Hosted by: Benton County Radio Operators Club
What: Annual NWA Hamfest & Preparedness Festival
Where: Rogers First Church of the Nazarene
4911 W. Pleasant Grove Rd. Rogers, AR
When: Saturday, June 8th, 2013 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Ham Radio Operators have traditionally contributed their time and the use of their equipment to the community for Public Service. Even to the point of defending the Amateur use of portions of the electromagnetic spectrum from commercialism. Ham volunteers have organized entities that can be called upon by official channels to actually make progress to help with disasters. We don’t just show up with good intentions. We are part of the organized effort.
The Benton County Radio Operators Club (BCRO) is an organization of amateur radio operators (hams) that use their own equipment from the hobby they love to provide another layer of emergency communications to local government and beyond. They work under the auspices of a national radio organization: American Radio Relay League and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). The BCRO routinely organizes “weather nets” during serious weather events, triggered by SKYWARN events and provide an extra layer of communications through the Benton County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). They provide a presence at the EOC in tandem with direct communications with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Tulsa, Ok. Most ham operators are also trained SKYWARN storm spotters. Some spotters actually go chase the storms while others only keep a lookout from their home. Local media also monitors the ham frequencies for up to date, verifiable immediate news by trained spotters.
- Flea Market Tables $5, at the door at 7am, many available
- Entry fee $10 includes 1 ticket, same as last years entry price
- Extra tickets for door prizes $1.00 each at the door
- Doors open to the public at 8am, Credit/Debit accepted at door
- BCRO has donated a TDB Grand Prize at the end of the hamfest!!!
Forums will be announced soon!
ARRL-VE (FCC) License Testing sessions (Testing starts promptly at 10:00)
(No entry fee for test only)
** Update ** Charles Floyd W5JE will be here as the ARRL Card Checker! Do you need QSL cards checked for DXCC or other awards? Come and let W5JE check them!
- Tables are rented for ham radio flea markets for those interested in purchasing used equipment.
- Associated Radio, 2 regional ham radio vendors will be present for those interested in purchasing new equipment
- D & L Antenna will be present for those interested in purchasing new equipment
- Flex Radio
- Established Vendors and flea market tables will be there
Talk In will be on the BCRO Repeater: 145.290 - 110.9
Club meetings are held at the Rogers Public Library in Rogers at 7 PM on the second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise specified. That address is 711 S. Dixieland Rd. Rogers.
Everyone is welcome, Ham or not, meet some freindly ham radio members.!
The BCRO Repeater is 145.290 - 110.9
We have elected new officers for 2013!
President - Darryl Wagoner WA1GON
Vice President - Mel Hagen AF5GF
Treasurer - Wayne Patton K5UNX
Secretary - Jeff Oakes KF5CXD
Please welcome them and let's have a great 2013!
Field Day 2013
When: June 22-23 2013
Where: Pea Ridge Park 2421 Hayden Rd Pea Ridge, AR
Set up: Sat Morning
Contesting: 1800UTC Saturday 12 noon Eastern until 12 noon Sunday
Tear down: Sunday mid-morning
Join Benton County Radio Operators this Field day as we contact other Amateur Radio Operators all over the United States and Canada. Whether you are a current licensed Amateur Radio Operator, some on interesting in Ham Radio or someone who just want to find out what this is all about … you are invited to come out and join us and participate in this year’s Field day
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
If you are interested in participating in this year’s Field day Please follow the link below and complete a small survey to better help us prepare for this year’s event!