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 May 28, 2015

The regular scheduled meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order with 13 members in attendance. The Treasurer's report was given by Jamie WB4YDL and old business was reviewed. As there was little old business to attend to, the meeting turned to new business and discussion of the ARRL Field Day event. Jamie WB4YDL gave an overview of the event. Bob K9IL (not in attendance) will be responsible for the CW station (except for computer interfacing); Todd W4TZX (not in attendance) will have the phone station; Steve KK4NNH will be in charge of the GOTA station; Jamie WB4YDL will bring the digital and VHF stations. Public information will be handled by Noel KJ4UNX (not in attendance) and VIP's will be contacted by Glenn N4MJ.

As has been the case since it was ruled by the ARRL, June's meeting will be at the Field Day site on Thursday June 25th where station setup will commence. Friday will be antenna setup and will start at a TBD time. There will be a VE testing session Saturday morning at 9 AM and Field Day operations will begin at 1 PM local.

Many thanks to Harrell WD4LAR and XYL Carrie for providing the wonderful refreshments. After the break, Jamie WB4YDL demonstrated a FUNcube Pro + SDR dongle on a laptop running HDSDR software. It was quite remarkable what this little USB device was capable of and plans are to use this experimentally in satellite communications.

RARC Meeting April 23, 2015

The regular scheduled meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order with 14 members and one visitor in attendance. We welcomed back Stan AA5XO who was visiting. The Treasurer's report was given by Jamie WB4YDL and old business was reviewed. Jamie WB4YDL gave a re-cap on the most recent Ides of March Hamfest. Even though attendance was down this year, thanks to many donations, the event came in the black this year. It was also the most smoothly run hamfest in 6 years of doing it. Everyone expressed gratitude to the XYL's that made concessions run so smoothly. Ideas will be presented at future meetings to attract more attendees for next year.

Glenn N4MJ announced that this Saturday will be the QRP To The Field event and rules for this can be found here . This is a mini-Field Day type event using QRP gear and runs from 0900 - 1800 CDT. Many thanks to Ray N4SLY and Dolly KN4SLY who provided refreshments for the meeting.

Stan AA5XO announced the upcoming 2 meter FM Simplex Contest which will be held Sunday, May 3rd from 1 to 6PM. The objective will be to work as many people as possible on 2M FM with the multiplier being unique Zip Codes. There is also a power multiplier. The contest is sponsored by WTARS and complete rules can be found here . Todd W4TZX gave a very nice presentation on his recent construction of an 8-element 2M Yagi he built and deployed for Gene KB4EMV, who was also in attendance. Finally, Jamie WB4YDL got everybody thinking about Field Day which is merely two months away. A brief review of planned stations and deployment ensued. The GOTA station will be PSK31 mode only. The software will be a mix of N3FJP Field Day and N1MM Logger for the digital capable stations. Further details will be presented at the next meeting. There are no rules changes for this year's event.

RARC Meeting March 26, 2015

The regular scheduled meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order with 24 members and one visitor in attendance. We welcomed Mike Daniel from Union City as a visitor. Mike is interested in ham radio and plans to take his licensing test this weekend at the hamfest. The Treasurer's report was given by Jamie WB4YDL and old business was reviewed. Most of the entire meeting was spent in preparation for the upcoming Ides of March Hamfest scheduled this Saturday at the National Guard Armory. Setup will begin at 1PM tomorrow, Friday. What to bring and who should bring it, was reviewed. An announcement was made by Art WA4EQO that a 2M fox hunt will be held by the Crockett County ARC at the high school grounds on April 18th at 12 noon.

Many thanks to Ottis K5BSE and Rhelda N5BSE for providing refreshments for the meeting. After the break, Steve KK4NNH checked in via Skype and, with assistance from Samuel KK4SJE, pictures were shown of their latest antenna project and experiment. Very interesting ! Samuel also showed off his fan dipole for 2M and 440 MHz using material from the antenna experiment. This may easily be used for the upcoming Crockett County fox hunt.

RARC Meeting February 26, 2015

The regular scheduled meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order with 20 members and one visitor in attendance. We welcomed Mike Hopson who is interested in ham radio and becoming licensed. The Treasurer's report was given by Jamie WB4YDL and old business was reviewed. Emergency license plate requirements were again reviewed. There is a correction to the upcoming 2 meter simplex contest - it will be held on May 3rd instead of May 10th, from 1PM to 6PM. Further information may be found on the WTARS web site.

The remainder of the meeting was dedicated exclusively to preparation for the upcoming Ides of March Hamfest. As it stands now, we should have plenty of tables and chairs. We are going to also have great food available for purchase with Southern Red's barbeque headlining the menu. There will be homemade muffins and cookies, and Williams Sausage biscuits. Most of the prizes have been secured. The same two-tier ticket system used last year to good effect will again be used this year. We will have one more meeting just prior to the event. Many thanks go to Noel KJ4UNX for the excellent refreshments for the meeting. Oh yea ... the officers were re-elected.

RARC Meeting January 22, 2015

The regular scheduled meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order with 19 members in attendance. The Treasurer's report was given by Jamie WB4YDL and old business was reviewed. The most recent Christmas dinner held at Sassafraz Restaurant was successful, but expensive. In the future, no alcoholic beverages will be paid by the club. In addition, efforts will be made to arrange a non-ala carte menu for the club activity. Other venues will also be investigated. Beef prices were out of sight and significantly contributed to he cost.

The Ides of March Hamfest will be held on March 28th at the Tennessee National Guard Armory. The number of available tables may become a factor and this will be further investigated. The Hamfest Flyer needs to be sent out no later than February 1st. There was much discussion on food and how we can generate income. Prices will be obtained for 10 lbs. of barbeque from Bob's BBQ and Red's BBQ. Hannah KK4SJF will be making 2-3 dozen muffins and we will have cookies and donuts. We may also have sausage biscuits donated from William's Sausage. Hamburgers will be obtained from Sam's and Noel KJ4UNX will be at the grill. A chart of anticipated prizes was handed out with assignments to contact the contributor and obtain them. We will have two more meetings before the event.

A letter has been received by Obion County hams from the Obion County Court Clerk regarding the cost of obtaining Emergency Amateur Radio car plates. This is a statewide notice not limited to Obion County and regards the need to show proof of emergency service affiliation either with ARES, fire & EMS, or Civil Defense. From our vantage point, in order to avoid paying an extra $25 fee for vanity plates, the logical solution is to show proof of membership in ARES. Glenn N4MJ is the Obion County ARES Emergency Coordinator and maintains a membership list for that county. One should seek the Emergency Coordinator for that county that you reside to obtain information on ARES membership. You do NOT have to be a member of ARRL to be a member of ARES.

There will be a Skywarn Class held on February 21st at 9AM at the EOC in Alamo, TN (Crockett County). Also there will be a 2M Simplex Contest held on May 10th from 1PM to 6PM. Further information on this can be found on the WTARS site. Glenn N4MJ finished the meeting by presenting copies of an award sent to K4RFT for its 1st Place (Southeast Division Winner) showing in the 2014 ARRL RTTY Roundup in the multioperator, low power, TN section. This was also good enough for 7th place nationwide including Canada. Those operators were Jamie WB4YDL, Todd W4TZX, Noel KJ4UNX, Phil N4PWG, and Dean KK4PXJ. Hopefully the most recent effort will produce another award for the club shack wall !

Archive of Previous Year's Meetings

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

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 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