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Board of Directors

Welcome to the Delta Amateur Radio Club website!

The Delta Club holds monthly meetings, offers formal training classes for all three Amateur radio licenses (Technician, General, and Extra) and informal training sessions on all aspects of amateur radio, supports public service events, provides five VHF/UHF repeaters, hosts a nightly information net on 146.82 with a 107.2 hz tone, publishes a monthly newsletter, Sparks; participates in Field Day each year, and, perhaps most importantly, fosters the amazing camaraderie of the ham radio community. The Delta Club also holds the distinction of an ARRL Special Services Club.

       We welcome all hams and non-hams to our club meetings. The club meetings are held on the second Tuesday evening of the month. See Meeting Information for meeting time and location.

2018 Delta Club Board of Directors

  • President - Steve Frazier, KK4VPT

    This is Steve's third year on the Board of Directors. He earned his Technician license in 2013 and his General license in 2015. Steve received the Delta Club 2014 New Ham of the Year award for working many of Delta Club's public service events. Steve is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in Transportation / Logistics. You can contact Steve via email.

  • Vice President  - Bob Van Keuren, KM4SEB

    Bob, KM4SEB, is a relatively new ham. He got his Technician License March 10, 2016, and then his General License May 4, 2017. He is an active Delta Club member and an original HQ 101 participant. He has supported two Field Days; took part in the Delta Club's J Pole building class; obtained his CERT certificate; and is a ham Volunteer Examiner. He has now been elected to the Delta Club's Board of Directors serving as Vice President. He looks forward to this new challenge and participating in other areas of the ham community. You can contact Bob via email.

  • Secretary - Mary Jean Hall KN4FBL

    This is Mary Jean's first year on the Board of Directors. She replaced Steve Evans KN4VYA since he is planned to move out of town. Mary Jean has said that from an early age, she has always been fascinated by communication, community service and natural disaster preparedness. One day a coworker introduced her to Amateur Radio, and before she knew it she was sitting in one of Delta Club's Technician classes. During the class, she realized that ham radio could be the perfect combination of those three long-time interests! She earned her Technician license in August 2017 and is also a member of ARRL and ARES. Mary Jean graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Communication. She is excited about working with the other board members in serving the Delta Amateur Radio Club!   Contact Mary Jean via email

  • Treasurer - Linda Laseter, KJ4CTX

    This is Linda's third year to serve as Treasurer for the Delta Club. She earned her Technician and General licenses in 2008 and upgraded to Extra Class in early 2009. She is a member of ARRL and is an FCC VE for both ARRL and WCARS. This is her fifth year to volunteer as Ham Communication Coordinator for the Memphis March of Dimes March for Babies. She is a graduate of the Collierville Community Response Team (CERT) training and was the Secretary for the Collierville CERT Development Committee in 2006 and 2007. Linda is also a volunteer for the Shelby County Medical Reserve Corps. Not only does she participate in public service events, but she is also an avid quilter and donates several quilts each year to Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown and to the Regional Medical Center Neonatal Units through her quilting group. Linda holds a degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration and was a Medical Administrator/Accountant for twenty years before retiring in 2009. She is married to Ken, KI4AOH. You may reach her via email.

  • Director of Training - Joe Lowenthal, WA4OVO

    Joe received the ARRL Herb S. Brier 2012 Instructor of the Year award. He has been Director of Training for eleven years. Joe has been instrumental in over 400 hams earning their Technician license. He is also the Delta Division Assistant Director for the Memphis area. Joe has been licensed and a Delta Club member since 1976 after receiving his Conditional Technician license. He upgraded to General in 2000. Joe earned his Extra Class license in 2002. He received the Delta Club Ham of the Year award in 2007 and in 2015. Joe was ARRL's primary organizer for the ARRL 2005 Toy Drive warehouse for Katrina refugee children. He is an ARRL and WCARS VE for FCC testing and ARRL Emergency Communications volunteer examiner. Joe actively participates in public service events, and in ARES as Shelby County ARES Assistant EC for Hospital-Ham Radio Coordination. He is also a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer for the Shelby County Health Department. For the last ten years in September Joe has ventured to Mount Nebo (Arkansas) with a group for the VHF/UHF contest. In 2010 he got interested in amateur satellite communications using a handheld radio and Elk antenna. Joe was Shelby County Emergency Coordinator in 1983 and the ham radio coordinator for Memphis area National Weather Service Skywarn Net from 1976 to 1982. He is married to Beverly Rauch, W4BBJ. You can contact Joe via email.

  • Director of Publications  - Bob Vawter, KW4RJ

    Bob was first interested in electronics at age 14 when he built a HeathKit short wave receiver kit. Next he assembled a HeathKit walkie talkie kit. He had a citizens band radio with the license KM3110. He began working to learn CW, but then life happened and he never completed the morse code novice license. Bob enjoys photography and golf. He is the English handbell director at Grace Presbyterian Church in Bartlett and is a retired band director. Bob got his technician license in November, 2015, his General in January, 2016, and his Extra in February, 2016. Bob is currently working as a volunteer with the Shelby County Health office as MRC and has participated in two Shelby county emergency preparedness drills. Bob is excited to work with the Delta club board of directors as Director of Publications. You may contact Bob via email.

  • Director of Programs - Ed Taggard K7EDT

    This is Ed's first year on the Board of Directors. He earned his Technician license in 2012 and upgraded to General in February 2014. His job moved him to Memphis in 2016 from Phoenix. Ed attended Delta Club's Extra Class 1-18 and earned his Extra Class license in February 2018. He got into ham radio because of his interest in weather. Ed has been a Skywarn volunteer in AZ since 2006. He enjoys paying back to the community by supporting many public  service events. Ed is a member of the Arizona Repeater Association, Gilbert CERT, East Valley Repeater Group, Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group, Superstition ARC, ARES in AZ and TN, as well as, the Delta Club. He is also an American Red Cross volunteer. You may contact Ed via email.

  • Director of Meetings and Special Events - Scott Adams, KM4PMU

    This is Scott's second year on the Board of Directors. You can contact Scott via email.

  • Repeater Trustee - Barry McDonald W5CJ, W4BS

    This is Barry's first year as Repeater Trustee. He originally got his Technician license in 1980, but let it expire. After retirement, Barry decided to get back into Amateur Radio and got Tech, General and Extra in about 2 months. He holds a Commercial General FCC Radiotelephone License with Radar Endorsement. Barry was Chief Engineer for WKLH FM radio station in Montgomery AL in the late 70's. He was Chief Engineer for Cylix Communications Corporation in Memphis in the 80's. Barry has also worked for The Med in biomed radiology; then Konica Minolta Medical Imaging for the last 21 working years. He currently enjoys many of the activities available to Amateur Radio. Barry stays quite busy handling message traffic from the TN Phone Net and operating in FT8 digital mode. He helps teach the electronic sections of the Delta Club license classes. You may contact Barry via email.

  • Public Information Officer - Len Grice, W4MKS

    Len is serving his third year as Public Information Officer of the Delta Club and was recently appointed ARRL Tennessee Section Public Information Officer. He was licensed in August, 2015, after taking the Delta Club Technician Class under Joe Lowenthal and has served as an Elmer in several classes. Len is a graduate of the Germantown CERT class and participates in public service events, is a member of ARES, and is a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer for the Shelby County Health Department. You can contact Len at 901-522-6711 or via email.

    2017 Board of Directors