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:
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.
The 2015 Joplin Hamfest page has been updated!
JARC Hamfest, August 21-22, 2015
Friday 3 – 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM – 2 PM
- Admission: $6 in advance (6 raffle tickets included!) / $8 at the door – Valid both days!
- Additional raffle tickets: $1
- Commercial vendor tables: $40
- Non-commercial (swap) tables: $10
- Official 2015 Hamfest flyer with advance ticket info and mail in form.
- 2015 Hamfest Announcement
- Commercial Vendor Reservation Form
Head over to the Hamfest page for all the latest info!
This is a reminder that there is no program meeting this month – the June 23rd meeting is cancelled since Field Day is the same week. Hope to see you all at Field Day!
Jim Scott recently emailed a list of call sign prefixes out for use in operating. I thought this was a great, handy resource, however it was saved at a low DPI that made it hard to read – I did some searching and found a list on the ARRL site and made a similar, newer version. This may come in handy for Field Day or other contests, DXCC, or just your day-to-day operating to see where that strange call is from.
The current version I’ve created can be downloaded here: prefixes v2.
Here is the report from Ron, our net control for the net last night, thanks to everybody that participated!
I logged 18 stations checking in tonight:
Jasper Co ARES leadership made a presentation to the club at the Program Meeting on Feb 24th, covering the basics of ARES, such as the organizational structure, what they do, how to get involved, and the SMLRS repeater network.
The presentation that was given can be viewed online here: ARRL – ARES Presentation.
An announcement was also made that the final day to order vests is March 4. If you want the name and call sign embroidered, it is $32.00. Not embroidered $29.00. Vests only $17.00. Please get your money to Tom Zeller by the meeting on Tuesday, March 3 if you would like to order a vest.
Thanks to Andy, KAØTUD, and the rest of the ARES leadership on a very informative presentation!