Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club
ARRL Affiliated Club


 

Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES)

Providing emergency communications throughout
Polk County, North Carolina in times of any disaster.

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Our Club Meetings

All hams are welcome to attend our meetings.

Feel free to bring friends as well as encourage other would be hams
to attend the meetings to learn more about this fantastic hobby
.

Our 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
N 35.15.2269
W 82.11.9074
 


 Noon meeting starts at 11:45 a.m. Bring your own lunch.
The evening meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., No Meal.

 


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.

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. 

Contact:

Richard Day
828-606-6922

richardnday@gmail.com






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

The TBARC 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 to the Spartanburg Freewheelers Website.

You may listen on your scanner to the event on one of these frequencies: 145.330, 147.285, 145.190 and 147.240 MHz. The first two frequencies are used from Spartanburg to Bills Creek Road at US-74 in Rutherford County. This includes all of Polk County. The second is the Mt. Mitchell repeater and it is active all day and well into the evening controlling and relaying traffic concerning this very large event. The 147.240 is a simplex motorcycle to motorcycle frequency, and is low power so you would have to be near the motorcycle to hear them.



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 kv4al@charter.net



The Tryon Riding and Hunt Club
Blockhouse Races

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.



 

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Our club's solar powered repeater

KF4JVI - 145.330 neg. offset w/ PL 91.5 cps


Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Net
is held on each Monday starting at 7:30pm,
All area Hams are invited to join in.

The KF4JVI Repeater is an open repeater.
The frequency is 145.330(-) and PL tone of 91.5 cps.

The KF4JVI Repeater is totally solar powered.
We have been totally on Solar Power since Oct. 1998.
Please check out the pictures on the link above.


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.



 

Links to good place to explore concerning Amateur (HAM) Radio

 

www.ncarrl.org
ARRL North Carolina section

Call Sign Lookup
By name or call sign USA ONLY

Western North Carolina Amateur Radio Club.
Home to the WESTCARS Ham Radio Fest at the Fair Grounds ~ Last Saturday of August Near Asheville NC.

Elecraft HF QRP / 100w all mode radios
These radios are rated #1 and are available in Kit / Semi Kit / or fully assembled. Want to build a HF All mode Kit - then you must check this one out.  You put it together and you can then fix it yourself!

The Wireman
The BEST supplier of antenna and parts out there!

QSL . NET
Go to QSL.net and do a web page!

Amateur Radio Clubs in this area

Western North Carolina Amateur Radio Club.
Home to the WESTCARS Ham Radio Fest at the Fair Grounds ~ around the end of August near Asheville NC. Please visit their web site for date and times.

Spartanburg SC, Amateur Radio Club

Hendersonville NC, Amateur Radio Club

Shelby NC, Amateur Radio Club
Biggest Ham Fest in the South East - Labor Day weekend

Greenville , SC Amateur Radio Club
Ham Fest held at the Spartanburg, SC Fairground

Gastonia, NC Amateur Radio Club

Gastonia, NC Area Amateur Radio Club

Good links to information and programs to make operating your station a lot more fun.

AC6V's Mega Links Ham pages

Gray Line and Current Time

Large Selection of Ham Related Links to check out.

HAM Swap / For sale / Trade Page

On the Short Wave Bands

HF Radio Org for all of your HF Needs

DX'ing and Contesting is fun.
Here are some very good links for more information on DX'ing.
We hope that you will try it some time.
ARRL and CQ Magazine provide the rules of engagement!

Remember that these sites provide YOU with these
DX programs for FREE unless otherwise noted.


Antennas and how to make them. Fine web site for more information.
http://www.hamuniverse.com/antennas.html

Free Newsletters INFO
http://www.425dxn.org/
http://www.papays.com/opdx.html

DX Spotting Sites INFO
http://www.dxsummit.fi

DX Spotting Program (Free) ~ It's great
 http://ve7cc.net/default.htm#prog

Contest Logging program (Free)
http://www.n1mm.com

Contest Calandars INFO
http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/index.htm
http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/

Good DX news letters for pay ~ not free, oh well, can't have it all for free!
http://www.dxpub.com/
http://www.dailydx.com/

Meeting People with HAM Radio.
http://www.datehookup.com/content-meeting-people-with-ham-radios.htm

Morse Code source with lots of good stuff
http://www.createqr.org/closer-look-morse-code.html

HF Military Radio from the MRC-108 ROMAD Jeep used in the Vietnam War.
http://www.pocatelloarc.org/k0ip

Have any additional good sites to post, email me with the link. Please report any broken links to kv4al@charter.net

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.

 

PC Software
http://www.kc1cs.com/
http://w3wvg.com/
http://sourceforge.net/directory/communications/hamradio/
os:windows/freshness:recently-updated/


http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Software/
http://www.westmountainradio.com/content.php?page=links
http://ac6v.com/software.htm
http://www.hamuniverse.com/hfdigitalmodessoftware.html
http://www.echolink.org/
http://hflink.com/software/
http://hflink.com/pcale/
http://www.dmoz.org/Recreation/Radio/Amateur/Software/
http://www.dxsoft.com/
http://www.hosenose.com/
http://www.k6sgh.com/software.html
ubuntu Software
http://www.arrl.org/ubuntu-linux-for-hams
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuHams
https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-hams-updates/+archive/ppa
http://www.linuxjournal.com/ham
http://shackbox.net/

http://www.cqrlog.com/ --- Logging program
http://packages.ubuntu.com/quantal/hamradio/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/kb1oiq-andysham/
http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/hamradio/
http://radio.linux.org.au/?sectpat=All
http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Software/Linux/Linux_Distributions/
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. 


 

Site constructed by
Robin
kv4al@charter.net