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Event Details:

Field Day Location:

11016 N Farm Road 115, Willard, MO 65781

From Springfield, Take Hwy 13 – Turn Left on to BB. Then turn left on to to FR 115.
Location will be on the right. (Look for 11016 on tree on the right. Don’t drive too fast you could miss it.)

We will have signs to help guide to the field day site.

We will be operating at a 3A station – We will be using solar, battery and generators if needed to power our stations.  We will gave a GOTA (Get on the Air) station that will allow the public the opportunity to make contacts with the assistance of a control operator.  We will also have 2 – 3 HF stations set up as equipment is available. We would like to thank Bob Heil – K9EID, for lending the club some HF equipment.   We will be using an ICOM IC 7000, With a number of Pro 7 headsets. Thank you Bob! Other operators will be bringing their own equipment to operate as well. A sign up sheet will be available to sign up for a block of time to operate the radio. If you are inexperienced, please make sure you are with a control operator when operating amateur radio equipment.

Raffle Ticket Info:

Raffle Tickets are prices as follows:  1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5, 12 tickets for $10, and 25 tickets for $20.  Will be on sale up until drawing in the evening.

Raffle Prizes are: 2 TYT DMR HTs from radioddity.com , Dual band beam from Elk antenna, 20 ft push up pole, donated by Dave, KE0CVU, 3 Camel packs donated by Lewis, KD0KNL,

 

Field Day Weather Forecast: Rain chances are favorable with rounds of strong to possibly severe storms developing later in the afternoon. See Latest HWO

 

VIA NOAA.GOV UPDATED: June 22, 8:11pm CDT

Tonight
A slight chance of showers between 3am and 5am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast in the evening.
Sunday
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Heat index values as high as 95. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Schedule:

NOTE:  Field Day is a 24 hour event, SMARC will be operating throughout the overnight hours. Please be sure to plan for weather conditions and sleeping if you wish to stay overnight.

Setup of event grounds starts @ 11:00am Saturday

Radio setup @ 12:00pm Saturday

Event opens to the public at 1:00pm Saturday – START CALLING CQ

News Media from 1:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday

A pot luck dinner with a meat dish provided by the Club & raffle drawing 6:00pm – 7:45pm Saturday

Event closes to public 10:00pm Saturday

Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC)

Talk in Repeater W0EBE 146.91Mhz with PL tone of 162.2Hz

Public Toilet will be provided at the site

Press Release:

In Springfield Missouri, will join in a national
Public Demo June 23th

This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored
by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham
operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the
country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Amateur Radio Works!” is more than just words, as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, public Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised

Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s
grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable
means of communications technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even
rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just folks like
you and I who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to
unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems.

The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as
an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and
modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.

When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical
information and communications. On the weekend of June 24-25 during the National ARRL Field Day, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Southwest Missouri’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historic but still used Morse code.

Field Day is a picnic, a camp-out, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On
the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs,
groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. For many, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to demonstrate our many roles. While
some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response
capabilities. “We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather’s radio anymore,” said Allen Pitts, W1AGP, of the ARRL. ”

The communications that Amateur radio people can quickly provide have saved many lives.

Despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems – or maybe because
they ARE so complex – ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide
communications in crises when it really matters, and when other systems failed or were overloaded.

Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world- wide.

During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property.

Amateur radio was the only means of initial communications in the recent Joplin Missouri disaster, allowing medical, supply, and wellness information to be passed in the critical hours following the destruction.

The contest portion is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers
such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these
are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

The American Radio Relay League is the 150,000+ member national association for Amateur Radio in
the USA. ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides
books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education
classes and other benefits for its members.

The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the radio operators, see Amateur radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

See what Amateur Radio can do!