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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.

Field Day Operations June 23-24th

Once again the intrepid Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club and company will take to the field for the annual ARRL Field Day event held on the last full weekend of June each year. No doubt there will be an emphasis on this year's big global grid chase activity. There will be three active HF stations that will operate on CW, phone, and digital modes respectively. Also, there will be a "Get On The Air" or GOTA station for those operators with low HF time or who are new licensees. Control operators will be available for unlicensed individuals to make a radio contact. Additionally, there will be a VHF station that will also be active with satellite communications.

The event is located between South Fulton and Martin at the QTH of Glenn N4MJ. There will be a volunteer testing session on Saturday morning at 9AM at the Field Day site for those interested in taking their licensing exam. Everyone is welcome to attend !! - - June 13, 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

Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club Officers 2018

  • President : Harrell D. Davidson WD4LAR
  • Vice President : Bob Miles K9IL
  • Secretary-Treasurer : Noel W. Vickers KJ4UNX

- - March 18, 2018.

West TN West KY Emergency and Regional ARES Net Control Station Call Schedule 2018

NCS Call Schedule

Call

Name

Dates

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

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 29, 2017.

RARC Meeting Refreshment Committee 2018

Refreshment Committee Schedule

Call

Name

Dates

K9IL Bob January 25th
KJ4UNX Noel February 22nd
WD4LAR Harrell March 22nd
KK4SJF Hannah April 26th
WD4LAR Harrell May 24th
OPEN   July 26th
WB4YDL Jamie August 23rd
N4MJ Glenn September 27th
WA4EQO Art October 25th

-- December 29, 2017.

VE Testing Schedule 2018

  • March 24, 2018 - Ides of March Hamfest- 9AM and 11AM.
  • June 23, 2018 - Field Day operations site - 9AM.
  • Further VE test sessions TBA

What to Bring to an Exam Session --December 29, 2017.

Previous Powerpoint Presentations and Handouts

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

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