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The website storage emergency is temporarily cured. You may once again upload a limited number of photos and other files for your posts to the website.

Please no photo albums and try to keep the file sizes as small as possible so I don’t have to deal with it again for a while!

Chris – KC0TKS

August Meeting

Our August meeting will be Saturday August 7th beginning at 8:30 am. Meeting location will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 3700 West Broadway(across from Lowe’s) in the outdoor shelter house. Several items to discuss on the agenda including preparing for Hamfest, SET Exersice, and update on our Ecom trailer just to name a few items. Following the meeting beginning at approximately 9:45 am a test session for local hams in our area will follow. This is by appointment only. Those wishing to test must contact Bret (W0VK) as soon as possible to pre-register. Bret’s email is listed on our clubs website www.wa0sdo.org or you can find it on QRZ.com. Also it’s time to renew your membership so please don’t forget to pay your dues. Look forward to seeing everyone there. 73’s

July Meeting Recap

July Meeting Re-cap : WOW
What a great meeting today. Had 22 members in attendance this morning. We will have a testing session at our August meeting on the 7th scheduled to be at Our Savior Lutheran Church(weather permitting) meeting as always beginning at 8:30am with testing to follow. We talked about about having a Technician Class later this fall, polled for July net control operators, wrecking crew will also be busy helping a couple of members with new antenna installs. Harry(K0TV) gave a final report on field day. Thanks Harry for a outstanding job.

Preparations have begun on Hamfest on October 16th. We already have 2 spaces reserved without having our flyer ready( ready this week ). More detailed information will be discussed at our August meeting. For Hamfest information contact Bret(W0VK) or Richard (KE0QYA). Connie(WA0QCJ) will have information on club shirts at our August meeting. Scott(KJ4MFW) will be in charge of our SET (Simulated Emergency Test) scheduled for October 30th. We indeed have many exciting things coming up for all Ham’s in our area.

The 2 big things are we have begun the the process of establishing a new 2meter/DMR Repeater in Cole Camp. This will allow our club to increase its footprint as far south as Preston and indeed will cover most of the Truman Lake area and beyond. Steve (KE0CYW) is in charge of this tremendous opportunity for the club. Hopefully this will be fully operational within 160 days.

The other huge news is thanks to Richard(KD0CNC) and Doc(W3MEB) our club took possession of a Emergency Communication Trailer that they donated to SPARK. Fully functional and ready to go this will be a tremendous asset to our community and also to our members.

As you can see SPARK is definitely alive and well. Ham radio is a great hobby and indeed we are having fun. We have added several new members over the past few months and continue to grow. The next couple of months will be exciting as we have many things lined up. We look forward to seeing all members and guests at our August meeting. 73’s

July Net Control Operators

July Net Control Operators
11th Richard (KE0QYA)
18th Paul (KD0ETL)
25th Doc (W3MEB)
Special thanks to Don (KF0ARQ) for running the net on the 4th.

Field Day 2021 – After the Fact

Field Day 2021 is behind us.
Time for picking up the pieces and reviewing how we did.
The map shows where we made contacts.

Early stats so far appear to be that we had:
21 members/guests signed in
3 new members joined
25 points made from contacts
We are still counting the bonus points
Also, there might be other members who will share points from their home station contacts

What happened:
On Friday there was really bad weather in the area and a forecast for Saturday threatened cancellation of our event.  But we found things different on Saturday morning. Can you believe it, the weather forecast was wrong!

At 10am, we decided to go ahead and do set up.
We were done around noonish
We began operation at 1pm
We were class 5A and our ARRL section was MO.
There was a lot of digital activity (FT8 mostly), but conditions for both voice and digital didn’t seem to be very favorable.
Around 3pm, we had a small, but very strong, storm cell pass over the FD site bringing a huge amount of rain over a short period.
We took a break about 5pm for supper.
We enjoyed hot dogs, side dishes, and deserts.
Daren KDØOPS cooked the dogs.
I didn’t try all the pot luck dishes. But, Chris KCØTKS ‘best ever baked beans’ claim didn’t disappoint.
We closed around 8pm. Everyone left in shiny, clean, freshly washed vehicles from the 3pm downpour.

Points are still being counted. A better idea of how we did will be announced at the July club meeting. The ARRL publishes Field Day results in their December QST magazine.

If you got contacts from your home stations, consider turning in points for yourself. Claim those contacts for your own call credit, but associate your submission with our club and your points will then be added to our club result.

Our club name is known as “Sedalia-Pettis AR Klub” to the ARRL.
We are an ARRL Special Service Club and are already in the ARRL database. So it is likely going to already be one of your choices as you search.

I’m working on collecting pictures which will be posted to this website. Be sure to check back later.

A really big Thank-You goes out to all the members of the SPARK club that made this 2021 Field Day such an enjoyable event.  I think everyone got something out of the experience and, if anything, we learned a few things to implement and make the next FD even better.

,73
Harry, KØTV

July Meeting Date and Location

PLEASE NOTE MEETING LOCATION AND DATE

UPDATE: MEETING WILL STILL BE AT THE CHURCH IF IT’S RAINING WE WILL MOVE IT INSIDE

Our July meeting will be Saturday July 10th beginning at 8:30 am. Meeting location will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 3700 West Broadway(across from Lowe’s) in the outdoor shelter house. Several items to discuss on the agenda including preparing for Hamfest in October and Field Day wrap up. Following the meeting beginning at approximately 9:30 am a test session for local hams in our area will follow. This is by appointment only. Those wishing to test must contact Bret (W0VK) as soon as possible to pre-register. Bret’s email is listed on our clubs website www.wa0sdo.org or you can find it on QRZ.com. Also it’s time to renew your membership so please don’t forget to pay your dues. Look forward to seeing everyone there. 73’s

Field Day 2021 – Friday evening comments

UPDATE: Field Day is a go

See everyone there.  It is Friday evening. We had some pretty fierce rain pass thru. And, the Saturday forecast is for even more rain.

I know why you are reading this. You are concerned about how that will affect the SPARK Field Day plans.

Well, for now, we are still a GO.  The set up crew is still looking to meet around 10am.  Everyone will throw around their opinions, and we will decide about any FD schedule changes at that time.

Continue to watch this website, the club FaceBook page, and also monitor the club 2M repeater. We will do our best to keep everyone informed about how this weekend weather event might alter our plans.

Harry, KØTV
K0tv@burford.org

Field Day 2021 – You are invited

You are invited!

Local Amateur Radio operators, guests, even the Amateur Radio wanna-be are invited to the Sedalia SPARK club Field Day event being held this Saturday June 26, 2021. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood.

LOCATION:  Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3700 W. Broadway in Sedalia
DATE: Saturday June 26, 2021
SCHEDULE:
10:00 am                                 – Begin equipment setup
1:00 pm                                    – Begin operating
5:00 pm (or a little after) – Pot Luck Dinner

As of this post, we have 4 stations we will be putting on the air. We will determine our operating class Saturday morning.

For the pot luck, we will have hot dogs and fixings. Plus what ever dishes you might bring to share. I already have a list of a few folks saying they will be bringing something. Surprise dishes are OK, but it would be nice if you let me know what to expect.   The church has a refrigerator if you bring a dish that needs to be kept cold.

Plan to spend Saturday with us.
CU at Field Day
Harry, KØTV
K0tv@burford.org

Field Day 2021

Saturday June 26th is almost here. We will again be at Our Savior Lutheran Church located at 3700 W. Broadway in Sedalia(across from Lowe’s). We will begin to set up equipment between 10-11am. We can start making contacts at 1pm. Around 5pm we will be grilling hot dogs. Members are encouraged to bring a covered dish( the church has a nice commercial fridge) that we can put things in until we eat. We hope all members will participate this year. It will be a great time to visit, play on the radio, and enjoy the hobby we all love. Look forward to seeing all members there.