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  President: Otto Arnoscht, N4UZZ  
  Past President: Tommy Martin, KK4TDP  
  Vice-President: Ken Brittin, AK4KN  
  Secretary: Steve Bragg, KA9MVA  
  Treasurer: Fidel Cintron, KK4KGO  
  Publicity: Jeff Johns, WE4B  
  Trustee: Paul St. John, NA4MM  
Trustee: Phil Salley, K4PO
  Trustee: Fred Springall, KR4YK  
  W4AP Station Trustee: Randy Sedlak, KV4AC  


Otto Arnoscht, N4UZZ - President

Growing up I was an SWL and a devoted listener of the Voice of America and the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Network in Europe. While doing undergraduate studies in Oregon I became part of a wonderful group of CBers in the western suburbs of Portland in the 1970s. Moving to Los Angeles for graduate studies I got my general license in 1976 as WA6RMX. For one year I chaired the technical committee of the Southern California Repeater Association. Driving to Auburn for more graduate work my first QSO in this area was with Phil Witt on the .84 repeater. I became a member of the Auburn University Amateur Radio Club and started to volunteer for Skywarn activities in 1981. In my graduate studies in psychology I always veered towards the hard science part of the field, with interests in statistics, quantitative modeling, and understanding of brain neurons and their processes of frequency and amplitude modulation, gate functions, and neurons that work as operational amplifiers.

Otto Arnoscht
I let my license lapse and renewed with the new assigned call N4UZZ. I became an Extra Class and became more active in Skywarn and agreed to serve as net manager.

My main interests are designing and building wire antennas, working on my pitiful CW skills, and public service such as organizing ham radio volunteers for bicycle events. I am an instrument rated private pilot but don’t ask me to climb a tower - I can’t make it past 10 feet. I live in Wynlakes with my lovely blue-eyed Irish wife Tara who hails from Connecticut. She and I have been heavily involved in dog obedience training for the last 20 years. I work full time, designing behavior care plans for nursing home residents who have dementia.


Tommy Martin, KK4TDP - Past President

My name is Thomas L. Martin. I go by Tommy. I’ve always been interested in ham radio. I got my License in 2013. I’ve been married for 45 years to my wife Wanda. I have lived in Prattville for 21 years. My ham shack consists of a Yaesu ftdx1200, Mosley 3 element beam, and a Buxcomm folded dipole antenna. My two years as president of the club were very exciting for me and I am happy to continue as a member of the Executive Board.
Tommy Martin


Ken Brittin, AK4KN - Vice President

ARRL & CAVEC Volunteer Examiner
Member, Amateur Radio Relay League
Member, Heart of Dixie Amateur Radio Society
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Ken Brittin
Dad bought me a Hallicrafters short wave receiver when I was about 12. We ran a wire antenna from an upstairs bedroom window to the garage. For years I enjoyed listening to stations from around the world and tried, unsuccessfully, to learn Morse code during a summer scout camp.

In the Air Force, I worked as a manager in mobile, tactical, and base communications (including the MARS station at Travis AFB) and electronics installations in the Pacific. After working as a programmer/analyst in the Air Force and as a contractor, I became interested in amateur radio again and was encouraged to learn that code was no longer a requirement.

In early 2011, I found VE test listings on the ARRL web site and tested for Technician at the East Alabama Radio Club in Auburn. The folks there told me about the Montgomery club, so I joined MARC and tested for General with CAVEC. When I was ready to test for Extra, the W4HOD (Heart of Dixie) club in Opelika graciously scheduled a test session for me.

I have met many folks thru radio, both in person and on the air, and appreciate the contacts, friendships and associations.


Steve Bragg, KA9MVA - Secretary

Steve Bragg KA9MVA was first licensed as a Novice (same callsign) in 1982, during a brief stay in Illinois.

Steve’s vocation as an RF electronics engineer is a direct result of his years in ham radio He graduated in 1992 from Oklahoma State University with the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Steve has done design in all parts of wireless systems, from antennas, to RF circuitry, to microprocessors and FPGAs, to firmware, including software-defined radio (SDR). Steve is presently a Principal Engineer at Neptune, a major water meter manufacturer, where he designs SDR-based wireless meter reading systems.

Steve loves SDR and the HF digital modes, such as PSK31, FT8, and JS8. After working all states on FT8, he is working toward DXCC in that mode.

Steve Bragg
He is also quite active in emergency communications, having been appointed ARRL Elmore County AL ARES Emergency Coordinator by the ARRL Alabama Section in May of 2018.

Steve has been involved with APRS, the Automatic Packet Reporting System, almost since its inception. In 1997, Steve designed the HamHUD http://www.hamhud.net , an APRS terminal on which he developed the SmartBeaconing http://www.smartbeaconing.net  algorithm. SmartBeaconing gives an APRS tracker the ability to send out GPS position at optimal times, so that the tracks look good on a map. SmartBeaconing is currently available on all the Kenwood and Yaesu APRS rigs, APRSdroid on smart phones, OpenTrackers, Byonics TinyTraks and many other devices.

His other ham interests are in building and operating gear on HF, VHF, UHF, and microwaves. Steve has built gear for the 40m, 2m, 70cm, 1296 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 3.5 GHz, 5.7 GHz, 10 GHz, 24 GHz, and 76 GHz amateur bands. He has also done some work in tracking and telemetry of rockets in flight, using hand-built equipment for the 5.7 GHz amateur band.

Steve is a technically-oriented ham, but does enjoy ragchewing with his friends. Steve is net coordinator and usually net control for the Central Alabama 2-meter Net, 8PM Sundays on the 146.84 repeater.


Fidel Cintron, KK4KGO - Treasurer

My name is Fidel Cintron and I am retired from the United States Air Force. I have been licensed as a ham since June 2012 and very much enjoy the hobby. I am pleased to have served as Treasurer of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club for the past several years and am looking forward to do the same for this year.
Fidel Cintron


Jeff Johns, WE4B - Publicity

Jeff Johns


Paul St. John, NA4MM - Trustee

I am from Montgomery and was first exposed to Ham Radio about 1954 by my father, K4APG(SK). I tried around 1958 to learn the code but just didn’t have an ear for it. I got my first license in January 1980. After I got my Technician license, I got a 2-meter radio with a beam. I was having fun. After a year I told myself that I would never upgrade if I stayed on 2 meters.I sold that radio and beam and bought a FT-101 and a 3-element tri-band beam. When I had the beam three feet off the ground, checking it out,I gave a CQ call on 15 meters and CE3ALE (Chile) answer my call.I made myself make at least one CW contact every day till I passed my code test for General, which was given by the FCC back then. I did not start chasing DX until July 2000. At first, I did not send off for QSL cards. When LOTW started, it made it easer to see how many confirmed counties I had and how close I was to having 100 contacts for DXCC. Now I have 340 counties worked with 336 current counties and I am on the DXCC Honor Roll.

I first join MARC in 1980 and have served as Treasure and on the Board in past years. I do have a conflict on the 3rd Monday but I am making a strong commitment to you to be at every MARC’s meetings. I am always open for your input and welcome a call from you.

I am well known for wishing everybody a Merry Christmas all during the year. I believe that we are to celebrate Jesu Christ birthday all year long and that is what I do.

73, de Paul, God Bless us Everyone
Paul St. John


Phil Salley, K4PO - Trustee

CAVEC Volunteer Examiner
MARC Station Manager

My Ham Radio interest dates back to teen years, but lacking an Elmer near my childhood rural abode, nothing developed until 1954.

Phil Salley 
I was on Air Force active duty at the time with command post duties where an HF radio station was in place as backup communication. The station manager was a ham as was our commutations squadron commander. The comm CO’s view was that everyone that could lay hands on the HF equipment should be a licensed ham. Thus with some CW coaching. and rules and regulation self studies to augment my previous electronic training, I soon had a conditional license.

Fast forward 20 years: that conditional license had lapsed due to non-use, military assignments without even a basic radio station, raising children and budget limitations. About 1973, an office buddy was learning CW in preparation for a ham license, so we began lunch break practice oscillator exchanges to hone his CW skill.

Being in Washington DC at the time when all testing was done by the FCC, testing opportunity was often and handy. It didn’t take long for the “get on the air” bug to bite, so a-testing we went. Thus I sat for exam at DC FCC Office. I flubbed the 13 WPM CW test, but was allowed to take the written as I had passed 5 WPM (at the time the technician written was the general class element), which was good enough for me under the situation.

At the time FM/VHF was my sole interest considering lack of a residence suitable for any sort of HF antenna. Soon we were transferred to Gunter AFS, where for the first time in my then 20 some years of service, we purchased a house that would accommodate an HF antenna and had space for a station.

Back to FCC to clear the 13 WPM CW hurdle followed some time later by the Advance class written. Extra Class came when the CW speed was reduced to 5 WPM with successful written exam at the Greenville Hamfest by the Evergreen ARRL VE group. I might add that this Greenville session attendance was huge, as it was the first local VE session offered following the CW speed change for all license classes.

My first HF rig was a cobbled together kit the name of which I no longer recall. Then came a Heathkit SB-102 that was a wonderful rig for its day. Of course it wasn’t long before the hybrid solid state rigs with tube= finals came on the scene when I conned the XYL into a Yaesu FT 101EE for the home station. My first “real” synthesized FM/VHF rig was a Kenwood something or other mobile won at the Birmingham hamfest as a door prize.

Antennas were pretty much all home brew though I did manage a 40 foot Rahn tower that was taken by a storm after a few years. My favorite ever HF antenna has been a two element quad using bamboo poles as spreaders. A load of ice took that antenna, so back to inverted V for all bands. Today, in spite of serious covenants, I run a vertical for most operations along with a NVIS arrangement for lower bands augmented by a B&W in the attic that is pretty much acts as a sophisticated dummy load. VHF and UHF antennas are all in the attic though my GAP Challenger is VHF rated.



Fred Springall, KR4YK - Trustee

Larry W4GLY-SK (previously WN4GLY and WA4GLY) got me interested in Amateur Radio back in Junior High. I was more into the electronics side than operator side and never quite got to Atlanta to take the amateur exam, but the interest was there.
Fred Springall 
After high school, I joined the Marine Corps (telephone/teletype/crypto technician) and spent a lot of time on HF and maintaining related equipment. This was before satellite communications became the normal method. I was with the 9th Communications Bn./Fleet Marine Force Pacific.

Next I joined the Alabama Army National Guard as a Radio Technician based out of Eufaula.

Then I joined the Naval Reserve (Radioman) and was an original member of the NEAT (Naval Embarked Advisory Team) which was a unit that provided HF/VHF/UHF communications and navigational support for merchant ships that hauled equipment for a Marine Corps Brigade (16,000 troops) worldwide. It was great duty and I felt like I was back home. I retired as a Chief Petty Officer (Radioman).

After retiring from the Naval Reserve, I served as the Communications Staff Officer with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

I got into the cable TV business in 1972 and transferred to Montgomery when Storer Cable Communications got the franchise for Montgomery. I was the Chief Technician and later Project Manager for Alabama and North Florida. I built or totally rebuilt 23 separate systems.

I went to work for the State of Alabama in 1989 with the Department of Corrections (at the radio shop with Lester AK4RU). I transferred to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency in 1991 (located in Montgomery at that time). I was heavily involved with two-way communications systems, remote 911 centers, licensing, communications interoperability and on-scene disaster communications. I built out a 23 site UHF radio system for statewide coverage and several other remote sites. Along the way, we installed a complete amateur radio station at the SEOC (KF4LQK) and provided amateur equipment for the counties. I retired 2011 as the IT Section Chief.

I have a BS from Troy State University and hold a FCC Commercial License, with radar endorsement.

My original amateur call was KB4EGH and have held a Novice, Technician, General, Advanced and Extra Class amateur license. I have been the President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer with the Montgomery Club and look forward to serving as a Trustee.


Randy Sedlak, KV4AC - Trustee

I was aware of Amateur Radio growing up because our next door neighbor was an active ham. We could actually sometimes hear his garbled voice transmissions making their way into my Dad’s HiFi (not stereo!) speakers. I thought it was interesting, but never thought it was really something I could do. I think I was also somewhat intimidated by the requirement to learn Morse Code.

Fast forward to 1999, and Radio Shack was starting to get out of the Amateur Radio and electronics parts business. They put their VHF handheld (the brick) on clearance sale. I saw the ad and also became aware of the study aids that were available. With getting a license seeming more attainable, I bought one of the radios and the study guides for the different license classes. There were also concerns about the coming year 2000 Y2K, and I thought being able to communicate would be good. I got my initial ticket in March, 1999 and advanced one level each month until I got my Amateur Extra Class license in June, 1999, just before Field Day. I wore out a cassette tape player listening to Morse code practice tapes enough to pass the 20 wpm requirement which existed at that time.
Randy Sedlak
I have been active, more or less as time has permitted, in operating and in the club since then. I really enjoy Field Day since it puts into practice what to me is the essence of Amateur Radio: making contact with someone far away through just a (quite sophisticated these days) box on a table with some sort of antenna. I discovered while practicing, that I enjoyed the challenges of Morse Code, and most of my HF work has been in that mode. I have attained the DXCC-CW award.

My current station is an Icom transceiver with an off center fed dipole multiband HF antenna. I have had refurbished that original next door neighbor’s tower and now have it erected in my yard. I have had a lot of fun with the wire antennas and expect to keep one. I also hope to put up a beam sometime in the near future, though that has been on the list for a few years now.