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Marvin (W0MET) and Mikel (W4OPS) at BridgeCom Systems

Our Club President Marvin (W0MET) and Mikel (W4OPS) stopped at BridgeCom Systems to pick up two Anytone AT-D878UV DMR radios this week.
Be sure to stop by the SRARC Meeting this Thursday for our DMR basic training class.
Thursday, February 6th, at 7 pm. at the Rutherford County Emergency Mgmt Bldg located at 1220 College St in Murfreesboro, TN.


SRARC DMR Training

This past Sunday a group of us from the SRARC met to learn and program a few different types of DMR Radios.
It was a great learning experience for those of us who haven’t worked with DMR.
One thing we did learn is that we liked the AnyTone AT-D878UV Plus Bluetooth w/GPS over a few others we tried.
I don’t have any photos of our time working with the radios so I thought I would post this video from Ham Radio Crash Course going over its many features and what makes this a great radio.




ARES Update

The ARRL has switched to a new format for improving ARES and giving members a way to track their progress. The ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book will serve as a record of the training and skills achieved by each ARES member.
ARES members will need to keep the Task Book updated and signed off by their ARES EC as they complete various tasks.
Then, If asked to deploy for an ARES event you will need to present the Task Book as a record of your abilities.

This is from page 2 of the ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book.

“The Task Book is a working document that enables those ARES® communicators electing to participate in the ARRL training plan to track and document their training plan elements as they are completed towards the various levels of increasing proficiency. The Task Book should contain all training plan items, completion dates, and sign-offs as the ARES® communicator transitions through the three skill levels. The ARES® communicator is responsible for maintaining his/her Task Book and having it with him/her during training and assignments. The Task Book also contains sections with definitions of the communicator levels, as well as common responsibilities.”

“Since the Task Book is personal to each ARES Communicator, each user should feel free to adapt it to their needs and requirements of their geographical region.”

The Documents below can all be found on the ARRL Website:
For more information about ARES in Rutherford Co. contact the ARES EC Kevin Malloy (KG4CXH) at

1: PDF version of the Task Book.

2:  Microsoft Word Version of the Task Book

3: ARES Manual [PDF]

4: ARES Field Resources Manual [PDF]

5: ARES Membership Registration Form

Thank You!

As Vice President of the Stones River Amateur Radio Club and an MTEARS Net Control Operator, I would like to say Thank You to everyone that was involved with weather events that happened on Saturday.
I was Net Control on MTEARS for part of the day and we had many reports coming in from various areas across the state which in turn helped the NWS know what was happening on the ground.
I heard the Rutherford County ARES group which is primarily SRARC members get the net up and running early and they did a great job with it.
There were many other ARES and SKYWARN Nets around Middle TN who also did a great job.  DCARES and WCARES are two others that came to mind but there were many more.
All of us who volunteer with MTEARS appreciate everyone working with their local ARES and SKYWARN Nets to pass traffic to MTEARS. It’s a great system for passing traffic to the NWS and this weekend was another example of it.
We will have more storms and other events which will require this type of support so keep working on your traffic handling skills and testing equipment.

Thank You,
Glenn Clute ~ W1KOM
Vice President, Stones River Amateur Radio Club

Weather Update for Saturday 01/11/20

As many of you have heard we have the chance of severe weather moving into our area tomorrow.
We would like to remind everyone to stay weather aware over the next 24 hours.
If you have any storm related information to pass along stations are encouraged to participate in your local SKYWARN – ARES nets first if those are not available then contact an MTEARS Net Control operator to relay your message.  MTEARS will start monitoring in the morning until the storms have cleared our area.
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The type of information that generally meets the NWS reporting criteria are reports of tornadoes, funnel clouds, winds over 50mph, hail a half inch or larger, heavy rains causing flooding, storm damage reports such as trees or powerlines down, washed out or blocked roads and damage to buildings.
The more information you can give the better. Please remember to take note of the time, street names and cross streets, your county, the direction the storm is traveling and if your mobile be sure to get a mile marker so we can mark your location.
This information helps MTEARS & the NWS know the exact location.
As always if it’s a true emergency please call 911.
As with any repeater and on MTEARS be sure to key the mike for a second or two before speaking. This gives all the linked repeaters time to connect

Below is the latest information from the Nashville NWS Facebook Page about the storms..

“Strong to severe storms are possible on Saturday with damaging straight line winds and 1″ to 2″ of rain the primary threats. In addition, a couple of tornadoes are possible mainly south of I-40. Winds will be gusty with a Wind Advisory in effect from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Saturday. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible, even outside of thunderstorms.”


Letter from the SRARC President

My name is Marvin Turner, W0MET and I am the club president for Stones Amateur Radio Club for 2020.  If you have not been active and you are still interested in joining the Amateur Radio Club, I encourage you to come to our next meeting which will be February 6th, 2020.  We meet on the 1st Thursday of every month. Our meetings are held at the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency building located at 1220 College St. in Murfreesboro. This is the first email being sent out by me as your new president.  All emails should come from

I am writing this email because we have a lot of activities planned for 2020 and would love to have you involved. I have attached a copy of our yearly calendar, but here is the shortlist.

– Fox Hunts

– Field Day

– SRARC  Picnic

– Tennessee QSO Party

– Christmas Parade

…and more

In addition to planning for these events, we have secured the website In 2020, we are making some positive changes that are just being released here for the first time such as the website which is now live.

This new website contains a lot of information that is useful for new hams to help them such as frequency page, Ham 101 video, our monthly training schedule, news feeds, mesh network and we have a google calendar that has meetings, hamfest, training, and many other calendar events on it. This is not an exhausted list of items you can find, but I encourage you to go out to the webpage with the link above and check it out for yourself.
The website will be a continuous project that will have new updates and changes throughout the year.

I want to give Glenn Clute (Vice President) W1KOM a huge applaud for all of his time, effort to help get this site up and running over the last week. While it has been both of us working on it. Glenn did all the groundwork and was willing to host the site which makes the cost to the club – zero dollars.

Each month we have a topic of discussion where we have fellow hams with knowledge and experience give a presentation on topics such as Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), APRS, First Aid, Station Grounding and more as just some of our 2020 topics. This will give us opportunities to learn more about a wide range of topics that mesh together with amateur radio.

The great thing about Amateur Radio is not only the fact that it’s the last line of communication in the event of a disaster but it’s also multifaceted. You can get really involved or you can just participate in the activities that interest you. You can learn a little about everything or you can concentrate on that one thing you really enjoy.  When you get good at it, you teach others!!

The best way to learn and keep up to date with what’s going on is by attending our meetings. You don’t even have to be a member. You can sit in as a guest and never sign up for the Radio Club. If you want to be a member, you get voting privileges and dues are $20.00 for the year as an individual and $30 for families.

Again, if you are receiving this email and you’re not active, I encourage you to come to our next meeting and check us out. We are looking forward to making a lot of radio contacts in 2020, but we are also looking forward to supporting the SRARC and our community and we are looking forward to growing our membership and getting more amateurs involved with Amateur Radio.

If you have any question don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Marvin Turner


Stones River Amateur Radio Club President

New Year, New Site


Those of us that are licensed are often referred to as “Hams” or “Ham Radio Operators.” The reasons often given for this label are mostly speculative, but the label stuck and we have accepted it.

You don’t have to have a Ham (FCC) license to join the club, nor do you have to join the club to attend meetings or other activities. Our members interact with other clubs in the area as well as provide volunteer services to local non-profit organizations.


Our meetings combine presentations on topics likely to be of interest to members as well as project work to improve our equipment.

If you are interested in getting an FCC license we’ll help. Of course our membership includes students, but it also includes Associate Members from the community that provide experience, resources, and mentoring.

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