Meetings and Discussion

This section of the web site will recap previous meetings and any discussion that was raised at these meetings or since that time. This will give the membership time to digest what was brought up and then pose any questions, comments, or suggestions. It will also have downloadable files of any pertinent program material presented at these meetings.

RARC Meeting February 27, 2020

President James Hall WB4YDL called the February meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club to order. We had 15 members and one guest, Marshall Walker KN4NOK, in attendance.  We also had two hams join the club, Matt Nicholas KG4LIO, and Jim Needham KO4AWZ.

Noel, KJ4UNX, gave the monthly report of the club finances. Next, he reviewed the group's old business from last month which was mostly about hamfest prep.

The new business was next on the docket. John McMahon, K4JTM health conditions were discussed. He is continuing to recover nicely after suffering a mild heart attack. The Ides of March hamfest was discussed next. The prizes, tables, food, and volunteers were the subjects talked about for the hamfest. Food was discussed in more detail as well as the VIP dinner outing that Friday evening. The idea of starting an electronics question of the night for future meetings could be a specific component or a general electronic discussion. Jamie WB4YDL and Noel KJ4UNX brought a couple of 4SQRP receiver kits that they are working on to show the group. There was a poll recently posted on the club website. Only five people voted but the consensus was to present on "how to do stuff". However, other topics on "how stuff works" and "how to build / fix stuff" still was popular.  So a possible group build using the 4SQRP kits maybe a future project. Steve Clayton KK4NNH brought up the idea of the club having a ”boat anchor” night. Several club members are rebuilding, own and use those old tube hollow-state rigs of yesteryear and it might be fun to show them off and get them on the air.

Officer elections were the next order of business. Jamie Hall was nominated by Phil N4PWG to be reelected as president. The group unanimously agreed. Hannah Clayton was appointed to be reelected as Vice President by Harrell WD4LAR. The group unanimously agreed. Noel Vickers was nominated to be reelected as Secretary/ treasurer by Jamie WB4YDL. The group unanimously agreed. Congratulations to our officers on their reelection.

Noel KJ4UNX brought refreshments for the group. Everyone enjoyed chili with beans, chili without beans, hot dogs, all the trimmings, coconut cake, and chocolate cake.

After the break, Bob K9IL gave a talk on DX'ing, QSL cards, and what DX'ing means to him. It's always fun to listen to "The Master DX Guru" on this favorite subject.

After the talk, Jamie WB4YDL made a motion to adjourn, and Noel KJ4UNX seconded it. I hope we see everyone at the next meeting.  73.

RARC Meeting January 23, 2020

The first scheduled meeting for the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club of 2020 was called to order at 6:30 by our President WB4YDL James Hall. He welcomed 11 club members and 5 visitors. Stacey Bruff has been studying for his Technician license. He came to the meeting to ask some questions and find out more about ham radio. He is planning on taking exam Saturday, February 1st in Paris TN. KN4NOK, Marshall Walker and KN4VGP, Kenneth Graham both from VSARCIN in Carroll County came for more information on starting a club and emergency communication. KG4LIO, Matt Nichols, ARRL Assistant Section Manager for our area was in attendance. K4JTM, John McMahan was our guest speaker for the evening program.

Noel KJ4UNX gave the financial report and reviewed the old business.

New business was discussed next. Hamfest prizes, club membership dues and several questions from our guests were the hot topics this evening.

Rose and Bob Miles furnished the awesome meal. Beef stew, cold cut sandwiches, all the fixings, vegetable tray, drinks and two mouth-watering cakes. Everybody must have enjoyed the banquet because there wasn't much cake or stew left.

John McMahan, K4JTM gave his very informative, and excellent presentation on what DMR is, equipment needed, how to get started in DMR, getting your DMR number, talk rooms, and the other digital modes. After his excellent discussion on this subject, he opened the floor for questions. There were several questions asked even from some of the OT’s in the group. John did an excellent job of answering all of the inquiries on this subject.

After the presentation, Bob K9IL made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Harrell WD4LAR seconded the motion.

Don't forget next month is club officer elections and club dues are due.

Hope to see everyone next month. 73

Archive of Previous Year's Meetings

All files below are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat® reader to view:

    RARC 2019 Meetings
RARC 2018 Meetings RARC 2017 Meetings RARC 2016 Meetings
RARC 2015 Meetings RARC 2014 Meetings RARC 2013 Meetings
RARC 2012 Meetings RARC 2011 Meetings RARC 2010 Meetings
RARC 2009 Meetings RARC 2008 Meetings RARC 2007 Meetings
RARC 2006 Meetings RARC 2005 Meetings RARC 2004 Meetings

Previous Power-point Presentations and Handouts

Introduction to EME Communications
An Introduction to Contesting Powerpoint
An Introduction to Contesting Handout
HF Receiver Principles: Noise and Dynamic Range Powerpoint
HF Receiver Principles: Noise and Dynamic Range Handout
Amateur Radio Operational Awards
Narrow Band Emergency Communications System
PSK31
ARES - Winlink
Emergency Communications - Special
Basic Message Handling
Introduction to Emergency Nets