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We'd like to which each and every one of you a warm Happy New Year and hope that you had a great Holiday! We'll be starting things off with our first meeting for the year on Monday Night (01/08/24).

The club will be meeting at its usual 7pm at the First United Methodist Educational Building in Downtown Attalla, AL.

Club Secretary Dave Waits, K4VMV will be presenting a program on Antennas and Antenna Building.

Please note that 2024 Dues are collected this month. There's a special family plan for multiple hams. Your club dues help greatly in keeping our repeaters on the air and assisting with our community outreach which is important to each of us.

$20 Dues can also be mailed-to: GARC, P.O. Box 392, Gadsden, Alabama, 35902-0392.

Thank you and 73!,

Delton Hartzog, WA4JLQ

Our Meetings

Every second Monday of the month starting at 7PM CST in the First United Methodist Activities Room

Visitors are welcomed to attend.

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Previous Events!

The Gadsden Amateur Radio Club Annual Hamfest was held on September 9th, 2023 and was be located at the Etowah County Fairgrounds. Our hamfest this year will be charging a $5 entry fee to help offset expenses.

During this event, the local First United Methodist Church in Attalla, AL will house Licensing Exams on location provided by members of the WCARS VEC and Gadsden ARC group. Please contact Kip Williams, KJ4FHF (VE Lead) at [email protected] for inquiries.

Raffle Prizes for Gadsden Hamfest 2023:

DX Engineering Gift Cards

New / First Time Testing Applicants

Important • The costs to receive your first-time amateur radio license will cost $45 total. Our fee is $10 to cover the costs of testing materials along with an additional newly-enacted FCC application fee of $35, which is not collected by us, but is payable to the FCC upon successful completion of your exam / upon receipt of your CSCE.

Important: You must have a FRN Number before you will be allowed to test. Click this link to learn more. (

Operators who currently already possess a callsign, are licensed, and/or simply upgrading your license class will not be charged the additional $35 as this counts as a license modification only. If you have let your call sign lapse after the 2-year renewal grace period; you may be subject to the $35 fee and forced to retake the exams.

For those wishing to take your exam at our Hamfests! — Please remember to bring your Photo ID, #2 Pencil, and testing fee.

A, minimal, dollar store calculator is recommended for the math portions of the test. The use of cellphones are disallowed for the duration of the exams. You may also test towards each of the three classes during the same test session provided you pass each pre-requisite and time allotted.

A talk-in for this event was held on the K4RBC Repeater at 146.670 MHz with a frequency offset of -0.600 and a CTCSS / PL Tone of 100 Hz. Those wishing to buy raffle tickets for the drawing will be $1 for single tickets or $5 for 6 tickets.

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Previously Recorded Hamfest

The Hokes Bluff Library Foundation and its co-sponsors, the Hokes Bluff Lions Club and Tawannah Lions Club, hosted the "BOOKING IT" THROUGH THE BLUFF event on April 23, 2022. The race included a 10K Run Only which began at 8:00 AM and Triathlon at 8:30 AM.

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Winterheat 2023 starts on January 8th, 2023!

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What We Can Offer

Learning Resources

Want to learn how to Build your Own QRP Go-Kit? Find information about Satcom Operation? How about some ideas to try out with that latest SDR dongle? Check out our Library section!

Analog and Digital Repeaters

Through K4RBC (Reflector 58B) at 145.490 MHz, you can connect nationwide with supported D*Star radios. For more traditional use, we offer 12.5kHz FM on 146.670MHz (Offset -0.6 / PL Tone 100Hz)

Community Events

We host several opportunities throughout the year for many different occassions such as Club Activations, Foxhunting, Triathlons, and of course, Field Day. More information located on our public Club Calendar.

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Club Highlights

Meet and Greet

Our club gathers every second Monday of each month for meetings, starting from 7:00 PM CST, at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Attalla. We'd love to make your acquaintance!

Longwires, DX, and Awards

Have you made a contact with us during Field Day? Want to have your QSL Card placed on display. Interested in checking out our Club Logbook? Well come on in!

Learn Something New

At the Gadsden Amateur Radio Club, we strive to promote and educate from beginner level courses to more advanced fields of radio communications at no charge. It's our way of giving thanks back to our community!

Rockets Red Glare

Challenging the new frontier head first. Follow along as Bill Rodgers, K4FSO, explores the many options of modern drone technology and its various radio applications.

A Treat All Around

Come on out to one of our community luncheons and make all sorts of new connections! There's also something new waiting to be explored with good company!

Questions/Concerns: [email protected]

This page was last updated on 04/03/2023 at 2:05 PM CST by KO4TEZ