Amateur Radio Special Event Station Successful

July 5, 2010
by: 
William Freddy Curtis
Amateur Radio Operators at the Special Event Station

The DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club conducted a Special Event Station at the 39th Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Craft Festival on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010. This year marked the eleventh year that a special event station had been set up at the Jamboree.

The station was setup at the front entrance of the Justin Potter Library during the early morning hours on Saturday. Antennas were assembled, radios were properly checked, and transmissions were begun at 7:30 AM local time. Operations took place in the 20 meter, 40 meter, 15 meter, and 10 meter Amateur Radio bands, and the station was publicized in Amateur Radio magazines QST, CQ, and the club website.

The station contacted 154 total Amateur Radio Stations in 28 States, and Ontario and Alberta, Canada. One interesting contact included the Ham Station at the Ontario Science Center - Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Amateur Radio Operator Guests included the following: KJ4JMS – Clifford Shelby – Crossville, TN; KI4UUP – Andrew C. Thomas – Monterey, TN; AG4VF – Bruce Newberry – Pegram, TN; K9UT – Jerry Uhte – Richmond, IN; NQ4U – Jimmy O. Floyd – Tullahoma, TN; and KJ4EEW – Lisa Marshall – Fayetteville, TN.

Participants of the station included local Amateur Radio Operators:
KG4BTO - Joe Ferrell; KF4QNT - Kevin Neely; and KC4GUG - Freddy Curtis. This year was the first year the station had CW or Morse code operation. This was done by N4LZY – Jerry Elkins of Woodbury, Tennessee and added greatly to the station operation.

Pictures of the Special Event Station can be viewed at the club’s website at: http://www.dcarc.drivehq.com/.

The local club looks forward to operating another special event station at next year’s Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Craft Festival. The club would like to offer its thanks to Jamboree Coordinator - Mr. Jack Burton, Justin Potter Librarian - Mrs. Kathy Hendrixson, and Smithville Postmaster Mr. Michael Lynn for their support of this activity.

The DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club is an organization of Amateur Radio operators from DeKalb and Surrounding Counties and is an affiliated club of the American Radio Relay League. The next club meeting will be on Thursday, August 26th, 2010 - 6:30 PM at the DeKalb County Emergency Operations Center, 211 South Mountain Street at the E-911 Center. Any person interested in Amateur Radio is invited to attend.

Picture Caption: Amateur Radio Operators at the Special Event Station during the 39th Annual Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival included: left to Right - KC4GUG - Freddy Curtis KJ4BTO – Joe Ferrell and N4LZY – Jerry Elkins.

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