Amateur Radio Workshop

Studying for your License Exam on Feb 6th? These workshops can help.

There will be two dedicated workshops on the 20 and 21 of January 2021.

Wednesday night 7:00 PM on ZOOM – Technician License Exam Help Session. with experienced hams helping you with questions or concepts that are difficult for you.

Thursday night, 7:00 PM on ZOOM – General Class License Exam Help Session, with the same goal in mind, to give you a chance to discuss questions you might have.

Please register to help us understand how many people and what kinds of questions you have. Thank you.

Club Activities Update

CARC continues to be an active club on the air, online and in-person.  

On the air

We kick off each week with the Sunday Morning Amateur Social Hour net at 9:00 am on 3.935 MHz.  Monday evening it’s the TBARG ARES/RACES Emergency Preparedness Net at 8:00 pm, followed immediately by the Monday Evening Social Hour, (MESH) Net. Both Monday nets are on the 146.86 MHz repeater W8TCM, in Traverse City.


Tuesday evening is Project Night.   We started in March, holding Project Night talks and times together by ZOOM instead of getting together at the Club station.  Zoom allows us to bring in people from around the country to present a topic of interest.

Examples of these presentations include:


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Join the Gang at Cherryland Amateur Radio Club Project Night on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.  You do not need to be a member of the Club to join the meetings.  The Zoom Meeting number is: 271957716.


  • CARC Board meets on the First Tuesday of each month
  • The Club Member Meeting is the Third Tuesday of each month
  • In July we had our Club picnic
  • August 23 was our annual Fox Hunt – Radio Direction Finding
  • We hold VE Exams about every 10 weeks
  • Now we are starting regular New Ham Workshops
  • In January we hope to begin License Classes

Our in-person events maintain appropriate adherence to state and local health guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Our member safety is paramount.

To be alerted to up-to-date information and topics to be presented,  find on this site the Communication Tab, Email List sign-up page to get on the mailing list.    If you wish to join this active club, this tab will give you information.

Houston, No Problem!

with NA1SS

Friday June 28 at 10:02AM
(14:02 UTC)


If you missed the event (in person or live-streamed, or on local cable channel 189) you can catch the replay of the stream (very good quality and audio) at this link:

contact begins at 33:05, so you can either fast forward or use this link:
Making Contact with NA1ISS as it passes over North America and within range.
Special guest and Astronaut who was on board the ISS Col. Greg Johnson gave a presentation prior to and a Q&A after the event which is very awesome to listen to.
WZ8C with Col. Greg Johnson
Some of our AWESOME take-down crew!
The rest of our take-down crew and el-presidente! KC8RLU
( Joe took everything we could throw at him – 12 cinder blocks, 2 antennas, lots of steel framing and lots of hardline and coax. Of the entire take-down crew, I think he got the most waterlogged..)
Q&A with Col. Johnson. His exact words: “I’ve been doing this a long time, and I will tell you, this is the NUMBER ONE BEST HAM RADIO INTERCHANGE I’ve EVER WITNESS. I kid you not. It’s the best one. No kidding!”
Brook N8OCX, and Joe N8CN
Brook designed and built the rack-mounted station and provided most of the equipment shown which was used for the contact.

We continue to receive notes of gratitude, thanks, and interest in the CARC and Ham Radio in general in response to this event which was widely covered in the media:

We are still collecting media files (pictures, video and audio) from many sources and will present these to a future Cherryland ARC meeting and have them available online.

The Cherryland ARC is proud and honored to have assisted to provide the youth of the area a unique opportunity to engage in a once-in-a-lifetime experience and be introduced to cutting-edge technology and the intersecting STEM, Robotics, Mechelectronics, Computer, Biology, and other science-related topics intertwined into this experience. We hope this helps to direct, propel, and inspire our area youth to embrace a high-tech career path and to be fluent with the tools, technology, science, and terminology as we look to them to forge our future.

We wish to thank Dale Williams, Director of the Great Lakes Division of the ARRL for attending, our ARISS mentors Gordon Scannell and Larry Koziel, and the entire ARISS team who incidentally watched our content live while at their yearly face-to-face conference in Canada. We wish to thank NASA, CASIS, and the team at Houston watching the interaction. We wish to thank Astronaut Col. Greg Johnson for his involvement with the program. We wish to thank ALL of the support from the Cherryland ARC, namely financial support from Ernest and Jennifer Abel, David Wilcox, and the New Approaches Center in Traverse City. We also wish to thank the Traverse Area District Library for.. EVERYTHING! They invited us to facilitate contact when a Telebridge style contact (not direct ham radio, a contact via phone line) was a possibility being considered. We are happy that we were given the opportunity to participate in this and make it a success. The TADL team is AMAZING without question, and we thank them for their coordination of literally everything, and unending hospitality, and interest in our group and members.

Finally but most of all, we wish to thank our spouses for tolerating our absence and stress through this process. We intend to repay this debt gradually over time with many kind returns.

Stay tuned for a CJ article and club presentation on this marvelous experience. We hope you were able to tune in!

Joe N8CN
Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

ARISS CONTACT at the Traverse Area District Library

ARISS CONTACT via Ham Radio provided by the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

Friday June 28 at 10:02AM
(14:02 UTC)

The Traverse Area District Library’s ARISS contact with an Astronaut will be on Friday June 28 at 14:02 UTC (10:02 local time). 

More Info about the news release here:

There will be a program leading up to, during, and after the contact.

We suggest arriving to the Library no later than 8am in order to get a good seat, because they’ll go fast!

TADL will be streaming the event on their YouTube Channel and it will also be on local Charter/Spectrum channel 189. More information about media coverage will be relayed later.
If you visit the above link you can set a reminder to join the live 720p broadcast!

The Traverse Area District Library has published a full press-release, and you can read about the effort here:

Forecast is for Rain and possible Thunderstorms!
Scott WX1J is checking the weather-seal and the feedline protector
where the cables enter the building.
A double thumbs-up from our design engineer!