Summer “Field Day” kicked off for the Tyler County Amateur Radio Association (TCARA) at precisely 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 27, and it ran for 24 hours. Although several had signed up, the coronavirus hampered the event’s attendance. Only two kept vigil, Chris Falkenberry and Chuck Petri, with two other members briefly visiting.
Chester Mayor Floyd Petri is flanked by Falkenberry and Petri, with service dog Zara under the sign. They camped in the Magnolia Ridge Park on the northwest side of B.A. Steinhagen Lake. They made several contacts around the country, and other associations were sparse too.
Petri maintains their vast website, WD5TYL.org, and they support their sister association, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group that provides support to law enforcement and medical professionals in emergencies. TCARA is part of the American Radio Relay League, est. in 1914, meeting every first Thursday at 7 p.m. at 201 Veteran’s Way in Woodville, Texas, in the same building as the Nutrition Center. Visitors are welcome.