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2016 Three local Amateur clubs will group together for FD. 

 Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society with,

 Bedford County ARC and

 Short Mountain Radio Club.


Call Sign for Field Day Site: Dadit DidididitDah Dah - November Four Tango - N4T


We will be using Special Call Sign N4T.    >>> N4T FD 2015.pdf <<<


732 Stone Fort Dr, Manchester, TN 37355 State Park Phone: (931) 723-5073

GPS coords, for the FD site, they are......  N 35 29.371' W 086 05.946'


Setup Saturday Starting 0830; Begin Operations 1300 (1pm) CST, Dinner Saturday 1800 (6pm) CST


Field day POC: Michael Glennon KB4JHU [email protected]

Site Coordinators:

MTARS - Michael Glennon KB4JHU Cell 931-571-0502 email: [email protected]

BCARS Randy Bee W4WRB Cell 931-619-6909     email:  [email protected]

SMRC David  Brown  W4ODB    email:  [email protected]

Ham Radio operators from Middle Tennessee will be joining in a National Deployment and Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications June 27th & 28th at Old Stone Fort State Park, at Manchester, TN.

The Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS), a group of local area ham radio operators will be showing off their emergency capabilities in a two-day field day event, this weekend at Old Stone Fort.

Members of the Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society will be on hand Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 am Saturday till 1 pm Sunday to demonstrate how amateur radio works. The club is inviting the public to come on out, join in the fun and see ham radio's new capabilities. While here, you can learn how to get your own FCC Amateur Radio license to actively participate in the fun or maybe to help provide emergency communications when the next disaster strikes.

Any licensed ham radio operators (club members or not) who might be in the local area, are cordially invited to stop by, bring the family and operate a station. Or just meet and chat with other area hams, and / or bring a covered dish and stay for our annual summer picnic, being held on-site, around 6 PM, Saturday evening, June 27th. If you have 2 meter Amateur Radio capabilities, check in with us on the local VHF repeater (146.70 MHz 114.8 tone)

click here for map of MTARS Field Day Location (use [back] to return here)

This annual event called Field Day is the climax of the Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the Texas wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events both local and worldwide. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio - often called Ham Radio - was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer hams traveled south to save lives and property.

When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio's people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. Local Manchester, Tullahoma and Winchester area ham radio operators will be on hand here this weekend, to demonstrate what Amateur Radio Service is about, showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code. We will be communicating with other ham groups at locations all across the USA and Canada, who will be holding similar public demonstrations of their emergency communications capabilities.

Using only emergency power, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works" is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

"We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather's radio anymore, " said Allen Pitts, W1AGP, of the ARRL. "The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded ". And besides that..

>>> IT'S FUN <<<

There are over 750,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.8 million around the world. Through the ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free. To learn more about the Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society, "click" on "MTARS". To learn more about Amateur Radio, "click" on the "ARRL"


Comment from Michael Glennon 2016

Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service

Members of three area clubs Bedford County Amateur Radio Service (BCARS), Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS) and Short Mountain Repeater Club (SMRC), Clubs will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 - 26 at old Stone Fort State Park.  Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have sstabilished temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio.  This event is open to the public and all are encourged to attend.  For over 100 years, Amateur Radio - sometimes call ham radio -  has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet.  Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.  Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participate in Field Day in 2015.  "It's easy for anyone to pick upa a computer and smart phone, connect to each other,"  said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio.  "But if there's an interruption of service or you're out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate.  ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smart phones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes.  That's the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage."  "Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world, "Kutzko added.  "Ham do this by using a layer of Earth's atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves.  In today's electronics do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down". 

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator.  There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100.  With clubs such as BCARS, MTARS and SMRC Clubs its easy for anybody to get involved right here in Middle Tennessee Area.


For more information about Field Day, or becoming a licensed Operator, contact:

Field day POC: Michael Glennon KB4JHU [email protected]

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