Radio Club to Open Expanded Clubhouse during National Communications Exercise
The Cleveland Amateur Radio Club will celebrate completion of an addition to their clubhouse during an open house coinciding with participation in Field Day, a national communications exercise the weekend of Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24. The drill helps prepare participants to set up and communicate in post disaster conditions where many conveniences are lost.
Field Day will be an excellent opportunity for the public to see the club facility and experience a “behind-the-scenes” up close look at the work amateur radio performs in communities across the nation, Steve Weber, president of the CARC, pointed out.
“During Field Day thousands of amateurs, known also by the nickname “hams,” will tune to designated groups of frequencies to contact other groups and individuals around the world participating in the event,” Weber added.
The clubhouse addition was completed recently allowing the non-profit to expand areas for club activities and radio communications.
Special invited guests for the dedication include Allan Jones of the Allan Jones Foundation and Janice Johnson Wilson, representing the George R. Johnson Family Foundation, who assisted the club financially with grants for the addition.
Weber helped to oversee construction of the addition and said he hopes the community will avail themselves of the opportunity to see the facility that club members take great pride in.
Cleveland is among a small number of Tennessee clubs able to boast having their own facility. Most partner with disaster relief agencies to use their facilities for activities.
Jessie Rogers, chairman of the Field Day event for the CARC, said they face the challenge of establishing communications without commercially produced electricity, powering their rigs with a portable generator.
Rogers said this is good practice “so we are ready” for events such as the April 2011 tornadoes that ravaged sections of Bradley County. Steps are taken during Field Day to create realistic conditions as possible.
More than 70 club members and visitors are expected to participate in the event at the CARC clubhouse at 560 Johnson Boulevard. Field Day is coordinated nationally by the American Radio Relay League.
Field Day officially kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday and lasts 24 continuous hours.
A special ceremony marking the completion of construction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Last year during the same weekend the club honored five surviving charter members, including the first president, Jimmy Still, for the significant role each had in forming the club in 1962.
The ARRL encourages participating groups to make their communications visible to the public, giving insight into the work done by these community volunteers whenever disaster strikes.
The public is invited to visit the Cleveland clubhouse during the 24 hours of the event.
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