A Look Back

As we prepare for this years up coming Simulated Emergency Test, lets take a look back at last years effort. The ARRL scores the SETs of every group across the country and the Cross County Amateur Radio Club’s SET was the Number 1 in Northeast Arkansas, The State of Arkansas, and The Delta Division. The Cross County Amateur Radio Club’s SET was ranked in the top 15 National.

In addition the Cross County Amateur Radio Clubs Net Report was ranked 2nd in the Delta Division. A very good showing for a small Amateur Radio Club in Eastern Arkansas. One of the reasons for the clubs high score was the participation of ARES & RACES members and operators from across the NE Arkansas area as well as the participation of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

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August Meeting

The Cross County Amateur Radio Club will hold its August meeting on the Forth Thursday of August. The meeting will be at the Crossridge hospital on August 22, 2019 at 7:00pm.

July Meeting

The July Meeting was held on July 18 at the Crossridge Hospital. Among the topics discussed were Net control for the month of Aug. which will be KG5TBE “Moira”. Also covered was a discussion about the needed repairs on the Clubs repeaters. A brief recap of the clubs field day was also covered. The main topic for the evening was the plans for this years 2019 S.E.T. Exercise now planned for early October. the Meeting began at 7:00 pm and ended at 8:05.

Terry Busby W5ARS

Field Day was a blast

While Band conditions was poor, Field Day for the Cross County Amateur Radio Club members was an enjoyable time. Field Day was held at the Wynne Fire Department in the cool AC except the normal outside work such as Setting up Antennas. Field Day is one of the Main events the club is involved in and one of the best chances for club members to get together to enjoy something as a group that we all share.

June Meeting!

The Cross County Amateur Radio Club held its June Meeting Thursday the 20th, among the topics covered was the lunch meeting in May which everyone enjoyed. net Control for the Month of July will be W5WPN and for August it will be KG5TBE. Also covered was final Details for the clubs ARRL Field Day involvement, which will be Saturday June the 22.

The Group will meet at Mc Donald’s at 7 am as is normal and follow the Breakfast we will head to the Wynne Fire Department and start getting ready for the Field Day. the club’s ARES group was happy to see its SET results do as well as they did in last years S.E.T. Exercise.

the Meeting was started by Terry W5ARS at 7 pm and ended at 8pm

What is hamradio fieldday

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held
annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each
year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or
simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal
contest and, most of all, FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat
it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent
opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as
well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in
abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-
a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned,
non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so
complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really
matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster
and post-disaster situations.
What is the ARRL?
The American Radio Relay League is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA, representing over
170,000 FCC-licensed Amateurs. The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham
radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education
classes and other benefits for its members.
What is Amateur Radio
Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a
worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications
technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two
are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to
transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on
commercial systems.
The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual
can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment,
but can create whole new ways to do things.

Repeater issues!

Eugene KE5WWO is set to be the net control for the CCARC’s Sunday night nets for the month of May. On Sunday the 5th Eugene announced the net would start in 2 mins, but after the first transmission Eugene KE5WWO was unable to bring up the repeater and Bill W5WPN took over as the net control for that net. We would like to express our appreciation to Bill for stepping in.