Amateur Radio operators with the Haywood County Amateur Radio Group will be on air in observance of the 2010 National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 16 & 17th. This special event helps to connect people with nature at many of the country's more than 500 National Wildlife Refuges. It is no coincidence that during this time Brownsville residents are enjoying the Hatchie Fall Fest on the court square, celebrating the regions rich history of blues, gospel, country and popular music from local and regional musicians. The Hatchie Fall Fest also celebrates the rich cultural heritage and significance of the Hatchie River's impact on Haywood County's early development.
The Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge in Haywood County was established in 1964, and has more than a dozen natural and manmade lakes. The Oneal lake facility, which is part of Project Fish, has handicap accessible fishing docks, as well as wildlife viewing areas. The Hatchie Scenic River serves as the northern border of the refuge. Game fishing on the refuge consists of crappie, blue gill, catfish, and bass. In recent years the Hatchie Refuge has served as home to several Bald Eagles, nesting at Oneal Lake, and producing offspring. Several species of owls, hawks, geese, and ducks frequent the refuge every year.
Combining Amateur Radio's communication capabilities with enjoyment of the outdoors to help others learn about the National Wildlife Refuge System is the goal of the amateur stations participating in the nine-day event. Hams are operating from a number of wildlife refuges under guidelines established in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (www.fws.gov). Only those ham radio operations authorized by refuge managers are sanctioned by this event.
Check the National Wildlife Refuge Week Ham Radio website (www.nwrweek-radio.info) for more information and a list of participating ham radio stations.