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