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July 30, 2014

TRAC to participate in American Radio Relay League Field Day

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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 11:07 pm

Members of the Talladega Radio Amateur Club (TRAC) will participate in the American Radio Relay League Field Day June 28-29 from their chosen operating location at 309 N East Street.

Held annually across the U.S. and Canada, the event features more than 35,000 radio amateurs who meet with their clubs, groups or friends to operate their radios in remote locations as part of an informal contest.

“We try to make as many contacts as we can during a 24-hour period, but we’re going to be running on emergency power such as batteries and generators,” TRAC President Neal McGarity said. “We’ll be putting up a vertical antenna and some wire antennas stretched into an inverted ‘V’ shape.”

McGarity explained the reason they operate with emergency power supplies is to simulate austere conditions encountered during severe weather scenarios.

“A lot of clubs use it to practice emergency setup, like during disasters and stuff like that. They use that opportunity to see how well their staging works.”


The club also uses the event as a potential recruitment tool to grant people opportunities to see if they’d be interested in amateur radio, often referred to as ham radio.

“Anyone who wants to come by to try amateur radio is more than welcome to stop by,” McGarity said. “With us being there licensed, they can make contacts by using the club’s call sign, N4WNL.”

Individuals who want to try their hands at amateur radio may stop by the location between 1 p.m. June 28 and 1 p.m. June 29.

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  • stemley gator posted at 5:18 am on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    stemley gator Posts: 10

    When You visit dig deeper. they will tell you what you can do with the radio and demonstae how to key the microphone, De4mand more, Dig deeper. Ask the really tough questions, How doesa the radio operate, whaT

  • neal8065 posted at 7:47 pm on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    neal8065 Posts: 1

    The TRAC is beginning to grow. I would like to thank Daily Home for putting the article about field day this weekend. I have been doing field day for the last eight years and enjoy it a lot.

  • tracmember posted at 4:36 pm on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    tracmember Posts: 1

    I have been a member of the trac for about a year, there are some great people in this club, it has started growing and adding a lot of members. we at the club would like to thank the daily home for the article and invite them to come out and join us, In the past the club has grown stagnant and with the new members coming in there is a lot of enthusiasm and participation. Hope it keeps growing and with its growth it will be a great service to Talladega and surrounding areas. like to thank Neal, Jenny, and Jim for their continued participation,

  • stemley gator posted at 1:31 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    stemley gator Posts: 10

    I'll be totally truthful as the rules require and give an eyewitness report.
    The story is truthful about Field-day. As one who had first hand knowledge and participated with the the event. I found them to be discourteous, rude and very,very seldom have I known them to run the entire 24 hours complete.
    Not criticism, honesty. I was yelled at ignored and most of all frustrated at the environment.
    Manners please.[sad]


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