The big event is a week away and last minute preparations are coming together. Excitement is mounting and we hope many come join us to see what we mean when we say “When All Else Fails, Amateur Radio”.

This year we will be setting up at the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross at the corner of West Bypass and Division in Springfield. We will be setting up tents and trailers on Friday June 25th and the rest of the set up will start at 10am Saturday the 26th. We will be operating as a 3A with a Get On The Air (GOTA) station. All this is done off the grid so that we can practice in the event of a major disaster. With the assistance of a control operator at each station, the public can observe and even participate in making contacts across the air waves!

There will be 3 Amateur Extras who have volunteered to be Control Operators so that we have access to the Extra Class portions of the bands for the full 24 hours.

From 12p – 6p Saturday, Caleb kdØbwt has volunteered to keep the grill going. For a donation, there will be hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and soda or water. Lewis kdØknl has already given us a jump start on the food with a generous donation of hotdogs! There are rumors stirring that the Red Cross might roll out the Funnel Cake wagon! So, come and join the feast.

In addition to information on amateur radio, this year’s event will also feature civic entities who benefit from Amateur Radio for emergency communications. The Red Cross, the National Weather Service, Skywarn, storm chasers and the Greene County Office of Emergency Management will all be there also providing information about their organizations. There will also be opportunities to purchase emergency supplies such as weather radios that operate on a crank system and require no “on the grid” power.
For those who are a bit “geeky” we invite you to come and join us to see what can be done with radios, and computers working together. FYI most of the computers that will be there were built by members of the club! Let’s just say this club is “Green” and the hobby encourages creativity!

During most times of the day, there will be enough volunteer examiners present to provide an impromptu test session for anyone interested in testing for their Technician license.

Patti kdØael