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VE Testing Session
If you are interested in becoming an Amateur Radio Operator you need to take the appropriate test at a VE Testing session. The MDARC typically provides testing sessions once a month.
Our next testing session...
Where: Joe B Barnes Regional Park, Midwest City, OK (white trailer on Joe B Barnes Dr)
When: September 19th, 2020
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Talk-In: 444.000Mhz + 151.4Hz Tone.
We prefer if you register before the test session but will accomadate walk-ins. To register please email us via the Contact Us page.
Please bring ID, FRN or SSN, and pencil.
Route 66 On The Air
September 12-20, 2020
This year’s event is September 12th through the 20th. Oklahoma has the longest stretch of the original “U.S. Highway 66” in the nation and is represented by 3 clubs for this event, Oklahoma City Auto Patch Assoc. (OCAPA), Tulsa Amateur Radio Club (TARC), and Mid-Del Amateur Radio Club.
The Mid-Del Amatuer Radio Club will have a station, W6J, set-up at E.D. Smally Park in Stroud, OK. This park is next door to the “Rock Cafe”, one of the premier attractions on Route 66. An HF station will be available each day between about 10:00 am to 10:00 pm for your use. Of course, you can bring your “GO Kit” and set up your own station if you desire.
In keeping with the spirit of the event, operating along Route 66, we prefer that you make the short trip to Stroud and spend a couple of hours (plenty of room for physical distancing) in this outdoor setting while making some contacts. We have the use of the park's gazebo for shelter, although you might want to bring along a chair. However, if you can not physically come to the park this year we will allow operating from your home station where a few policies will be in place.
Please consider helping by being an operator or assisting an operator with logging contacts. This is a very fun experience and totally different from Field Day. Even if you only hold a Technician ticket, a General or Extra Class operator will be available allowing you to experience working the HF (high frequency) bands. Not only is this a chance to have fun and promote amateur radio, it is also an opportunity to meet many new friends, even some from around the world!
Midwest City Veterans Day Parade
This event scheduled on November 11th, 2020 from 10am-11am.
This year we are honoring the Vietnam Veterans. Grand marshal for the parade is Colonel (ret.) Charles B. "Chuck" DeBellevue. Colonel DeBellevue is America's top ace of the Vietnam War and the last ace to serve on active duty in the United States Air Force.
MDARC is involved in the planning of this event. This is our largest event. We help stage the parade, run net control, watch at the grandstand. We need 20+ volunteers so everyone has a partner, and covering multiple areas.
If you are interested in volunteering you will a radio programmed to the clubs 444.0MHz repeater and a yellow vest. You will need to be available from 7am-1pm.
Use the Contact Us page for more information or to volunteer.
Interested In Volunteering?
Contact us via email.
Winter Field Day
Winter Field Day is sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), which believes that emergency communication is important throughout the year. Winter Field Day is open to radio amateurs worldwide. The WFDA's goal is to help enhance operating skills and to prepare participants for all environmental conditions. Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours. Station set-up may start no earlier than 1900 UTC on the day before the event and may not take any longer than 12 hours in total. Expect activity on all amateur bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters.
MDARC successfully participated in the 2020 WFD activities at Joe B Barnes park in Midwest City, OK. The event occurred over the January 25 - 26 weekend.
Keep a lookout for details on Winter Field Day 2021 January 30th-31st.
C-47 Skytrain 76th Anniversary
A majority of the C-47 were built in Oklahoma City at the Douglas aircraft manufacturing facility which is almost one-mile long and is still in use at Tinker AFB today. There were 5,231 C-47 and C-47As produced here and then put into service in all theaters to deliver cargo, supplies, paratroopers, and act as glider tow aircraft. Additional maintenance, repair, and overhaul were conducted during the aircraft’s many years of service.
This event occurred March 5th-12th, 2020. Keep a lookout for this event in 2021.
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was organized to be a Run To Remember for those who died, those who survived, and those whose lives were changed forever, in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995. It is usually held on the last Sunday of April each year.
This was cancelled for 2020. Keep a lookout for details on this event in 2021.
100 amateur radio operators are needed each year to cover the entire course with Public Service Communications. We have operators shadowing the race director at the Start and Finish lines, operators at each of 4 relay locations, at each of the medical tents on the course, net controls for the whole race, SAG vehicle operation, water and ice trucks, an Incident Command trailer, in each of the SAG and water/ice vehicles, in the MASH medical tent at the finish line, in the lead vehicle for the full and half marathons, operators at the “kids corral at the end of the kids race, radio observers along the “last mile”, and operators at the Regional Emergency Operations Center in OKC, and any other assignments that may be needed. There is also a radio operator (with radio) running the race and acting as a course observer.
It is the main fundraiser supporting the Memorial Marathon Museum. It usually raises in the neighborhood of 1 million dollars each year. There have been around 24,000 to 25,000 plus entrants in all the races each year.
The in-kind contribution of the Amateur Radio community is over $50,000+ in volunteer time and equipment each year.
Field Day 2020 was June 27-28. The MDARC successfully participated in the 2020 Field Day events. Keep a lookout for updates on Field Day 2021, June 26-27.
The day will help enhance those already important skills of those who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event, and this is what local and state authorities are expecting when they reach out to emergency service groups that offer their services.”
The Mid-Del Amateur Radio Club conducts its Field Day Operations at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City. This event is open to the public.
Tribute To Liberty
The City of Midwest City is proud to present Tribute to Liberty, an annual family-centered patriotic celebration featuring music, food trucks, and fireworks display.
It is held at Joe B Barnes park in Midwest City, OK to celebrate the July 4th Indepenance Day holiday.
MDARC provides volunteers to facilitate parking and communications. We supported the 2020 event successfully, keep an eye out for details for the Tribute to Liberty 2021 event.