Arrl Field Day 2020

Its about that time again the ARRL Field Day on June 27, 28. The COVID-19 Virus not with standing, The Cross County Amateur Radio Club will set up and hold its activities together at the William Nicholson Duck Club. Again we would like to thank Bill W5WPN for offering the use of his Duck club for this months events.

Amateur Radio operators provide a critical public service for our  community; during times of disaster, we are able to provide  reliable communications when the normal infrastructure is  offline. Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and  trained in the art and science of radio communication and basic electronics theory.

 we own and maintain our own communications equipment and  are prohibited by federal law from receiving payment for our  services. ARRL, our national organization, has built relationships  with several served agencies including FEMA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and many others

Live Club Meeting

For the month of June The Cross County Amateur Radio Club will hold a Live Club meeting on June 18 at 6pm. A special location has been chosen for this months meeting, the location is at 191cr 220, Cherry Valley Ark 72324. We would like to thank Bill Nicholson for offering his new Duck club for the clubs meeting as well as the planned ARRL 2020 Field day.

The Cross County Amateur Radio Clubs ARRL VE team will host its first amateur radio test session in four Months at this meeting. The plan is to hold the test session starting at 6 pm and hold the club meeting following the test. For more information contact Terry Busby W5ARS by Email: w5ars@hotmail.com or call or text him at 501-791-4351

March meeting moved

Due to concerns about the Corona virus the Cross County Amateur Radio Club’s March Meeting has been moved to the Johnson’s Restaurant in Wynne Arkansas. We should gather there about 6:30 pm, this will be an Eating meeting.

Johnson’s Restaurant

march 19, 2020 6:30 pm

Something to think about

The FCC’s database shows that there are 8790 “actively licensed” Amateur Radio Operators in the State of Arkansas as of February 1, 2020. It is understood that a few of them are silent keys that have not yet been removed from the FCC’s database. Of 8790 licensed Hams 1599 hold an Extra Class license, 397 still hold an Advanced Class license, and 1911 hold a General Class license. 55 still hold on to their novice license, the remaining 4698 Amateur Radio Operators hold the Technician Class license.
A few questions come to mind, of those holding the higher class licenses “General, Advanced and Extra” how many of them have reached an older age were they are not able to participate in clubs or other group activities as they once may have? Of those able to “health wise” how many still get involved and support the local clubs as well as other outside Amateur Radio Events?
Of the 4698 licensed Amateur Radio Operators that hold a Technician Class license, “which is 53% of the Amateur Radio population in Arkansas” how may of them are active hamradio operators? What percentage got their license for one reason or the other but have never even gotten a radio or never made the first contact?
How do we get these hams to show an interest in Amateur Radio and get involved with local clubs as well as the ARES, RACES, or Skywarn organizations that exist to help serve our communities? And how do we find ways to get our older hams back involved and working to help the Amateur Radio Community?
Just something to think about, finding answers to these questions and others like them could go a lone way in helping our clubs, and Amateur Radio communities grow in the future.

Terry Busby W5ARS

January Meeting

The Cross County Amateur Radio Club held its January meeting on the 16th, among the topics covered was an update on the clubs repeaters “both the 146.865 and 147.375 repeaters are doing well at this time“. Bill W5WPN agreed to be the net control for the February Sunday night nets held on the 147.375 repeater at 9 pm on Sunday nights. Jim KB5SET will continue as the Net Control for the Skywarn net held on the 146.865 repeater ant 8:30 pm on Wednesdays.

As always January is when the club collects Club Dues, which is used to cover club expenses chief among them is the Clubs up keep and maintenance of its repeaters. We would also like to encourage any one interested in amateur radio to join our cub and help support the clubs efforts in supporting amateur radio and its benefits for Ham Radio Operators and the surrounding communities.

November Meeting

The Cross County Amateur Radio Club held its November meeting on Thursday the 21 of November. Among the topics cover was the re-election of the club officers for another term. An update on the club repeaters “Covered in an earlier article” and the date, time, and location was set for the Clubs Christmas Dinner (Dec. 19 at And One Brother Restaurant) in Cherry Valley AR