NARCFEST 2016 Saturday, November 5th at the Nixa Event Center!

Make plans now to attend the club sponsored 3rd annual NARCfest event with the proceeds used to support the Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System (for system details go to smlrs.info).

Maybe go to a football game? Nope. Go mall shopping? Nope. Get married? Not even close! For the radio enthusiast, absolutely nothing beats the fun and excitement of seeing bright and shiny equipment and picking up a “boat anchor” or two for the ham shack.

A variety of always popular commercial vendors will be present including Associated Radio, D & L Antenna, Ham Crazy, and WBØW as well as flea market tables where people will be unloading (er.. selling) a valuable piece of equipment to make room for new stuff. 

Disappointed with the breakfast and/or lunch you were planning at home? Come out and enjoy the delicious and affordable meals that will be catered during the event. It’s also a great opportunity for an “eyeball” QSO with your friends while you graze!

NARCfest will also have three excellent forums: Contesting 101 by Bob Rennard (N7WY); Space Communications by the KC Hams In Space group; and Programming your HT with CHIRP (if possible, backup the radio and bring your programming cable. No charge but donations are appreciated).

As previously announced, we will have a “club table” where you can donate equipment and the proceeds will go to the club.

Please encourage high school age kids and younger to attend as they will get in free. Kids are really interested in electronic stuff as evidenced by the rising popularity of “Maker Faires”.

The club’s communications trailer will also be on display. Emphasis will be on explaining to interested non-hams about our hobby or for new hams to make their first contact. 
Also see the progress made over the past year with making the trailer a valuable community resource.

There will be VE testing starting at 9:30 am. No preregistration required. Now is the time to upgrade or take that first test.

Finally,we saved the best for last. We will have prize drawings including: N3FJP gift certificate for logging software; Yaesu FTM-3100R VHF FM mobile radio; Kenwood TH-F6a FM tribander HT radio; and Retevis RT5 FM dual band HT radios.

So, what are you waiting for? Be first in line to catch all the goodies before they are gone! Driving directions are at smlrs.info.


NARC NET Announcements 2016-10-27

The next meeting of the Nixa Amateur Radio club is Saturday November 12th, 2016 at 6pm Nixa Pizza Hut, located at US 160 & RT CC in North Nixa. We have the entire party room reserved for the event.  We will discuss some initial hamfest results, and will be voting on our next Vice President of NARC.  

We had several great nominations and the three candidates who have accepted the nominations are Gary Doucey NØIRN, Jim Nicholl WAØMBE, and Larry Pitts WØLEP

There will be NO VE testing on that day, because we will be testing at the Nixa Amatuer Radio hamfest on November 5th, 2016 at 9:30am

Speaking of the hamfest, it is approaching quickly on Saturday, November 5th , 2016 at the Nixa Event Center at 421 South Street in Nixa from 8am to 2pm.  You can find more information about the hamfest by looking at the flyer on www.nixhams.net or www.smlrs.info.  

On the SMRLRS system system wide audio levels have been checked / adjusted with the goal to have as little noticeable difference as possible from one repeater to the next.  Previously, audio coming from the hub repeater in Crane was always lower than local audio on the repeater.  There should be a noticeable difference for folks using the Stockton Lake 444.975 - they should be able to get into the repeater easier with the broken pre-amplifier removed from the receive circuit.

We are already starting to assemble a net control team for 2017.  If you would be willing to run the net one Thursday a month, please email James Adkins, KB0NHX, at [email protected].  Please list your preference for running the net on the first, second, third, fourth or fifth Thursday of the month.  We send out the announcements each week before the net with a link to the net preamble.  All the linking takes place automatically, so no control codes or any system manipulation is necessary for the NCS.  

Tour D' Bass 2016 is in the books

Thanks to the 33 people that worked hard today to make the ride run smoothly. We had our fair share of lost riders and wrong turns, and even had to dispatch an ambulance to a bicycle wreck, but we worked through it all.

The event coordinators were again pleased with our help. We logged 290 transmissions in our radio log today.

If you couldn't help his year, we hope you will give it a try next year.

73,

James Adkins, KB0NHX


Meeting October 8th 2016

The next meeting of the Nixa Amateur Radio club is Saturday October 8th at 6pm at the Nixa Fire Station 711 N. Main.  VE testing will be available at 4:30pm at the same location

At the October meeting, we will be taking nominations for the next club Vice-President.  This position serves for (4) calendar years.  Each year the club nominates and replaced one club officer.  Unlike other clubs that replace all officers annually, the Nixa club only changes one position annually so that we have a continuity of club operation and cooperation.  The Vice-President steps in to conduct meetings in the absence of the President, and helps out with other club tasks.  One task currently is housing the club's library, and checking out books when requested.  The Vice-President is also a part of the decision making team that meets once a quarter with other club officers.  In the past, the Vice-President has also organized the club's Field Day festivities and written an article for the club's newsletter, Open Mic.  Voting for the club's next Vice-President will be held at the club's November meeting, which will be held the week AFTER the hamfest at the Pizza Hut in Nixa. 

We will be providing communications for the 2016 Tour D' Bass on October 9th and the 2016 Dogwood Canyon Trail run on October 16th.  

We have several members who worked on the Bike MS earlier this month and put our communications trailer through it's paces.  They were pleased with how well it worked during the event.  

We are already starting to assemble a net control team for 2017.  If you would be willing to run the net one Thursday a month, please email James Adkins, KB0NHX, at [email protected].  Please list your preference for running the net on the first, second, third, fourth or fifth Thursday of the month.