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WFD 2017 Details

Here is an update from Matt regarding WFD operations:

Winter Field Day will soon be upon us!  To make this a great event we need your participation. Come out for a few minutes or come out for the full 24 hours.
We’ll start setup at 9:00AM on Saturday 28 January 2017 at the Sarcoxie High School Football field.  This is a great opportunity.  Thanks to Scott W7NYD and the Sarcoxie community for the use of their facilities.  We will have access to heated concession stand and bathroom facilities there.  Note that all operations will be conducted outside.  We’ll be operating 2 stations.  Want to work some CW?  Please do!  Bring your key.  Want to work some digital?  Please do!  Bring whatever additional gear you need.  We’ll provide the radio.
Operation will be 24 hours continuous from 1300 on 28 January to 1300 on 29 January.
Additional information can be found at the following website. Please review the rules and print yourself some logging sheets just in case.  Note that we are planning on computer logging but always be prepared.  Right?
To pull this off the club needs your help. 
Please let me know if you’re willing to sign up for one of the following tasks/needs.
Pop up tent with sides – Would be great to have two.  David Surgi is brining one.  Anyone else have one that they would be willing to bring out to the site for us to use for the weekend?
Tables – We need for of the folding tables like we commonly use at field day during the summer.
Generator and radios – we need someone to get with John Fredricks and Jason Arends to retrieve the club radios and generators and deliver them to the site.
Antennas – Have a great antenna that allows you to hear a gnat fart in New York City?  Can you bring it out?  (We will have various dipoles on had for use but if you have something you want to try out or show off bring it out!  We will launch it!)
Seating – Bring your own chairs
Headphones – We need at least four sets and some splitters for loggers and operators.  Any volunteers?  Bring your favorite set if you want to use them while operating or logging.
3 proper temporary ground rods – anyone have these?
Cooks – Any grill masters out there?  Would be great to have someone to assist with manning the grill for supper Saturday and Breakfast Sunday.
Water – would be great if someone would be willing to pick up a case of bottle water and bring it out.  I’ll get you reimbursed for the cost.
Food – I’ll bring out the food.  Any special requests for Saturday supper or Sunday breakfast?
Dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared for rapid changes in the weather.  Could be short sleeves or parkas and mittens.  You never know around here.
Logging:  Anyone out there good with software and networking?  Can you get the logging computers and a router together and set things up for us?  Please let me know.  The logging software we use for ARRL field day also has a version specifically designed for winter field day.  Not sure if we purchased rights to this part of the software or not. Can you look into this for us?
Satellite operations – Really need someone to provide proper gear and work some sats for us.  Huge bonus for working sats.  If you enjoy this please consider bringing out your gear.  Get us those huge bonus points and show the rest of us what it’s all about.
Everything else – Bring whatever you would bring for field operations operating by yourself.  Show of your gear!  Share your gear if we need it.  Bring your relics and junk if you like.  We could make a tailgate sale out of this to boot  if people want to.
Planning:  This is just the start.  I need your help to make sure this is a great Winter Field Day.  Assistance with planning and thinking of all the particulars we need to deal with in the next 2 weeks is greatly appreciated.
Matt Bernhagen


2017 WFD

Winter Field Day in 2017 will be January 28/29 from 1900 UTC to 1900 UTC. This year, we are planning on setting up an outdoor operation at the high school in Sarcoxie, MO (101 S 17th St, Sarcoxie, MO 64862). We will likely be at the football field or baseball diamond, look for the yellow sign, popup canopies, and long dipole strung up somewhere.

We invite all hams to come out and make a few contacts, hope to see you there!

2016 Field Day

Joplin ARC will be setting up in the usual spot again this year – Dover Hill off North Main in Joplin. We will be running a couple HF stations, VHF, and a GOTA station so come out and Get On The Air!

We’ll be setting up Friday evening and Saturday morning, then running the entire duration of the event, overnight to Sunday. Dinner, Breakfast, and Lunch will be provided for operators, we have a tent to operate out of and you are welcome to bring a tent if you want to stay overnight also.

If you have an antenna or radio you want to bring out and try, let John Frederick know so we can coordinate it and put you in the schedule. We need to make sure we don’t have more than a certain number of stations on the air for our class at any given time.

If you have a certain time you definitely want to operate, also let John know so he can put you on the schedule.


See below for the Field Day Schedule (times CDT):

  • 24 June – Friday
    • 1900 – 2100 –  Antenna setup @ site
  • 25 June – Saturday
    • 0700 – Setup activity starts
    • 1200 – Field Day operation “A” shift starts
    • 1500 – FD OPR “B” shift starts
    • 1800 – FD OPR “C” shift starts
    • 1800 (approx) – Dinner for Field Day operators
    • 2100 – FD OPR “D” shift starts
  • 26 June – Sunday
    • 0000 – FD OPR “E” shift starts
    • 0300 – FD OPR “F” shift starts
    • 0600 – FD OPR “G” shift starts
    • 0730 – Breakfast for FD operators
    • 0900 – FD OPR “H” shift starts
    • 1130 – Lunch for FD operators
    • 1200 – FD OPR “I” shift starts
    • 1500 – FD Operations end, site tear down begins
    • 1900 – Site tear down complete



Rt 66 OTA 2015

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: 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:

Joplin Hamfest 2015 Report

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

Field Day 2015 Report

The 2015 Field Day event was a great success for the Joplin Amateur Radio Club. We logged around 1060 contacts on SSB, CW, and PSK31, had many visitors including 2 elected officials, and enjoyed delicious food cooked by our club members. The weather was nice for both days and we put up quite a few wire antennas and a few beams for 2m and 6m. We also got to try out our new generator which worked very well and only used about 2 gallons of fuel.

Photos of the event are being consolidated into an album and will be posted here soon.

2015 Joplin Hamfest Info!

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

Quick Info:

  • 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!

June Program Meeting

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!

May 2015 Program Meeting / Field Day

Field Day is coming up in just a few short weeks!

June 27th and 28th from 1800Z to 1800Z, Joplin ARC will be set up at Dover Hill on North Main Street in Joplin. The club will operate as Class 3A, using emergency power and will have 3 operators on all HF bands and possibly VHF and UHF.

The club will supply 2 tents, restroom facilities, and will have a cook out. One tent will be for operating and one for socializing. Bring your own chair and bug spray!

We plan on logging using N3FJP software, so if you are supplying a laptop, please install that and contact the club to get a key.

Setup will be Friday afternoon so anyone interested, please come out and get involved.