Robertson County Amateur Radio Club
Planned Events for 2016

Page last updated 04/29/16

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This page will contain information on events that RCARC is planning on participating in this year.
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Coopertown Barrel Festival
Saturday June 4th

The Town of Coopertown will host their annual outdoor event —The Coopertown Barrel Festival—Saturday, June 4, 2016 rain or shine, from 10 AM to 4 PM on Old Coopertown Road between Woods and Battle Creek Roads in Coopertown, TN.

Robertson County ARC will set up a booth to spead the word about amateur radio and how you can become an amateur radio operator very easliy.  The club will have a few pieces of amateur gear on display, possibly even something operational. Amateur radio operators serve their community in many ways.  Come by our booth and see how you can help do that.

With Kids Zone, unlimited inflatables, games and activities, Cooper of the Year Contest, tractor display, historical exhibits and many family friendly fun things. There is something for everyone.

Parking and Admission are free.

Field Day
Saturday & Sunday June 25-26
Click here for the 2016 Field Day Rules

Chairman - To Be Determined

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!

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 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 its 5th annual Field Day activities at the Louise Martin Park in
Greenbrier, TN near the intersection of Old Greenbrier Pike and Industrial Drive.

We plan to start setup on Saturday morning around 7am before it gets too hot. We will officially start operation at 1pm Saturday afternoon
and continue for 24 hours (yes, even during the middle of the night) until 1pm Sunday afternoon.
After we get everything down we will all retire to our respective QTHs and collapse.

If you are a club member and have not already done so, please email the webmaster and sign up for a "shift" for working the radios.
Last year there was a lot of "visiting" but most of the operating was left to only a few people. We need to spread the fun around.

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

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 14-16, 2016

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.

In 2011 and 2012 we only operated a few hours, but we had a lot of fun as did the scouts that participated.

Robertson County ARC will be happy to sponsor a JOTA event in 2016 based on the interest of local Boy Scout groups.
If you are a Boy Scout leader and your troop would be intersted in participating in a JOTA event, please email the webmaster with your name, troop number and contact information. 
Your interest will be forwarded to the club's Board of Directors and someone will contact you.

Stay tuned here for more information as plans get underway for JOTA 2016 in a few months.


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