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(s)...
When: Saturday May 20th, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Midwest City Library, 8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City, OK. We will meet in the lobby.
Cost: The ARRL VEC requires that we charge $15 for each test session. If you pass a test, you can take the next level test, during the same session, at no additional cost.
We prefer if you register before the test session but will accommodate walk-ins. To register please email us via the Contact Us page.
An FCC FRN is required prior to testing. For more information please click here. Please bring ID, FRN, pencil, and $15 in cash, check or money order.
What to bring to an exam session.
NOTE: As of April 19th, 2022 the FCC requires a $35 for new licences. This payment will be made to the FCC and not to MDARC or the ARRL. Once you pass your test(s) and the information is updated with the FCC, the FCC will send an email with payment instructions. You will have 10 days to make the payment. No payment to the FCC is required for license upgrades, mailing address changes, and email changes.
After the Exam please see our Amateur Radio Examinee Info page.
ARRL Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. For more information: http://www.arrl.org/field-day
The 2023 is scheduled for June 24th and June 25th. We have yet to determine our exact schedule for participation, but check back for more details. Everyone is welcome to come by and see what is going on. We will be holding a planning meeting on 6/12 during our regularlly scheduled 2nd Monday meeting at 6:30pm at the Midwest City Library, Forum Room. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here.
Where: Joe B Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City. South of the Fred Quinn Happy Trails Dog park. 8517 E Reno Ave, Midwest City, OK 73110. Look for club banner. map
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.”
Tribute To Liberty
The 2022 event is over. Keep an eye out for the event in 2023.
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 Indepenance Day holiday.
When: Monday July 4th, starting at 6pm. Fireworks to begin at about 9:45pm.
MDARC provides volunteers to facilitate parking, safety and communications. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here.
Midwest City Veterans Day Parade
The 2022 Veterans Day parade was a success. Thanks to everyone who volunteers. Keep an eye out for the 2023 event info.
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.
Volunteers are needed at this event. We need a minimum of 22 volunteers to place in multiple areas, which also include check-in, spotter, reviewing stand, and staging.
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 WFD Event
The 2023 event was a success. Thanks everyone who participated.
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
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 on April 19th, 1995. The Event was has completed successfully for 2023, please keep an eye out for the 2024 event.
110 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. If you are an Amateur Radio operator and interested in volunteering click here to register. For more information contact:
Mike Rockey, KE5EQC
OKC MM Public Service Communications Chairman