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 members participate in radio contesting and would be happy to add you to our log.  Frequent contests include:

Our 70cm (442.100 MHz) repeater is located at EM75uq in the heart of Tellico Village.


2019 Officers:

President:  Juan Lopez, AC6ZM 

Dr. Juan Lopez Jr. is a native of New York City and was first licensed in 1994 as a Technician Plus (KE6KNN) in Oceanside, CA as a member of the Palomar Amateur Radio Club (PARC). He is a 27 year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. His operating activities during those early years included CW, HF packet radio, and RTTY. In 1996, he upgraded to General (AC6ZM) and was introduced to contesting by N6KI (Dennis). He participated in many multi-op contests and club-sponsored ARRL field days to sharpen his contesting skills.  While deployed to Okinawa, Japan he was issued the callsign 7J6CEC and enjoyed running many pile-ups as the DX station. In 1998, he upgraded to Extra class and while stationed in North Carolina, he entered the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World Championship contest for his first Single Operator contest and logged over 300 QSO's. He has been contesting ever since. His radio community service over the years includes ARRL VEC, Vice President Onslow County ARC (NC), ARRL Official Relay Station, MARS operator (NNN0BUV). He is an ARRL Life Member, and is an avid member of 10-10 International (#65893), Feld Hell Club (#6150), and the European Phase Shift Keying Club (EPC# 23263)

Vice President: 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. 




Treasurer: 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.





George Heron, N2APB

Pages Last Updated: January 2019