Clarksville Post 289 Forms Amateur Radio Club

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CLARKSVILLE, TN – The American Legion Amateur Radio Club provides both hobby and emergency communications “when all else fails.”

TALARC was added as one of the Post 289 programs. According to Commander David Zaveney, in May 2011 the American Legion National Executive Committee added the radio program, but before that, in January 2005 the Legion signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to support emergency disaster preparedness.

Subsequently, the Disaster Preparedness Brochure was made available to Posts. The amateur radio support was an integral entity.

Larry Johnson, a local Legionnaire amateur radio operator, was instrumental in making this process happen. Those in post 289 are proud to have their own Clarksville American Legion Radio Club.

Membership is open to all American Legion members, American Legion sons, and American Legion auxiliary members from any American Legion post in the region that has an amateur radio license. The call sign is KA4TAL and Radio Club meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm at 726 Gardendale Road. Membership is also available to American Legion family members.

The club is currently in the process of setting up to host the Boy Scouts National Jamboree on the air and online with the help of the Clarksville Amateur Transmitting Society on October 15, 2022. The program is run like a jamboree, set up spot outside troop 525. Scout building at the Civitan building behind Byrns Darden Elementary School, establish radio stations and try to communicate with all the other stations in the scout jamboree on the air.

Contact Larry Johnson, ext. 289 for more information or to register.

If you have a pack or troop planning to attend, contact Ernest Schmidt to ensure there are enough manuals available.


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