Robertson County Amateur Radio Club
Planned Events for 2012

Page last updated 06/17/12

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This page will contain information on events that RCARC is planning on participating in this year. It's going to be a very busy month of June but we think it will be fun. Check back often for updates.

Taste of Country
Saturday June 9

Chairman - Bill Jones, N4LB

A county-wide festival offering residents of Robertson County and tourists who are in town for the CMA Fest the opportunity
to celebrate our heritage by showcasing the sights, sounds and tastes of Robertson County’s small town, southern charm.

Robertson County ARC set up a booth with a couple of operating amateur radio stations and a lot of older radios on display. We were located on the SE corner of the square and had a lot of folks stop by to visit with us and learn about amateur radio. We had some amateur radio operators stop by but we also had a lot of former military personnel from back in WWII, Korea and Vietnam stop by when they saw the old code keys on the front table. They may not have ever gotten their ham radio license but you could see their eyes light up and the memories running through their minds as they reached out and clicked the keys. There were also a lot of just plain citizens that wanted to know more about what amateur radio I think there are a lot more people in Robertson County that know about amateur radio and that there is a radio club based here.

We would like to thank everyone that came out to help set up, man the booth for a long 12 hour day and then tear down and pack it all back in the truck. As the old saying goes "We couldn't have done it without you!"

Field Day
Saturday & Sunday June 23-24
Click here for the 2012 Field Day Rules

Chairman - Pat Caldwell, KF5KCE

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.  Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate.

ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity.  It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles.
While some will treat it as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.
 It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community leaders, key individuals with the organizations that
Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public.
For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

Robertson County ARC is currently planning to hold Field Day activities at the Louise Martin Park in
Greenbrier, TN near the intersection of Old Greenbrier Pike and Industrial Drive.
Stay tuned to this page for more information as planning gets underway.

If you haven't already volunteered for Field Day and would like to let Pat know you will be participating, click this link or email Pat at

Wide look at RCARC Field Day Site

A wide birds-eye view of the planned Field Day site

Close up of RCARC Field Day Site

A little closer look at the site.  Plenty of trees for antennas, open space if we need it and a nice pavillion with picnic tables

Trash & Treasures
Friday & Saturday June 29-30

Chairman - Rick Robinson, W4AKT

The two-day Trash and Treasures event in Cross Plains offers the promise of great bargains on a variety of items. The citywide yard sale draws more than 3,000 visitors each year.
Held from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 23-24, visitors have come from as far away as Texas and Florida to shop among the booths featuring clothing, antiques,
glassware, jewelry, furniture, crafts, books, plants, toys and the list goes on and on. The Cross Plains tradition is a fundraiser for the Cross Plain
 Heritage Museum, Library and Archives, which is located in the turn-of-the-century home known as The Doctors House.

Robertson County ARC will set up a booth with an operating amateur radio station. We plan to operate this as an ARRL Special Event Station.
Thanks to the leadership of event chairman, Rick Robinson, W4AKT we have already obtained the special event callsign of N4T for the event and it is listed with ARRL as a Special Event Station.
The listing is on the ARRL web site as of Saturday, March 24 and should appear in the June issue of QST with a possibility of being in the May issue as well.
Check back for more information as it becomes available.

Several people have volunteered for Trash & Treasures already but if you haven't and would like to let Rick know you'll be there, please click this link or email Rick at

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
Saturday & Sunday October 20-21

The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community.
Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur’s ham shack.
Many times the hams will come to you by setting up at a Scout camporee, or perhaps they already have a ham shack at your council’s camp.

Robertson County ARC will sponsor our second JOTA event in 2012. In 2011 we only operated a few hours.
We had so much fun, we plan to operate several more hours up to a full day but will not operate over both days of the event.
Stay tuned here for more information as plans get underway in a few months. Click here to see photos from our 2011 JOTA

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