In the late 70s, a group of amateurs went together and put a 2m repeater in the air to assist in emergency communications. That repeater was on the Osgood Grain elevator and later mover to a tower near Milan and then went off the air.
The RCRA was formed in 1982 in an effort to have an organized club maintain and support a repeater, making this the 20th anniversary of the club!
The first RCRA repeater on 146.805 was erected north of Milan at Dick's house, WB9I (was N9DOK in those ways). on a 100' tower. It was later moved to the WRBI tower SW of Batesville in 1984.
In the mid 90s a 220 repeater was on the air in Versailles and the club took possession of that one. In 1998, a 440 repeater was erected along with the 220 repeater, on a tower at the Southeastern Indiana Career Center in Versailles.
Through the last twenty years, the RCRA has been busy with edcational activities, getting more people involved in the hobby, as well as promoting the inital reason for the repeaters, PUBLIC SERVICE to the community.
The RCRA continues to provide educational programs at meetings, testing for new hams, assist on bikathons and the CropWalk, active in Field Day and a host of other club activities to promote fellowship between amateurs all over the area!
The RCRA is a Special Service club of the Arrl. Meetings are usually the third Thurs. of each month. Breakfast get-to-gethers are held periodicly as well as other activities. Nets are at 8pm every Sun on the 2m and 220m. The 2m repeater is used extensivly for a wide area severe weather net when needed.
The equipment is owned by member/shareholdes, who purchase a share for $25, and then are able to vote. Dues are $25 a year and $1 for additional family members.
The only fundraising events are the raffle and a swapfest, held in the fall each year.
Check the repeater and this website for more information and thanks for surfing our site!