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Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club to participate in ARRL Field Day June 22 and 23 in Glasco

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Field Day Logo

Members of the Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club (KNRC) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22 – 23, at VFW Post 7697, 504 Railroad Ave, Glasco, KS 67445. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

The Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club was first organized in 1927 as the Night Owl Amateur Radio Club in Concordia, KS. Since that time, the club has expanded to include members from both Kansas and Nebraska & had 2 more name changes. Members of the KNRC will using emergency power and our Emergency Communications Trailer for Field Day Events.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — also called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated last year in Field Day 2018 activities.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said David Isgur, communications manager for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate halfway around the world,” Isgur added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it- yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines. In addition, amateur radio is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in North Central Kansas.

For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact Nathan Gentry KC0IWS at or visit or

Here is the Link to Google Maps to Field Day,-97.8415485,17z?hl=en


Nathan Gentry KC0IWS

KNRC Communications Trailer
KNRC Communications Trailer
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Mitchell County Commissioners sign Amateur Radio Week Proclamation

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The Mitchell County Commissioners in Beloit, KS, have unanimously declared the Week of June 18th to June 24th, 2017, as Amateur Radio Week in Mitchell County. Commissioner Claussen  expressed how impressed he was with the Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club Field Day set-up at Field Day last year. He stated that he is planning to visit this years Field Day at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Beloit, KS, on June 24th. As part of the declaration, the Commissioners signed a proclamation in support of Amateur Radio Week.

The Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club will be setup at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Beloit, KS, at the Barstow Building. Setup will begin at 10am on June 24th with tear-down on June 25th at 10am. Field Day is open to the public and we invite everyone to stop by, look around, and ask questions.

Hope to see you there.


Nathan Gentry ~ KC0IWS


-Proclamation signed by Mitchell County Commissioners


-News article published in the Beloit Call on Monday, June 12, 2017

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Members of the Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club Participated in ARRL Field Day 2016


On June 25, 2016, members of the Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club Participated in the ARRL Field Day 2016 at the picturesque Bohemian Hall, South of Glasco, KS. Although the day started out partly cloudy and breeze, the evening house brought much needed rain to the area but the thunderstorms forced an early end to the day.

Band conditions were limited to mainly 20 and 40 meters with a few contacts coming from 15 meters. Fifteen meters produced the longest distance contact from Puerto Rico.

Our Field Day site had a few visitors including: Tom Claussen (Mitchell County Commissioner), Terrence Stewart (Riley County Police Citizens Advisory Member), David Dohe (Lincoln County Emergency Manager), and Rand Longino (Red Cross at Barnard, KS).

Contacts were limited due to band conditions and our shortened day but we were able to make 34 contacts. After inputting all of our information into the ARRL Field Day web form, including bonus points, we got a preliminary score of 980 bonus points and 68 contact points for a total of 1148 points. (Disclaimer – All points are preliminary and subject to review and editing by the ARRL. Official Points will be posted in QST.)

A big thank you to all who helped with Field Day and came out to join us. A special thank you goes to the Bohemian Hall for letting us use their grounds and building for Field Day!

Now it’s time to plan for NEXT YEAR! We hope you can join us then.


Nathan Gentry ~ KC0IWS

Commissioner Claussen on the right speaking to local Hams

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KNRC Trailer and Setup

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Storms moving in from the west on the Bohemian Hall

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Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club ARRL Field Day 2016

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The Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club is proud to take part in the ARRL sponsored Field Day 2016, on June 25th starting at 10am!

We will be using our Emergency Communications trailer and Amateur Radio equipment to make contacts with other Ham Radio operators around the United Stated and the World. This activity is part of testing our equipment in case of a disaster. They goal is to make as many contacts as possible in the 24 hours time frame via Phone(voice), CW(Morse Code), PSK and RTTY(digital modes). We will be operating on “Emergency Power”.

According to the ARRL, 2720 stations participated with almost 1.3 million logged contacts last year.

Mark your calendars and bring you family and friends to experience Ham Radio.

Talk-in Frequency is 444.850+ PL 162.2

Field Day will be at the Bohemian Hall South of Glasco, KS, located at Ute Rd and N 10th Rd in Ottawa County.

73 Hope to see you there!

Nathan Gentry – KC0IWS

Google Maps to Bohemian Hall location