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This month's meeting is at the Shoneys on Church St. (231) in Murfreesboro. Be there at 2pm to catch up and the business starts at 3pm. Everything is coming together for SMRC! We have taken care of business and are looking forward to our main event for the year...the 2014 Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest. See you there!

Time to start thinking about the 2014 SMRC Hamfest

As the weather starts to warm a little, its time to start working toward our annual hamfest/tailgate. It will be in the traditional location at Cedars of Lebanon State Park on the 23rd of August. Check the website for park general information and reservations. You can also get general vendor information along with the vendor grid for space rental options along with vendor applications.

Make your plans to be there! More information will be coming soon.

SMRC Monthly Meeting


1950 South Church St.
37130 Murfreesboro, TN
United States
Phone: 615-787-7672
35° 49' 7.4388" N, 86° 23' 46.0284" W
Repeats every month on the second Saturday 12 times .
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

LAST MINUTE CHANGE--- Our April meeting will be held at The Shoneys on S.Church in Murfreesboro at 3PM. We will be talking about the Hamfest in August so be there! Note: The Google Maps link is not displaying the correct location.

Know how to get around in a computer?

Would you like to be part of the SMRC Net Control crew but don't want to call the nets? You can help net controls by running the database support for those who do call the nets on the air. Its very easy and helps net controls do their job more efficiently.

N4LZY coming back to the SMRC Nets

If you have been familiar with Short Mountain Repeater Club and our weekly nets for a while, you probably have been missing Jerry Elkin's N4LZY, personal touch. As you know, he called the Old Codger's Net for years made Monday nights a time to look forward to. If you haven't tuned into one of Jerry's nets, you now will have an opportunity to enjoy his work on Thursday night's Trader's Net. Jerry will be taking the reigns of the Trader's Net and making it his own starting April 17th so be there for the inaugural edition and help welcome Jerry back to the SMRC Net Control crew. 

Check out the Solar Data Page

Ever wondered what all the information on the solar data panels means? Many Ham sites place the solar data panes in the sidebars of their sites but they all have different information and most of us don't know how to interpret the numbers we see in them. The SMRC Solar Data Page has the key for interpreting these panels and also provides some other great indicators and widgets for determining propagation conditions as it relates to solar activity.

80/40/20 QRP STATION


The last article was on using a Noise Bridge where the antenna was not in a real convenient location.

Is there a way to measure the value of the antenna and coax together from the convenience of the radio room?

Yes, there is a variety of analyzers that will do this. These units are usually a little more expensive. However they do start at about $200.00.

Does the Ham Spirit still exist?

As you know, I call the Traders' Net on Thursday nights at 8PM CST. As a part of our format, we discuss ham-related topics as well as facilitate the exchange of gear. Our recent topic has been the History and Forefathers of Ham Radio and I've been studying a very thorough article by Chris Codella W2PA to understand more about the subject.

In May of 1917, war with Germany was eminent and amateur radio operators, at that time the ARRL, received a mandate to stop all radio operations from the Department of Commerce. With the future of amateur radio unsure and in jeopardy, the editors of QST published the following article in their May issue:

Net Control Registration

It is the goal of Short Mountain Repeater Club to have a net for radio operators every day of the week. That obviously is not possible without those who are willing to take some of their time and facilitate the nets.

K7RA Solar Update

Article taken off the Feed from ARRL:



Average daily sunspot numbers decreased from 138.7 to 129 on March 13-19, compared to the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux went from 149.7 to 141.4.

How important is the location for next year's Hamfest?

It would not be the same if it was in a different location (outside the park)
29% (2 votes)
It would not be the same if it was in a different location (inside the park)
0% (0 votes)
It needs to be in the exact same location
43% (3 votes)
It would be OK with me anywhere in the Nashville area
14% (1 vote)
It would be OK with me in a different location if it was under cover
14% (1 vote)
Total votes: 7

SMRC's Mailing Address

Short Mountain Repeater Club
P.O. Box 330914
Murfreesboro, TN  37133


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Repeater Trustee:

 W4WRB (Randy Bee)

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Club Officers

2014 Officers
President: N0JPD (Andy Seymour)
Vice President: W4WRB (Randy Bee)
Secretary: W4EZD (Denny Kraase)
Treasurer: W4ODB (David Brown)




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