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 March 16th, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Midwest City Library, 8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City, OK 73110, behind Police, and Fire station.
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.
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.
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.
Registration is open for volunteering for the communications unit that supports the Oklahoma City Marathon. Last year we had more than 70 amateur radio operators supporting the nearly 19,000 runners over a two-day period. Amateurs helped with logistical tasks, such as providing information on locations of the head and rear of the races, supported delivery of ice and water to the various water stops, provided communications at each of the medical stations, gave real-time information to relay team members readying to make their exchanges, and in general provided another set of eyes and ears for the Marathon operations leaders as well as the public safety responders.
The Marathon events we support will be on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th. We’ll need folks on Saturday to support the 5K race, Senior Marathon and Kids Marathon; and then a full contingent of communicators to support the full/half marathons on Sunday.
Register to volunteer for either or both days by going to the Marathon website at https://okcmarathon.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=76852&job_name=Auxiliary%20Communications . When you’re asked for a password or code, enter 20HAM24 ; this takes you directly to our communications section of the volunteer registration. If you have a preferred location to work or preferred hams to partner with, there’s a place for you to enter that as well.
For planning purposes, this year’s pre-event meeting will be on Monday evening, April 22nd, at the Oklahoma City Fire Training Center (more details to come).
For more information, contact: Lester Wheeler KE5GRY Lester.Wheeler@gmail.com
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
We expect to host a public event for 2024. Keep an eye out for futher details.
Tribute To Liberty
The 2023 event is over. Keep an eye out for the event in 2024.
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 7pm. 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 2023 Midwest City Veterans Day parade, November 10th, 2023 was a success.
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. Keep an eye out for Veterans Day Parade 2024.
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 2024 Event
The 2024 event was very successful. Thank you for everyone that participated and visitied. Keep an eye out for the WFD 2025 event details.