Joplin Amateur Radio Club


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An ARRL affiliated organization,

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plan  to  attend  JARC  Hamfest
Fri. & Sat.  August 23-24  2013
Don't miss the
in Southwest Missouri!

Admission is valid for both days!

Held the fourth weekend in August, at the same great location.

Expanded to 30,000 sq-ft in 2012!
so reserve your tables early!
  • Two days Friday 3 - 9 PM,
    and Saturday 8 AM to 2 PM
  • Cookout Friday evening 5:30 PM - 7 PM
  • ARRL VE-Testing Friday and Saturday
  • DXCC/WAC/WAS/VUCC Card Checking
  • Meet ARRL Division and Section representatives.
  • Many Interesting Forums
  • Lots of Door Prizes
  • Large Air Conditioned facility
  • Over 280 indoor tables, ample free parking
  • Host Hotel located adjacent to the event
  • Price includes both days
inside photo

Inside the 19th annual JARC Hamfest 2008

convention center

Ample parking at the Convention Center with a full service Holiday Inn next door!

Location Map

Click here for a USA map to find Joplin
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  • "Advances in Software Defined Radio" - Greg Jurrens, K5GJ
  • "The Science of Audio" - Bob Heil K9EID
  • ARRL Section Report - Dale Bagley K0KY
  • Handheld Satellite Operation - Randy Schulze KD0HKD
  • "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Antennas"
    (but were afraid to ask) - Video with Frank Rutter K3AW (sk)
  • ARES District-D Meeting - Cecil Higgens ACØHA
Confirmed 2013 Vendors
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Official 2013 Hamfest flyer with advance ticket info and form.
Letter size (PDF format) - front and back pages

Commercial Vendor Reservation Form.
(PDF format 61k)

List of several area hotels and their facilities.
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Contact information:

Table reservations and ticket information Jim Johannes, NØZSQ

ARRL VE Testing information Ray Brown, KBØSTN

Prize information Richard Thomas, N5YHH

JARC Hamfest Chairman, Jim Scott, WBØIYC for all other questions.

Two Meter Talk-In 147.210/+ MHz (Open)

More about the Joplin Hamfest

Each year, the Joplin Amateur Radio Club sponsors this Hamfest which has become one of the premier events in the midwest. The hamfest was expanded to two consecutive days, starting Friday evening, then all day Saturday. Started in 1990, it has been held at the John Q. Hammon's Trade Center located off of South Range Line at I-44, in Joplin, Missouri since 1994.

Situated less than 200 miles from several major cities in four states, including Little Rock, Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Wichita, Topeka, St. Joseph, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City and Springfield, this hamfest has become popular with amateurs and vendors across the Middle West. This year it features over 280 tables, spacious parking with easy access, wide aisles, forums, testing, and prizes.

With the changes in the licensing requirements, the hamfest now offers two VE testing sessions, Friday evening and Saturday. You must pre-register for the Friday test session to be guaranteed a seat. Email Ray Brown to reserve your seat for the Friday test session.

The Hamfest opens at 3 PM Friday afternoon and runs until 9 PM.  This Early Bird opening of the Hamfest features an old fashioned brat and burger cookout from 5 PM  to 7 PM. Refreshments are available, but sold separately.  Ane evening VE test session is offered, and there are prize drawings held througout the evening.

Saturday, the doors open at 8 AM, with prize drawings and forums throughout the day. On Saturday, the Exchange Club of Joplin has donuts, coffee, sandwiches, and refreshments available.

Drawings for door prizes are made throughout the event on Saturday.  All door prizes drawn (both days) can be claimed up to the end of the hamfest Saturday.  Drawing tickets must be presented to win all prizes!  If you leave, give your tickets to a trusted friend to claim your prizes for you.  The final prize drawings will be held just after NOON on Saturday.  Only the grand prize drawings will be repeated until someone claims them.

Commercial vendors are encouraged to download and submit their reservation form and return it with payment to insure they are guaranteed space. Pre-registration payment offers the advantage of getting your business listed in the flyer and on the website.

The list of vendors shown on the website includes links when provided. These vendors have come from all over the Middle West to participate and support our event. We encourage our attendees to patronize them.

HAMS are also encouraged to bring their families and spend the weekend discovering the rich history of the Ozark area playground located all around our town! Information and maps are available at the Hamfest about several area attractions and area events held Saturday. The Holiday Inn (next door) offers special room rates for hamfest attendees, which also includes breakfast!

Some of the attractions include the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, the Spiva Art Museum, Richardson's Chocolate Factory, SandStone Gardens, and the Joplin Museum Complex - where you can discover the colorful lead and zinc mining history of this area. The new Downstream Casino Resort located just minutes away.

For information about other things to do in the Joplin area, visit the Joplin Convention Visitors Bureau. Here you can obtain literature and discover more about Joplin and the surrounding area in the foothills of the Ozarks.

Plan to bring the family and have some fun!

Check this website often, as we update hamfest information regularly in more detail as the event approaches.

HamfestPhoto gallery
Take a look at our Hamfest! Shown below are a few shots from previous years. You can see more pictures here.

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59.5kB - Our friendly staff.

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61kB - South side
of the Hamfest

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77kB - North side,
more of the Hamfest

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56kB - John - W0JRP
with the Balloon Beam!

The JARC is a non-profit corporation. For more club information, send email to Richard Thomas, N5YHH - Club Information Officer
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