter, and you do not have to be a Amateur Radio Operator to be one. All that is required is to find out where you have to go to take the class given by the fine folks from the Greenville / Spartanburg National Weather Service and then join in on all of the actions as it happens! Please feel free to contact us for information on the next class.
http://www.cqrlog.com/ --- Logging program
http://www.dxzone.com/dx23102/ubuntu-ham-radio-software.html --- capture pages
http://www.hamradioandvision.com/installing-flrig-for-ubuntu/ --- for blind users
History and Development of Morse Code
Plus a little bit of
The History of Telecommunication
The South Carolina Single Sideband Net
Join us nightly on 3.915 MHz at 1900 hours local time.
For more information please contact: www.scssb.net or KG4YVJ@arrl.net
Yes, we have members all over North Carolina that do handle NC traffic as well.