The DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club conducted a Special Event Station at the 38th Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Craft Festival on Saturday, July 4th. This year marked the tenth 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, and 10 meter Amateur Radio bands, and the station was publicized in Amateur Radio magazine QST and the club website at http://www.dcarc.drivehq.com/.
The station contacted 226 total Amateur Radio Stations in 35 States, and Ontario, Canada. One interesting contact included the Ham Station on the World War II Submarine USS Requin (SS 481) anchored at the Carnegie Science Center - Pittsburgh, PA and now a museum.
Amateur Radio Operator Guests included the following: N4HKH – John Schorn – Oak Ridge, TN; AG4VF – Bruce Newberry – Pegram, TN; KG4BGM – Joey Barkley – Murfreesboro, TN; WB4HDM – Lynne Hamrick – McMinnville, TN; KJ4LNS – Walt Johnson – McMinnville, TN; KJ4JMS – Clifford Shelby – Crossville, TN; KJ4JMT – Michael Shelby – Crossville, TN; WB9RRQ – Bob Wilson – Boilingbrook, IL; KJ4JMS – Clifford Shelby – Crossville, TN; K9UT – Jerry Uhte – Richmond, IN; and KF4HAA – Matt Curtis – Smithville, TN.
Participants of the station included local Amateur Radio Operators:
KG4BTO - Joe Ferrell; KF4QNT - Kevin Neely; KJ4GCT – John Lester; KJ4BKQ – Carl Wachsman; KG4EWX – Josh Paris; W3HKG – Robert Mitchell; and KC4GUG - Freddy Curtis.
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 years 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 27th, 2009 - 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.
(Pictured Left to Right - KC4GUG - Freddy Curtis KJ4GCT – John Lester and KF4QNT - Kevin Neely.)