Part of the How Do I… Series

It is a Great Day for Ham Radio.  As the Administrator of the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club website I am glad that you found us.  I hope you will enjoy the content that one of our most active members has shared.

Newly added content appears on the RESOURCES page in three parts.  The topics and the titles are:  Clubs, Nets and Social Activities.

I hope you will read and take interest in what we have to say.  Enjoy.


Post written by:  Andrew Forsyth AF3I



Introducing a new article in the How Do I… series

One of the newest downloadable articles in the How Do I… series is available to you. 

Watch the video to hear an introduction of the topic about which Frank Mellott, KB3PQT has written.

Follow this link to download the PDF version of Frank’s article Logging Software Please enjoy.


How Do I Write a How Do I… Article?

William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis, Upton Sinclair, Aldous Huxley,
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rachel Carlson, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Barbara W. Tuchman, Anne Frank, Robert McCloskey, Elizabeth Guilfoile, Maya Angelou, Frank Mellott, You!.

If you would like to create content for the CARC website you can be in the company of those famous authors named above.  All you need to do is…

Navigate over to the RESOURCES page,   Scroll around until you find the Headline SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT.  There you will find the full article from which the above “teaser” was extracted.  Read the PDF version first.  If you envision yourself someday having a Pulitzer Prize on your desk then download the DOCX version as well.  It is the starting point in terms of the document layout.  What you write is up to you.  Good Luck!

•Author:  Andrew Forsyth,  AF3I


Newly Licensed Hams — Welcome to the CARC Two-Meter Net

A good friend of Ham Radio shared with me a story.  The story involved a newly licensed Amateur Radio Operator who set out to make some radio contacts after receiving his license from the FCC.  His callsign and his on-the-air techniques revealed that he was a newcomer to ham radio.

To make the story short — this newly licensed ham received a somewhat chilly reception to his on-the-air communications attempts and may have been turned-off by the whole experience.  How sad.

The Cumberland Amateur Radio Club would like to warmly welcome newly licensed hams. 

We stand ready to provide assistance enabling you to get on the air and to make contacts with other hams who appreciate the hard-work you put into studying and passing the Licensing Exam.

First, we invite you to attend our Club Meetings.  Details are in the EVENTS page of this website.  We have a special FREE MEMBERSHIP OFFER for newly licensed hams.  How can you beat that?  If you are looking for help selecting and setting up your first radio station this is a good place to begin.

Second, if you already have ham radio equipment we invite you to participate in our weekly Two-Meter Net.  CARC Members and guests gather each Sunday Night at 7 p.m. local time on 146.490 Mhz, FM Simplex in the Two-Meter Band.  No Repeater Offset, No PL Access Tones.  Simply tune your transceiver to 146.490, listen for the Net Control Station to announce the net.   Frank, KB3PQT usually is our Net Control Station.  He is a friendly guy and a great supporter of the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club and ham radio in general.

When it is time, key your microphone, say your call sign, release your mike, and wait to be acknowledged by the NCS.  The Net Control Station will say a few words welcoming the people who checked into the net, and then give each person his or her opportunity to speak by saying that person’s call sign.  Tell us your name, your location, and perhaps let us know if you have questions.  After you have said what is on your mind, simply say “This is [your call sign], Back To Net Control.” and release your mike.  It is that simple.  No worries, No pressure, No cold shoulders.  

If you experience any difficulty when trying to participate in the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club Two-Meter Net please email me your name, call sign, location, and a few words about your radio and antenna.  We will try to perk-up our ears and listen more carefully for you the next week.   eMail:  Andrew Forsyth


• Author:  Andrew Forsyth AF3I



Cutting Dacron/Polyester rope

This posting was contributed by CARC Club Member Glenn Kurzenknabe, K3SWZ.   

I just raised my 80 Meter vertical project for the first time with the help of Dave, W3SOX.  I decided to put a set of (3) guy ropes on it, just to be safe. I selected the standard Dacron/Polyester rope sold by DX Engineering, The RF Connection and others.  The biggest problem [when working with Dacron/Polyester rope] I have found  is, how do you cut it, without making a mess of the cut ends?  They seem to fray instantly upon cutting, making it difficult to seal them with a flame.

Dave is a member of the National Ski Patrol and is trained in mountain rescue, etc.  He knows all things knots and rope.  He said that he cuts it with a standard Propane torch, normally used for soldering plumbing connections, that we all have in our shops.  I tried it and it works super well and seals both ends in the process.

CAUTION: Do not let the drippings from the cut, drip on your hand!  Speaking from first-hand experience, they are very HOT and do not mix well with skin!

•  Andy Forsyth AF3i speaking — Thank you, Glenn.