Our Own Cody Anderson KI4FUV YHOTY !!!

Amateur Radio Newsline has named Cody as Young Ham of The Year 2010.  Cody was nominated for his ongoing support of the club as a talented and giving young man, his mentoring of amateur radio to local scouts and others, and his public service that has been way above the call of duty.  Cody just graduated from Rockwood High and plans to pursue a computer major in college.  Cody will be given this award at the upcoming Huntsville Alabama Hamfest in August.  The award is sponsored by Yaesu radio, A R Newsline and others in the industry.  Cody joins an honor roll of  ham youth over the last two decades to share this honor.  Join us in congratulating Cody, and the RCARC is proud to have him as a member

Field Day 2010 – June 26 & 27

“Radio Hams” from Roane County join in national deployment

Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications June 26 – 27

Kingston, TN. at Fort Southwest Point Pavilion. Roane County’s “hams” will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide.

During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham Radio” – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

On the weekend of June 26 – 27, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Roane County ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather’s radio anymore,” said Allen Pitts, W1AGP, of the ARRL. “The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. And besides that – it’s fun!”

In the Roane County area, the Roane County Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Southwest Point in Kingston, TN on June 26th 12 noon until June 27th at 2:00 pm.. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

There are over 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world.

Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org.

The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!

Upcoming Fundraiser

Our fundraiser last year was such a success that we are making it even better this year.  On July 4 we will have a drawing for several gift cards and certificates provided by local Roane County merchants and sponsors.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  You do not have to be present to win, and we will have the drawing during the Kingston 4th of July Smokin the Water Boat Event.  Thanks to all the merchants who gave us early support to make this possible again.

Next Meeting Thurs May 13 7pm

See you at the next monthly club meeting Thursday May 13  in the Rescue/United Way Bldg in Midtown on Hwy 70.  Out program will be our upcoming fundraiser and some preliminary discussion of Field Day and future club activities.

A Note to Net Control Stations

Please check your email for a message about reporting weekly net check-in totals. I have created a new system to record the data.

If you did not receive the information, please email me and I will send you all the details. We are not giving out the URL to the system to help prevent spam.

Thanks for all you do! You can email me with questions.

Cody, KI4FUV

Sorry for the Technical Difficulties

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Club Meeting: April 8th

Our monthly club meeting will be held on April 8th at 7pm at the Roane Co. Rescue Squad building in Midtown on Highway 70. The meeting is held in the United Way conference room on the back side of the building.

If you need any help getting to the meeting, talk-in will be on 147.120 MHz (+, 82.5 pl).