About Us

The Amateur Radio Transmitting Society is Louisville’s oldest ham radio club, founded in Nov 1927.

ARTS is not a “Contest Club” a “Repeater Club” or a “DX Club”. We are not a special interest Club at all. We do, however, invite amateurs strongly interested in the different aspects of Ham Radio to join ARTS and promote their special interests. We welcome all radio amateurs from the newest technician to the most seasoned extra class, and those interested in becoming a licensed Amateur Radio Operator (HAM). We encourage membership in ARRL, ARES, and RACES, and acknowledge the amateur radio operator’s responsibility to the public by providing emergency communications, encouraging members to improve their communication and technical skills, and by fostering international good will.

Some of our activities include/have included providing communications for local events such as the Derby Breakfast at Farmington held on Derby day, the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure bike ride, other charity bike rides and events, the US Islands QSO Party, and Special Event Stations.  We hold regular 2 Meter FM and SSB Nets and participate in the ARRL’s annual Field Day on the 4th full weekend in June, the WFDA’s Winter Field Day on the last full weekend in January, and we have a booth at the Greater Louisville Hamfest held every September.  Also in September we have our annual Club Dinner Meeting and in December we have our HAM Radio Items Gift Exchange.

All this in addition to our regular monthly meetings which include an informative and entertaining program about HAM Radio.

The Amateur Radio Transmitting Society has been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League since Feb 1st 1935 and is an ARRL Special Service Club.  ARTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Officers and Board of Directors

 PositionNameCall Term 
 PresidentBill Shive, Jr
 Vice PresidentJohn Miller KB3QAT2021
 SecretaryGreg GawronWX8V2021
 TreasurerBarney JonesK5BWJ2021
 BoardDave ReesW4DFR2021-2022
 BoardJim VaughnK4TXJ2021-2022
 BoardHal Hofman    KM4ZEP2021-2022 
 BoardJohn StokesKN4YMJ2020-2021
 BoardRobert Smith KF4TYF 2020-2021
 BoardPaul LinkKA4MKT2020-2021
 Past PresidentAlan Tooley 

All in person club meetings are cancelled until further notice. We will be meeting via Zoom for the next several months. In the meantime join us for one of the weekly nets on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning and Thursday evening. See net schedule on the welcome page.



J'Town Fire Department, 4318 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY

 First Time Visitors Park out back and use the side door

General Club Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM, and are held at the Jeffersontown Fire Station 2 (formerly the McMahan Fire Department) 4318 Taylorsville Road in Louisville, KY  40220-1519.  All are welcome to attend, you do not have to be a member to come to an ARTS meeting. Every regular meeting includes an interesting program.

Board of Directors meetings are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30PM at the 
Jeffersontown Fire Station 2 (formerly the McMahan Fire Department) 4318 Taylorsville Road in Louisville, KY  40220-1519.   Anyone may attend the board meeting and all members are encouraged to give the board a hand in the direction of our club.

Club Services 

Public Events

The Amateur Radio Transmitting Society has skilled radio operators, many with professional communications backgrounds and equipment available to meet your needs. For   many years we have been providing communications for such local events as walks, runs and bike rides. Our services are totally free of charge, ARTS uses the events as an opportunity to practice our communications skills and enjoy our hobby. The Amateur Radio Transmitting Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Please contact us at least 3 months before your planned event date to insure we have enough time to assemble volunteers and other necessary resources. 

Email Club President Bill Shive at KC4ZMZ@arrl.net or w4cnboard@gmail.com to request ARTS assistance with your event.


Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI)

Are you having RFI problems? Strange noises or voices coming from your stereo, phone, TV or computer speakers? Or are you getting odd interference over your ham or commercial radio equipment? We might be able to help find the source. Email us with your issue.