Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club
An ARRL Affiliated Club


Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Providing Emergency Communications throughout
Polk County, North Carolina in times of any disaster.


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TBARC Meetings

The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club holds a meeting once a month. The luncheon meeting starting at 11:45 a.m. on the Last Wednesday of the month. The meeting is held at the United Methodist Church conference room in Columbus, NC. Enter through the main entrance and then turn to the right going to the end of the long hall.

The Church's GPS location is
N 35.15.2269
W 82.11.9074

 The 12 noon meeting starts gathering about 11:30 or so to allow you time to enjoy your brown bag lunch.

All hams, 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 offer FCC Testing at our meetings. Please contact us to schedule a test session. We also offer mentoring to new HAMs.

To Join the Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club - Please fill out the membership form and bring it to a meeting or mail it to the club.

TBARC Membership Application Form

Our mailing address is as follows
PO Box 1016
Tryon NC 28782

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 entire area including parts of Rutherford County and upstate South Carolina. We have our own local repeater which is open for any licenced HAM radio operator to use at anytime.

Below is a link to a listing of scanner frequencies for Polk County. Suggest that you print it out and remember that it will be about 6 pages long.

Scanner Frequencies


About The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club

The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club has been serving Polk County for over 37 years.  In addition to the lunchon meeting we also meet on the radio (net), each Monday night at 7:30 PM on the club’s repeater found on 145.330(-) Mhz with a PL Tone 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 of you may listen in on a scanner.

It is fun to learn from supportive HAMs who will mentor you in the proper procedures, and provide you with instructions in the operation of and how these various radios work.  We can also help with the programing of your radios.

If you want to learn how to become a HAM radio operator, then please come to the meeting and meet the members who will be more than happy to assist you in obtaining your license or HAM Ticket. 

Currently you may contact Richard our club president for more information at :

Richard Day

We are in the ARRL Roanoke Division
which includes N.C. & S.C.

Please visit on this link at

The South Carolina Single Sideband Net

Join us nightly on 3.915 MHz at 1900 hours local time - NOT UTC or ZULU.  For more information please contact: or

Yes, we do have members all over North Carolina that do handle NC traffic as well.  This NET is not just for South Carolina but rather the South East USA.  

Bicycle Event that our club supports.

The Assaults
A Bicycle Challenge on Mt. Mitchell and Marion
A 102 Mile ~ 11,000 Foot Climb to the top!

The Assaults History ~ Click Here

This event is normally 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 or a 2m radio to the event on one of these frequencies:  147.285 in Polk County and 145.190 on the Mt. Mitchell Repeater. The first of these frequencies are used from Spartanburg SC to Bills Creek Road at US-74 in Rutherford County NC. 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 radio traffic concerning this very large event. The 147.240 is a simplex frequency for motorcycle to motorcycle, and is low power so you would have to be very near the motorcycles to hear them.

TBARC Repeater

KF4JVI ~ 145.330 (-) offset w/ PL = 91.5 cps

Note that the repeater is now located in a new location in the same mountain area.  Please consider checking into the net so that we can determine what the actual area coverage now is.  Thank you.

Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Net is held on each Monday starting at 7:30 pm.  All area Hams are invited to join in. Also anyone can monitor this net on a HAM radio, Short Wave radio or Scanner. If you are just monitoring then the PL Tone is not required.

The KF4JVI Repeater is an open repeater. This means that anyone may use the repeater per the FCC Part 95 Rules. The frequency is 145.330 (- offset of 600) and a PL tone of 91.5 cps.

The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club is also a member of ARES and when an emergency in this area is
declared, then this repeater becomes part of the ARES Network. This repeater has a 5+ day battery pack so that in case of emergencys and no power then this repeater will remain in operation for 5+ days.  Once power is restored the battery pack will require 2 or more weeks to fully recharge to max capacity.

In case of an emergency then all area HAM that are members of the
ARES Network will then sign in when the NET is called. These members should be available to emergency services for and in this area.  We provide all of the emergency communications for the Red Cross and to the Polk County Emergency Services Headquarters. This includes the Red Cross Chapters in both Polk and Rutherfordton Counties.


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

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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.

Free Newsletters INFO

DX Spotting Sites INFO

DX Spotting Program (Free) ~ It's great

Contest Logging program (Free)

Contest Calandars INFO

Good DX news letters for pay ~ not free, oh well, can't have it all for free!

Meeting People with / on HAM Radio.

Morse Code source with lots of good stuff

HF Military Radio from the MRC-108 ROMAD Jeep used in the Vietnam War. and click on the DASF Link

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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.


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