by on May.15, 2014, under Club Information

Gates Open to Public 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Vendor / Tailgater Set-Up: 7:00 A.M.

Admission: $5.00 (12/Under Free)
** Free Raffle Ticket with Each Admission **
Free Parking Snacks Available Portable Digital Set-Up Display


** Additional Raffle Tickets **   $1.00 / Each or (6) / $5.00

K4NRC —- Talk-In —– 146.925  —–(88.5 PL)
Newton County Radio Club —

POD Managers Training

by on May.15, 2014, under ARES / RACES, CERT, Training

Good Afternoon All;

Please save the date for our annual POD Managers training on June 5th, from 10:30 until 2pm, with lunch being provided.  Please also share with any of your leadership staff that you want to attend. 

We are in the process of moving to a new e-mail system and so just wanted to share so you can “save the date”.  I will send out more information as soon as possible. 


Beverly Lester R.N., EMHP, CEM
Healthcare Liaison
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Forest Park Center Annex
685 Forest Parkway
Forest Park Georgia 30297
Phone#- 678-610-7246

Merger of Alpha Amplifiers & Tentec

by on May.15, 2014, under Club Information

Announcing the Merger of Alpha Amplifiers & Tentec

Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC Merge Under RF Concepts Banner


LONGMONT, Colo.- May 9, 2014 – Announcing today the merger of Longmont, Colorado -based RF Concepts LLC / Alpha Amplifiers and Sevierville, Tenn.-based TEN-TEC Inc., RF Concepts Chairman Michael Seedman, AA6DY, declared the union the perfect combination of amateur radio brands. The merger creates a multi-million-dollar company with products that span QRP transceivers to full-legal-limit amplifiers and establishes an organization with the size and scale to continue to innovate into the next decade and beyond.


RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers has been building amplifiers continuously since the early 1970s and has put more than 13,000 amplifiers in the hands of demanding amateur radio operators. Alpha Amplifiers are considered “the finest line of linear amplifiers in the world” by the ham community. TEN-TEC, founded in 1968, produces top-of-the-line receivers, transceivers, amplifiers and tuners and is known worldwide for the reliability and performance of its products.


“For more than 40 years, Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC have shared a reputation in the amateur radio market for offering exceptionally well-engineered, American-made products backed by extraordinary customer service,” said Seedman. “Alpha Amplifiers is known for ‘key down performance,’ and TEN-TEC is known for pushing the boundaries of transceiver performance and capabilities.


“The merger of these brands under the RF Concepts banner makes perfect sense,” added Seedman, “not only in terms of creating a powerful product line, but also in terms of positioning our company for the future. This merger more than doubles the size of our business allowing us to invest more capital in innovative engineering and customer-driven product development.”


RF Concepts’ operations will now be shared between its Longmont Colorado facility and its Sevierville Tennessee facility. The company is currently seeking a new operations facility in the Sevierville area to more efficiently house factory operations, part of the engineering resources, and technical and customer support services. The Colorado facility will house engineering resources, technical and customer support services, and much of the front-office operations.


Both Jim Wharton, NO4A, who in January of this year took the reins of TEN-TEC upon the retirement of founder Jack Burchfield, K4JU and Ken Long, N0QO, who has been overseeing the operations at Alpha Amplifiers will be Presidents of their respective group, working together to build a strong, innovative company.


“Ken and I have spent quite a bit of time discussing our short- and long-term focus over the last few weeks and I feel our responsibilities are very clearly defined.”, said Wharton.


“Jim and I have a lot of work to do to make sure the merging of these two brands goes as smoothly as possible.” added Long.


The merger announcement comes just days before one of the signature amateur radio events in North America-the Dayton (Ohio) Hamvention-where more than 75,000 hams are expected to converge on the Hara Arena Complex to discover the latest innovations in amateur radio. Both Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC will operate separate booths at this years show (May 16 – 18). Both booths will feature new products and special offers to commemorate the merger. At booths 209-210 in the North Hall, Alpha Amplifiers will be demonstrating the soon-to-be released DreamTuner 4040 Automatic Antenna Tuner, a graphically based, 4KW Autotuner. At booths 458-450 in the East Hall, TEN-TEC will unveil the Patriot, an open source, arduino-based SSB transceiver.


About RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers

RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers manufactures high-end linear amplifiers for ham radio enthusiasts. Based in Longmont, Colo., the company is known worldwide for its quality amplifiers. Alpha Amplifiers have been continuously manufactured in the United States since the early 1970s.



TEN-TEC Inc. was founded in 1968 to provide beautifully engineered, well-crafted, well-supported and high-performing products to the amateur radio market. For 46 years the Sevierville, Tenn.-based company has passionately designed, crafted and tested premium products which have earned the company a solid reputation and loyal brand followers throughout the world.


Heavy Rain-Severe WX Forecast

by on Apr.28, 2014, under ARES / RACES, Club Information, Skywarn, Weather

Good Evening,Confidence has increased that the pattern over the coming days will be favorable for heavy rain and severe thunderstorms.Discussion:  A slow-moving cold front will continue approaching the area from the west through the next few days. Because the movement of this system will be quite slow, heavy rainfall remains a distinct concern.  In addition, the environment will be supportive of an extended severe thunderstorm threat.WHERE: Heavy rainfall amounts are possible area wide, with the highest accumulations generally along on north of the I-85 corridor. The severe weather potential will increase across northwest Georgia Monday evening and spread south and east on Tuesday. While the threat level is less certain, the potential for some severe thunderstorms will likely exist across portions of central Georgia on Wednesday.WHAT: Heavy rainfall may cause flooding given the slow system movement. Forecast rainfall amounts will likely cause minor flooding of many streams and rivers. There is also the risk for flash flooding in thunderstorms where heavy rainfall occurs in a short period of time.Strong to severe thunderstorms will also likely occur during this period. Hail, high winds, and tornadoes will all be possible—especially during the Monday night through Tuesday time frame.

WHEN: Monday night through Thursday. The severe weather threat will ramp up Monday night across northwest Georgia, increasing across the rest of north and west central Georgia from Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon.  The cold front will push into the state on Wednesday, pushing the heavy rain and severe potential eastward. Rain and storms should push east of the entire area by Friday.

Rainfall: Due to the multi-day nature of this event, many areas will see 2 – 4″ rainfall totals, with isolated higher amounts possible. A Flood Watch has been issued for the entire area from midnight Tuesday until 2 AM on Thursday to highlight this hazard. Refer to the forecast rainfall map at the end of this email for further information on where the highest amounts are expected. Again, these amounts will likely cause minor river and stream flooding as well as some flash flooding issues.

Severe thunderstorms: Severe thunderstorms with hail, high winds, and some tornadoes will occur during this time frame.  The attached graphic gives our best estimate for locations of greatest severe potential through the period, but do not focus on exact areas as they will likely change as we refine the forecast.  Future email updates will refine this threat as more concrete information becomes available.

CONFIDENCE: The confidence level for heavy rainfall amounts and severe weather is high. Exact timing and threats will continue to be updated as the event approaches.

Ryan Willis
National Weather Service  Atlanta/Peachtree City, GA

Rainfall Amt Forecast


Georgia ARES monthly report for March, 2014

by on Apr.06, 2014, under ARES / RACES, Club Information


Georgia ARES monthly report for March, 2014
Reported by:  Clayton County EC, Roy Baker, AJ4GT
Report ID# 7153.  Report submitted by: AJ4GT, Roy Baker – EC

Total number of ARES members in your group is: 40
Change since last month: 0
Name of your Local ARES Net: SCARC/CARES
Net Frequency: 444.875      PL  100
Day of the week:  Monday
Time of the Net: 9 PM lOCAL
Total of Nets this month: 10
Drills, Tests and Training sessions: 11
Drills, Tests and Training Man Hours: 54
Public Service Events: 0
Public Service Man Hours: 0
Emergency Operations: 0
Emergency Operations Man Hours: 0
Misc Activities: 2
Misc man hours: 2
Comments: Five analog training nets, followed by five WL2K nets for 40 MHr. Another 14 for the monthly meeting.


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