The Tellico Lake Amateur Radio Club (TLARC) was founded in December 2015 by Allan Tarbell (K1AT). The club promotes amateur radio activities throughout the areas of Loudon, Blount, Monroe, and Knox counties. A core group of club members participate in the Loudon County [Tennessee] Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) to support local races, community events, and the Loudon County EC and Emergency Management Agency as requested with amateur radio communications.

TLARC General Meeting on 3rd Wednesday of each month:

The TLARC membership currently meets "in-person" at the Recreation Center in Tellico Village. Alternatively, meetings may be held at local venues and restaurants. If health conditions necessitate, meetings are held virtually using Zoom videoconferencing.   on the third Wednesday of each month, per the schedule at the top of our home page.

TLARC Radio Net & Open Zoom Meetings on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays:
  7:00 pm on the 442.100 MHz repeater (PL 100.0, +5 offset): "TLARC Radio Net"
  7:30 pm on Zoom video conferencing:
          Meeting ID: 815 823 5077

TLARC Activities:

Our membership enjoys pursuing myriad ham-related activities: radio contesting, QRP operation, homebrewing & kit building, operating from portable gear outside in Tennessee's beautiful parks & forests, antenna design and experimentation, 'boatanchor' radio restoration, community and emergency service, fox hunting, and more! We'll be soon posting a useful 'matrix' relating members to specific interests & skills to help you plug into any activity you wish ... or even be a focal point for a new one!


TLARC Club Repeater: WB4BIC

Our 70cm repeater (442.100 MHz, PL: 100 Hz, +5 kHz offset) is located at EM75uq right in the heart of Tellico Village.


TLARC Articles of Incorporation [PDF]

(Updated - 19 Aug 2020)



(Updated - 21 Jul 2021)


Information & How to Join:

    Membership Application: [PDF]

    Contact: Chuck Ferguson, N4CSF


Annual Dues:  

TLARC dues are $20 per year, payable on January 1.  Make checks payable to TLARC and send to:
    George Sifnotis, TLARC Treasurer
    100 Skiatook Way
    Loudon, Tennessee 37774-2132

Officers for 2021:

President: Mike Wagner KK6OKU

Hi all and thanks for checking out the TLARC web site. I'm Mike aka...Harley Mike, The Unicorn, OKU and so on...Currently with a General Ticket, I received my Tech Ticket in 2014. The amateur interest aspired from 11 meters ago (lol) in my young days and emergency response during my career with the State of California. Thus the membership with ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service). Retired from the State of California, now back in Tennessee, I joined TLARC in 2017.

Hobbies include: Metal Detecting, Animals, Bass Guitar, HAM, RC Aircraft, Hot Rods and Motorcycle Riding Repair and Service, not necessarily in that order.

The QTH includes my loving wife and are not limited to (well maybe by her): A Kenwood TS450, a Kenwood TS480, MFJ 464 keyer / reader, Versa Tuner III 962C, Ameritron AL-811H, Yeasu FTM 400 in the QTH, FTM 100 in the Mobil, 35’ Tilt Crank Up Tower-south yard - not in the mobile, Alliance Rotor and Controller, a Yagi 3 element beam serving 10,15 and 20 meters for me and in the north yard is the Folded Dipole and HF6V +1 Butternut…Well its a 6V with a 6 meter trap now.

Catch me on the TLARC Repeater at 442.100 most anytime. The radio is always on I just have to be within ear shot!

Vice-President: Michael J. Foley K4MJF

I've always been interested in radio, and took electronics in high school. Like many, I bought myself an CB SSB radio and talked to many people in the area in the early to mid 70's. Life goes on; work and raising a family takes a priority.

In the early 80s I was introduced to Amateur Radio by a co-worker, now an SK, but the thought of learning Morse code was the roadblock that prevented me from pursuing the idea. Around 2015 I decided to "bite the bullet" and get my license but couldn't find anyone to point me in the right direction. After searching the internet for local clubs, I got a little information, bought a single band VHF radio, listened to some of the local repeaters and studied. I passed the Technician exam in January, 2016. My callsign was KM4QFN. After I bought my second radio, a dual band mobile, I heard traffic on 442.100 and asked where the repeater was. It turned out I was talking to Allen, K1AT, and he invited me to a TLARC club meeting. Since then I have upgraded to General Class in September 2017 and I changed my callsign to K4MJF.

I am currently very active on HF and have a good working knowledge of Yaesu Fusion Digital. I have also been appointed the position of ARRL Technical Specialist by the Tennessee Section Manager. I want to "Elmer" newcomers and share my knowledge with other hams.  My motto is "Hams helping Hams".



Secretary: Chuck Ferguson, N4CSF

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the TLARC website! My wife, Dianne, and I are recent arrivals to Tellico Village. Originally from Memphis, we married in the mid 1980's and moved to the Hampton Roads area of SE Virginia for the next 35+ years to work and raise our family. We retired back to "God's Country" in late 2020 and are really enjoying life!

As a career Engineer, technology has always interested me. With a growing desire to serve our community, I began looking into ham radio several years ago. I passed my Tech exam in late 2017 and followed with my General license in early 2018. I'm now starting the introductory training process to join Loudon County ARES. I use a dual-band Baofeng HT for mobile/portable ops and Kenwood base rigs for FM and HF.

As a brand new member of TLARC, I can assure you you'll not find a more knowledgeable and friendly group with a heart for improvement and a willingness to serve surrounding communities. Don't hesitate to enjoy the benefits of our members' wisdom and availability to mentor and "Elmer" even those newest to ham radio. You'll never regret it.


Treasurer: George Sifnotis, WB9TFR

Like many I had my first exposure to world of radio when I was in Cub Scouts. A local ham showed the group of us and I was hooked. Summer of '65 my dad drove me to the Allied Radio showroom in Chicago and I brought the Knight Kit Star Roamer.  I started sending out SWL QSL cards to everyone I heard.

My first QSL card came with quite a surprise. One Saturday morning three men showed up at our front door. My first card came in a white envelope that had been torn apart by the post office. This card was from Radio Havana and back then they used to send out stuffed envelopes of propaganda with the QSL. Thought we got everything straight but two weeks later my Radio Moscow card came in ... and another visit.

I got my Novice ticket in 1969. Since then my interests have been DX and certificates, collecting over fifty 10-10 certificates in the early 80s. I retired after twenty years at Siemens as a project manager in the power distribution division. When we looked at moving to Tellico, one of my first questions was about ham radio. The day I asked the question an article appeared in the local paper about an amateur radio club being started by Allan K1AT and Joyce K1LAT. The announcement of the club put me over the edge and we bought.



Officers from Previous Years .... Thank You Guys!

David Schoenherr, KN4LMM

I am a native of Wisconsin and have lived here about two years after retiring from law enforcement.  I served 8 years in the Army as a radar repairman.  My other interests are volunteering at the community theater, Tellico Lions and Tellico Village Fire Dept.. 

After being a shortwave listener for many years I finally passed my tests for Technician, General and Extra Class last year.  I look forward learning from the experience other members bring to the club. 



Sam Howard, KV4XY 

I had an early interest in amateur radio.  My brother (Rob, WW4WTF) and I were given Ch.14 walkie-talkies by an uncle at too young an age.  We later received a shoebox of CW code cassette tapes when we were around 11 and 12 years old.  However we lacked the self-discipline and attention span to spend the time and focus on learning the code.  We soon developed other interests (guitars, girls, later cars, and yes CB).  Both he and I completed Electronics from Virginia Peninsula Vo-Tech.  Strangely, amateur radio was not part of the school curriculum. I completed Nuclear Reactor Operator training at Memphis State University (1982).  From Memphis State (after being an Unlicensed RO, Surry Nuclear Power Station), I completed a BS in Nuclear Science (1986) and a MS in Environmental Engineering (1988) both from Virginia Tech.  Upon graduation, I went to work at Y-12 in Oak Ridge, TN.  In early 2014 while carpooling to ORNL, my brother opens and starts reading Ham Radio for Dummies.  “Why?” I asked.  He replied “They dropped the code requirement.  We can finally get our licenses.”  So in March 2014, I earned my General as KK4YZX, and May 2014 the Extra as KV4XY.

 I’ve been active in local clubs since earning my ticket.  I enjoy building kits and antenna.  Learning and sharing knowledge are priorities.


Brad Berger, KM4OJK

My early interest in radio began as a youngin’ living in Cleveland, Ohio. My dad bought a Midland SSB CB base station, mounted an antenna on the side of the house and we started talking to folks. On special nights we could even talk to Canada via SSB. We would attend breakfasts which were nice for meeting whom you have been conversing with. Eventually, all of my friends and I had mobiles and it was a lot of fun chewing the fat while cruising around. Soon after, a friend got me interested in ham radio and I got my Novice (WN8ATO) in the early ‘70s. Though never having my own rig or doing much with the license, I was seriously into radio communications. I went on to enroll in a FCC Radiotelephone License class at the Ohio School of Broadcasting and eventually received my First Class Radiotelephone credentials. This landed me a job with Motorola (a whole story in itself) in 1978 and I lived out of a suitcase installing microwave communications for 3 years. Later I moved into sales with them calling on utility companies in the Midwest for 23 more years. After Motorola I worked 7 years for RCC Consultants as a Program Manager specializing in 800 MHz rebanding for public safety entities. Upon moving to Tellico Village in 2014, TLARC began soon after and my interest in amateur radio caught fire again. I am now an Extra Class licensee (KM4OJK) and trying to learn the “tricks of the trade.” I’m also a member of the Loudon County ARES group. For me the camaraderie amongst hams and their families is the best part of the hobby.


David Andrews, N1ESK


David Andrews is a 12th generation Yankee, born and raised in southeastern Connecticut. He caught the radio bug after listening on his older brother's HF radio. First licensed as a Novice in 1987, he promptly upgraded to Technician, and finally upgraded to Extra in 2016. After college, he worked in the CATV industry for a few years then spent 30 years in the nuclear industry. David served for many years as a firefighter and EMT in Old Saybrook, CT and Vernon, VT, retiring as Vernon's Chief in 2012. He retired to Tellico Village in the fall of 2018. He comes from a family of hams, including his father KB1DRJ, two brothers, WB1EWS and KB1GKP, his wife N1REB, son KB1NWU, and daughter KB1NXN.

David is a life member of the Shoreline Amateur Radio Club (SARC) of Westbrook CT, and a past technical advisor of the West River Radio Club in Townshend, VT.


Juan Lopez, AC6ZM

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My station:

Rig: Kenwood TS-590SG & TS-590
SO2R: microHAM 2R
Tuner: Palstar AT2K
Amp: Alpha 86 & Ameritron AL-80B
Antennas: Hustler 6BTV w/radials, Carolina Windom (6-80 Mtrs), and CushCraft A50-5s (6 mtrs)
Microphones: Heil Mic (HM-12) & Heil Proset (HC-6) & Astatic D-104
CW Keyer: Begali (Stradivarius)
HF Digital: Rigblaster Advantage running FLDigi and WSJT-X with JT-Alert
VHF Digital: AEA PK-232MBX
Logging SW: Amateur Contact Log (General Logger) & N1MM+ (Contest logger)


Allan Tarbell, K1AT


Joyce Tarbell, K1JAT






George Heron, N2APB