News and Announcements

This page of the web site is designed to bring your awareness to the most recent happenings with the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club, its members, and regional amateur radio news. The effectiveness and timeliness of this information is directly related to the members relaying this intel to the webmaster. The first item of news on this web site is, well ... this web site. It's brand spankin' new ! I hope everybody enjoys the content and contributes any pertinent items to be shared by all. This is your web site and we are all very proud of it. - - August 29, 2004.

RARC Present at White Squirrel Festival

This year, the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club set up a display during the White Squirrel Festival in Kenton, TN on Saturday, June 29th. Nathan Spencer KM4ZYM together with his XYL Demi headed up this festival. RARC set up a display that attracted much attention. Present were RARC President Jamie WB4YDL, Secretary-Treasurer Noel KJ4UNX, and Phil N4PWG. A good time was had by all ! - - July 21, 2019.

Field Day Welcomed Air Evac Lifeteam Crew for Visit

This year the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club welcomed the Air Evac Lifeteam unit stationed in Martin, TN for a visit at our Field Day site. They flew in one of their beautiful Bell 407 helicopters and landed right next to our Spiderbeam antenna on the groomed lawn. This surprise visit was arranged by Air Evac pilot and RARC member Steve Clayton KK4NNH. This visit further amplified the emergency preparedness aspect of the ARRL Field Day event.

- - June 24, 2019 .

New Officers Elected for Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club

At the February meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club, a changing of the guard occurred. Harrell WD4LAR announced that he would not accept renomination as President of RARC after two fabulous years of his leadership. Once the dust settled, Jamie WB4YDL was elected as the new President and Hannah KK4SJF the new Vice President. Noel was re-elected as Secretary-Treasurer - all pictured above L-R.

Congratulations to our new officers !

- - March 3, 2019.

Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club Officers 2019

  • President : James C. Hall, WB4YDL
  • Vice President : Hannah I. Clayton, KK4SJF
  • Secretary-Treasurer : Noel W. Vickers KJ4UNX

- - March 3, 2019.

West TN West KY Emergency and Regional ARES Net Control Station Call Schedule 2019

NCS Call Schedule




KJ4UNX Noel Jan. 6, 13, Mar. 17, 24, May 26, June 2, Aug. 4, 11, Oct. 13, 20, Dec. 22, 29
WD4LAR Harrell Jan. 20, 27, Mar. 31, Apr. 7, June 9, 16, Aug. 18, 25, Oct. 27, Nov. 3
WB4YDL Jamie Feb. 3, 10, Apr. 14, 21, June 23, 30, Sept. 1, 8, Nov. 10, 17
N4MJ Glenn Feb. 17, 24, Apr. 28, May 5, July 7, 14, Sept. 15, 22, Nov. 24, Dec. 1
K9IL Bob Mar. 3, 10, May 12, 19, July 21, 28, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Dec. 8, 15

A downloadable version of this schedule is available here. The NCS Preamble in its present version is here . This will be updated as it becomes available. - - December 28, 2018.

RARC Meeting Refreshment Committee 2019

Refreshment Committee Schedule




K9IL Bob January 24th
KJ4UNX Noel February 28th
WD4LAR Harrell March 28th
KK4SJF Hannah April 25th
AK4VU Michael May 23rd
KN4OPZ Randall July 25th
WB4YDL Jamie August 22nd
N4MJ Glenn September 26th
K4MUN Gene October 24th

-- December 28, 2018.

VE Testing Schedule 2019

  • March 23, 2019 - Ides of March Hamfest- 9AM and 11AM.
  • June 22, 2019 - Field Day operations site - 9AM.
  • Further VE test sessions TBA

What to Bring to an Exam Session --December 28, 2018.

Seth Smith KN4LFM - Our Youngest Club Member

RARC is proud to present its newest club member and licensed amateur radio operator Seth Smith of Martin, Tennessee. Seth is 8 years old and is a 2nd Grader at Martin Primary School. His interests include reading, weather, and building architecture. He developed an interest in amateur radio via watching videos online. Seth's first club meeting was in January of 2018 with his Mom, Mary. They have become regulars at meetings and Seth's interest in amateur radio has grown since meeting club members and hearing presentations at the meetings.

He began studying seriously about the end of February and began taking online tests in early March. His Mom says she has never seen him so devoted to studying a subject. That devotion paid off when Seth tested at our annual Ides of March Hamfest on March 24, 2018. Seth attended the second testing session. He had been up late studying. Surprise, surprise. He not only passed the Technician exam on the first try he "ACED" it. We're all proud of him, and of his Mom for supporting him in this endeavor.

During the hamfest, one of his tickets was drawn and he won a Kenwood TM-231A 2 meter FM transceiver. Some of the club members pitched in and bought him a power supply to go with the transceiver. Glenn N4MJ made him a J-pole antenna for 2m and Steve KK4NNH helped test it and then delivered and set it up for Seth. Mom says he was anxious to get on the air. His license came through on Thursday, April 5. He was on-the-air in short order in a QSO with Steve KK4NNH.

RARC is expecting Seth to be at Field Day in June to participate and learn more about the hobby. He will get exposed to voice, digital, and CW big time.

- - by Glenn N4MJ
- -April 8, 2018

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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

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