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 27, 2014

The regular scheduled meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order with 15 members in attendance. The Treasurer's report was given by Jamie WB4YDL and old business was reviewed. The entire meeting was dedicated to hamfest preparation, which was made more urgent due to our need to quickly find a new location. It turns out the National Guard Armory has been in construction since late last year. No communications was received to that effect by the club membership. It was only when Glenn N4MJ was about to make arrangements to pick up the key, etc., that this information was passed. Needless to say, this was not welcome news, and the scramble was on. Available accommodations were discovered at the Obion County Fairgrounds and found to be quite adequate. Plans were discussed to move the event there and to quickly notify all involved as to the change in venue.

Many thanks to Ottis K5BSE and Rhelda N5BSE for providing the refreshments for the meeting. The meeting was adjourned after completing discussion of the hamfest preparation.

RARC Meeting February 27, 2014

The regular scheduled meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club was called to order with 14 members in attendance. The Treasurer's report was given by Jamie WB4YDL and old business was reviewed. The main subject for the evening was the upcoming hamfest. Many items were reviewed including the audio PA system upgrade which is expected to provide noticeable improvement from previous years. Approximately $800 has been spent to effect this upgrade. A new vendor, JMR Sales from Altoona, Alabama, has been added to the vendor list. They provide a much desired need for badges and items with call signs emblazoned. They will also bring in many amateur radio accessories. Prize acquisition has mostly been achieved. Force 12 had to be dropped this year primarily due to the chaos from their recent merger with Innovantennas. Perhaps next year we'll be able to have them represented.

Due to the large price differential from the Grand Prize and all other prizes, and the fact that prize chances will be earned from guest's purchases, it was decided to have a two tier ticket system. This would make the chances more equitable and help prevent 'stuffing' of the ticket barrel. A few different ways to do this were discussed. General prize tickets will still be earned with a $5 per ticket ratio. The Grand Prize tickets will be earned on a $25 per ticket ratio. These tickets are earned simultaneously with the same vendor purchase, and one free ticket for both general prizes and Grand Prize is given free for the price of admission. This should soothe fears of an unfair prize giveaway.

Many thanks to Marv AB4MC who provided for the refreshments and to Glenn N4MJ who actually delivered them. Marv was unable to attend the meeting. After the break, RARC officer elections were held. All three officers were re-elected by acclimation. Congratulations ! Also of note, the ARRL has its Centennial celebration this year, and part of this is the running of stations in each state with the W1AW call sign. In the month of March, Tennessee will be active and Jamie WB4YDL will be W1AW/4 for RTTY operation. Look for him on the HF bands from March 19 - 25th. The next meeting will be just before the hamfest when final details for preparation will be discussed.

RARC Meeting January 23, 2014

The first regular scheduled meeting of the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club for 2014 was called to order with 18 members and one guest in attendance. We welcomed Harrell Davidson WD4LAR who is from Obion, TN and who is reactivating his interest in ham radio after many years of inactivity. The Treasurer's report was given by Jamie WB4YDL and old business was reviewed. The Christmas holiday gathering held at Sassafraz Restaurant was considered a big hit and plans are to return there again this next Christmas season. The previous formal meeting was dedicated to the presentation by Jamie WB4YDL on Introduction to Contesting. This presentation was well received and was given at the Paducah Amateur Radio Association and will again be given at the Murray State University Amateur Radio Club next month.

The club's first venture into digital contesting occurred earlier this month when five operators - WB4YDL, W4TZX, KK4PXJ, N4PWG, and KJ4UNX - gathered at 'the shop' at Glenn N4MJ's QTH for the ARRL RTTY Roundup. This was a multi-operator, single transmitter, low power effort that yielded 524 QSO's using Field Day antennas and the Yaesu FT-920 transceiver. The overall setup worked flawlessly and everybody enjoyed getting in the action and making contacts. It remains to be seen how we placed in the overall contest in that class, but this will be reported when the results are available.

The Ides of March Hamfest is quickly approaching and Glenn N4MJ began with a few details on some new changes for this year. We will be opening the hamfest area for vendor setup on Friday before the hamfest at 1 PM as we set up the tables. The new flyer is in the works and will adequately explain the door prize give-away process. Jamie WB4YDL will be exploring improvements to the sound system to be more clearly heard. Vendors are being contacted as well as those contributing prizes. Force 12 has been bought by Innovantennas and the factory moved to Colorado. Jamie will be contacting them as well as Elecraft regarding door prizes. Other details were discussed and will be the focus of email traffic and the next meeting.

Many thanks to Noel KJ4UNX and XYL Laura for providing the excellent refreshments on a very cold night !

Archive of Previous Year's Meetings

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

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
ARES - Winlink
Emergency Communications - Special
Basic Message Handling
Introduction to Emergency Nets