Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club
An ARRL Affiliated Club


Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Providing emergency communications throughout
Polk County, North Carolina in times of any disaster.


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Our Club Meetings

All hams are welcome to attend our meetings.

Feel free to bring friends as well as encourage other would be hams
to attend the meetings to learn more about this fantastic hobby

Our Meetings

The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club holds a 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

The Church GPS location is
N 35.15.2269
W 82.11.9074

 The noon meeting starts at 11:45 a.m.
Please bring your own brown bag lunch.

All hams, would be hams and guest are welcome to attend our meetings. Feel free to bring friends as well as encourage other would be hams in the area to attend the meetings to learn more about this fantastic hobby.

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 area. We also host our own solar powered repeater which is also on the above menu. Feel free to check it out.

About The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club

The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club has been serving Polk County for over 30 years.  We also meet, on the radio (net), each Monday night at 7:30 PM, on the club’s solar powered repeater on 145.330(-) Mhz with a PL 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.

It is fun to learn from supportive experts who will mentor you in proper procedures, and provide you with instructions in the operation and how these radios work. 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 license or HAM Ticket. 

Currently you may contact:

Richard Day

The South Carolina Single Sideband Net

Join us nightly on 3.915 MHz at 1900 hours local time.
For more information please contact: or

Yes, we do have members all over North Carolina that do handle NC traffic as well. 

Bicycle Events that our club supports.

The Assaults
A Bicycle Challenge on Mt. Mitchell and Marion

This event is normally held on the 3rd. Monday of May each year

The TBARC 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 information on the history of Assaults - follow the link to The Assaults History. If you would like to read up on the progress of the Assaults for this year and see what is happening then go to the Spartanburg Freewheelers Website.

You may listen on your scanner or a 2m radio to the event on one of these frequencies:  147.285 in Polk County and 145.190 on the Mt. Mitchell Repeater. The first of these frequencies are used from Spartanburg SC to Bills Creek Road at US-74 in Rutherford County NC. This includes all of Polk County. The second is the Mt. Mitchell repeater and it is active all day and well into the evening controlling and relaying radio traffic concerning this very large event. The 147.240 is a simplex motorcycle to motorcycle frequency, and is low power so you would have to be very near the motorcycle to hear them.

The Fabulous 4th Metric Century Tour

On the morning of the 4th of July each year

The TBARC also participates and helps sponsor the Fabulous 4th of July Metric Century Bicycle Tour here in Polk County, NC . This event takes place on the actual day of the 4th of July each year regardless of the weather. We provide all of the emergency radio communications for this event. If you would like additional information on the Fabulous 4th Bicycle event - follow this link: The Fabulous 4th.

You will be able to monitor this event on your scanner on either of two frequencies: 145.330 or 147.285.  The GPS Coordinates for Harmon Field are: N 35.13.3936 and W 82.11.9074



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Our club's
solar powered repeater

KF4JVI - 145.330 neg. offset w/ PL 91.5 cps

Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Net
is held on each Monday starting at 7:30pm,
All area Hams are invited to join in.

The KF4JVI Repeater is an open repeater.
The frequency is 145.330(-) and PL tone of 91.5 cps.

The KF4JVI Repeater is totally solar powered.
We have been totally on Solar Power since Oct. 1998.
Please check out the pictures on the link above.

The Thermal Belt Amateur Radio Club is also a member
of ARES and when an emergency in this area is
then this repeater becomes part of the ARES
All area HAM that are members of the
ARES Network will
then sign in and be available for
emergency services for
this area.
  We provide all of the emergency communications
for the
Red Cross and the Polk County Emergency Services


How about a video of the completion of the
WSPA TV New Tower and Antenna installation on Hog Back Mountain

Their tower was destroyed during the September 2009 storm.
The tower and antenna had to be completely rebuilt
from the ground up.  The video is about 36 minutes long.

This video was produced by Bob ~ KI4ZPF.


Links to good place to explore concerning Amateur (HAM) Radio


ARRL North Carolina section

Call Sign Lookup
By name or call sign USA ONLY

Western North Carolina Amateur Radio Club.
Home to the WESTCARS Ham Radio Fest at the Fair Grounds ~ Last Saturday of August Near Asheville NC.

Elecraft HF QRP / 100w all mode radios
These radios are rated #1 and are available in Kit / Semi Kit / or fully assembled. Want to build a HF All mode Kit - then you must check this one out.  You put it together and you can then fix it yourself!

The Wireman
The BEST supplier of antenna and parts out there!

Go to and do a web page!

Amateur Radio Clubs in this area

Western North Carolina Amateur Radio Club.
Home to the WESTCARS Ham Radio Fest at the Fair Grounds ~ around the end of August near Asheville NC. Please visit their web site for date and times.

Spartanburg SC, Amateur Radio Club

Hendersonville NC, Amateur Radio Club

Shelby NC, Amateur Radio Club
Biggest Ham Fest in the South East - Labor Day weekend

Greenville , SC Amateur Radio Club
Ham Fest held at the Spartanburg, SC Fairground

Gastonia, NC Amateur Radio Club

Gastonia, NC Area Amateur Radio Club

Good links to information and programs to make operating your station a lot more fun.

AC6V's Mega Links Ham pages

Gray Line and Current Time

Large Selection of Ham Related Links to check out.

HAM Swap / For sale / Trade Page

On the Short Wave Bands

HF Radio Org for all of your HF Needs

DX'ing and Contesting is fun.
Here are some very good links for more information on DX'ing.
We hope that you will try it some time.
ARRL and CQ Magazine provide the rules of engagement!

Remember that these sites provide YOU with these
DX programs for FREE unless otherwise noted.

Antennas and how to make them. Fine web site for more information.

Free Newsletters INFO

DX Spotting Sites INFO

DX Spotting Program (Free) ~ It's great

Contest Logging program (Free)

Contest Calandars INFO

Good DX news letters for pay ~ not free, oh well, can't have it all for free!

Meeting People with HAM Radio.

Morse Code source with lots of good stuff

HF Military Radio from the MRC-108 ROMAD Jeep used in the Vietnam War.

Have any additional good sites to post, email me with the link. Please report any broken links to


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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