Cumberland County's oldest and only Amateur Radio Emergency Communications organization.

   The Cumberland Plateau Amateur Radio Club (CPARC), is located in Crossville, Tennessee, and was established to serve the public, further the art of amateur radio communication, and promote high standards in amateur radio. The club operates three repeaters, W8EYU/R on 146.865 MHZ (PL 118.8), 146.895 MHZ (PL 118.8), and W4EYJ/R on 444.950 MHZ. We are an ARRL affiliated club in the Tennessee Section. Select Information (on the menu bar) for a listing of popular area emergency nets.

   The half century old CPARC is a democratically operated amateur radio organization. Membership is open to all dues paying licensed amateur radio operators. Club officers and board members are elected by the membership. As a non-board centric organization, all substantial decisions are made by the membership at publicly avertised meetings. An application for membership may be submitted to the Cumberland Plateu Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 1473, Crossville, TN. 38557.

CPARC ACTIVITIES & INFORMATION 2017

CUMBERLAND PLATEAU AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
P.O. Box 1473 Crossville, TN 38557

www.cparc.net

CPARC STATEMENT: CPARC is an Amateur Radio (Ham) organization, dedicated to the enjoyment and educational enrichment of our members through the open sharing of ideas. All officers and directors are elected yearly by a direct vote of the membership. We are a member-driven, member-centric organization that welcomes everyone with an interest in amateur radio communications at any level.

MONTHLY MEETING: CPARC general meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at the Cumberland County High School library, except in December when a dinner is held at a local restaurant instead of a business meeting. The address of the High School is 660 Stanley Street, Crossville TN 38555.

CPARC OFFICERS: The following is a list of the CPARC officers for 2017.

Steve Weisberg KJ4KKD President  sweisberg@frontiernet.net
J.J. Orleff W0FAA  Vice-President w0faa@w0faa.net
Tracy Osborne KN9DOX Treasurer km4tsr@gmail.com
Richard Pumphrey WN9DDV Secretary cr_pumphrey@yahoo.com
Dave Dabay KD3PC Director kd3pc@arrl.net
Bob Mcgraw K4TAX Director rmcgraw@blomand.net
David Schlabach KC8ICG Director kc8icg@msn.com

CPARC WEBSITE: Visit www.cparc.net for CPARC activities, pictures and membership information.

VE TESTING: Scheduled VE test sessions for 2017 will be held on the first Thursday of April, August and December, 7:00 p.m. at the Crossville Airport Terminal Building Conference Room. Additional tests may be held as required at other times during the year. For more information contact Dick Chabot, KB3YR at rschabot@gmail.com or by phone at 931 456 0408. CPARC VE exam sessions are provided at no cost to the candidate.

ARES NET: The CPARC ARES net is held daily, (except Saturday and the second Tuesday of the month), at 7:30 p.m., on the 146.865 MHz repeater (118.8 tone). If you would like to take a turn as net control operator, contact Jim Walker, W4RRE at w4rre@frontiernet.net

ARES CONTACT INFO: Use the information listed below to contact key CPARC ARES personnel.
District Emergency Coordinator: John O'Connor KD4WX kd4wx@arrl.net 931 761 5578
Cumberland County EC. Al Perkins KA1KIX alsan19420@gmail.com 931 456 9141

FEMA INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES: The FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses required for some ARES support functions are; IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a and IS-800.b. For information on taking these courses, contact Al, KA1KIX at alsan19420@gmail.com.

FIELD DAY: Field Day is held yearly, on the fourth weekend in June. Currently, CPARC Field Day activities take place at the Homestead Tower near the junction of routes 127 and 68.

CPARC MEMBERSHIP: CPARC dues are currently $24.00 per year. For new members only, joining after April 1st, the dues are pro-rated to $2.00 a month for the remaining months of the year. Alternately, new members joining in October, November or December, may choose to pay the full amount of the yearly dues for the following year. In this case, membership would begin upon payment of this yearly amount. A membership application can be found on the CPARC web site Information page. Dues can be paid at a monthly meeting or mailed to the CPARC address listed above.

BREAKFAST GET TOGETHERS: The third Thursday and fifth Thursday of the month CPARC breakfasts are currently being held at Shoney's in Crossville, 8:30 am. Significant others and guests are always welcome.

DAIRY QUEEN GET TOGETHERS: Most every weekday morning, from about 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., you will find a group of CPARC members in the DQ on Route 127 (Main Street), in Crossville. Join us for coffee and tall tales.

Club Information

2017 Elected Officers

President Steve Weisberg, KJ4KKD
Vice President  JJ Orleff, W0FAA
Secretary  Richard Pumphrey, WN9DDV
Treasurer Tracy Osborne, KN9DOX

2017 Board Members

Bob McGraw, K4TAX
Dave Dabay, KD3PC
David Schlabach, KC8ICG

Contact Volunteer Examiner

Dick Chabot, KB3YR

Repeater Trustee

JJ Orleff, W0FAA

Web Master

Douglas Grant, KB1WJY

CPARC Repeaters

146.865-Tone 118.8 (solar mixed Fusion)
146.895- Tone 118.8
443.850+ Tone 118. (normal mode Fusion)
CPARC owned: 146.865 & 443.850

Emergency Operations Coordinator

Allen Perkins, KA1KIX, Coordinator

Popular Area Nets

Sun. - Fri., 7:30PM*, CPARC ARES Nets
146.865- 118.8 Tone

Mon.-Fri., 6:30PM*, TN Emergency Net,
3.980 LSB

Mon., 8:00PM*, RACK Tech. METERS Net**
147.300+ 100.0 Tone

Wed., 8:00PM*, SE (US) Linked Repeater Net
147.255+ No Tone

Thu., 6:30PM*, 470 Amateur Radio Group
145.47- 118.8 Tone

Fri., 8:00PM*, 6 Meter FM/SSB Net
52.93 input/53.93 output - No Tone
50.150 USB (after FM Net)

Sun., 8:00PM*, ARES Wide Coverage
2 Meter Emergency Discussion Net
Coverage: TN. wide east of Cookeville
Frequency to be anounced later

* All times in Central time zone

Popular Simplex QSO Frequencies

50.125MHZ. USB (monitored most of the day)
7.160 MHZ LSB (SE & Mid-West US)
7.208 MHZ. LSB (SE & Mid West US)
3.980 MHZ. LSB (SE US)
3.895 MHZ LSB (SE US)

CPARC Club Application

CPARC in the News

New Club Officers Elected for 2017

At the regular Tuesday night meeting on November 8th, 2016, members in attendance voted in new club officers for 2017. Incoming officers include: President Steve Weisberg, KJ4KKD; Vice President J.J. Orleff, W0FAA; Treasurer Tracy Osborne, KN9DOX and Secretary Richard Pumphrey, WN9DDV. Others that were elected are Director Dave Dabay, KD3PC;Director Bob McGraw, K4TAX; Director David Schlabach, KC8ICG.

CPARC Technician Class

Doug Grant takes over as CPARC Webmaster

Pursuant to a conversation earlier today (August 5th), Doug Grant has agreed to take over responsibilities as the CPARC.Net website in coming weeks. Doug expressed an interest in doing the website some time ago. Since my University of Texas online computer science courses are likely to run full again in the fall, I can use the extra time updating the ten credit hour certification course. I didn't want to turn the site over to just anyone since I've spent close to a decade making the site into what it is today. Doug is a very capable fellow and will no doubt do an excellent job as web master.
I'll continue to host the site on my high speed commercial web hosting account until Doug has his site up and running in the next few weeks. At that time, Doug will also assume control over the CPARC.Net GoDaddy account. I'll continue to work with Doug during the interim to ensure a smooth transition.

Monday morning at Dairy Queen - June 20, 2016

2016 Field Day City Proclamation

On Thursday, June 9th, the Mayor of Crossville presented an official field day proclamation to representatives of the Cumberland Plateau Amateur Radio Club. Receiving the proclamation was ARES Coordinator Al Perkins (KA1KIX) with CPARC President Bob McGraw (K4TAX) and Tricia Pumphrey (KM4IOD), CPARC Treasurer, in attendance. This presentation is has become a fairly regular event, marking several years of field day support by the local community.This year's field day will again be hosted by Homestead Elementary School in Cumberland County. CPARC members are encouraged to participate in the annual event that demonstrates the ability of amateur radio operators to perform emergency radio communications at a temporary location.

New Cumberland County ARES Coordinator

As of today, November 1, 2015, JJ Orleff, W0FAA, has stepped down as the Cumberland County ARES Coordinator. JJ, who has been very active and effective in the position, is bowing out in favor of unforeseen family commitments. His exceptional efforts will no doubt be greatly missed by his fellow ARES members and Cumberland County hams.Al Perkins, KA1KIX, who has been the Assistant Coordinator for some time now, will be assuming JJ's duties henceforth. Al will be the acting coordinator until ARRL leadership makes a formal appointment.

Cumberland County 6 Meter Activity

The Crossville 6 Meter SSB Net became operational again earlier this year on 50.15 MHz USB. During the approximately half hour net, W3HEN, net control, has been joined by up to a dozen others. One station, W9CAR, is always easily copied by most everyone. Ralph, W9CAR, is among the strongest with six elements and the potential for a kilowatt. Ralph also sent W3HEN a link to an radio frequency propagation website, dxmaps.com. The above screen capture of world wide 6 meter activity was taken at about noon on Monday, June 1st.
Effective Friday, August 28th, 2015, the 6 Meter FM Repeater net will be moved from after the SSB net to Friday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday. This ARES net is hosted by W4KEV, which is located atop Hinch Mountain at approximately 3100 feet. The repeater input is 52.93 and output 53.93 with no tone.During the August 23rd nets, 13 ARES members checked into the USB net and six on the FM portion. Participation has steadily increased since the 6 meter net's start earlier this year.

Cumberland County Emergency Response

As most of you are probably aware, Cumberland County was declared a disaster area in the wake of our recent severe ice storm, resulting in the call out of the National Guard. Having lived here since just before the last severe ice storm in the winter of '98, I can attest to the severity of their affect on our lives during both storms. Many folks like myself, who lived through the last serious ice storm, were much better prepared for this one. During the '98 storm, we became much closer to our neighbors. In that spirit, I walked around the neighborhood the morning after this storm initially hit to ensure that everyone survived the first night and let them know I had emergency communications capability. Fortunately, our Android TracFones never lost 3G data service and, except for the first day, had call service as well.Unlike the '98 storm aftermath, most of the houses in our middle to upper middle class neighborhood were running generators. We live about ten miles west of downtown Crossville with most houses on 5-10 acre plots. I suppose we consider ourselves more country than city folks. We've learned from experience to rely upon ourselves and neighbors to weather emergencies. On the other hand, the heroic efforts of Volunteer Electric and Frontier Telephone employees cannot be over stated. Both Volunteer Electric and Frontier employees were out in large numbers working around the clock. Both corporations brought in substantial numbers of emergency crews from outside the county. Land line telephone service was restored to our neighborhood within about a day and a half. Electrical power was restored within three and one-half days. I've lived all over the country and believe our Electric and Telephone workers to be the best I've encountered when it comes to hard work and personal sacrifice. Special credit is also due vendors like Tractor Supply, which kept households supplied with propane fuel throughout the crisis.As a retired supervisory federal agent with over a decade of experience as an Air Force Disaster Preparedness Officer, I've learned that its best not to put much faith in at least some state and local governments when it comes to disaster response. Conversely, it should be noted that the US active and reserve (national guard) military have always proven themselves to be the most dependable and effective responders, whether the disaster was widespread or localized. Still, the everyday efforts of some lower level government folks is nevertheless worthy of favorable comment, particularly in the County Clerks office. While they are not emergency responders, their routine efficiency and polite demeanor reflects great credit on themselves and the county. Similarly, city police and deputies, despite often not being as well trained and paid as their counterparts elsewhere, have impressed me as being in large part polite and service oriented despite no doubt having to deal with far more illicit drug and alcohol offenders than other rural area officials. Special mention is also due our public and private emergency medical responders, who have no doubt saved many lives through their quick and effective air and vehicular response efforts. As a retired emergency responder, I believe my first duty is to my family, followed by nearby friends and neighbors. I've developed a fair number of friends who have lived here all their lives and they generally agree with this emergency preparedness posture. Tennessee is still a fairly nice place to live, not to mention having an unusually low cost of living, and the folks here remain some of the nicest I've met.

Emergency Response Membership and Emergency Plates

Contrary to what some might have you believe, acquisition of Tennessee amateur radio emergency plates only requires an amateur radio license, not affiliation with ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) or any other emergency response organization. In fact, nowhere on the emergency plate application is ARES or any other emergency response organization mentioned. That being said, the charge for the plates may be less if you are an ARES member at the time you initially apply for the plates. For example, if you are a licensed amateur but not an ARES member, the automobile annual fee is $48.50. Conversely, if you are both a licensed amateur and ARES member, the annual fee is $21.50. Since no other amateur radio emergency response organization is apparently afforded that discount, one can only wonder if the practice is discriminatory. Since I suspect non-ARES amateurs are afforded the lower license rate, it may be a moot point.ARES membership does not require membership in the ARRL. ARES section, district and local offices, including their assistants, are neither elected nor necessarily competitive. That is, they are appointed ultimately by the ARRL section manager, who is elected by ARRL members in his section. For that reason, ARES appointments could at least potentially be political much like the selection process used by a sitting President to appoint friends and political allies to ambassadorships. Conversely, since a fair number of county and district positions go unfilled, appointments may be available to anyone who expresses an interest, regardless of amateur radio/emergency qualifications or political connections. Ultimately, ARES officials are not necessarily any better qualified than most other ARES members and routinely do not possess any professional emergency training or experience other than limited open book courses available to any ARES member.
ARES is far from the only amateur radio disaster response association. The Salvation Army disaster response organization has often distinguished itself in that regard. Other emergency responders include more than 5,000 amateur radio operators of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). MARS has an almost century old history of providing emergency communications. Unlike ARRL or the Salvation Army, MARS is a Government administered emergency program. That is, MARS is sponsored by the United States Department of Defense and administered by the US Army, Navy/Marines and Air Force.

A Salute to KJ4KKD and CPARC's Other Contesters

Contesting is not for everyone, but it is obviously very popular with at least a few of CPARC's members. As a case in point, Steve Weisberg, KJ4KKD, distinguished himself recently by placing first in the ARRL 40th annual 10 Meter Single Operator Phone Only Low Power contest for Tennessee. Steve did it again for the current annual 10 Meter Contest held December 13-14, 2014. Steve was one of 5,488 hams who submitted logs.
During last year's contest, which was held December 8-9, 2012, Steve scored 7200 points to come in first in Tennessee. Low power, in this instance, signifies less than 150 watts. Over three thousand amateur operators submitted logs in competition for the state awards.Steve is not alone in his interest in contesting. Several CPARC members routinely compete in phone and digital modes, particularly teletype. If you recently made a splash of your own and would like to brag a little, contact John Seither, W3HEN, for some well deserved time in the spotlight.

Hinch Mountain Linked Repeater System with EchoLink

Privately owned 147.345 (positive offset with 118.8 Tone) is now located atop Hinch Mountain (well over 3,000 feet elevation). As such, the repeater should have reasonably dependable coverage across east central and eastern Tennessee, and potentially one or more neighboring states. I found the repeater to be easily accessible via a hand held 5 watt radio from inside my home west of Crossville.If the story ended there, this repeater would easily rank as one of the two best coverage VHF repeater systems for Cumberland County, the other being privately owned 147.255 (no tone) located in an adjacent county. The 147.255 repeater is linked to another repeater in north central Kentucky and is also accessible from a 5 watt hand held in Crossville. Once a week on Wednesday evening, this repeater is linked to other repeaters throughout much of the southeastern United States.The Hinch repeater additionally is linked to three other VHF repeaters in Knoxville (145.37), and Gatlinburg (147.195), TN as well as Greenville (145.41), NC. The Gatlinburg repeater reportedly extends coverage to western North Carolina, northern South Carolina and southern Virginia as well as parts of Kentucky. I find the Knoxville link particularly useful in that it provides me with the ability to talk to Knoxville friends from a 5 watt hand held at my home. As with any linked repeater system, delay a second or two before speaking to be sure the link is active.But again, coverage is better still. The greater repeater system to which 147.345 is linked additionally supports EchoLink, providing access to other EchoLink repeaters and simplex links throughout the world. Access EchoLink by entering the EchoLink node number (4 to 6 numeric digits). Remember to identify by call sign as you would on any other repeater or simplex frequency. Remember also to delay a couple of seconds before talking to make sure the link is active. Pressing the star (*) key will play a brief message concerning the current node. At the end of your conversation, press the pound (#) key to disconnect from the EchoLink system. A more extensive summary of EchoLink DTMF codes is available on the Internet by searching for EchoLink commands. EchoLink can also be accessed from your computer once your call sign has been verified.

Crossville Simplex

Crossville also has two simplex frequencies in frequent use. The so-called SECRET frequency is 146.580 (no tone). A group of four or five also routinely meet on 50.125 USB. With regard to the latter, a couple local hams leave their 6 meter rigs on and set to 50.125.

Grateful Thanks to Our Supporters

The Cumberland Plateau Amateur Radio Club (CPARC) is very fortunate to have the support of a number of corporations and local governmental groups. The club is grateful to have these organizations as supporters and also as friends. As we are a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, we must depend heavily on membership dues and fund raising events to fund our public service projects. These projects have included our solar powered emergency repeater, National Field Day, a set of amateur radio reference books for the Art Circle Public Library and a recent Special Event station.  We appreciate the donations from our sponsors which have included both funding and services.     

         Volunteer Energy Cooperative                                            Big Lots, Inc.                                             Crossville Fire and Rescue
            Paws to Spay Variety Store                                  Crossville Memorial Airport                           Crossville Chronicle Newspaper
      Cumberland Co. Fire Department                                       Dairy Queen Inc.                                            Cole Hersey Corporation
              Art Circle Public Library                                             Homestead Schools                                        Munroe/Smith Properties
             East Penn Manufacturing                                Tansi Smoke Signals Newspaper                                Glade Sun Newspaper
                Flynn Sign Company                                               Glade Vista Newspaper                                 FFG United Methodist Church
                                                                                                           Anonymous (2)

Questions Regarding Website Content and Copyright Issues

 From time to time questions arise with regard to CPARC.Net website ownership and copyright issues. The CPARC.Net domain name is owned by the Cumberland Plateau Amateur Radio Club and registered through GoDaddy.com. The domain at GoDaddy is masked and redirected to a high speed commercial website hosting server leased by CompuForensics at Network Solutions. All photographs and movies contained on this website are the property of those who contributed the original content. That means they remain the property of those who created the media, whether or not they submitted them. Before you can download and use said media elsewhere, you require the permission of the original owner. The hypertext markup language (HTML) and scripts that make up this website are owned or licensed by CompuForensics, which does not permit their use elsewhere. Some items, such as the website HTML/Flash code and ARRL portable documents, are copyrighted. Their unauthorized use is not just unauthorized use, but a federal offense. Ultimately, before using a photograph or movie from this website, you should obtain permission from the owner in writing. So that such requests can be efficiently and legally handled by the webmaster, media submissions should indicate who took the pictures or movies. The Links page contains site references largely ported from the original CPARC website at QSL.Net.

Miscellaneous Pictures

The last meeting of 2010 was the Christmas Party. The snow did not keep this group from attending.
CPARC grew to nearly 50 members in 2010. Activity on CPARC's 2 Meter repeater also improved.
Sam Raper and Jim Walker inspect the merchandise at the 2011 yqard sale.
Members find time to enjoy a warm sunny spring day in the Big Lots parking lot.
CPARC Treasurer Al Perkins looks pleased with the 2011 yard sale cash receipts.
One of many customers adds to the CPARC treasury, after making his decision.
Another gathering at DQ.
Cumberland County amateur radio operators meet at the Crossville DQ on RT. 127 (N. Main St.) weekday mornings.
A gathering of local hams at the Dairy Queen on RT. 127 on a Monday in May 2016.
A few CPARC hams at the RT. 127 Dairy Queen. Left to right: Bill, Bob, Artie, Bill, and Harold.
ARES coordinator Jim Orleff, left, holds CPARC's first emergency exercise planning session.
Another view of the ARES planninig session on OCT. 30, 2013 at the Main St. Dairy queen.
Four of a much larger group of hams celebrating the 85th birthday of one of CPARC's early members.
Two of the earliest members of CPARC, an amateur radio club tracing its origin to over 50 years ago.
County hams meet for the February CPARC breakfast at Shoney's at RT. 127 & RT. 40.
Breakfast is held the 3rd Thursday at 8:15AM. The gathering is 2nd largest after Airport meetings.
CPARC members support their club with 2009 yard sale donations and their time.
The 2009 CPARC yard sale at the Big Lots parking lot was organized by Pete Tifffany, KT4BW.
CPARC Treasurer, Bill Whitaker, W4TOJ, handles the money as the yard sale cashier.
CPARC Vice President, Bill Melton, N4TRK, and his truck, help haul away what's left.
Three hams representing CPARC at a 2016 exposition in Fairfield Glade near Crossville.

Club Meeting Pictures

Tom Liebert, NV1T, a retired university instructor, provides a class on microprocessor boards.
Tom recounts an amusing story about the board.
2014 Officers, from left, includes Tom Liebert, Nv1T, Treasurer, John Pritchett, W4bda, Board, Dick Chabot, KB3YR, Secretary, and Steve Weisberg,KJ4KKD, President.
2014 Vice President and ARES Asst. Coordinator Allen Perkins, KA1KIX, is shown recovering well.
About half of the January 2014 meeting are pictured with the remainder seated against the walls.
Highlight of the January 2014 meeting was a surprise visit from Vic, CPARC ambassador to New Zealand.
Club membership and meeting attendance has swelled, filling the Airport conference room.
CPARC monthly meetings are held at the Crossville Memorial Airport, off Sparta Highway.
Dave, WV6JPL, and Pat, make a 2 Meter antenna from flexible ruler, PVC pipe, and fittings.
Tony, KI4QBW, joins in after technical instruction by Pete, KT4BW, at the Crossville Airport.
Jim Walker, W4RRE, teaches amateur radio theory to CPARC members at the Crossville Airport.

Station Pictures

W4BDA
John Pritchett, W4BDA, took this recent photo of his ham shack near Crossville, TN.

Antenna "Parties"

Ralph, W9CAR, and friends raise a huge multi-band Yagi north of Crossville, TN. (photo bt W9CAR)
Same as photo to left.
CPARC members help erect an amateur radio antenna at another CPARC members home.

Ham Fests

CPARC members Jim and Harold meet at the 2008 Huntsville, AL. Hamfest.
CPARC members Bill, Harold, and Pete talk at the 2008 Huntsville, AL. Hamfest.

Field Day 2008

Cparc's members set up a field radio operation at the Cumberland State Park on June 28, 2008.
Cumberland County "country ham" adds a bit of local color to field day festivities.
Gasoline generators provide power for the high frequency radios and 24-hour party rations.
CPARC has long participated in the annual Ham Radio event simulating emergency operations.

Field Day 2009

Field Day is an exercise in operating emergency communications from a temporary location.
CPARC members hoist a tower and short wave antenna for use during the two day annual event.
Everything is set up and ready to operate at CPARC's 209 Field Day park site.
CPARC's President Dick Chabot welcomes field day visitors to the main tent.
CPARC members and visitors at the Cumberland State Park site on June 27, 2009.
Field Day is also about catching up with old and new friends while enjoying a lazy summer day.

Field Day 2010

Homestead Elementary graciously hosted CPARC's 2010 Field Day at their picturesque campus.
Homestead Elementary is the backdrop to one of CPARC's high frequency antennas.
CPARC's President Dick Chabot escorts two new Cumberland County residents.
Long time member Paul Dorschel supervises the local network supporting field day operations.
Stephen Weisberg at the Field Day event.
Al Perkins at the CPARC 2010 Field Day event.
Harry Kulp helps to keep CPARC on the air by starting one of tseveral gas generators at field day.
Teletype operator Nick Smith enjoys the comfort of a motor home owned by anothe member.

Field Day 2011

Homestead Elementary graciously hosted CPARC's 2011 Field Day for the second year.
One of three CPARC field day operating tents attracts members of a Boy Scout troop.
A Scout Master and scout try their hand at contacting far away radio stations.
CPARC members Harry Kulp and Mike Murray are getting ready to score some points
Harry Kulp tunes a radio while logging his contacts on a networked computer.
Stephen Weisberg tunes a high frequency radio as J.J. Orleff and Pete Tiffany look on.

Field Day 2012

Homestead Elementary graciously hosted CPARC's 2012 Field Day for the third year.
Sometimes Field Day is about sitting down with an old friend and remembering how it used to be.
Harry Kulp tunes a radio and explains what's happening as another operator looks on.
Allen Perkins, a regular at CPARC field day events, enters another contact on the networked log.
Paul Dorschel, field day network administrator, can't help admiring how well his network works.
A former Army MARS state official and Central America missionary team up. (photo/ S. Weisberg)
Some participants are better prepared than othhers for the 24-hour field day event. (photo/S. Weisberg)

Field Day 2013

Larry Kellough exchanging stories with the Mayor.
Artis Winningham, an impressive local gentleman, takes a moment to chat with fellow members.
A few CPARC club members take a break to pose for a Field Day 2013 group photograph.
Paul Dorschel explaining his Field Day network.
CPARC member and electronics instructor Jim Walker talks with a visitor at Field Day setup.
Jim Walker and Pat Willis prepare a visitor tranceiver as Field Day coordinator Steve Weisberg looks on.
Harry Kulp and Larry Kellough making final adjustments just before operation startup.
Al Perkins, as Field Day 2013 operating begins.

Field Day 2014

Doug and Tom assist Robert, KM4ARI, make his first Field Day contact.
Jack and his father, Jim Walker, W4RRE, celebrate field day together at Homestead Elementary.
Larry Kellough, WB9AZQ, chats with friends at one of two open air pavillions at Homestead Elementary.
Veteran Morse Code operators Larry and Harry Kulp, K3HK, compete for Field Day contact points.
Harry and Joe, W4NSA, furnished a crank-up tower and directional antenna positioned on a trailer.
Jack, who furnished lunch for CPARC operators, relaxes a moment outside Steve's camper.
Jack and Steve, CPARC President, make voice contacts on 20 meters as another looks on.
Doug Grant, KB1WJY, pursues voice contacts on another high frequency band amid crowded frequencies.
Jack Walker, W4RRP, is shown putting on the feed before the 1:00PM start time (photo by Tom, NV1T)
JJ,Orleff, W0FAA (front left), CPARC Blog webmaster, took this group picture with his camera, tripod, and timer.
Bob McGraw, K4TAX, works to ready his PSK 31 digital communications station for Field Day 2014.
Tom Liebert, NV1t, CPARC 2014 Field Day Co-Chair., explains his educational exhibit.

Field Day 2015

Field Day 2016

Field Day 2016 pictures will be added soon.

Solar Repeater

The Crossville Fire and Rescue provided CPARC noteworthy assiatance in atenna replacement.
Ap Perkins, KA1KIX, ARES official and former chief tower climber, braved the ladder to install the antenna.
Al Perkins prepares the elevated perch for the solar panel funded by Volunteer Energy Coop.
Bill Melton, N4TRK, and Dick Chabot, KB3YR, inspect the solar panel prior to being raised into position.
This retrofit further establishes 146.865 as the County's most dependable emergency repeater.
Dave Leavenworth, WV6JPL, completes the installation inside the block building housing CPARC'S repeater.
Solar panel.
Close up of the CPARC solar cell electronics.
Close up of the CPARC solar cell electronics with full image of the unit to the lower right.
Dick Chabot, KB3YR, and Pete Tiffany, KT4BW, receive grant from Jim Purcell.

VE Testing

Free Amateur Radio Testing

VE test sessions are held at the Crossville Airport, in the terminal building conference room. All sessions begin at 7:00 PM Central Time. Our 2017 test session dates are April 6th, August 3rd, and November 2nd. There is no charge for exam sessions conducted by Laurel VEC sponsored VE Teams.

You will need a Social Security number or a Federal registration number, a photo ID, and for those currently licensed, your original license and CSCEs, if any. Pre-registration is required to ensure that we have adequate testing materials. To register for CPARC's free amateur radio testing, call or email Dick Chabot at:

                                        rschabot@gmail.com or 931-456-0408

For more VE session information, click the link to the LARC VEC website. Select VE teams. On the CPARC listing, select Crossville, TN. to find contact information and the location for CPARC test sessions.

CPARC volunteer examiners, some of whom are pictured, conduct frequent amateur radio examinations in the conference room of the Crossville Memorial Airport.