About Us

The Wilson Amateur Radio Club – WC4AR is an ARRL-affiliated club located in Wilson County, Tennessee.  Its membership is generally made up of hams who live in or near Gladeville, Hermitage, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Old Hickory, Watertown and surrounding communities.  However, all amateur radio operators are invited to join and participate in  club activities.

Click here for a copy of the Wilson Amateur Radio Club Bylaws:  Wilson ARC_Bylaws

The Wilson ARC maintains an open repeater (W4LYR /R) operating at 147.105 MHz.  Occasionally, when conditions dictate, the repeater will require a sub-audible tone of 100 Hz.  All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome and encouraged to use the the 105 repeater.

In addition, the Wilson Amateur Radio Club and the Wilson County ARES conducts an information net every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM.  Tune your radio to the W4LYR Repeater (147.105+) to check in.  All amateur radio operators are invited to participate.  You do not have to be a member of the Wilson ARC, or any other organization, to check in to the net.  Please join us.

Club dues are $20 / individual or $30 / family.  All club dues go to Wilson ARC Treasurer Tom Parker, KB4SFN.

Mail checks to:

Wilson Amateur Radio Club
c/o  Tom Parker
850 Martha-Leeville Road
Lebanon, TN 37090-8232


Wilson ARC / WC4AR

  1. Tony Proctor
    28 November 2014 at 19:01

    That time of year is once again approaching when Santa and a cast of characters will be making their way across the night skies. This will be the 10th year for the Santa Net.

    This year with the coordination of Williamson County Amateur Emergency Service (WCARES – http://www.wcares.org/), the Santa Net will be running across most of Middle Tennessee on the WCARES’ system of linked repeaters (If there is no weather emergency)

    In addition to talking locally on 145.21 (PL 173.8), Santa will also be answering QSO’s via the Echolink system (Node Number 258417 – Franklin Tennessee). The net will begin at 7:00 PM and last as long as traffic holds. Net Control will begin calling for QSO’s with Santa after 7:15 PM. Please be considerate. Santa can not take everybody’s QSO at 7:15 so please if you can wait until a little later in the evening please do so…. Santa will appreciate it…. It is a busy night for him after all.
    Santa will again be accepting special information about the younger listeners to the Santa.

    Please forward any special information about your special little one to: tony.proctor@comcast.net. Please put “Santa Net” in the Subject Line.

    Include : Name (And if the name is unusual a phonetic spelling along with it would be helpful)
    Boy or Girl
    A general location or street (Specific address is not needed)
    Maybe name a special present that Santa will be packing just for them.
    Any other tid-bits that Santa should know about the individual child that would make the QSO with Santa special for them.
    And if your child has a “Special Elf” stationed in the home.

    Of course all hams are always welcome to join in the fun with any and all reports of Santa sightings and mysterious happenings.

    Hams should take the opportunity to let any friends that are scanner owners know about the net and the fun of ham radio. Bruce has made honorable mentions for children of scanner owners in the past and is happy to do so again. Just send the above information via the above email.

    I know Christmas Eve is a busy time in many homes but please try to tune in. This has always been fun in the past and I hope to make it a fun and special night again this year.
    WCARES Repeater System Frequencies or go to http://www.wcares.org/

    Repeater Frequency Tone Shift
    Franklin – UHF 444.025 MHz PL 110.9 +
    Franklin – VHF (FOW) 145.150 MHz PL 123.0 –
    Fairview – VHF 145.130 MHz PL 156.7 –
    Brentwood – VHF 145.210 MHz PL 173.8 –
    Kirkland – UHF 443.875 MHz PL 107.2 +

    FYI Repeater Operators … Linked Repeater Time Out Needs To Be Set To At Least 5 Minutes To Avoid Dropouts.

  2. Paul Wieloszynski
    10 October 2014 at 21:47

    Informative video about the future of Digital Radio

  3. 30 August 2014 at 18:27

    A very new local Ham started a YAHOO e-mail group called Greater Nashville Amateur Radio Operators.


    This makes for a comprehensive way where ALL local Hams can communicate their concerns, needs, thoughts, and announcements. This seems to be a good start, at least to me.

    By joining this site (which is free) it will better connect us to the greater Nashville Ham community and how it can best be served.


  4. James Garofalo, w2vec
    16 March 2012 at 16:14

    I have several back issues of qst that I would like to donate to the club, if interested. The library in Gallatin no longer wants magazines, and vol state doesn’t have a ham club. If interested, reply via E mail, or call me at 615-451 2985.
    Ji, w2vec@bellsouth.net

  5. 30 December 2011 at 10:08

    This is my first time on your web site. Very Impressive. I,m not a computer gero so its worked well for me. I hope to visit your club this year 2012. I have a brother howard lives in lebanon When I visit him I hope to lore Him and his wife to a meeting maybe get them hooked on ham radio. Then he/I could talk Lebanon to harriman Tn. by ham radio. Great website; KJ4NHQ Willard hendrickson Roanr county Tn.

  6. KJ4BLG
    11 December 2010 at 11:43

    Sounds like fun, Michael. I listen to the guys down in Franklin when they do this. They are well organized and do a professional job. If need be, we might be able to contact a couple of those guys down there to see if they have any tips for us, being that they have already done the learning curve.


  7. Wm.
    29 November 2010 at 07:32

    Each year the Veloteers Bicycle Club presents an event to benefit Historic Watertown: We you be interested in helping support communication for on-road vehicles who assist riders? We have four routes through Wilson, Dekalb, Cannon and Smith counties, and the event takes place the second Saturday of May.
    I look forward to your reply.

    • Michael Wright
      30 November 2010 at 04:00

      Wm., I am interested in getting more information about this event. I will send you my contact information via e-mail. Thanks for your interest in using Amateur Radio to support the event.

      Michael Wright, N4MAW

  8. Chuck Parr KJ4QOS
    15 November 2010 at 19:24

    Can someone check the “ARES of Wilson County TN” link (under “Blogroll”)? I’m getting an “Internet Explorer Cannot Connect” message. There’s no problem with the other Blogrool links and the Windows diagnostic tool finds no problem with my computer.

    • 15 November 2010 at 20:17

      The site appears to be down. I have removed the link until I hear from Mike. Thanks for your note.

  9. KJ4BLG
    3 November 2010 at 15:06

    There are several thing you can do to study. You can purchase a ARRL study book for the technician test at this site: http://www.arrl.org/studying-for-a-technician-license

    You can also take the on-line tests at this site: http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl

    Both are good sources for leaning. Sorry I didn’t see your message earlier. I don’t believe the club has any classes scheduled right now. We have done them in the past and they have been a great success. Good luck with getting your tech license. It looks like the next testing will be in November.


    • KK4WAP
      26 December 2013 at 20:10

      Hey KJ4BLG, I just recently got my Tech ticket and wanted to spread the word on what I used to study. I found someone on YouTube who has created entire courses on all the amateur radio exams. They are very well done and it defiantly helped me.

      You can find him at this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/merryviking?feature=watch

      Hope that helped!

  10. Chuck
    13 September 2010 at 19:22

    I’m in Hartsville and interested in getting a ticket.
    Can U help me with info and/or literature?

  11. Michael Wright, N4MAW
    3 February 2010 at 08:58

    I am working to get a meeting with the Emergency Management Coordinator at UMC to get the ball rolling on setting up operators for the net. I will post an update once I have more information. We will discuss this at the upcoming ARES meeting on Saturdy, February 13, 2010 at 2:00pm in the WEMA EOC.

    Michael Wright, N4MAW
    Emergency Coordinator
    Wilson County ARES

  12. Carol Ann Hudson
    20 January 2010 at 17:56

    I am the Emergency Management Coordinator at University Medical Center in Lebanon. Due to the recent clarifications by the FCC regarding employees of healthcare facilities who are also HAM operators who participate in drills violates the FCC regs, we are looking for volunteer operators to participate in the monthly hospital net on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We would also want these volunteer operators to be available to us in a disaster. If anyone is willing to help us, please contact me at 453-8257. Thank you!!

    • Brian Farrell
      21 January 2010 at 15:17

      The Hospital Net meets the third Thursday of each month at 12 noon. The appropriate HAM group in Wilson County is ARES, of which I am a member. I don’t do anything on the radio for UMC that violates anything FCCC.
      Tom Parker and I were there for the Net check-in today, and it went fine. Again, Jamestown didn’t respond.


  13. kj4blg
    31 October 2009 at 09:44

    Nice new look for the website. Maybe we can keep this one updated a little more. It’s also nice we can interact with the website and leave feedback without having to do it via e-mail. Keep up the good work.

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