SCRC Field Day 2012


This year’s Field Day was another enjoyable event for our Radio club. While only a subset our total membership actually participates, a good time is always had by all who attend.

Our club does not treat Field Day as a competitive event but a time to get together, get the kinks out of our HF gear, log some contacts and enjoy good conversation, food and drink.

Each year we experience a handful of unexpected outcomes. This year we gained new members due to our public relations setup and another as a result of our on-site VE test session.

Although the bands were rather poor on Saturday afternoon and few logistical problems had to be worked out, we managed to eek out a few hundred contacts between our digital, sideband and CW stations.

SCRC Field Day 2012

Two of our teen members came by for the afternoon. They had a lot of fun operating the HF gear and enjoyed experimenting with their own homebrew UHF and VHF antenna systems.

Overall I’d say that each year improves over the prior year’s event. The club is planning to set up a recently acquired 50 foot tower on-site some time this year so our chances of making more contacts during future events should improve quite a bit.

A special thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event and those who took the time out to stop by and learn a bit about Amateur Radio.

As we all know it’s more than a hobby and Amateur Radio operators worldwide are the first to step up to the plate with their own equipment during man made and natural disasters.

Universal Radio Surprise!

Now I am not one for surprises! I really don’t like them at all. But on Friday I got a call from Tony the used radio manager from Universal Radio and he told me that he had located a mic for me. (see my other Universal article called Buyer Beware!).

Tony was a bit nervous but I quickly put him at ease by letting him know that I was not bent out of shape about the problem and proceeded to throw in a joke or two. Tony told me that things were not going well for him personally and was glad that I put him at ease.

As I listened to his problems, I quickly became glad that I was not in his line of work. It appears that selling used equipment presents all kinds of problems with returns of used equipment.

In summary, Tony explained that he was going to send the mic out. So now I sit and wait, hoping that the mic is in reasonable condition and it actually plugs in this time.

Stay Tuned.

Vibroplex Sending 73 From Its Mobile Alabama QTH

Knoxville, TN – Scott Robbins, W4PA, of Knoxville, TN. representing Cemorse LLC has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of The Vibroplex Company, Inc. from present owner Mitch Mitchell, W4OA. The agreement will become effective as of December 21, 2009.

Scott Robbins, Product Manager at Ten-Ten since 1997 will be parting company with his employer to take over full time management and ownership of Vibroplex.

Vibroplex will be moved from its current home in Mobile Alabama to a new QTH in Knoxville TN. The transition is planned for the last two weeks of 2009. The new location is supposed to be open for business on or about january 5th 2010.  The new QTH is 2906 Tazewell Pike, Suite A2B, Knxville TN 37918.  The toll free number is 800-840-8873.

“It’s a great opportunity to continue the more than 100 years of tradition that the Vibroplex name represents,” Robbins stated. “I’ve known Mitch for quite a few years and it was an important consideration for both of us that Vibroplex continue operation building quality products for amateur radio long into the future. Mitch’s experience owning the company will be valuable as we proceed with a seamless ownership transition over the next few weeks.”

Vibroplex Bug

Fred Lloyd of QRZ posted this:  “Vibroplex is the oldest operating business in the amateur radio industry and has been in continuous service to the hobby since founder Horace Martin invented the “bug” semi-automatic morse code key in 1904. Mr. Mitchell purchased Vibroplex in 1994, and has operated it from Mobile, AL for the past 15 years.”

For more information visit the Vibroplex Website.