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A New Very Special Ham Licensee

Barry with VEs KD4MFH, AJ4YS,AK4AX, W4BB

Today (11/03/2012) at the VE Testing in Shelbyville, TN a 16 year old boy passed his test for a Technician Class Amateur Radio License

His name is Barry Bee and he is a special needs child. He has Down Syndrome. He had studied almost non-stop for approximately a year. He had taken the test once prior at the last session 2 months ago.

He studied with and was tutored by several Hams and non-hams alike. A debt of gratitude is owed all who assisted Barry during this process.

A special thanks is due several who helped him in various extra ways including one-on-one training along his journey.

These include Tony Reaux (WA4VDB) Bob Petrie (W4AZM) Sam Reid (KK4DUP) Barry Hudgins (KK4CGM) of our Short Mountain Repeater Club;  Joe Thatcher (AJ4YS) Eddie Carmicheal (KD4MFH) of Bedford County Amateur Radio Society; David Brown (W4ODB) Christle Price (Special Education Teacher Bedford County Schools).

This is a monumental step for Barry and I know that we are all very proud of him.

He can hardly wait to get his callsign on Monday.


Using the Contact Form

Through personal contact forms users can send one another e-mail. And through site-wide contact forms, users can send e-mail to arbitrary email addresses, such as the site maintainers.

Instruction for setting up your new SMRC account

As you are looking at the webpage, you will see a "User login" area on the left side of the page. Under the Username and Password fields, you will see a link that says: "Create a new account." Click that link with your left mouse button and you will be taken to the form to register your new account. Enter your first and last name in the Name field. User names or abbreviated names will not be approved for acess to the website so please enter in your real name. All the information you enter in this account page is private and will not be used in any way exept to supplement your profiles. Be sure to to click on the Location link at the top of the page. Again, this information is required here because google Maps requires any use of their service to not be utilized solely via registered content. By filling in the location information, a pin will be placed on our user map with your username.  For the username field, please enter your call sign in uppercase letters.  If you are not a licensed Ham, select a username of your choice.

Who Can do What on this Site?

First of all, we would like to thank you for checking into our new SMRC member's website. The content on this site is a little different than that of the public site, but the main difference is that this site is a community site. Instead of the web dude wearing out his little fingers, we enlist help from our editors, members and you. As you go through the content of this site, you will see you cannot access some content areas. Access to almost all content and navigation is based on your relationship with Short Mountain Repeater Club. 

New Member Website

The new SMRC member's website was rolled out on October 11, 2012. Please log on, fill out your profiles, and use the site so that we can locate any glitches before we open it up to wider use.

SMRC Tailgate Review

It's been a little over a month now and the memory of the Mid Tenn Summer Tailgate and Emergency Fair is not as vivid as it used to be. As the fall approaches, we look back on the MTSTEF as an overwhelming success. The event was well attended with many spending a good part of the day with us. Vendors were pleased with the interest in their products and most considered the event financially successful. Mr. Young of Total Radio told us that he sold more radios at the MTSTEF than he had in any comparable events all year. We want to thank all of our sponsors for taking an interest in our event and joining in to make this event a great success. We especially want to thank all the sponsors who donated door prizes and provided these donations on short notice.

SMRC Technician's Element 2 ExamTraining Classes

One of our goals at the Short Mountain Repeater Club is to provide you with information that will give you aid in becoming a proficient amateur radio operator in the shortest time possible. The first step is to get your Ham license. This course is your entry into the craft of amateur radio as it not only gives you information that you would not get on your own but it also gives you the study tools and the plan to effectively study properly.

Below is a general description of the material included in the Technician's Class License Exam Training course.

Session I Section 1: Introduction to Ham Radio In SMRC’s introduction to Ham Radio you will be familiarized with the craft of Ham Radio, including a bit of history and the activities in which Hams are currently involved. You will learn some of the basics about the role of the Federal Communications Commission and Part 97 governing radio communications. The general requirements for the Technician class license will be explained as well as the general structure of SMRC classes and how we will help you successfully acquire your first Ham license.


SMRC's Mailing Address

Short Mountain Repeater Club
P.O. Box 31
Christiana, TN  37037

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Repeater Trustee:

 W4WRB (Randy Bee)

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2022 Officers 

President:  W4WRB  (Randy Bee)

Vice President:  N4MEY  (Curt Porter)

Secretary:  KN4UZO  (Cal Carr)

Treasurer:  KN4YSU  (Doug Carroll)





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