Calling all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators
Welcome to W4SCP – Sun City Amateur Radio
Promoting interest and understanding in amateur radio communications as both a fun hobby and a critical public service.
Membership is open to ALL residents of the Sun City Peachtree 55+ active adult community in Griffin, Georgia.
**** No amateur radio license is required to participate…but we can help you get one! ****
Who we are…
W4SCP – Sun City Amateur Radio is a Community Association sanctioned interest group of FCC-licensed amateur radio operators and non-licensed radio enthusiasts, located in Sun City Peachtree, a 55+ Active-Adult community in Griffin, Georgia, 30 miles south of Atlanta, serving the needs of our Sun City residents in all aspects of ham radio communications.
Whether you are interested in talking with local amateur operators on the Sun City W4SCP repeater, helping your community during emergencies, learning new radio skills, studying for and taking a radio license exam, exploring the various digital modes, making long-distance or international contacts, building radio projects, or even learning Morse Code…there is something for everyone.
There are so many facets to the ham radio hobby and there is likely one that would interest you too. All Sun City Peachtree residents are welcome to join us and come check it out for yourselves.
To look up our station call sign and see a complete history of our group, visit our QRZ page by clicking the button below.
What we do…
— We encourage fellowship among amateur radio operators, anyone interested in radio
communications, and those seeking a ham radio license, with fun activities across a wide variety of amateur radio interests.
— We organize and provide trained personnel and radio equipment for essential radio communications during emergency situations in support of Sun City Peachtree’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), as well as in support of officials in Griffin, Spalding County, and the State of Georgia as needed.
–We own and operate the W4SCP Sun City Amateur Radio UHF repeater on 443.600 MHz, with a positive (+) offset, and a PL tone of 110.9 Hz, and we are operational 24/7.
— We provide training and testing for unlicensed persons who desire to become licensed amateur radio operators and for licensed amateurs that want to upgrade from their present license classification.
— We conduct monthly membership meetings and on-going training seminars on a variety of radio subjects to further the technical skills and education of all members.
— We hold weekly, on-air radio traffic nets to bring together all amateur radio operators within range of our repeater for fellowship, training, and testing of equipment. All licensed amateurs are welcome to join the net each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm on the W4SCP repeater.
— We offer programs and activities for advancing the general public’s interest in amateur radio.
What is happening…
We conduct our monthly membership meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 10am. Because of the recent pandemic crisis events, these meetings are being held using the Zoom video-teleconferencing tool until further notice. To get the link for our meetings, contact us at SunCityAmateurRadio@gmail.com.
In addition, we host a weekly radio traffic net each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm, on our Sun City W4SCP repeater, with a frequency of 443.600 MHz, with a positive (+) offset, and a PL tone of 110.9 Hz.
We post these and any other Sun City Amateur Radio events on our calendar below.
Local Area Repeaters…
W4SCP – Sun City – Frequency 443.600 MHz – Positive (+) Offset – PL Tone 110.9 – FM Repeater
W4AMI – Griffin, Spalding Hospital – Frequency 145.480 – Minus (-) Offset – Primary DSTAR Repeater
**** This DSTAR Repeater is usually linked to Reflector 030-B ****
K4HYB – Griffin – Frequency 146.910 – Minus (-) Offset – PL Tone 88.5 – Primary FM Repeater for the county
WB4GWA – Concord- Frequency 145.390 – Minus (-) Offset – PL Tone 110.9 – FM Repeater
Amateur Radio Training and Presentations…
From time to time Sun City Amateur Radio conducts or hosts special presentations that are applicable to all amateur radio operators…and we want to share them with you too. Here are the links to presentations and training that we have had so far. We will update these links as the events occur.
Parks on the Air (POTA) presentation slides from Matt Heere, N3NWV, given on Sept 9th, 2021. (Click here)
HOA Antenna presentation by Bob Petrie, W4AZM & Brian Williams, KM4BWW, of TN07 Engineering on January 23rd, 2021. (click here)
DSTAR set up and refresher by David Robinson, K4WVZ, on Sept 12th, 2021. (Click here) NOTE: This is a large video file…you will have to tell the computer to download it when prompted. Be patient as it downloads.
Getting your license…
Sun City Amateur Radio is authorized by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to administer examinations for both new amateur radio licenses (Technician class) and license upgrades (General and Amateur Extra classes). We offer testing both in-person and remotely using the Zoom video teleconferencing tool.
During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, in-person testing is currently limited to Sun City Peachtree residents only; however, our video supervised exams are open to anyone. All exams are by appointment only. For more information about getting tested, email us at SunCityAmateurRadio@gmail.com.
We offer video-supervised radio license testing by appointment. To register for a video-supervised radio license exam, go to HamStudy.org and sign up. Visit our Procedures and Requirements page for detailed information about taking a video-supervised exam with Sun City Amateur Radio.
Here are a few links to useful amateur radio sites.
Spalding County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) – SCARC is our sister club here in Spalding County and many of our members also participate in this club activities. SCARC provides emergency communications for the Wellstar Spalding County Hospital during disasters and offers radio license exams both in person and by video.
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) – The ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, is a vast resource for all aspects of amateur radio. It advances radio technology and education, advocates for access to radio spectrum, and organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications.
eHam.net is a community site designed and operated by and run for active Amateur Radio operators (hams). It is packed with useful information including, articles, propagation reports, product reviews, community forums, and more.
HamStudy.org is a free service to help those seeking their first amateur radio license (Technician), as well as, those who want to upgrade their license to a higher level (General or Amateur Extra). Study with flash cards, learn with in-depth explanations, and get ready with practice exams.
How to get in touch…
Sun City Amateur Radio Officers
President – Kathy Austin, N8JLJ
Vice President – Darrell Brown, AD4KG
Secretary – Frank Prager, W8CXU
Treasurer – Mark Dunning, KY4SD
Club Station Trustee – David Johnson, WA0LJM
We would love to hear from you. Feel free to send us an email at
W4SCP – Sun City Amateur Radio
Griffin, Georgia 30223