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COL Grand Prize

col grand prize (FT-857D)

The 33rd Annual Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest and Self Reliance Expo has a very special Grand Prize this year! Whether you are a seasoned Ham or a "prepper" that is just getting into radio, the Yaesu FT-857 is the perfect rig for you! The Yaesu FT-857 is the worlds's smallest HF/VHF/UHF multimode amateur transceiver. But don't let the diminutive size fool you. The FT-857 is loaded with features, high power output and a receiver that blends the renowned performance of the FT-897 and FT-1000 Mark V. It provides coverage of the 160 to 6 meter bands plus the 144 MHz and 430 MHz bands! The ergonomic layout and large tuning knob insure safe mobile operation. And look at the receive coverage: 0.1-56, 76-108, 118-164 and 420-470 MHz. The front panel is removable and it is remotable with the optional YSK-857 separation kit.

COL Hamfest Schedule

The following is the general schedule for the Cedars of Lebanon 33rd Annual Hamfest and Self Reliance Expo. This schedule is still being developed and will change and gain more detail as we get closer to August 24th. 

6 AM Vendor Setup    
7 AM Vendor Setup Gates open to the public  
8 AM Vendor displays

Drawing for Door Prizes

9 AM Vendor displays

Drawing for Door Prizes

Hmmm...Why is it that we bother to do field day?

According to the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio.  Always on the fourth full weekend of June, the event draws tens of thousands of amateur radio operators across the country to participate by setting up public demonstrations of the Amateur Radio service. Filed day is a great event to bring your family and friends and give them a glimpse of why you participate in this hobby in the first place, and why hams have such passion for being involved. 

Our Short Mountain Repeater Club field day is sure to be a fantastic event and one to remember for a long time to come. I sure plan on getting in on the fun and hope many others do the same!!  Some of the other reasons we participate in this event have honest to goodness practical and very useful implications.

  • Emergency Preparedness Exercise
  • Getting new, inactive, and potential hams on the air
  • Demonstrating amateur radio's emergency capabilities to area EMAs
  • Having fun...having fun...did I mention having fun!!!

73 de N0JPD


Cedars of Lebanon Vendor Information

SMRC wants to express our appreciation for your participation in Cedars of Lebanon 36th Annual Hamfest. If you were a part of the 34th Annual Hamfest, you know that the reason it was so successful was because of the vendor participation. Many of the vendors last year experienced sales beyond their expectations, and one vendor exceeded his total yearly sales for one of his radios.

This years event is is in the same location with the main display area stretching over 250 yards. The main road running through the venue is about 12 feet wide so parking will have to be planned carefully. We are providing a turn-around area at the North end of the main road for those who must leave before the end of the event. There are some areas where parking will be limited to one side of the road but pop-ups and tables can be set up on both sides of the road. 

SMRC Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest


Cedars of Lebanon 36th Annual Hamfest

The SMRC Hamfest will be on August 28nd, in the same location with all the fun and good stuff we have every year. Join us for our ARRL affiliated event and stay tuned for more information as it is made available.

Tell all your friends and neighbors that have an interest in Ham radio, emergency communications or preparing for your self reliance in any situation that "the" event in Middle Tennessee is on the horizon.




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2012 Marks All-Time High for Amateur Radio Licenses

The growth in Amateur Radio is important to clubs like ours because it tells us that many new licensees are coming into Ham radio who need training and directing to properly understand what radio is all about. I believe it can be said that many of these new licensees are coming into the craft from the preparedness community and many may not understand the true benefits of amateur radio and that it requires some study and application to receive those benefits. Clubs like SMRC can expand its misson dramatically by trying to attract these new licensees and making sure we provide them with the resources they need to be proficient in the craft. The question is whether we want to be a radio community or simply a collection of radio heads. 

This is a reprint of an article from ARRL website.



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