Come rain or come shine, there will always be radio communication. That was proven June 22 when radio operators from several East Tennessee counties converged at the Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club for a “Field Day” – despite that location’s storm-caused power outage. Organized by the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club and sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (AARL), Field Day included Jefferson County’s own Auxiliary Radio Emergency Service (JCARES).
Clark Measels, a music professor at Carson-Newman University, was one of the radio operators in attendance. He has been a Ham Radio operator since boyhood, when be built his first receiver while still in a Mississippi middle school. Measels mentioned a few of the emergency drills that JCARES takes part in throughout the year.