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Ripley County Repeater Association - Amateur Radio Club
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Looking backward...

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!

PAST RCRA PRESIDENTS:
1982 None- organization and elections held for 1983
1983 KA9FTM Sam Stoneking
1984 KA9DZM Dan Mulford
1985 KA0OAC Cliff Hartley
1986 N9DOK Dick Retherford(WB9I)
1987 KC9CU Bill Kaiser
1988 KC9CU Bill Kaiser
1989 WA9JNC Harold Ludeker
1990 No Pres- changed to Directors
Chairman - N9HEH Bob Branigan
1991 N9HEH Bob Branigan Chair
1992 N9HEH Bob Branigan Chair
1993 KB9CLY Bill Stoneking Chair
1994 (Back to Officers) N9PSG Steve Kristoff
1995 N9SFW John Reid
1996 N9SFW John Reid
1997 N9SFW John Reid
1998 N9SFW John Reid
1999 N9SFW John Reid
2000 N9MLH John Vierling
2001 KA9DZM Dan Mulford
2002 KA9DZM Dan Mulford
2003 KM9X Dan Mulford

RCRA AMATEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS
first year was 1992
1992 KA9DZM Dan Mulford (also won Indiana Amateur of Yr)
1993 KC9CU Bill Kaiser
1994 WA9LRG Ray Roberts
1995 none
1996 N9SFW John Reid
1997 KA9IRF Ollie Craig
1998 KB9MGI Judy Bultman
1999 none
2000 N9TMH Deb Vierling ( finalist for Ind. Amateur of Yr)
2001 KB9UVG Dave Stonking
2002 K9GPS Lee Kissell