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SRARC YouTube Live Stream April Meeting

During the COVID-19 restrictions, the April meeting for the SRARC will be held using a YouTube Live Stream.
Viewers will be able to post questions to the host in the chat window.
Being this is a live stream and will be publicly viewable we will not have a financial report at this time.
The topics will be more information from W1KOM about the Anytone 878 radios, hotspots, and codeplugs.
A discussion from K1KY about WinLink.
Depending on time there may be a short discussion about AREDN and the SouthMesh Map

The video host will be:
SRARC President W0MET – Marvin Turner
SRARC Vice President W1KOM – Glenn Clute
SRARC. Member  K1KY Tom Delker
Chat Moderator KN4CCQ Preston Jernigan

To join the meeting click the below link at 7 PM Thursday.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


SRARC April Club Meeting Information

As many of you know with the current status of COVID-19 it is recommended that meetings and large gatherings be rescheduled.
For the safety of our members, we are in the process of putting together a solution so we can have our April meeting.
Please keep checking this website and your email for updates and information about these changes.

SRARC Meeting. Thursday at 7:00 PM.

We invite you all to the SRARC monthly meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.
1220 W College Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129

**Due to the recent tornadoes, the planned presentation with Heather Mattis and the Storm 5 Titan Truck has been rescheduled.
We have rescheduled the presentation until next month.

Tomorrow night will include a presentation on Raspberry Pi devices and how these devices can benefit ham radio operators.

After the presentation, we’ll be programming radios and answering questions members may have.
I will be there to help any of the new DMR users with their Radios, Hotspots and Code Plugs. Bring your radio and programming cables.

Glenn Clute – W1KOM
VP. Stones River Amateur Radio Club

SWAD 2020, Tomorrow at Trevecca Nazarene University

Just a quick reminder to everyone about SWAD, Severe Weather Awareness Day is happening tomorrow
MTEARS will have a booth so please stop by and say hello.
Saturday February 29, 2020 from 9 AM – 4:00 PM
Check in from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Trevecca Nazarene University
Boone Business Center
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210

New DMR Help and Information Pages

Since our last DMR training, the SRARC has had a large growth in the number of members getting involved with DMR.
As with any new radio or mode, we all have questions and issues. To help with those I have created a new section for DMR Radio on the SRARC Website. The new section is located on the main menu of our website.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding helpful information about various problems and solutions along with reviews on various DMR radios and configurations. The price range of DMR radios is wide so I’ll list several options that are worth looking into.
I’m also in the process of creating a Code Plug for the SRARC Members to help you get started using your new DMR Radio. It’ll contain the common digital talkgroups and I’ll be organizing all the VHF/UHF repeaters by distance radiating from the 145.230 W4CAT Lavergne Repeater. As well as the NWS, RC ARES and Mt Juliet Simplex Frequencies.

If you have any suggestions of things you’d like to learn about with DMR please feel free to contact us using the Contact Us form on the website.

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

 Heather Mathis & The Storm 5 Titan Truck coming in March

For our March Meeting, the SRARC is honored to have Heather Mathis & The Storm 5 Titan Truck.

This is a meeting you’ll want to attend. Heather will give a short presentation on the weather along with how Channel 5 handles and collects and reports the weather in the Middle Tennessee Area.
This meeting is open to anyone interested in ham radio and others interested in joining the SRARC.

Heather’s Channel 5 Bio:

Having grown up in Mt. Juliet with News Channel 5 always on the television, Heather Mathis is thrilled to be back home and a part of the Storm 5 weather team.

Heather can remember the deadly April 1998 tornado outbreak across Middle Tennessee that sparked her fascination with meteorology. Heather is a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School. There, she got her first “job” in broadcasting working for the Bear News Network! Heather attended Middle Tennessee State University and was a weather anchor for the student-run television station throughout college. She earned her degree from MTSU in Broadcast Journalism. Heather also earned a second degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

*The schedule for this event could change if we do happen to have severe weather at the scheduled time.
*As a note, our previously scheduled training class on Raspberry Pi configurations has been postponed.


Training on Digital Mobile Radio ( DMR) – 101

February Monthly meeting – Training on Digital Mobile Radio ( DMR) – 101

SRARC will hold there monthly meeting on Thursday, February 6th, at 7 pm. at the Rutherford County Emergency Mgmt Bldg located at 1220 College St in Murfreesboro, TN.

Social Hour will be at the Sylvan Park Restaurant located on Broad St. Several members usually gather here at 5:15 to 5:30 to have some dinner prior to the meeting.

February educational training will be an overview of the capability of DMR radio system, types of radios to use, requirements and where to access resources.

This training is being presented by Mark McDougal (W4DMM) a member of the SRARC.

Marvin Turner – W0MET

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

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