The Maury Amateur Radio Club (MARC) is a registered Tennessee non-profit public service corporation dedicated to promoting Amateur Radio, while providing for the common good of the community as we can through our expertise in communications. We are an ARRL Affiliated Club.
The MARC was originally founded in 1976 by several Ham operators in the area. Some of the founding members were John Alden K4HRY (SK), Finas Allen W4GGM (SK), Bill Arnett WB4EBR, Shannon Arnett WA4EBU, Fred Chappell WB4WCB (SK), Clyde Denton K4UXK (SK), Jim Dooley WB4HCG, Hal Greene W4CUQ (SK), Melvin Hindman WA4WGN now AE4FP, Dr. Clay Miller WA4RGQ, Ernie Parker WB4HWW (SK), Hushel Parrish K4WKA (SK), Ken Riley WA4ZYX (SK), George Russell WB4JCR (SK), Charlie Spencer WB4VXY (SK), Tom Wade WB4VXW (SK), Billy Wilson WB4ELS.
The first repeater license had the call of WR4AIX and was issued Feb. 10, 1978 to Clyde Denton K4UXK (SK). Later the Club operated under the call of Ken Riley WA4ZYX (SK), then a new Club call of KF4ADU was issued in June of 1995. The repeater was operated under this call until Jan. 6 1998, when the club obtained the call of Finas Allen W4GGM (SK), a founding member of the MARC who became a silent key on Aug. 28 1993.
The MARC members own and operate two repeaters located 2 miles south of Columbia, TN. The VHF repeater is a Yaesu C4FM Fusion Repeater - operating on both Analog and Digital modes - on 147.12 MHz (+.600 offset), with a 127.3 CTCSS tone, and is open to all Amateur Radio operators. Our UHF analog repeater is on 443.175 (+5.000 offset) with a 100 CTCSS tone and is linked to the MTEARS network during severe weather or other emergency situations. It is open to all Amateur Radio operators when not under emergency status. Both repeaters operate under the club call W4GGM.
Membership in the MARC is $25.00 for 1 year per family. This includes all licensed Ham family members that are currently living in the home. The membership entitles each family one vote on anything brought before the Club, including elections. Membership dues are due the first day of April each year and end on the last day of March the following year.
The MARC has many things going on during the year, from monthly Club Meetings and Breakfasts to contest and Field Day activities. Visit the different pages for Club Nets, Amateur Radio License Testing information, and other club activities. There is always something fun and exciting going on in the MARC! If you are Ham operator visiting the Middle Tennessee area, make sure and get on the repeater and chat with the local operators. You will always be welcome!