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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. 

The Trader's Net airs every Thursday night at 8PM CST on the SMRC repeater on 146.910 (146.310 offset) and is a venue for all hams to offer gear they want to buy, sell or trade to other ham operators over the Short Mountain repeater. You may also create a posting on the website for your equipment with a website account at no charge.

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.

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.

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:

Family Memberships

If your whole family are crazy about being Hams, the Family Membership is the best deal around! For $35 everyone in the household can access the website training information, keep up with what's going on in the world of Amateur Radio. You can all learn how to build antennas together, learn how to tin wires and make DX contacts... what could be better?

A Family Membership gives everybody in the house the benefits of Full Membership. If you have a big family, you have your own lobby group already built! With a vote for eahc member, you might make a quorum automatically. Just check out the information below and select the best option for you and your family and sign up today.

OCN Preamble

Old Codgers Net Preamble


Good Evening everyone, this is (name and call) welcoming you to the Short Mountain Repeater Old Codgers Net

This is a directed net which is not affiliated with the ARRL.

The purpose of this net is to have fun and share completely useless information, brain teasers, and other rag chewing trivia.

You need to check into this net if:

Contact Short Mountain Repeater Club

Thank you for your interest in SMRC. We are working on building a web community of local amateur operators no matter their radio club affiliation. We hope you will join us and support our efforts to provide a format for Hams to keep informed about what is going on in the middle Tennessee area. If you want to contact us with any questions, comments, or event information please use the form below.  If you are leaving event information, please include as much information as possible including a link to the website info. We will try to get back with you as soon as possible.


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


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Repeater Trustee:

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2018 Officers 

President:  W4WRB (Randy Bee)

Vice President: WA4IVD (Russell Bryant)

Secretary: WD4CYV (George Stone)

Treasurer: N4MEY (Curt Porter)

2019 Officers Nominated

President:  W4WRB (Randy Bee)

Vice President:  WA4IVD (Russell Bryant)

Secretary: KM4UIH (Jacob Slater)

Treasurer:  KM4UII (Dennis Slater)


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