CARC Annual Christmas Dinner Party

Each year, the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club hosts a Christmas Dinner party.

This year the event will be on December 9 (the 2nd Tuesday in December).

The location is the Elks Lodge #323 in Traverse City, at 625 Bay Street, Traverse City MI, 49684 – this is the junction of US-31 and M-72. (See for more information on the location.)

One difference this year is that instead of having a buffet-style meal, we will be able to order individually from the menu. The good news is that you will have many more choices (compared to the usual two entree choices). More good news: The prices on the menu are much cheaper than the flat buffet-style cost! Even more good news: You will be paying the Elks at the time of the meal, so no money will need to be collected/sent ahead of time!

For example: Filet of Beef is only $15.95 compared to a flat $26(or higher) cost per person for the buffet. There are at least 8 items on the menu including two salad options for lighter appetites.

As can be excepted, we have a special program planned, and will announce this year’s HOY (Ham of the Year) honoree. The dinner party is a great time to treat your spouse or significant other to another side of Amateur Radio. We hope that you can arrange your schedule to participate!

Again – SEND NO MONEY but please RSVP to Joe N8CN so that we can provide an accurate count of expected people!

Thanks and see you there!

Joe Erlewein N8CN
830 Floresta Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Ham Radio Question of the Week #1

As a lead-in to the upcoming General Licensing Class, we will be posting a ham radio related question each week.

These will be questions from the General License official question pool.

If you are preparing to upgrade, these are good tests of your knowledge! Can you get them right?

If you are NOT preparing to upgrade – can you get them right anyway? It might be your calling to upgrade!

If you have already upgraded to General (or higher) – can you get them right? :)


Click Here for the question of the week!

Good Luck!

General Class Licensing Classes are coming in January

Are you a technician class ham and are wondering if there is more to ham radio than chatting on a repeater?

Perhaps you are a general class ham but passed the licensing exam but want to really know more about the “guts” of ham radio.

There is a whole world of ham radio activities that open up to you once you have your general class license! It really is exciting to be able to talk to other hams around the country and around the world. Don’t get me starting talking about DXing…. my favorite ham radio activity!

Well, we have just the way for you to upgrade your license and actually learn about the various aspects of ham radio. Starting in January, I will be teaching a general class-licensing course. We will be using the ARRL General Class Licensing Manual (7th edition). In addition, we will watch videos for each of the chapters in the manual. This will not be just a “memorize the questions” class. We will actually learn about radio circuits, antennas, rules and regulations and operating procedures – the real “guts” of ham radio.

I will be signing up students starting in December and we will start the classes in January. It is our goal to have a licensing session for all the students at the end of the class.

Stay tuned to the CARC webpage for future developments. However, feel free to purchase the manual (remember, version 7) and get a head start on the class material.

Ernie, K8RCT



SKYWARN Recognition Day – Dec 6th

SKYWARNTM Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARNTM radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARNTM operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world. Gaylord Weather Station is a bit of a drive from Traverse City but in case anyone is interested below are links for information and how to register to attend…….

Scott W1BIC is organizing the Sky Warn Recognition Day again this year. The event starts at 7PM on December 6,2014 and ends 7PM December 7,2014.  You must be signed in at the weather station before you can enter the building.  If you wish to participate in Sky Warn Day please email Scott to get your name on the list.

Scott W1BIC email:

John kc9on

Keeping Track of the FEMA Courses and Digital Records

If you have completed your FEMA courses, we would be grateful if you would FORWARD copies to the TBARG account at:

To search your emails, go to your usual email provider (Yahoo, Gmail, etc.).  In the search area, enter FEMA IC – this should go through all of your old emails.  This will find the FEMA completion email that was sent to you – select each email and use the FORWARD button (if you use the REPLY command on your email, it will add extra characters and break the FEMA links)

Why is this needed? – TBARG is going all digital in record keeping. We need to verify each members training and it gives us instant access to your records.  We will also create a unique folder (only you and the web administrators can access) that gives you instant access to your training.  We will sent you an email with a link, tap that link on your smartphone or home computer and you will see your certificates in full color (saved in PDF format).  Click the link below for an sample directory:

Should you need your records for another agency or be challenged in the field, taping the link will show verification (if there is no Internet, these files can be saved in your phone).  Want a copy of your FCC license on your smartphone and your certificates in one place?  No problem – we will add it to your directory (or just come to the next CHERRYLAND ARC meeting and Glen will copy/upload it for you). All of this data will be backed up on the Internet and locally with USB drives.

Glen Johnson KD8VSI
Secretary for TBARG

HF Digital Lecture and Files

Thank you John Clements KC9ON for the very interesting lecture on HF Digital Communications for the Cherryland ARC members on October 28th.   John also shared over 2800 files dealing with HF Digital and Ham Radio.  Because he only had a few disks, he is allowing us to post a copy of the disk.  These are all files that can be freely downloaded on the web but are compiled in one place.  Click on the following links for more information.

HF Digital Communication and Ham Files

John’s Web Site

Powerpoint and PDF Presentation on HF Digital Communication



Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed ! Sign-Up Here!

The CARC has been assigned Saturday Dec. 6 to ring the bell in front of Horizon Books in Downtown TC for the Salvation Army.


The hours we have been assigned are 11am to 4pm. Please consider helping out, it’s a great way to help the CARC show appreciation to the Salvation Army for their assistance, guidance, resources and contributions.


Joe W8TVT ringing the bell for the Salvation Army

Joe W8TVT ringing the bell for the Salvation Army