Welcome to the Western Tidewater Radio Association (WTRA) website, we’re glad you stopped by!  We are a non-profit amateur “ham” radio club based in Smithfield/Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  Learn more about us by selecting from the menu items at the top of the screen.  Amateur Radio is a friendly, high-tech hobby that’s got something for fun for everyone!


The club was conceived by Joe Roth, WC4R (ex N3ELM, N4ARI) and founded on May 18, 1995.  The purpose was to create a central focal point to support RACES/ARES activity in Virginia District 10 and SKYWARN.  Its first club meeting was held in July 1995 at the Isle of Wight County library in Smithfield. The club immediately decided to fully support the ARRL as an affiliated club. Charter members of the club were: N4WXS (ex KC4WCH), KE4CHL, W4RBH (ex WA4ATW), W4RGN, W4VWH, KM4QE, KE4TYF, KE4TYC, KD4FN, W4BER (ex KA4EQC), W4JJK (ex KF4AMF), WC4R (ex N3ELM, N4ARI), & KE4PHH. The town of Smithfield is located in the northern part of Isle of Wight County. The county is named after the island off the coast of southern England. When you visit Smithfield, you will be welcomed by the town’s sign declaring it as the “ham capital of the world”.

Dragonfly perched on the spreader of and open-wire feedline - Field Day 2010