-Regular Announcements-

-The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month, at 5:00pm. The next meeting will be on Saturday, May 21st. Each meeting is held at the American Red Cross Southern Missouri Regional Offices, at the corner of West Bypass & Division, in Springfield, MO
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Testing will also be available at 3:00pm for anyone wanting to get their technician license, or upgrade to a general or extra class license. The fee for the test is $15.
Any one that is interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator should attend a meeting, or testing session. You do not have to already have your license, or be a club member to attend. Everyone is welcome including friends, family, and children.

This month’s program will be about field day

-Field Day 2016-
What is Field Day?

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.

To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant’s operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations typically last a continuous twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.

Field Day this year begins at: 1800 UTC Saturday, June25th, and ends at: 2100 UTC Sunday, June 26th. We will once again be setting up in the field on the southwest corner of the Red Cross’ lot in Springfield. We will have several radios setup to operate on multiple bands at the same time.

We should have a tent setup to provide shade for those operating, or just wanting to hang out. We should also have a G.O.T.A. station setup for those that do not have their amateur radio license, but would like to try it out. I wouldn’t be surprised if some home made ice cream were there too!

We will be setting up tents Friday evening at 6 pm. If you can lend a hand, please come join us.
We will be having our usual pot luck with meat, ice cream and bread being provided by the club. Bring a side dish and join us. The drawing happens during the meal.

Drawing – As in years past, SMARC will be holding a raffle during Field Day.
Prizes to be announced soon!
Tickets go on sale at the meeting June 18!
$1 for 1; $5 for 6; $10 for 12
So plan on getting out to the Red Cross, and join us for Field Day 2016! It will be a great time for everyone!!

-Extra Class Study Session-
The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club is trying to put together an Amateur Extra study session, for those wishing to upgrade their license to Amateur Extra class. We will soon be announcing a schedule, and meeting location. Listen during future Friday Night Nets, as well as watching the SMARC Facebook Page, for the schedule announcement. Contact kd0ael@gmail.com if interested. We have the days narrowed to Fridays twice a month.
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-New Ham Radio Package-
R & L Electronics has put together a couple of radio packages for brand new Hams! The basic pack includes a Boefang UV5 hand held radio, and a Gordon West Technician study guide, and is less than $50, with free shipping!!
You can see details for both the basic & deluxe packages at www.randl.com target=”_blank”>www.randl.com. Once on the main page, just type “new ham” into the search bar, and you well see both of the radio packages.

-New Greene County Skywarn Page-
Brad, KD0UCA, has been very kind to put together a new webpage for Greene County Skywarn. There are links to the National Weather Service, radar, and information on how to become a storm spotter. Check it out at:www.gcmoskywarn.net.

Museum Ship Event is going on as I type this. 107 Battleships and Museum Ships will be participating. If you make contact with 15 or more, you can earn a certificate. http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/for more details

Trivia
E2B13 (C) How many lines are commonly used in each frame on an amateur slow-scan color television picture? A. 30 to 60 B. 60 or 100 C. 128 or 256 D. 180 or 360

Checkins
n0mio – Richard, Springfield
w0qfw – Robert, Ash Grove – C
kb0jgg – Roger, Springfield – A
kd0sjh – Will, Springfield
kd0yvc – Robert, Aurora
kd0yio – Andy, Springfield
wa0cfq – Dale, Springfield
kd0rsj – Franklin, Springfield
k0jtr – Jeff, Miller
kd0tot – Judith, Miller
ke0hft – Brian, Republic
k9ear – Bill, Springfield
ke0fgz – Brad, Polk County – internet
kd0ael – Patti, Springfield – Net Control