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Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club

SMARC to put on first Hamfest in 20 years!

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SMARC is overjoyed to announce that it will be putting on the first Hamfest its hosted in over 20 years! What once was the biggest around was phased out due to logistical issues. The board has decided its the right time to bring back the tradition and put it on for 2021. Mark your calendars now for September 25th, 2021!

From 7am to 3pm we’ll have loads of table sales, vendors, testing sessions, presentations, prizes and food! There will also be plenty of parking and restroom facilities.

Here are all the basics!

Date: Saturday, September 25th, 2021

Location: 1707 W Chestnut Expy, Springfield, MO 65802

Time: Setup starts at 6am and doors open to the public at 7am.

Entry Ticket: $5 in advance, $7 at the door (each entry ticket comes with 1 raffle ticket)

Table Ticket: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (Each rental purchase comes with 1 raffle ticket, not a ticket per table rented)

Additional Raffle Ticket: $1 each – Available until 1:30pm for the grand prize.

Lunch: Billy Bob’s BBQ Truck – Online Menu and Site

Talk-In: 146.910 – Negative Offset – 162.2Hz

Participating Vendors and Groups

D&L Antenna SupplyOnline Store

Ham Crazy MerchandiseOnline Store

The Salvation Army SATERN ProgramSpringfield Salvation Army

Greene County ARESGC ARES Online

Greene County SkyWarnGCSW Online

SWMO Regional SkyWarn NØNWS Online

Linux in the Ham ShackLHS Info

Sessions and Testing

License testing session for all classes: Testing starts at 7:15am – You can pay for your session fee on the page below while getting your hamfest entry or table tickets! Please register and select “SMARC Hamfest” as the session: Registration

Larry Lamano: Passive components – 9am
In this presentation, we’ll talk about resistors, capacitors, inductors and other passive components and how they work together to make our hobby what it is. Taught by former Apple engineer Larry Lamano!

Salvation Army SATERN: Introduction to SATERN – 10am
Learn about what SATERN is and how it helps those across the county in disaster situations as well as how you can be part of the program!

Greene County ARES: Introduction to ARES – 11am
For local disaster, the Greene County ARES team provides assistance with many parts of an effort to keep the public safe. Working closely with the Greene County OEM, learn how you can help out as a radio operator!

Greene County/Regional SkyWarn: What is SkyWarn and how to get started – 1pm
Been interested in being a weather spotter or about SkyWarn in general? Then this is the session for you! Learn about SkyWarn and its part in helping the nation weather service get information to the public fast and effectively. Already know you want to be a part of SkyWarn? We’ll go over how to get started as well!

Raffle Prizes

Like any good hamfest, we have raffle prizes! Prizes will be drawn for every hour starting at 8am until 2pm when the grand prize is drawn for. Ticket will continue to be sold up to 30 minutes prior to the grand prize drawing! You do not need to be preset to win the grand prize, but you MUST be present to win hourly door prizes. We will redraw after 1 minute with no confirmation on door prizes.

Door prizes: 3 Baofeng GT-5R’s, Heil T-Shirts, Coax, Study Books, etc

Grand Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR System Fusion Radio!


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