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Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club

Ham Radio Boot Camp – The Generals guide to HF radio.

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Our boot camp has grown to become a popular event, so much so that we’ve been asked to hold a General Class boot camp for those operators that have gotten their general class license but are not quite sure what to do with it.

So you mastered the handheld and the local repeaters and you want more? Good! That’s exactly what is supposed to happen. Enter the world of HF. A set of bands almost entirely dedicated to general class and above where world wide communications are made, not with internet linking, but a wire and a radio.

This program is designed for the General class licensee (or those wanting a refresher course) who wants to know what all is out there, how to do it, and where to get the equipment. We’ll also go over some basics such as “which coax do I use” and “why this radio over that radio” and “how do I make an antenna, I don’t even have any trees to hang one with!”

Cost: This boot camp will be for members only. If you are already a member, there is no additional cost. Just another great benefit for joining SMARC!

Not a member yet? Its only $25 a year! Join here: Join SMARC!

Date: Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Time: 11am to 5pm

Location: 4094 N Farm Road 157, Springfield, MO 65803

Lunch: Hot dogs and chips.

What to bring: Bring a pad and pen for notes, or a laptop if you chose. Internet will be available if needed. This is not a Tech Day event, so we will not be doing radio repairs or programming at this event. We will also not be showing how to program radios for this event, it is more of a “beyond the handheld” event.

Need additional details? Reach out to us on our “Contact Us” page at the top.

Due to the popular demand for this event, we’re limiting this first boot camp to 12 people. Please sign up below to reserve your spot!


Parking Map:

If its muddy, park along the east side of the street. Please, do not park there unless it is too muddy to park in the field. Thanks!