Welcome to the Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club.
Serving The Big South Fork Region Since 1992
The Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club is affiliated with the ARRL and meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00pm ET. We would normally meet at the Scott County Mayor’s office: 2845 Baker Hwy, Huntsville, TN 37756. See below for any updates.
Our club has multiple Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) units covering Fentress, Morgan and Scott Counties in Tennessee and partially McCreary County in Kentucky. We offer VE testing normally after our club meeting all we ask is you contact us to confirm your intent.
Our club meeting on April 8th was cancelled due to the severe weather (tornados). It has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday April 22nd at the Scott County Mayor’s office at 7:00pm, 2845 Baker Hwy, Huntsville, TN 37756
A message from the ARRL:
Contrary to what you may have heard or read, the collection of
application fees for the amateur radio service and a number of other services will NOT begin on April 19, 2021. I repeat, the collection of application fees for the amateur radio service and a few other services will NOT begin on April 19, 2021.
Although April 19, 2021 is the date the rules in the FCC Report and Order adopted last December generally take effect, i.e., one month after the FCC Report and Order (R&O) was published in the March 19, 2021 Federal Register. Certain parts of those rules, including the collection of application fees for the amateur radio service, will NOT begin on that date. Anything you may have heard on the April date is erroneous information which was based on a tentative target date named in the R & O, or at worst “fake news”.
The effective date for new amateur radio fees has not yet been established. The FCC explicitly states in the published Notice that the fees will not take effect until:
* the requisite notice has been provided to Congress; AND
* the FCC’s information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated; AND
* the Commission publishes [FUTURE] notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such rules.
None of the above are yet completed nor are they approved for release; hence, we do not have a firm date on the collection of any amateur radio licensing fees.
The League’s counsel for FCC matters estimates that the effective start date for collecting the fees will be some time this summer, but regardless of the exact timing we will have advance notice.”
2021 Membership Dues
Our 2021 dues remain at $10.00 for the first member and $5.00 for each additional member residing at the same address. For now please send a check or money order to our Treasurer (Lee WB3AJS): Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club, 254 Laurens Lane, Grimsley TN 38565-6003. We are in the process of working out the details for a new post office box or mailing address.
Please note the members only section has a new password as of March 2, 2021. Contact Nancy who is the Membership Secretary for the new password KC8VTT at gmail dot com.
Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment.” — Stephen Covey
The Morgan ARES NET occurs every Monday on the 147.255 (94.8 if noise is present) repeater at 7:00pm ET.
STARTING JANUARY 5TH 2021!!! The YL (Young Ladies) NET occurs every Tuesday on the 145.350 repeater (77 Hz) at 7:00pm ET. Topics will be of interest and ladies of all ages are invited to check into this new and lively NET.
The Fentress County Amateur Radio NET occurs every Tuesday on the 147.090 repeater (no tone) at 8:00 CT/9:00 ET. The repeater was returned to service on October 18th. Thanks to Greg KI4LCH and Wade with support from Dinah KD2LSA and Lee WB3AJS for getting it back on the air!
Our Scott ARES NET occurs on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursdays of each month on the 145.350 repeater (77 Hz) at 7:00pm ET.
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