About This Event
Members of the Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 26 – 27 at The Salvation Army headquarters, 1707 W Chestnut Expressway in Springfield. “Field Day” is amateur radio’s open house! Since 1933 radio operators have established temporary ham radio locations in public locations across North America to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. This is a cooperative effort between Salvation Army Disaster Services, Greene County Skywarn, Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn and Greene County ARES® (Amateur Radio Emergency Services). The event takes place starting at 10 A.M. Saturday June 26 and runs for over 24 hours ending Sunday at 3 P.M. Field Day is a showcase for how amateur radio works reliably, under any conditions, from any location to create an independent communications network. Amateur radio works independently of cell phone and internet network infrastructure, can interface with cell phones and lap tops and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes during times of disaster. Additionally, participants from the National Weather Service’s Skywarn® programs in Greene County and Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn will be on hand to answer questions about how we serve the community through storm spotting as well as representatives of our partner the Salvation Army Disaster Services organization which SMARC volunteers, as well as Greene County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) Organization. The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC) is a nonprofit benevolent corporation headquartered in Springfield, Missouri and serving all the Ozarks since 1947. We provide for scientific study and advancement in the field of amateur radio communication, promote science, and skill among amateur radio operators. In addition, SMARC further provides a supply and source of skilled, trained, and efficient radio operators, together with necessary equipment to be used at any time, day or night, for emergency communication to civilian authorities, civil defense, the military and police officers in times of disaster. Our communications abilities span the globe regardless of power outages and lack of cell service.