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 March 25, 2021

The RARC March 25, 2021 Zoom meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by our President Jamie Hall, WB4YDL. There were 10 members in attendance and 1 guest, Jody Yonts. He introduced himself and told the group how he got interested in ham radio. Jody is currently studying for his Tech license.

The financial report and old business were reviewed by Noel KJ4UNX. Next on the docket was new business - Jamie WB4YDL brought up the rule changes for Field Day 2021 and the club's projected station setup and classification for the event.

The group took a short break from the Zoom to enjoy refreshments furnished by WD4LAR Harrell - (NOT !). Prime Rib with au jus, grilled asparagus, rice pilaf, and buttered yeast rolls were offered for dinner. For dessert he brought a fresh warm peach cobbler and homemade vanilla ice cream. Yum Yum. (In our dreams !) I’m checking to see if anyone paying attention. Hi hi

The highlight of the evening was an awesome Power point presentation on DMR by Patrick Hall, KO4HEX. He talked about what is DMR, how to use, set up your DMR radio, the pros and cons of DMR, the use of digital APRS and only a Tech license is needed to work anyone, anywhere on the system. There was a great Q&A session after the presentation with everyone talking about the DMR radios they currently use.

This Power point presentation will be posted on the website for everyone to watch who wasn’t able to attend the meeting.

The April 22nd meeting of the RARC is going to be held at the Obion County Library. We hope to see everyone then.

RARC Meeting February 25, 2021

The February 25th, 2021 meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 6:30 pm. We are still meeting virtually via Zoom due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The forthcoming March Meeting will be held on Zoom on the 25th.

There were nine hams in attendance for the gathering, seven members and two guests. Ben Braddock KO4NAO and Ben Rudy KO4LFZ were our visitors for the evening.

Once the greetings and pleasantries were observed, Noel KJ4UNX reviewed the financial report and the old business.

New business was next on the docket. Glenn N4MJ made a motion to defer officer elections until the second in-person meeting so all members of the club can participate. Phil N4PWG seconded the motion. The motion was voted on and passed unanimously. Next, everyone took turns talking about their radio activities since last month.

Jamie WB4YDL, gave a great presentation on single sideband receiver detection, demodulation, including a history of SSB and superheterodyne receivers. He also played a video of SSB reception on old AM receivers with a signal generator. This video is posted on the Reelfootarc MeWe page. After the presentation, there was a Q&A session on these subjects with a good discussion.

When all questions were answered, the group decided to break for the evening. We hope to see everyone next month on Zoom.

RARC Meeting January 28, 2021

The first meeting of 2021 for the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order via Zoom on January 28th. There were seven members and six visitors in attendance.  Ben Braddock, a newly licensed ham waiting on his call sign, was in attendance. Dave Emmitt KE4O from Lexington, Kentucky, joined in for the meeting.

Noel KJ4UNX reviewed the financial report and old business from our last meeting in October.

Our President Jamie WB4YDL asked everyone in attendance to talk about what they have been doing since our previous meeting.

Trent Fleming N4DTF gave an excellent PowerPoint presentation on cyber-security threats and how to protect your computer, bank accounts, and personal info. He also talked about his NanoVNA analyzer and how it checks antennas and coax. After the presentation, Trent answered numerous questions on the topic. I believe everyone learned a lot from this talk.

February is the election of officers and club dues month. There has been a PayPal account setup if you would like to pay Dues that way. The email address is to use PayPal. We know some members do not use online payment services. You can mail club dues to the address below.

Noel Vickers
810 Exchange St.
Union City, TN

We hope everyone stays safe and warm. See you at the February 25th Zoom meeting.

Archive of Previous Year's Meetings

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

  RARC 2020 Meetings 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

DMR - Digital Mobile Radio
RF Receiver Architecture
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
ARES - Winlink
Emergency Communications - Special
Basic Message Handling
Introduction to Emergency Nets