Full Memberships are for licensed hams and allow access to all training materials both video and published resources with the exception of premium events when those features come online. Access to all users forums is included as well as being able to leave comments in areas dsignated for such activity. All Active members have voting privileges; a full vote for the individual SMRC member in attendance. Military members will have their memberships maintained and active during their deployment if they are called away. Students currently in High School are offered complimentary memberships after earning their license for the time they remain in High School.
Associate Memberships are the Short Mountain Repeater Club's membership level for those who do not have a license and can't participate in an Active (Full) membership. The Associate membership is especially useful to those who are working on your Technician's license or Web users that want to access the training for the Technician's class exam. Associate members can access training information that not only helps them pass the written exam but can also helps them understand the basics of radio practice new Hams might be interested in, what frequencies they can operate on and where to find other hams to communicate with. Access to the licensing forums is also included which helps you get answers to the questions you have about getting your license. They can also learn some basics about how to serve their communities with their new skills.
We would like to give a special "Thanks" to our 2013 sponsors who have shown their support for the 33rd Annual Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest and Self Reliance Expo. Please support them when you need the products they offer.
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.
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.
For those who could not attend the January SMRC meeting, you missed a very interesting and in-depth presentation by WD8KVQ on electro-magnetic pulse events. Bruce made a solid case for expecting such an event from some of America's enemies and explained the simplicity by which they could disable the electrical grid of the United States with one atomic detonation in our atmosphere.
There are many theories and concepts about how to protect electronic equipment from such an event. Bruce's presentation went into detail to expel some of the myths and misconceptions about what would be required to protect your ham gear. You can access the presentation as a member of SMRC under the Video Library/Club Presentations/Members Only menu item.