On June 23rd, 2018, the Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club will be participating in the 2018 Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day. The KNRC will be set up at the Glasco VFW in Glasco, KS located just north of Spaulding Ave on Railroad Ave. We will have our Communications Trailer set up and it will be open to the public to see and ask questions. We will be setting up around 10am on the 23rd.
Every June, more than 40,000 Hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate Ham Radio’s science, skill, and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in Ham Radio.
As part of this event, the KNRC will be running on a generator and using temporary antennas. This is designed to simulate operation in an emergency and disaster situations. We will be making contacts with other Ham Radio Operators across the nation using different modes of making contact.
Google Maps Glasco, Ks
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
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
KNRC Trailer and Setup
Storms moving in from the west on the Bohemian Hall
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