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The Volunteer State Amateur Radio Club (VSARC) - KM4TFZ - is a newly formed Amateur Radio Club based in Carroll County, Tennessee. Membership is open to any and all Amateurs regardless of age, gender, race or residential and/or county location. A bona fide interest in Amateur Radio is the only essential qualification of membership; an Amateur Radio license is not a prerequisite, although full voting membership is granted only to licensed radio amateurs.

We formed so that we may to serve and further advance our hobby with the local population in Carroll and neighboring counties, and with the Amateur Radio community in general, as well as to introduce to others the many aspects of the Amateur Radio hobby. We shall promote, train, teach and further advance Amateur Radio related services required or requested by the local communities and other local or distant Amateur Radio operators. We also strive to maintain radio systems suitable for providing communications for the benefit of the community; and when requested, to assist civil authorities. Also we will provide an opportunity for amateur radio enthusiasts to socialize, learn, exchange ideas and contribute to the enjoyment of our hobby.

Our interests developed as local amateurs met and began working towards the common goal of attempting to revive the waning interest in amateur radio in our little part of Tennessee.

The previous local club in the area, known as "The Carroll County Amateur Radio Club" then renamed to the "Tennessee Valley Amateur Radio Club" (or visa versa) fell into a non-functioning organization due to unknown reason(s) and no longer actively serves, in an organized manner, the Amateur Radio needs of the local area. The true history of this organization(s) is unknown and the only information provided is by word of mouth by older amateurs residing in the area during their time.

Currently, and purely by chance, nearly half of our membership consists of transplants from other states (mostly northern states) and after meeting each other in one form or another, became frustrated that there were no viable amateur radio clubs within a reasonable driving distance. After many impromptu breakfast meetings at various local restaurants, it was further discussed and agreed that amateur radio needed revitalized badly in this area. So it was agreed upon that a new, non-political, club would be formed where all members would share equally in the various responsibilities with none holding official offices like President, Vice President, Secretary etc.

This decision was arrived mainly by the vast experiences of the current membership's own recollections of past amateur radio clubs in-fighting, power trips, people walking around with self-imposed importance, political maneuverings and the politics within. We stand firmly that politics will not invade. Knowing full well that in time, this attempt will be made, likely numerous times, we have decided to prevent the election of officers and each member must stand and act on their own accord, with no obligations. Each member volunteers their time, knowledge and experience and becomes as active a member as they so desire. Our non-public motto: "No elections, No politics." We have only one requirement and that is that all current and new members must check their ego's at the door without exception.

If you would be interested in more information regarding the club please contact John Etling, K3JAE at or Richard Range, WB9SFG at We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Secured municipal permissions to operate portable from two local train cabooses, one in Huntingdon and one in Bruceton, TN.
  • Activating Shiloh National Military Park (MP08) for ARRL's 2016 year-long "National Parks on the Air" (NPOTA) celebration.
    • Activation Dates:
    • 02 April 2016
    • 25 August 2016
  • Participating in the "Bruceton in May Festival." - COMPLETED
In addition to general Amateur Radio activity we now have a new Carroll County Emergency Coordinator for ARES. Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) is a vital, but not foremost, part of the amateur community, offering emergency communication services to local or state municipalities in the event of disasters. You can read more in-depth detail about ARES by following this link.

Some interests of the specific club members specific to radio air time is CW, Voice, PSK31, JT65/9 modes.
  • A slow speed 10 meter CW net is being developed for those who may have an interest in learning or further honing their skills in the art of sending Morse code. - IN-PROGRESS
  • A Volunteer Examiners (VE) team sanctioned by both ARRL and W5YI is being developed to assist in testing the local amateurs wishing to upgrade as well as for testing new amateurs. This will prevent up to a one (1) hour drive in any direction to take a test. - COMPLETED
  • An Elmer program to be initiated to assist all amateurs and non-amateurs alike in obtaining their Amateur Radio license or upgrades.
  • Working on obtaining a VSARC club call License from the FCC. - COMPLETED
  • Investigating the possibility of purchasing a VHF (2m) repeater system for club use. - COMPLETED
  • Set up a Club forum. - COMPLETED
Tennessee has had several nicknames, but the most popular and widely known is "The Volunteer State." Tennessee is called "The Volunteer State," a nickname that started during the War of 1812 when thousands of volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a prominent role in that war, especially during the Battle of New Orleans while serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson, where they displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans. This reputation for volunteering was reinforced during the Mexican War when the secretary of state asked for 2,800 Tennessee volunteers and 30,000 respondents showed up. The Battle at the Alamo took place in 1836 where 31 of the 32 volunteer Tennesseans (including Daniel Boone) were killed.

The image of the man on the patch is an actual portrayal of the "Tennessee Volunteer Mountain Rifleman" whom participated in the Mexican War, namely at the Alamo. The State outline with the State flag overlay depicts the State of Tennessee and the small radio tower depicting our location within the state of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Volunteers, contrary to popular belief, it is NOT, nor ever was, a Civil War reference. There were no regiments or units referenced by that name. As a matter of reference, the Battle of Shiloh (also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing) was an early major battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War and fought on April 6‐7, 1862 very near the Tennessee/Mississippi border, about 5 miles north of Corinth, MS. A Federal army was named "Army of the Tennessee" under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant and was named after the Tennessee River. The Confederate Army known as "The Army of the Tennessee" (notice the addition of the word "The") operated primarily between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River from 1862 through 1865 under various commanders but was never engaged in the Battle of Shiloh since they did not come into formation until November of 1862, seven (7) months afterwards.