- We don’t have a planned club event, but if you plan to operate in the field, feel free to post and invite others!
- http://www.w0ma.org/index.php/missouri-qso-party is the official website where you can find the full rules and log submission instructions
- Times: Saturday 1400 UTC to Sunday 0400 UTC, and Sunday 1400-2000 UTC
- Missouri stations may specify Joplin Amateur Radio Club when you submit your log and all our scores will be combined for a Club Score
- Exchange: Missouri Fixed stations will provide callsign, RST, and a three letter county code (JAS, NWT, etc). Missouri stations can work anyone and get multipliers for MO counties, US States, and Canadian provinces.
- Non-Missouri stations will provide callsign, RST, and their US state, can work MO stations and get multipliers for MO counties.
The project meeting next week (Mar 27 at 7p) will be construction of a very portable, collapsible 2m beam antenna using PVC and measuring tape, by Roger Kidd. The club should have enough parts for at least 20 people to construct antennas, including coax, and we will have tools and soldering guns available. These directional antennas will come in handy later this year when we do fox hunts!
The antennas will be built without connectors on the coax – that way you can install the type of end you prefer, such as BNC or PL-259. Of course, if you need help installing that, we will gladly assist you, and the club store does have some PL-259’s for members to purchase.
The club is providing materials for members to build the antennas, while non-members may also participate by purchasing a kit for $9. You can pay via cash or check at the meeting, or via paypal to email@example.com any time (just put a comment including your callsign and that it’s for the tape measure yagi.)
The log has been submitted, and here are the results of JARC at Winter Field Day 2018:
Total Contacts: 312
268 Phone contacts + 44 digital contacts (worth 2 pts each) = 356 pts
356 pts x4 multiplier for number of bands/modes = 1424 pts
1424 pts x2 multiplier for using 100W or less = 2848 pts
1,500 points for not using commercial power.
1,500 points for setting up away from home.
Total bonus points = 3000
We had 10 people who operated, according to the logs, here are the total contacts by operator:
- KE0RTK: 123
- K0SMK: 82
- KE0NQK: 26
- KE0CZR: 26
- K0JAA: 18
- KD0N: 9
- KD0SZT: 9
- WB0IYC: 9
- W0SEJ: 8
- W0KGR: 2
Ryan blew everybody away by making 39% of the contacts! Willis, not shabby either with 26%!
Also interesting to note: 251 contacts were made on the 80/40 dipole, with 61 on the beam – that’s 80/20%!
Thanks to everyone who came out to operate, help setup and teardown, provide food, or just to visit!
Winter Field day 2018 is only a couple days away – running from Saturday, January 27 at 1p CT to 1p CT on Sunday.
This year, JARC plans on setting up at Camp Childress, South of Joplin on Hwy V right off I-49 to the east. (map) We will have our trailer with tower and beam and will begin setup around 10a Saturday. We will operate as either 1 or 2 and Indoor or Outdoor (I or O) which we will decide when we start setting up.
A few of us are going to bring chili or soup for dinner later, feel free to bring your own dish to share for a pot-luck. I have heard there is power in the lodge for crock-pots. If you want to work overnight, feel free to camp out as well.
After meeting with the officers this week, we decided that the building at 502 S Pearl will be our new meeting place for 2018. The recently remodeled building has a nice large room we can meet in with tables and chairs available, and has on-site parking.
There are entrances on the East and West sides with the handicapped-accessible entrance on the West. You can access the parking lot from either street, or park on the street next to the building (Note that 5th is a one-way going West and parking is on the LEFT on that block)
There are only a few rooms in the building, so don’t worry about getting lost – the meeting room takes up the Northeast corner of the building. See you there Jan 9!
I presented information to the club last night on APRS – Automatic Packet Reporting System, and demonstrated some hardware and software to the club. The presentation is available here in a few formats, for compatibility:
- APRS – K0JAA 2016 – PowerPoint 2016 pptx file (17MB)
- APRS – K0JAA 2016 – PowerPoint 97-2003 ppt file (18MB)
- APRS – K0JAA 2016 – OpenDocument Presentation odp file (17MB)
- APRS – K0JAA 2016 – PDF file (2MB)
Feel free to use or edit these, and let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks everyone who came and for all the great questions, I had fun presenting and I’m glad to see such interest in this aspect of amateur radio – hope to see more packets on the air in our area!
John Frederick announced yesterday that the Ronald McDonald House is in need of volunteers this weekend to help with the Tarzan Zerbini circus this weekend. If anyone is interested Contact:
More information about the circus, including times and location can be found on their website: http://www.tzproductions.com/
The JARC will be participating in the Route 66 On the Air special event again this year, as W6N. The event runs from Friday, Sept 11 starting at 7p CDT to Sunday, Sept 20 at 7p CDT. We encourage club stations to operate on SSB, CW, and Digital modes on the following bands: 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and 6M.
Jim Johannes will be coordinating the event and a sign-up has been created here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F45ACAE28AAF49-rt66ota. Please put your Name and Callsign in the Name field, and indicate which mode you plan on working. There is only one slot created per band per day – you are not expected to work the entire day, coordinate with Jim on when you will be on the air.
If you decide to work as W6N please text Jim when you do – his number can be found in the club roster which is sent via email monthly, or located on the club members page.
More information about this event can be found here: w6jbt.org.
Members of the JARC set up in Schermerhorn Park south of Galena, KS and operated as K0T on August 29-30. The special event station made approximately 150 contacts, most of which were out of state. They tried a lot of antenna configurations with varying success but reported it was a fun exercise and chance to experiment and get on the air. For more information about the KS QSO Party, check out their website: www.ksqsoparty.org.
The Joplin Hamfest was held on August 21-22 this year – it was the 26th time the club has put on the local hamfest. The Hamfest Committee did a lot of work organizing the Hamfest, and it showed, they did a great job and we only heard positive feedback about the event! Now that the numbers have all been tallied, we had over 1,000 attendees, including public and swap table vendors.
Despite torrential rain and flooding on Saturday, we had a good turnout, and there were 3 presentations in the Joplin Hotel next door. We gave out many great prizes in the drawing, including a grand prize of a complete HF station to one lucky winner.
Thanks to all who attended, and hope to see you back next year!
Photos will be added to an album and posted soon. If you have any photos of the Hamfest you’d like to add to our page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.