Amateur Radio Club
Planned Events for 2012
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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 was....so 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
Saturday & Sunday June 23-24
here for the 2012 Field Day Rules
- Pat Caldwell, KF5KCE
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event
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
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
Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general
For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A wide birds-eye view of the planned
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
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
glassware, jewelry, furniture, crafts, books, plants, toys and the list
goes on and on. The Cross Plains tradition is a fundraiser for the
Heritage Museum, Library and Archives, which is located in the
turn-of-the-century home known as The Doctors House.
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 email@example.com
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
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
here to see photos from our 2011 JOTA
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