2015 Field Day Logo Red Design 1There’s something special at Brookshire’s next weekend, June 27 and 28, and we’re not talking about a sale on navel oranges in produce.

We ARE talking about a 24-hour continuous demonstration of Amateur “ham” Radio in the lot adjacent to the Brookshire’s store in Mabank.

The last weekend of June each year is Amateur Radio Field Day weekend, and tens  of thousands of ham radio operators worldwide take to the field and operate for 24 hours without using a local power source.

Why is that important?  Because in a hurricane, earthquake or any major disaster, all communications may be lost.  No telephones, no Internet, no cell phones either; nothing can get out from the stricken area.

Except ham radio. Hams can carry their own radios on their hip (walkie-talkies), in their cars, at home or in the field.  And all these devices can communicate with the world without local electricity. Once a year, hams sharpen their skills and test their equipment in a worldwide exercise and contest. The folks at Brookshire’s have invited the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club to set up their station outside the Mabank store. Everyone is invited to come by for a demonstration and free literature on ham radio.

Ham radio is exploding.  Over 720,000 licenses have been issued by the FCC; one reason is the Morse code requirement has been eliminated. The testing is the easiest it’s ever been, and the Cedar Creek club offers free instruction and testing.

 LOCAL AREA HAMS: please sign up for a two hour shift. Email our Field Day Chairman, Dave KC8YWT at boksu1@yahoo.com

Bob_HeilThe CCARC meeting for June features a world renown expert on ham radio audio and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bob Heil- K9EID. Heil, a nationally known sound and radio engineer will be the guest speaker via Skype at the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club meeting June 13.

Heil is best known for creating the template for modern rock music sound systems. He founded Heil Sound in 1966, and created unique touring sound systems for The Grateful Dead, The Who and many others. He invented the Heil Talk Box in 1973, creating a distinctive sound used by Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, and others. Heil has been an innovator in amateur radio, manufacturing microphones and other equipment for hams, and satellite dishes for broadcasters and sound engineers. He has won multiple awards and honors, and was the first manufacturer to be invited to exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Also Mats, SM0BTP also will take us on a video tour of the new HRO store in Plano.

We will also install new officers, wrap-up final plans for Field Day…and dues are due.

The CCARC meets the second Saturday of each month at Mabank Cafe on Hwy 198 in Mabank. The meeting starts at 9 a.m., but come earlier for one of the biggest breakfast buffets around. Anyone interested in ham radio is invited to attend.

Ham-Com is Coming!

hamcomHam-Com, The largest hamfest in the southwest, is coming June 12 & 13 at a new location, the Irving Convention Center.  The new site features more booth space for vendors and an all-inside flea market.

Discount Admission Tickets now ON SALE!
Purchase admission tickets online now and save $2 from the regular price. Get your admission tickets here.

Swap Meet Tables Are Gone!
They’ve completely run out of swap meet tables. Get ready to ‘walk-the-aisles’ as it’s going to be the best swap meet ever!

Get Into Ham-Com For FREE!
Did you know that volunteers get into Ham-Com for FREE? Just sign up to be a volunteer at Ham-Com and a little help gets you FREE admission… and even a great hat! Volunteer Here!

Ham-Com will again be host of the ARRL West Gulf Division convention.

For more info, visit hamcom.org.

WRN_Ambassador_logoThe CCARC has been accepted into the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™  initiative.

“The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, your organization is committing to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.”

For More Information

SKYWARNThe 2015 Henderson County SKYWARN class will be held Tuesday March 17 from 7-9 PM at the Henderson County Courthouse Annex building on the square in Athens.

All members of CCARC are urged to attend this session. It is open to everyone, so bring your family and friends!


The next meeting of CCARC will be Saturday, March 14. Our guest via Skype will be the host and producer of the HamRadioNow video podcasts, Gary Pearce, KN4AQ.hamradionow

Gary has produced 190 videocasts on ham radio in the past three years, and will share some his best stories with us. A ham for 50 years, he is active on both HF and VHF, and written QST product reviews on digital ham equipment such as D-Star. Check out his videos at http://arvideonews.com/hrn/ 

The CCARC meets the second Saturday of each month at Mabank Cafe on Hwy 198 in Mabank. The meeting starts at 9 am, but come earlier for one of the biggest breakfast buffets around. Anyone interested in ham radio is invited to attend.

CCARC Vice-President Rich Casey, N5CSU, was guest on two recent HamRadioNow video podcasts hosted by Gary Pearce, KN4AQ.  Both shows include several mentions of the Cedar Creek ARC.


The first show is a remembrance of how Gary and Rich met on the air fifty years ago as newly licensed hams. They discuss the early days of the FM mode in Chicago; this is quite an introduction to how ham radio used to be!

In part two, Rich and Gary discuss the Internet and many tools that will be useful to hams both new and old.

Rich’s blog Casey’s Place adds a little background on both shows, and includes links to all the tools mentioned in the second show.


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