Joplin Hamfest, August 23-24, 2013

Each year, the Joplin Amateur Radio Club sponsors this Hamfest which has become one of the premier events in the midwest. The hamfest was expanded to two consecutive days, starting Friday evening, then all day Saturday. Started in 1990, it has been held at the John Q. Hammon’s Trade Center located off of South Range Line at I-44, in Joplin, Missouri since 1994.

Situated less than 200 miles from several major cities in four states, including Little Rock, Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Wichita, Topeka, St. Joseph, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City and Springfield, this hamfest has become popular with amateurs and vendors across the Middle West. This year it features over 280 tables, spacious parking with easy access, wide aisles, forums, testing, and prizes.

With the changes in the licensing requirements, the hamfest now offers two VE testing sessions, Friday evening and Saturday. You must pre-register for the Friday test session to be guaranteed a seat. Email Ray Brown to reserve your seat for the Friday test session.

The Hamfest opens at 3 PM Friday afternoon and runs until 9 PM.  This Early Bird opening of the Hamfest features an old fashioned brat and burger cookout from 5 PM  to 7 PM. Refreshments are available, but sold separately.  Ane evening VE test session is offered, and there are prize drawings held througout the evening.

Saturday, the doors open at 8 AM, with prize drawings and forums throughout the day. On Saturday, the Exchange Club of Joplin has donuts, coffee, sandwiches, and refreshments available.

Drawings for door prizes are made throughout the event on Saturday.  All door prizes drawn (both days) can be claimed up to the end of the hamfest Saturday.  Drawing tickets must be presented to win all prizes!  If you leave, give your tickets to a trusted friend to claim your prizes for you.  The final prize drawings will be held just after NOON on Saturday.  Only the grand prize drawings will be repeated until someone claims them.

Commercial vendors are encouraged to download and submit their reservation form and return it with payment to insure they are guaranteed space. Pre-registration payment offers the advantage of getting your business listed in the flyer and on the website.

The list of vendors shown on the website includes links when provided. These vendors have come from all over the Middle West to participate and support our event. We encourage our attendees to patronize them.

HAMS are also encouraged to bring their families and spend the weekend discovering the rich history of the Ozark area playground located all around our town! Information and maps are available at the Hamfest about several area attractions and area events held Saturday. The Holiday Inn (next door) offers special room rates for hamfest attendees, which also includes breakfast!

Some of the attractions include the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, the Spiva Art MuseumRichardson’s Chocolate FactorySandStone Gardens, and the Joplin Museum Complex – where you can discover the colorful lead and zinc mining history of this area. The new Downstream Casino Resort located just minutes away.

For information about other things to do in the Joplin area, visit the Joplin Convention Visitors Bureau. Here you can obtain literature and discover more about Joplin and the surrounding area in the foothills of the Ozarks.

Plan to bring the family and have some fun!

More information:

Warrensburg Hamfest July 20th

Last year we moved from the Johnson County MO. fair grounds to the YES building, a larger building located in Warrensburg. We have been going through some growing pains but we are expanding and excited about this year. Tables are selling well for the last 5 years we have sold out. We addressed all the issues we had last year and feel we will have a great show this year.

Tables are a deal at $15.00 each. We have the building open the night before from 1900 to 2100 for early set up. At 2100 we lock the doors and the second set up time is at 0630 the morning of the event and doors open to the public at 0800. If you need a table contact me directly cell 660-864-1911

We have a great (Improved) breakfast for a nominal fee that is provided by the (Youth Excited about Sports) Organization. All funds they make go to support their activities.

There will be a testing session for all classes, Walk-ins are welcome but a little heads up you are coming would be nice. The Hams in Space guys will be there to put on a demo and provide a forum, I have participated in the past, these guys know what they are doing and are a lot of fun and full of good info.

We are well attended seeing 400 to 600 hams a year. We put on several Tech classes each year and have several new hams in the area looking for new and used equipment.

I hope to see you there. If you have any particular questions or concerns I will be happy to answer them directly.

July 20 — mark your calendar — BE THERE!


Keith Raihala N0VJ,

Thanks for the GREAT picnic!

We could not have asked for a nicer day for our annual ARES picnic at KDØCNC’s place today.  Sunny skies, cool temperatures and great company!  It was good flying weather for the RC gliders, too.

The food was plentiful and tasty, and I ate more than my share!  Almost everyone ended up with some kind of giveaway, and the two rigs were raffled off to well-deserving new hams.

Rick KDØCNC and Sally KDØCND deserve lots of thanks for all the work they did to make the picnic a success.  Thanks also to the following contributors:

Newman’s Country Mart
Orschelin Farm and Home
Lucas Oil Speedway
Cable Xperts
MFJ Enterprises
Associated Radio
Wade’s Plumbing
Comet Antennas
and everyone who showed up and had a great time!

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ARES Picnic June 8, 2013

Benton County ARES will be holding our annual picnic on June 8th.  Location is KDØCNC’s QTH:

18877 Baptist Ridge Road
Warsaw, MO 65355

Talk-in on the 146.925 repeater.

Link to Google Map of location

Rick KDØCNC has obtained lots of door prizes and give-aways, and we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a Yaesu FT-1900 mobile rig and a Wouxun HT. Everyone usually ends up with some kind of goodie!

Contributors include:

The food, fun and fellowship are always a blast. It’s a great chance to meet the people we hear on the radio.

Rick has promised great weather, as usual. He will be grilling burgers and hotdogs. Bring a side dish or salad if you can.  A chair would be a good idea, too.