Amateur Radio Club
An ARRL Affiliated Club
Emergency Communications throughout
Polk County, North Carolina in times of any disaster.
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The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club holds its meeting once a month. The luncheon meeting starting at 11:45 a.m. on the Last Wednesday of the month. The meeting is held at the United Methodist Church conference room in Columbus, NC. Enter through the main entrance and then turn to the right going to the end of the long hall.
The Church's GPS location is
The 12 noon
meeting starts gathering around 11:30 or so, which allows you time to enjoy your brown bag lunch.
All hams, prospective hams and guest are welcome to attend our meetings as it is open to everyone. Feel free to bring friends as well. We encourage other that would like to become hams in this area to attend the meetings to learn more about this fantastic hobby.
We offer the FCC Testing at our meetings. Please contact us to schedule a test session so that we will have the necessary people present to the testing. In addition we offer mentoring to new ALL new HAM's.
If you wish to join the Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club - please fill out the membership form and bring it to a meeting or mail it to the club.
Our mailing address is as follows
Contributions to the Repeater Maintenance Fund may be made by mailing a check to the above address and note that it is for the repeater fund. Any financial help would be most appreciated. Remember that this repeater becomes an emergency communication repeater for all of Polk County, Upper Spartanburg and Greenville SC Counties during bad weather.
We provide communications for a number of events in the Polk County and upper Greenville / Spartanburg SC areas. This includes Bicycle, Horse, and Running Events as well as providing emergency communications in time of disaster for this entire area including parts of Rutherford County and upstate South Carolina. We have our own local repeater which is open for any licensed HAM radio operator to use at anytime.
Below is a link to a listing of scanner frequencies for Polk County. Suggest that you print it out and remember that it will be about 6 pages long. If you have additional frequency's to add then please email full information to us.
About The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club
The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club has been
serving Polk County for over 37 years.
In addition to the luncheon
meeting we also meet on the radio (this is called a net), each Monday night at 7:30 PM on
the club’s repeater found on 145.330(-) MHz.
with a PL Tone of 91.5 Hz.
This radio network gives radio operators experience in using
their radio equipment in the case of an emergency. All licensed HAM's are invited to join in and participate
in the NET or if you have a scanner then you may listen in on your scanner.
All licensed HAM's are invited to join in and participate in the NET or if you have a scanner then you may listen in on your scanner.
It is fun to learn from supportive HAMs who will mentor you in the proper procedures, and provide you with instructions in the operation of and how these various HAM radios work. We can also assist you with the programing of your radios.
If you want to learn how to become a HAM radio operator, then please come to the meeting and meet the members who will be more than happy to assist you in obtaining your HAM license or Ticket.
Currently you may contact Richard Day - our club president for more information at :
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which includes N.C. & S.C.
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The South Carolina Single Sideband Net
Join us nightly on 3.915 MHz at 1900 hours local time - NOT UTC. For more information please contact:
www.scssb.net or KG4YVJ@arrl.net
Yes, we do have members all over North Carolina that do handle NC traffic as well. This NET is not just for South Carolina but rather the South Eastern USA.
Bicycle Event that our club supports.
This event is normally held on
This year is Monday, May 20, 2019
participates in the Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and the Assault on
Marion bicycle tours which takes place normally near the end of
the month of May each year ~ per the National and State Park
Services scheduling. TBARC provide emergency radio
communications while the riders are riding through Polk County.
The Spartanburg Amateur Radio Club provides the remainder of the
HAMS require for this event. If you would like additional
History click here. If you would like to read up on the progress
of the Assaults for this year and see what is happening then go
Spartanburg Freewheelers Website.
TBARC Repeater KF4JVI
Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Net is held on each Monday starting at 7:30 pm. All area Hams are invited to join in. Also anyone can monitor this net on a HAM radio, Short Wave radio or Scanner. If you are just monitoring then the PL Tone is not required.
The KF4JVI Repeater is an open repeater.
This means that anyone may use the repeater per the FCC Part 95 Rules. The frequency is 145.330 (- offset
of 600) and a PL tone of 91.5 cps.
Red Cross and backup to the Polk County Emergency Services Headquarters.
This includes the Red Cross Chapters in both Polk and Rutherfordton
Red Cross and backup to the Polk County Emergency Services Headquarters. This includes the Red Cross Chapters in both Polk and Rutherfordton Counties.
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Anyone may be a spotter, and you do not have to be a Amateur Radio Operator to be one. All that is required is to find out where you have to go to take the class given by the fine folks from the Greenville / Spartanburg National Weather Service and then join in on all of the actions as it happens! Please feel free to contact us for information on the next class.
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