Carl Boyd Post 42


The Etowah Valley Amateur Radio Club

The Radio Club meets on the 4th Monday of each month in the lower level of the Cartersville American Legion.  Our purpose is to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in our community.  Currently we have about 22 members.  Our dues are $20/year, prorated during your first year of club membership.

President: Joel Myers 770-891-6425

Vice President: Bruce Poore KO4ESS 404-414-6112

Secretary: Charles Evans WA4QYY 404-561-2143

Treasurer: Greg Smith WD4AUX 770-655-8632

We have a web page, Facebook Page and a Page.

The Bartow County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Net meets every Tuesday at 9 PM on the 147.015 repeater with positive offset and a PL of 100 Hz. Alternate repeater is 147.24+ PL=103.5.

The Radio Shack will be open after the Legion Meeting on the 2nd Tuesday.

If you are interested in Amateur Radio, come to our meeting, drop by the shack after the Legion Meeting, or contact one of us.

Our Club House & Meeting room in The Carl Boyd American Legion 

This month, April, Bruce Poore discused the merrits of his less expensive Antunna Tuner called the NanoVNA (actually a hand held VNA Vector Network Analyzer).  The club also discussed the location for this years Field Day activity. 

The Georgia Death Race was March 30

141 Runners ran 74 miles through the North Georgia woods. with close to 28,000 feet of elevation change from Vogel State Park to Amicalola Falls State Park.
The EVARC Radio club provided communication from The Skeenah Gap Aid Station.

The Aid Station Chicken 

You can't go home until the last runner goes through the Aid Station.
All packed up waiting for that last runner.

April 6-7 Georgia State Parks on the Air

At Red Top Mountain State Park for the second annual event to put all the Georgia State Parks on the Air. We won 1st place last year as a club. They changed the rules to make it more difficult this year.

Club President W4JNM, prepairing for GA POTA at Red Top Mountain
Club Camping spot with W4JNM's Van in the background 

WD5GNX has great success working from the back seat of his truck and using his drive-on antenna mount.

About Mid-day, AJ4FJ brought pizza for lunch.


N4QET is demonstrating to the club's new member KQ4MFB about how to record contacts for POTA.

The Parks On The Air Flag with call Sign signatures of the members who worked the clubs activity at Red Top Mountain this year. The sticks with numbers are what is used to make sure one club member is not interfering with another club member's radio reception. Each stick has a number for the band range the holder is working. Every few hours the sticks are moved to a different ham.


WD4AUX brought a new antenna to the GA POTA party.

It is called a Tactical Delta Loop antenna (CHA TDL), is a portable High Frequency (HF) antenna specially designed for transportability, quick setup, and a small footprint.

The GA POTA event was enjoyable by all Participating club members and we look forward to doing it again next year.

April 12-13 Georgia QSO Party (QSO is a Ham Abbreviation for contact)

Hams outside Georgia try to contact all Georgia Counties so instead of competing with many stations for a contact, many stations are competing to talk to you. Several club members will compete individually from their home stations.

June 22-23 Field Day - The biggest Ham Radio Event of the year.

We have started planning and will be at Red Top Mountain State Park.