SMARC is very proud to be the sponsoring club for the new Springfield Rt. 66 On the Air station with the call W6R. This event has involved amateur operators from around the Springfield area through this week. This is not a club specific activity and many operators from around the area have been calling CQ on SSB, CW, and RTTY on UHF, VHF and HF stations.

Bob Heil, K9EID of HeilSound, has been the catalyst for this event. With him being the driving force behind our involvement, SMARC has been in the news and across the air waves! In case you missed it, Bob spotlighted us on Hamnation and on Amateur Radio Newsline.

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From this week’s edition of Amateur Radio Newsline!


The amateur radio bands have been very busy this past week with the 15th annual “On the Air Route 66” special event. This year was very important to hams in Springfield, Missouri . This is the recognized birthplace of Route 66 and in 2014 it was added to the list of cities along the road that runs from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club played host to special event station W6R and kicked off the event with a Field Day – like operation from the historic Route 66 park. That’s very close to the location where the telegram was sent to Washington, DC in 1926 giving the highway the name Route 66. Certificates, decals and QSL cards are available at The event ends on September 15th. (K9EID)