Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club is based in Union City in Obion County of Northwest Tennessee. The club name is derived from Reelfoot Lake which was formed by a series of earthquakes in late 1811 and early 1812. These earthquakes were so powerful, that they could be felt as far away as Washington, D.C. and Quebec, Canada. The end result was an 18,000 acre lake that serves as a state recreational facility today. See New Madrid Earthquake for more information.
Amateur Radio Today
Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League and has the call sign K4RFT. The sparse "ham" population in this area has resulted in our having members from counties adjacent to or near Obion County. As we are located next to Kentucky, we often have members from southwest Kentucky visit and join the club.
We are a small group with growing enthusiasm and a desire to pass along the elements necessary to make new "hams". Membership is open to anyone expressing an interest in amateur radio. No license is required to become a member, although full voting privileges are reserved for members who are licensed amateur radio operators.
Virtually sitting atop of the New Madrid fault makes our primary interest emergency communications training. Lots of time is spent talking about emergency communication needs and capabilities in our communities. As part of our training, we participate in the annual Field Day operations to hone our emergency preparedness. Additionally, there is the weekly West Tennessee West Kentucky Emergency Net which meets on Sunday evenings at 9 PM on the local Union City WA4YGM repeater (146.70 / .10 MHz). Given today's world environment and the War on Terrorism, emergency communications is a necessary commodity and it is our goal to be an efficient part of that effort.
- -Glenn R. Snow, N4MJ - - President RARC
The upcoming meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club is listed in the sidebar. Amateur radio is a hobby with emphasis on many aspects of communications and electronics. As a license from the Federal Communications Commission is required to operate an amateur radio station, we will help you get your license and get on the air. Amateur radio operators, known as "Hams", communicate with people all over the world and even to astronauts in space. Various modes of communication are employed such as voice (phone), digital modes (radioteletype, packet, PSK31), and even good old Morse Code. Morse code is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, interestingly, since the requirement to learn it no longer exists.
There are many aspects to Amateur Radio. One of our missions is to serve the community during major emergencies when normal avenues of telecommunications are disrupted. We continually practice our message handling methods in preparation for such an emergency. Some of us just like to pick up the microphone and talk with other fellow hams. There are many contests to compete in and many awards to earn. Many like to experiment with antennas or build their own equipment from kits or from scratch.
We hope you will join us and learn not only a new hobby but also learn about public service. We are about education in many, many ways. Come to our meetings and learn what Amateur Radio can offer you and what you can offer the community.
For more information, see the email and telephone information at the Contact Us page.
- - Glenn Snow, N4MJ, President RARC - - September 12, 2004 - - "Hamming" since 1961 - -