September 2015 RCARC Meeting and Newsletter

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The RCARC will hold it’s regular monthly meeting at our new location Thursday September 10th @ 7:00 pm in the Roane County Rescue Squad building on Hwy 58 South in Kingston. (See below). I hope everyone can come and bring a friend. New members and visitors are always welcome!!

New Meeting Site 2
From downtown Kingston TN. Turn South on Hwy 58 from Hwy 70 by the Rite Aid Drug Store. Travel approximately 4.6 miles from the Southwest Point Park. The Rescue Squad is on the right. Cliff will have the Pinz parked at the road again. There is a small green Rescue Squad sign. There is no 911 address for this location but it is between 3000 and 3400 Decatur Hwy, Kingston TN. Talk In is on 147.015 PL 110.9

August RCARC Meeting!! New Location!!!

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Hey Guys and Gals.
RCARC Monthly Meeting is Thursday August 13th @ 7:00 pm.
We are trying a new meeting location for the August RCARC Meeting. It will save us some money if it works out, so everyone, try to make the August Meeting to let us know what you think and vote!. The August Meeting will be at about (no 911 address available) 3354 Decatur Hwy, Kingston, TN.(Hwy 58 South) Travel 4.6 miles South of the intersection of Hwy 58/70 in Kingston. The location will be on the right side of the road. Look for a small green Rescue Squad sign and Cliffs Pinzgaur parked at the entrance.
New Meeting Site 2

I hope to see everyone there!!

Website Layout Change

Hi everyone,

I’m sorry to have to change the layout of the website, but I just spent about an hour and a half deleting over 4,000 spam comments on the website. None of these were ever viewable, but instead held for moderation. I’ve installed a plug in that will require a CAPTCHA (“type the letters you see into this box”) before a comment can be submitted. This will still allow humans to post to the site, but not robots trying to sell us various medicines. That’s what most the spam actually was.

Unfortunately, there was some type of issue in the old theme/layout that didn’t support the CAPTCHA script, which is why I’ve had to change it.

Please let me know your opinion of this layout (good OR bad) and I’ll do my best to make the site as accessible as possible!




FIELD DAY IS JUNE 27-28, 2015!

The Roane County Amateur Radio Club will once again participate in the annual ARRL Field Day. This years event is June 27th and 28th. We will be operating from the Fort Southwest Point Park in Kingston, located on South Kentucky Street.

Setup will begin around 10-11 am with operations kicking off at 2 pm. Operations will run for up to 24 hours (2 pm on Sunday), although we usually being tear down a little early.

The event is open to any and all amateur operators as well as anyone with an interest in what we do or becoming an amateur (ham) radio operator. We welcome all visitors to our site and would love to explain our hobby to you.

Planning for Field Day will take place at the monthly meeting of the Roane County Amateur Radio Club on Thursday, June 11 at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at the Roane County Rescue Squad building in Midtown.

Talk in for the meeting and Field Day will be on the 147.015 MHz (+, 110.0 pl) repeater.

Email Cody Anderson for more information.

RCARC June Meeting and Newsletter!

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Hello Everyone. Just a reminder that The Roane County Amateur Radio Club will meet this Thursday 7:00 pm 6/11/15 at The Roane County Rescue Squad building in Midtown. 2735 Roane State Hwy, Harriman, TN. just up the road from Krogers. I hope everyone can attend. We will be making plans for Field Day this month and also I am sure Cliff will give us an update on the Yeasu System Fusion Repeaters we received and installed on the site. Be sure to come on down and bring a friend to introduce to HAM radio. Also make plans to Attend Field Day June 27 and 28th at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston!!

I hope to see ya there.

May 2015 RCARC Newsletter and Meeting

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Our May meeting will be on Thursday May 14th @ 7:00 pm in the Roane County Rescue Squad building in Midtown, 2735 Roane State Highway, Harriman, TN. Talk in will be on 147.015 (pl 110.9) Come on down and bring a friend.
Also, it’s not too early to start thinking about Field Day. Join us June 27, and 28 at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston for Field Day!!

See you at 7:00 PM on May 14th.
Jim White

RCARC Member Bobby Cox KD4NXC /SK

Robert Lewis “€œBobby” Cox, 68, of Harriman, Tennessee passed away April 27, 2015 at Methodist Medical Center.

He was born to the late Robert Wesley Cox and Sarah Rebecca “Becky” Cox, April 10, 1947 in Harriman, Tennessee. He was married to Peggy Sue Brown Cox, for 46 years and they made their home in Harriman, Tennessee.

Bobby was a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather and son who treasured spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking and building projects with his grandsons, was a member and deacon at Trenton Street Baptist Church, Chief Detective for Harriman Police Department, Lifetime Member and Chaplain of the Roane County Rescue Squad, member of the Ham Radio Club, member of the Harriman American Legion Organization, and retired from Y-12 and Lockhead Martin.

Bobby is survived by two children: Bobbie Sue Brown and husband Greg, of Harriman; Tammy Braden and husband Wayne of Rockwood. Grandchildren: Dustin Braden and girlfriend Kristy Patton, Logan Brown, Nathan Braden, Landon Brown, Dakota Patton. Sister: Becky Scandlyn, and daughters Ashley, Annie and Amy; Sisters-in-Law: Cathy Cox and son Michael; Doris Cox and daughters Stephanie and Whitney along with several special nieces, nephews, and friends.

Lifelong friends: Greg Love, Martin Roberts, and J.W. Hamby.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers; David and Carle Cox both of Harriman; Lifelong friend LeRoy Lantz.

Receiving of friends and family will be held at Kyker Funeral Home in Harriman on Friday, May 1st from 6-8 p.m. The funeral services will be at Trenton Street Baptist Church on Saturday May 2nd at 1 p.m. followed by the burial at Roane Memorial Gardens.

The “Wilderness Protocol”

As some of you may know, I’ve been working on an up to date and accurate listing of repeaters in the East Tennessee area. That project is still in the works and getting closer to being complete. While gathering data for my list, I’ve done numerous searches online and have been on countless websites.

One of the things that I’ve ran across several times now is the “Wilderness Protocol.” As I’m sitting here tonight looking through an ARRL Repeater Directory, I see something about it again, and that’s the inspiration to write this post.

Here is what the Repeater Directory has to say…

“The Wilderness Protocol is a suggestion that those outside of repeater range should monitor standard simplex channels at specific times in case others have priority calls. The primary frequency is 146.52 MHz, with 52.525, 223.5, 446.0 and 1294.5 MHz serving as secondary frequencies. This system was conceived to facilitate communications between hams that were hiking or backpacking in uninhabited areas, outside repeater range. However, the Wilderness Protocol should not be viewed as something just for hikers. It can (and should) be used by everyone anywhere repeater coverage is unavailable. The protocol only becomes effective when many people use it.”
“The Wilderness Protocol recommends that those stations able to do so should monitor the primary (and secondary if possible) frequency every three hours starting at 7 am, local time for 5 minutes (7:00-7:05 am, 10:00-10:05 am, ….). Additionally, those stations that have sufficient power resources should monitor for 5 minutes at the top of every hour, or even continuously.”

What this all boils down to, is that it’s a recommendation that we all monitor the designated calling frequencies. Last summer while on my cross country road trip (over 4,400 miles), I had my Yaesu 857 in the car with me. For the vast majority of the trip it stayed on 146.520 MHz. Sure, I wasn’t hiking that distance, but as the Repeater Directory says, this isn’t just about hiking.

The calling channels are there for just as their name says, to place calls to other amateurs. We may be in an unfamiliar area and not know the frequencies or the required tones to access local repeaters if we need directions or have some type of emergency. If more hams simply monitored the calling channel(s), amateur radio could be MUCH more useful when it’s needed.

Back to my road trip… Because of prior planning and knowing that I’d be without cell phone coverage for much of the time I was travelling across Wyoming, I did some research weeks before the trip about what repeaters were out there. I had a list of the frequencies, tones and the mile markers where they have coverage. However, there were still gaps in coverage where I relied on 146.520 simplex and the hope that if we needed anything, someone somewhere would be monitoring.

Out of 79 hours in the vehicle driving with probably 65 of those hours monitoring 146.520, I heard one conversation on it between two hams in Wyoming who were so close, they preferred not to tie up a repeater. While inside Yellowstone, I saw several amateur radio license plates and almost every one of these vehicles had at least one antenna, but every CQ I put out on 146.520 was met with dead silence.

Back home to East Tennessee, I keep 146.520, 446.000 and several of the common simplex frequencies from each band in my radios scan list. Unless I’m talking to someone, my radio is in scan and monitoring those frequencies. Same for my truck’s radio. I have heard stations traveling on I-40 calling on simplex and answered them. Thankfully none of the calls were for emergencies, but I know I enjoy when someone answers my call. I’m sure those hams were grateful also.

I know there are a few hams that like to carry on conversations on 146.520, making it undesirable to listen to. Those still seem to be few and far between.

All of that was just to make a suggestion… Whatever radios you may have, check to make sure you have these frequencies programmed in and keep an ear on them when you can. You never know when someone may be passing through and just looking for someone to talk to, or when someone may be in need of some type of assistance and the calling channels are the only frequency they know because they’re not from the area.

It’s a simple act that may make a big difference someday.