The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) provides both hobby and emergency communications “when all else fails”. TALARC has been added as one of our CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289 programs in Clarksville, Tennessee. According to Commander David Zaveney, 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 Booklet was made available to Posts. The amateur radio support was an integral entity.
It took a while to get started. Larry Johnson, a local legionnaire and amateur radio operator, was instrumental in making this process happen. At Post 289, we are proud to have our very own Clarksville American Legion Radio Club.
Membership is open to all American Legion members, American Legion sons, and American Legion auxiliaries from any Legion post in the region who have an amateur radio license. Our call sign is KC4TAL and our radio club meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 726 Gardendale Rd, Clarksville, Tenn. This club is a non-commercial association of persons, organized for the promotion of interest in amateur radio communication and experimentation and education, for the establishment of emergency communications in the event of disaster or other emergencies, for the advancement of the art of radio and the public welfare, and for the representation of the radio amateur in legislative matters. Most of our members started with the Clarksville Amateur Transmitting Society (CATS) club and it was natural to start our own club. Are you a licensed ham operator or would you like to become one?
Our radio club is currently set 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. This program is run as a camporee; we set up outside the troop 525 scout building in the Civitan building behind Byrns Darden Elementary School, set up radio stations and attempt to communicate with all other stations in the scout jamboree live.