Tomato Festival

25th Anniversary
Grainger County Tomato Festival TN.
July 28, 29, & 30 2017
Hours: Friday 28 noon to 8pm
Saturday 29 9am to 6pm
Sunday 30 noon to 5pm
​Grainger County Tomato Festival
​7480 Rutledge Pike
Rutledge Tn 37861

PicturePainting by Wendy Leedy

The Grainger County Tomato Festival was organized in 1992 to promote our world famous Grainger County Tomatoes. Our mission is to promote all Grainger County agricultural products, specifically the Grainger County Tomato, and to promote the many local artists, authors, talent, and craftsmen we have in our area. Over the years we have added a number of special events making the festival one of the largest free festivals in East Tennessee and has been named by Parade magazine as one of the top ten festivals in the USA.
The festival is always the last full weekend in July in Rutledge,Tennessee. Be sure to mark your calendars! You don’t want to miss it.
For more info check out their website at:

What did Field Day 2017 mean to KM4YEC?

What did Field Day 2017 mean to me?

I posted that question on Facebook to trigger some responses, and as I thought about it, if I were to answer that question…I could write a book, as to relay what it has meant to me.

Recognizing that just like the whole concept of Amateur Radio, it is an individual thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, then like in some other things, what is the fun in being alone, when there are others doing the same thing or nearly the same thing.

 

 

I feel I must point out something. I never excelled in team sports where there is quarterback, or point guard, that drives the whole team, and expects absolute obedience, for while I consider myself a team player, I tend to ‘experiment’ with the boundaries, I crave to be ‘creative’, so, while understanding the need for those other kinds of Teams, I stay away from Teams that don’t allow questioning the next move. And I absolutely Run away from any Team with a Pistol Pete, as I prefer a Team that moves forward as Team, not one that puts anyone on a pedestal.

I love the story of the SS Robert E. Peary, a Liberty Ship built during WWII that was launched 4 days and 15 1/2 hours after the keel was laid. There was a Team that I could have been on. No one quarterback nor point guard could pull that off, that took a Team of Quarterbacks working with each other, not against each other, nor competing with each other, as each piece of that ship had to be ready to slide into place at exactly the right moment, or a really fast recovery had better be ready to put into place. My kind of competition….me against myself. Where failure isn’t failing, its a learning experience.

So, the question was Field Day? I penned a phrase, of which I am sure it ain’t original, some time back, actually it was on the obligatory trip to Disney World after someone wins the Superbowl, or gets a diagnosis that is about as rare. It went like this’ No Regrets, Bucket List Tour’ and it was stenciled on a sheet of coroplast stuck in the ground in front of my RV at Fort Wilderness. So, yes, Field Day, with No Regrets, and a few Check Offs on the List.

Only being licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator for the first time last October, I have been working hard on my List.

This was my first Field Day. I didn’t personally make one radio contact. But, I consider it a success for me. Working within my limitations, I made a few contributions to the team, but I gained so much more. I observed most of the radio operators and loggers doing their thing.

I was allowed to share some of my creative ideas in a side room, where the club has started a Builders Group ( also called WeCanHams.com ) and I saw more new ideas come back at me than I can work in year. I saw the twinkle in someone else’s eye….who after 5 hours of trying various ways to solder a thru hole component in a PCB, finally was satisfied with the result….

and I am sure that many projects will follow that soldering adventure….I figure that at least 120 years of soldering experience was shared in that effort…THAT IS MY KIND OF TEAM. At one point, it resulted in a run to the kitchen to cut a corner off a pot scrubber….not a Pistol Pete move….but a Team move.

I had been told to make the move from 2 meter HT’s to HF required many hundreds of dollars, and a thousand dollars was tossed out there very often as what I should expect to spend. So, before Field Day, I tested this theory, by building a BitX40 kit for $59, and putting it on the air with a jump start battery for power and some galvanized fence wire for an antenna.

On the second Day of Field Day I took my Tour on the Road, down one the spokes on the HUB, to an affiliated Field Day site at HHART, and I had the extreme pleasure of lighting up someone else’s eyes. When I overheard that someone was thinking about getting that kit….I asked, ‘wanna play with one?’ It was exciting to watch and be a part of the ‘Team’ making that QSO, even though I was sitting in a chair just watching. He was heard saying after that he was ordering two BitX40’s.

 

 

And we should never forget a two transistor Pixie…just for fun…and plenty of learning.

 

 

 

So, what did Field Day mean to me? Making a lot of up close and personal connections in a sport that is usually done at long range. And quite a few more Check Off’s on the List.

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Amateur radio club to host field day in Jeff City

LARC was Featured in the local newspaper Field Day 2017, check it out!

http://www.citizentribune.com/news/local/amateur-radio-club-to-host-field-day-in-jeff-city/article_7ec4eed0-575d-11e7-baf7-3b731dc0a4e9.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Field Day 2017 has came to an end

So as Field Day 2017 has came to an end I have to post how proud I am of my LARC family. This year we were sort of thin due to members having family and other obligations,but I can not put into words how proud I am of our club. This year we added a few new twists to our FD activities which I believe was a hit! Our builders group had a session which was only slotted to be about 2 hours ended up lasting nearly 8! We had Testing which resulted in a new ticket and club member! We had over 50 visitors some of who literally saw our FB posts and came by, others heard our members talking on various repeaters swung by to join the fun!!!! Field Day is always special but this year it just felt more special than most. On top of that we operated one less station than last year and made over 100 more contacts. I just want everyone to know how proud an honored I am to be a part of this club. We are far from perfect, have different opinions, disagree about things but we work them out for the better of our hobby and group. We do not ban people, we don’t point out each other’s flaws publicly, we work them out like adults. This shows when we do events like last weekend! In closing, just a big thank you to those who helped, stopped in, brought food and especially smiles and laughter! Hyde WX4HYD

First Field Day Event for LARC Member

LACERA writes:

This last weekend was my first ever ARRL Field Day. A wonderful experience I recommend any ham to take part in. I worked about 18 contacts on 80 and 40 meters solo then 60 more or so teamed with Jim Sipprell on 40 and 15 meters. You can really fly thru the contacts if teamed up with someone. I also learned I like the Icom 706MK a lot and plan to add one to my station as soon as I can. Great little radio. Working with the wonderful members of the LARC, I realized how important the companionship of others who share your joy of amateur radios is to this hobby and your immersion into it is. I have pledged to myself to become more active in the club and on the airways. Thank you everyone for a great day!

Next Meeting July

Thursday, July 27nd. 2017
Testing @ 5:00 P.M. ,
Board Meeting @6:00 P.M.
Meeting/ Program @7:00 P.M.
Where: First Baptist Church Youth Center,
504 W Main St
Morristown, TN 37814.
Email for details or questions:
lakewayarcboard@gmail.com

Walk ins are welcome
If you are interested in attending a testing session to obtain your FCC License
Please email to let us know for confirmation.
lakewayarcboard@gmail.com

Field Day

it’s sooner than you think, it’s not next month anymore, it’s here…less than a month till Field Day. Antennas, Operating, Logging, Eating (yes), Soldering, Programming, Learning, Advancing, just about anything you want it to be. Builders Group Education at

Field Day

Field Day Primer

LARC Field Day is our premier annual operating event. Field Day 2017 is open to the general public.  This live training session prepares amateur radio operators to be able to set up and operate a station during less than ideal conditions in an emergency. It is also a contest with points and awards for contacting other participants. The contest encourages all to participate, while the experience gained pays off when a real emergency occurs.

With the  new and prospective amateur radio operators, an introduction to general operating procedures and the N3FJP software that we use to log contacts is in order. Training in operating procedures and just plain old FUN is the plan for LARC Field Day this year 2017.

LARC Field Day site will have several operating positions, each with a radio, antenna, power source and a logging computer. Our Field Day Captain will coordinate each position to operate on a specific band and mode to avoid interference with each other.

LARC leadership wants to encourage the general public and all licensed amateurs to come and get on the air.
Technician class licensees can also operate HF as General & Extra Class control operators will be at our Field Day site.

Each position is manned by a team of two, one does the operating and the other logs contacts on the computer. The team members can exchange roles and will appreciate occasional relief by other operators. To learn good communicating skills, observe a smooth operating team, then offer to help logging and/or operating.

Field Day Rules:  Read the full Field Day rules.  We may contact other stations once on phone, once on CW (Morse code) and once on one digital mode on each band. We must log the other station’s correct exchange information for the contact to be valid.  This includes the station call sign, the number of transmitters at the site and class of operation, and the ARRL section.

Our exchange information will be our number of transmitters (to be determined when we start), our class is Alpha (A for portable station with 100% emergency power), and our ARRL section is Tango November (Tennessee). For example, if we have 4 transmitters, our exchange would be “Four Alpha Tango November” on voice or “4A TN” on CW and digital modes.

 

Here is an example of a typical Field Day phone exchange:

  • W2IQ“CQ Field Day, Whiskey two India Quebec, Field Day”
  • W1AW“Whiskey One Alpha Whiskey”
  • W2IQ“W1AW, Copy my Four Alpha Tango November
  • W1AW“QSL. Copy my Five Alpha, Connecticut”
  • W2IQ“QSL, Thanks. This is W2IQ. Field Day.”

 

Here is a typical Field Day CW or digital exchange:

  • W2IQ“CQ FD DE W2IQ W2IQ
  • W1AW“W1AW”
  • W2IQ“W1AW DE W2IQ 4A 4A TN TN
  • W1AW“QSL 5A 5A CT CT”
  • W2IQ“QSL TU W2IQ FD”

 

Learn and use the ITU phonetic alphabet when needed for clarity, and only ask for repeats of (or provide) information that was not copied correctly the first time. We would log the above contact exchange as “W1AW 5A CT

Our software, the N3FJP ARRL Field Day Contest Log, networks the computers at all our positions, lists all the Field Day section multipliers (color coding those that have been worked), flags duplicate entries (contacts with stations on the same band and mode) and summarizes the activity for log submission. The Genesis ARC has posted this video tutorial of this software’s features. You will see how easy logging is when you see it at our Field Day.

Joining a Field Day event is a great way to get into operating a HF station with no stress and there are plenty of experienced people willing to help the beginner. It is fun, you get lots of fresh air and good food—with priority given to the operators.

73 and see you at LARC Field Day!

June the 24th and 25th 2017 @ The Boys and Girls Club on Hwy 92, Jefferson City, TN.

Email LARC thru the contact for for more info!

What Do I Do Now?

I recently acquired a new toy donated to me by the presentation giver at our last club meeting. The presentation was on our new builders group that our club is putting together. Thanks to Craig Thibodeaux (KM4YEC) and the help of Dale Knight (AB4DK), our club is learning to build the equipment that we have come to use and love. So during the meeting we had a few giveaways that consist of different electronic devices. It just so happened that my number was drawn out of the hat so to speak. I won a small bag of parts and components that create what is called a Pixie CW Transmitter. After getting it home and searching through the bag of resistors and capacitors I realized there are no instructions. What do I do now?

So with limited resources and no access to internet, I realized I have no knowledge of resistors and how to read the value of each one. A day or so went by and I managed to come up with a basic schematic for my little pixie 4.3. still with no knowledge of how to read the values of the resistors and capacitors it dawned on me that I have a handful of old ARRL handbooks that I acquired through a good friend Ed Bradley (W4VGI). I sat down and looked through them and found exactly what I needed. With my not so steady hand and a little solder I began the assembly process of my first radio build. An hour or so later viola! I had in fact created a full functioning radio. Now all that is left is to test it out. I went and grabbed the dummy load and a power supply as I proceeded to hook it up. Still with the satisfaction of assembly on my face, I flipped on the power and it worked! Or so I thought. I hooked up the key and it transmits just fine however there is no oscillation. Now all that is left for me to do is troubleshoot. So I conclude with this. When left with what to do now, stop and think about who or what might help you through your problem. Thanks to Craig for the chance to build something really cool.

 

KM4JSP

Jeremy Livesay

L.A.R.C. Club Director

W2IQ