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SPARK Field Day 2020

Sedalia HAMS!

Our field day this year is shaping up and is sure to be a great time.  Things will begin around 10am this Saturday and the actual Field Day Event will start at 1pm.  I have put together a spreadsheet of what our targeted day will look like, however if thigs need changed that will be no big deal, we’re keeping it fun!!!

I am very excited to be setting up at this new location and I hope it is convenient for everyone to stop by and participate.  I personally want to invite each and every Club Member / Associate / Friend or ANYONE that has interest in HAM radio to stop in and visit, participate and eat with us.  Dinner will be at 5pm this Saturday,  We have a post on Facebook describing our dinner Saturday.

I hope to see you there.  Bret W0VK

Monday (March 2nd) at 7pm the National Weather Service will be conducting storm spotter training for the Sedalia-Pettis County EMA. This training is by invite only.   EMA Director Trisha Rooda is inviting all members of SPARK to attend. Training will be at the Pettis County Courthouse. Hope to see you there. 73’s KE0QYA


President – Bret Kuhns W0VK
Vice President – Richard Camirand KE0QYA
Secretary – Harry Burford K0TV
Treasurer – John Cline N0XG

Our elected officers ran unopposed.

The previous Club Officers were thanked for their service and devotion to the club.  Paul Withers – KD0ETL ; Brooks Baker – KA0JWA;  Lana Langford – KD0IZG.

The club would not be where it’s at without all the support of the members and the work of the officers.  As we look forward to 2020 please help us grow and expand our base and community involvement by participation.  This can be as big as owning and leading a project for the club or just being that Operator that doesn’t let a call on the repeater go unanswered.   Lets make it a great year and “Make Amateur Radio Great Again!”


Weather Net on 12-04-2019 @ 12:05

Thanks to the following for checking in to the SPARK weather net today: W3MEB, KØTV, NØXG, KDØETL, KDØWLB, NØEE, KEØVCR, KDØOPS, & KDØWXT. Great job everyone!!

Special thanks to Richard – KEØQYA for taking on the task of Managing net control.

Club Shirts

For all who were not at the last meeting.  “Doc” W3MEB is ordering new club shirts.  Get with him if you would like to order one.  Please ask him about the pockets!


Ok,  If you missed the meeting yesterday we won’t blame you,  but you now owe Doughnuts the next meeting.  We know who you are!    Just joking about that to getting your attention!

It was decided to try to open up a Simplex net on 147.030 with a change              ( NO TONE),  this will be every Wednesday evening at 8:00 PM.     The purpose is to establish a common freq. if the repeater is down and to see how efficient this is to work.  Hope to hear you on the air!  Please contact Paul Withers (KDØETL)


Get your club decal while they are in stock.  For $5.00 you too can proudly promote your support of the S.P.A.R.K. !  At 4″ in diameter that is $1.25 an inch!  Talk about value.  Keep in mind the proceeds from these are donated back to the club for some new potential projects to grow the club.

Please contact Nick Camirand (KEØNIL) OR
Richard Camirand (KEØQYA)   



Once a month they test the sirens in Sedalia on the 1st Wednesday of each month at noon. At that time I am going to run an exercise net for all hams in the area to check in to practice our emergency preparedness.   In the event of an actual weather warning depending on conditions I will also try to run a net for the duration of the warning.

73’s and hope to hear your check-in,

Richard Camirand – KEØQYA

Volunteers Needed for S.P.A.R.K. Tech. Training Session

S.P.A.R.K. members:

We have discussed in past meeting putting together a “Technician Class” to get new persons interested in the hobby a place to come and learn.  I have been asked to head up the training.  I agreed to do this but like the hobby itself its no fun just with one person.  I am asking for volunteers to help teach  the (10) Sub-elements in the question pool.  I have gone to (2) Tech classes over the course of several years.  One was when I was first licensed and one was a short time ago when my wife got the bug and got her ticket.  Both of these learning sessions were done in Warrensburg at the WAARCI club office.  Both were very good classes with a similar type of layout.  I am hoping to get (5) instructors to fill the two weekend days of Sat. Jan 5th and Sat. Jan 12th.

Now the questions are churning and you ask yourself: What do I have to do?

Well, I am working on preliminary lesson plans and hope that the instructors can give feedback or offer some suggestions for corrections.  I hope to have most of the work done and the instructors will be asked to go over the power point presentation lesson, in the beginning, followed by the selected question pool questions at the end.    That’s it.  We will try to have times set for those that cannot stay the duration of the day.  If you don’t like public speaking that’s ok also.  Please come to support your fellow HAMS and meet the new wave coming in.

We do not intend for this class to teach the new students everything they need to know about Amateur Radio.  We are having the classes to teach them how to pass the test.

I expect for those operators that are there to get loaded down with questions so any support to the cause you can give will be appreciated.

Current list of Subelements and Volunteers


T1 — FCC Rules, descriptions, and definitions for the Amateur Radio Service, operator and station license responsibilities

T2 — Operating Procedures

T3 — Radio wave characteristics: properties of radio waves; propagation modes (Phillip Markmann)

T4 — Amateur radio practices and station set-up (Daren Nerad)

T5 — Electrical principles: math for electronics; electronic principles; Ohm’s Law

T6 — Electrical components; circuit diagrams; component functions

T7 — Station equipment: common transmitter and receiver problems; antenna measurements; troubleshooting; basic repair and testing

T8 — Modulation modes: amateur satellite operation; operating activities; non-voice and digital communications

T9 — Antennas and feed lines (Phillip Markmann)

T0 — Electrical safety: AC and DC power circuits; antenna installation; RF hazards

Please send me a direct email to : KD0OPS@ARRL.NET

If you could put “Volunteer Tech Testing” in the subject line and let me know which Subelement you’re interested in teaching.  If you are interested and it is one that is already taken please list that also and we can use you as an alternate.

UPDATE: 12/8/2018

Dates for Technician Classes:

1/5/2019 = 8:00 to 3:00 (Times are best guess and could be extended to complete the lessons)

1/12/2019 = 8:00 to 12:00

1/12/2019 = 1:00 to last test completion

Instructor volunteers to date:  Scott – KEØQLT, Brett – KDØUSK,  John – NØXG, Phillip – KJ5ZW,  Daren – KDØOPS

Please feel free to shoot me an email to get your name in so we can coordinate.