This page will periodically be updated as additional details become available.

Event Details:

UPDATE: Field Day 2017 – Due to unforeseen circumstances the Field Day location has changed! Thank you to Doneau and John Probst for opening their property to us. Several members are planning to camp out and make this an all nighter. Others will be heading home about 11 pm. Set up will occur about 11 am and we can use all hands on deck!

New location Details:

11016 N Farm Road 115, Willard, MO 65781

Take Hwy 13 North to BB. Turn left and go to FR 115.
Turn left and location will be on the right.

Field-Day Raffle:

 

This year we are excited with the offerings that our club will have regarding raffle prizes.

Some of these items include: Elk Antenna, various headsets and antennas for ht transceivers, a 2 meter mobile transceiver, multiple devices from MFJ, an 80 meter HF antenna and much more.

A more detailed list of the items that will be included in the raffle will be posted very soon so check back for updated information.

Raffle Tickets:

 

Raffle Ticket Prices will be finalized and posted soon. Advanced tickets can be purchased before Field Day at our June 17th monthly meeting.

 

Our goal for the 2017 Field Day Raffle, in addition to covering Field-day expenses, is the purchase of DMR Repeaters to replace our current repeaters to broaden our coverage in general communications and during emergency situations such as severe weather by means of utilizing Skywarn. Skywarn offers support to the National Weather Service by deploying trained spotters and net controls who volunteer to effectively communicate ground truth in weather situations such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding. Anything that pertains to public safety in these scenarios are primarily why ham radio operators donate their services to aid in awareness and safety to the public.

We are currently participating in fundraising organizations. For more information about how you can help raise funds for our club, visit https://www.flipgive.com/campaigns/83292-southwest-missouri-amateur-radio-club/store?fundraiser_id=342027

 

Schedule:

NOTE:  Field Day is typically a 24 hour event, however, the decision to limit our participation to the hours of 1:00pm – 11:00pm was made. However, operators who wish to continue the event on their own will be responsible for themselves and must abide by their respective licence privileges.

Setup of event grounds starts @ 11:00am Saturday

Radio setup @ 12:00pm Saturday

Event opens to the public at 1:00pm Saturday – Please note location change.

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

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

Operating continues 8:00pm Saturday – 11:00pm Saturday

Event closes to public 10:00pm Saturday

Volunteers Tear down 10:00pm Saturday

Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC)

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

Hands on projects such as homebrew antenna builds are planned.  To participate please visit this link for instructions and list of supplies to bring on the day of the event.

Press Release:

In Springfield Missouri, will join in a national
Public Demo June 24th

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!