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 January 28, 2016

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 and enjoyed by all. Other old business was reviewed including the addition of our Eagle Scout, Samuel KK4SJE.

The Ides of March Hamfest will be held on March 26th at the Tennessee National Guard Armory. An initial hamfest flyer was presented and needs to be firmed up prior to being sent. JMR Sales and Mid-South Amateur Radio Sales will be our two main vendors. Stan AA5XO, our newest member, has recently started an enterprise in ham radio and will also have a table at the vending area. As in previous years, setup will be on that Friday before the event at 1PM. Noel KJ4UNX will again be at the grill. The food and drink list is being finalized. Also the prize list is being finalized.

Glenn N4MJ gave a presentation on this year's ARRL event called National Parks on the Air. This is an all year event that involves activating national parks and other monument areas throughout the United States and chasing them and logging as many as possible to earn awards. To participate, Logbook of the World is required and an updated TQSL file is necessary. Instructions for this and all other details of this event are located at this LINK.

Another ARRL event is called Winter Field Day and just as in the big summer event, this is set up very much like it. ARRL sections are exchanged as well as whether you are operating indoors or outdoors. For more information on this seasonal contest, see this LINK.

Many thanks to Hannah KK4SJF for providing the refreshments for the meeting. After the break, Glenn N4MJ presented awards form the ARRL for the multi-op effort in last year's ARRL RTTY Roundup. K4RFT finished 1st in Tennessee section in the multi-operator, low power category. Operators for this event were Todd W4TZX, Jamie WB4YDL, Glenn N4MJ, Phil N4PWG, and Mike AK4VU. Congratulations !

Finishing off the meeting was discussion about the ongoing DXpeditions to South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia Islands. The hardships these hearty expeditioners are going through boggles the mind ! Their signals were not strong making it difficult to put them in the log but several in the club have been lucky to do so. A short video was shown on the 1993 expedition to these forbidding islands and that's were the meeting ended.

Archive of Previous Year's Meetings

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

RARC 2015 Meetings
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