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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.



By Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, Director of Training




There is no charge for classes, but the student is responsible for the purchase of

the license manual and the $15 ARRL FCC examination fee.


If you want to take a class, send an email to Joe at wa4ovo@gmail.com with the

class name; ie, Tech Class, General Class, or Extra Class, on the Subject line and

name, callsign if you have one, email address, and cellphone number in the text.




Licenses Earned in 2018 from Delta Classes

34 Technician

9 General
 7 Extra


The current Technician ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Fourth Edition with question pool that

became effective July 1, 2018 for four years. This question pool expires June 30, 2022

The current ARRL General Class License Manual is the Eighth Edition with question pool that

became effective July 1, 2015 for four years and expires June 30, 2019.

The current ARRL Extra Class License Manual is the Eleventh Edition with question pool that

became effective July 1, 2016 for four years and expires June 30, 2020.

As of September 3, 2015 there is no longer any charge for Vanity callsigns.



Extra Class 1-19  January 5-February 16, 2019

The next Extra class is in the planning stage to start January 5th through February 16th 
excluding January 26th (Jackson MS Hamfest) on six Saturday from 9am-1pm. Four students
are registered at time of writing. We need a total of six students to register by December 15th to
have the class. Otherwise we will work on the next Technician class. The location will be at the
Memphis Police Department Northeast Precinct, Appling Farms Station, at 6850 Appling Farms Parkway.



Tech Class 2-19

The next Technician class will probably start in late February 2019 for six weeks
either on a Monday or Thursday week nights or Saturdays.


Class Registration

If you know anyone interested, send an email to wa4ovo@gmail.com with the
Subject Line for the class they want and name, email address and cellphone

number in the text. If a ham, add callsign to the text.






General Class 4-18  November 1 – December 13, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                General Class 4-18 was held from 6:15-9:30 on six Thursday nights from 
November 1st to December 13th excluding November 22nd at
EMHC Ambulance Company training room, 6972 Appling Farms
Parkway. Fourteen students began the class. Ten students
finished the class with six upgrading to General Class. Congratulations
to Steve Beale KM4AEO, Carrie Blackwell KN4LCU, Bill Johnsen KM4VXW,
Jim Martin KD4FUU, Robert Murry KN4OEF, and Bob Waters KN4PDW.
I'm sure the other four will get their upgrade soon. Also testing during
the class test session, congratulations to William Womble KI4CRC for
earning his Technician license and Rick Armstrong KN4IKP and
Carolyn Horne KN4QNV for upgrading to General.

The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, Pat Lane W4OQG,

Len Grice W4MKS, Barry McDonald W5CJ, Perry Hayes N4PSH and
John Reiners KN4BVH. The Delta Club VE team led by Jeff Krause AJ4GY
provided the FCC testing session at 7pm on December 13th. Thanks also to
Ham W4GMM, Stacy Krause KJ4MDA, Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, Barry McDonald W5CJ,
Bill Stevens WC9S and Tom Ungren KK4ZZZ


General Class 4-18 with Barry W5CJ leading the section.


 Tech Class 3-18  June 28 – August 2 ,2018

Tech Class 3-18 had 12 enthusiastic students meeting on six Thursday nights

from 6:15-9:30pm at the EMHC Ambulance Company training room on 

Appling Farms Parkway. The instructors were Joe WA4OVO, Barry W5CJ,

Carrie KN4LCU, Perry N4PSH, and Pat W4OQG.


The equipment demonstrators on August 2nd were Joe WA4OVO on repeater

basics, Rick WA4NVM and Richard K4DXF on satellites, Pat W4OQG

on HF/MARS/Winlink,  John  KN4BVH on ARES and Rick KJ4NWQ on APRS.


Tech Class 3-18 showing off their CSCEs.   Photo by Perry Hayes N4PSH


Congratulations to the 11 students who earned their Technician licenses:

Inthe photo from left to right standing: Rob Dyer KN4OEH, Robert Murry KN4OEF,

Robert Cohn KN4OEP, Ian Lucas KN4OEK, Sylvia Lucas KN4OEJ, Kyle

Fioranelli KN4OEL, Laura Matthews KN4OEM, Pierce Matthews KN4OEN,

Brad Patterson KN4OEO, Rich Wilson KN4OEI, and seated Michelle Dach KN4OEG.


The WCARS VE team of Gary W5EMA, Perry N4PSH, David KM4SEC, Bill

WC9S and Joe WA4OVO provided the test session.


Tech Class 2-18   February 24 – April 7, 2018


Tech Class 2-18 was held from February 24th to April 7th except March 10th

and 17th on five Saturdays from 9am to 1pm or 9am to 4pm at EMHC

ambulance company training room on Appling Farms Pkwy. There were nine

students in the class with five finishing testing.


Congratulations to Carrie Blackwell KN4LCU, Phillip Green KN4LCT,

Jim Hambrick KN4LCS, David Robertson KN4LCW and John Volmer KN4LCV

  for earning their Technician licenses. Additional congratulations to Phillip

KN4LCT and John KN4LCV for advancing to the General Class license.



Tech Class 2-18 taking their exam:(from left to right) David Robertson,

John Volmer, Phillip Green, Jim Hambrick, and Carrie Blackwell     

Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


The WCARS VE team of Gary W5EMA, David KV4QI, Perry N4PSH,

Denise KM4IRR, Bob KW4RJ and Joe WA4OVO provided the test session.


The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, Barry McDonald W5CJ,

Pat Lane W4OQG, David Webb KV4QI, Len Grice W4MKS, Perry Hayes

N4PSH, and John Reiners KN4BVH.


The equipment demonstrators on April 7th were Joe WA4OVO on repeater

basics, Rick Tillman WA4NVM on satellites, Pat Lane W4OQG on

HF/MARS/Winlink,  John Reiners on ARES and Rick Pellicciotti on APRS.

Michael Knight KK4IOH gave an Echolink, D-STAR, and DMR digital

presentation on March 24th.




Tech Class 2-18 with Barry W5CJ instructing

Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO



Extra Class 1-18   January 13 – February 24, 2018




Extra Class 1-18 was held on 5 Saturdays and one Sunday from January 13th

to February 24th from 9am to 1pm on four Saturdays, 1-5pm on Sunday

January 28th, and at 2:30 on Saturday February at EMHC ambulance

company training room,4th for FCC testing. All classes were at EMHC

ambulance company, 6972 Appling Farms Pkwy. There were 10 students

taking the class with two recent Extras auditing the class.


The students were Dan KN4FBJ, Janet KN4FBI, Billy K4IOA, Jim KN4GJF,

David KM4SEC, Todd W4RTV, Ed K7EDT, Mac KJ4EHE, Carlos KK 4CRO,

and Robert KN4FVT. The auditing Extras were Nathan KX4IA and Rick WB9TCB.


Extra Class 1-18 FCC test session     Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


 Congratulations to Carlos KX4IS (previously KK4CRO) and Todd W4RTV

for their Extra upgrade at the February 13th Delta Club test session.

Congratulations to Robert Horn KN4FVT, David Jackson KM4SEC,

Ed Taggard K7EDT, Mac Tidwell KJ4EHE, and Dan Wehner KN4FBJ

for their upgrade to Extra.


Thanks to the Delta Club ARRL team for providing the FCC test session.

The VEs were Jeff AJ4GY, Stacy KJ4MDA, Perry N4PSH, Barry W5CJ,

Tom KK4ZZZ, Bob KW4RJ, David KV4QI and Joe WA4OVO


The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, Paul Roberts KA9VAU,

Dean Honadle N2LAZ, Barry McDonald W5CJ, David Webb KV4QI, and

Pat Lane W4OQG.



Dean N2LAZ instructing on Electrical Principles for Extra Class 1-18

Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


Barry W5CJ providing propogation instruction to Extra Class 1-18 

Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO




Tech Review for CBU      January 29, 2018


A Tech Review class was held on January 29th for 18 Christian Brothers

University students in the initial Engineering Department upper division

elective course, Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems. All 18 students

earned their Technician license while one also earned her General Class

license. The students were either Electrical or Mechanical Engineering

majors. Eric Welch WD5FTA is the professor. He is Department Chair of

Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Tech Review Class at CBU Photo by Len Grice W4MKS


Thanks to the Laurel VEC team led by Tim Jones N5PYQ

for providing the VE session.


Laurel VE Team (left-right) Rick KF5WVJ, Joe WT4N, standing,

left Tim N5PYQ, Jim KE5RHM, Weldon N5YW and not pictured

is Ed KF8PD. Joe WA4OVO, standing right, is helping with

the registration paperwork.

Photo by Len Grice W4MKS