History Of The W4GGM
Maury Amateur Radio Club
Columbia, TN 38402
VHF:147.12+ MHz (Tone 127.3) ; UHF:443.175+ MHz (Tone 100.0)
The MARC has many things going on during the year, from monthly CLUB MEETINGS and SATURDAY BREAKFAST to contest and FIELD DAY activities. Visit the different pages for CLUB NETS, meetings, and other 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 !
MARC Celebrated It's 30th Anniversary in 2006
The Following Was Taken From The MARC April 2009 Newsletter
Happy 30th Anniversary MARC It was a good year in 1976 for amateur radio in Maury County. There were about 30 Hams in the area (see list below) and most of them were active on HF or 6-meters (AM, FM, SSB), or 2-meter FM simplex. Meetings were being held monthly with good attendance. It was during one of these meetings that it was decided that our radio club should be called the Maury Amateur Radio Club, MARC for short. I don't remember for sure, but it was probably in April 1976 when that decision was made. Also during those meetings, much talk was going on about 2-meter repeaters and many felt that MARC should own a good working repeater like some of those in the Nashville area. Clyde Denton K4UXK along with others had been experimenting with repeaters for a few years but without the advantage of a duplexer, results had not been good. Spearheaded by Finis Allen, W4GGM and myself we presented to the club what we thought needed to be done in order for MARC to have a good working repeater for the area. Many at the meetings agreed and as a result, the following bulletin was sent out to all local hams on August 18, 1976.
In an effort to get a good working 2-Meter Repeater station on the air to serve all hams in Maury and surrounding counties, the following group has agreed to finance its cost, installation, maintenance and pay utilities. It is estimated that this total cost for the first three years will run about $3,000.00.
W4CUQ Harold S. Greene, Hampshire
WB4EBR William (Bill) Arnett, Columbia
WB4ELS William (Bill) Wilson, Lawrenceburg
W4GGM Finis B. Allen, Mt. Pleasant
WB4HCG Jimmy R. Dooley, Columbia
K4HRY John D. Alden, Jr., Columbia
WB4HWW Ernest E. Parker, Columbia
WB4JCR George T. Russell, Columbia
WA4RGQ Dr. Clay R. Miller, Columbia
K4UXK Clyde M. Denton, Culleoka
WB4VXW Tom Wade, Lewisburg
WB4VXY Raybon C. Spencer, Culleoka
WB4WCB Fred L. Chappell, Columbia
K4WKA Hushel L. Parrish, Jr., Culleoka
WA4ZYX Ken Riley, Columbia
*********** Melvin Hindman, Lynnville
*********** Doyle Wayne Lynn, Culleoka
Anyone wishing to make a donation toward the cost of the repeater may do so at any time.
It is, of course, not necessary to make a donation in order to use the repeater. We want all hams in the area to feel free to use the repeater.
The call letters of the repeater is WR4AIX. This call is registered to Clyde Denton, K4UXK.
The repeater is now in service and operating on 146.25 IN and 146.85 OUT. As soon as new crystals arrive it will be changed to its permanent frequency of 147.72 IN and 147.12 OUT. Anyone wishing to order crystals for their rigs should order 147.72 Mhz TRANSMIT and 147.12 Mhz RECEIVE.
The repeater is made up of GE MASTR Transmitting and receiving strips. All solid state except for the driver and final tubes. The output is about 70 watts. The COR, 3-Minute Timer and IDer is also solid state. The 3-minute timer resets each time a signal to the receiver drops out. It will ID periodically when in use. It is now equipped with a Data Signal RAP-2 Autopatch which enables any ham with a touch tone pad to make local calls through the Bell System. It is also equipped with a dial in feature which enables anyone to call the repeater number and be answered by a mobile unit equipped with a touch tone pad. To connect the autopatch into service, you dial *, to disconnect it you dial #.
The repeater is now located at the residence of George Russell and due to the elevation, the present range is quite limited. There is also a receiver desensing problem due to using two antennas with inadequate vertical separation. This further decreases the range that it can cover. It is expected that both these problems can be overcome when the repeater is moved to Nod Hill (1009-Ft.) and the duplexer installed. The Phelps Dodge duplexer is due to be shipped from the factory on August 27. It is hoped that the repeater can be moved up on the hill within a couple of weeks after the duplexer arrives.
A special thanks goes out to Dr. James Fitts for giving the club permission to locate the repeater on his property.
As a side note, the reference to Nod Hill is where the Claremont Subdivision now stands. A 50-Ft selfsupporting tower and small building was donated to the club for use at the site. Thanks to Melvin Hindman, WA4WGN who had access to a boom truck, the tower was put up quickly and the repeater went on the air at its new location on September 11, 1976 at 12:15 PM. It worked great and the coverage was excellent.
Everything went well with the repeater until 1987 when the developer of the Claremont Subdivision ordered us to remove the tower from his property. Jim Dooley, WB4HCG came to our rescue by offering us his spot on the county tower which was at the very top of the 300-Ft tower. This was great, but it cost the club $1,600.00 for 320-Ft of 7/8" Hardline, mounting bracket, connectors and tower service to install. Much improvement was noticed in the repeater performance after this move was made.
More bad news came again in May 1991 when lightning destroyed our Stationmaster antenna and repeater controller costing the club almost $900.00 for replacement and repairs. We were however, fortunate in that the hardline received no damage. That same cable is still in use after 30 years.
73's from, George Russell, WB4JCR
List of Maury County Area Hams in 1976
W4GGM Finis Allen
WA4ZJM Bob Brown, Jr.
WB4WCB Fred Chappell
WB4HCH Gene Davidson
K4UXK Clyde Denton
WB4IRN Virgie Denton
WB4HCG Jimmy Dooley
WA4ZYW Joe Graham
WB4WCA George Hanvy
WA4ZSY Bobby Hedrick
WN4SYK William Hill
W4YED Floyd Lovett
WA4RGQ Clay Miller
K4WKA Hershel Parrish
WA4OOG Eddie Richmond
WB4MIT Becky Richmond
WA4ZYX Ken Riley
WB4JCR George Russell
WA4ZXN Jimmy Southall
W4YLF Bob Stokes
WB4QIC Bill Weatherford
WA4FMN Mac West
WA4OYE Paul Craft
WB4VXY Raybon Spencer
Who was W4GGM????? from Doug KE4VBG
Randy Miller WD4OMP with Finas Allen W4GGM
I first met Finis Allen when I was a wide eyed teenager hanging around K4UXK Clyde Dentons shack. Finis was a very friendly, mountain of a man that seemed to be around 6 2 tall. He traveled around with his constant companion K9DOG, and the dog was very friendly too. He was a soft spoken man with a very distinct Slow Southern Drawl. Finis was always willing to help out, and I even remember him donning a Santa Suit one year to play Santa for the children at our Church. I always enjoyed listening to Finis and Clyde discussing the Finer points of Ham Radio equipment and credit these gentlemen for peaking my interest in Ham Radio.
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