New Youth Net

A brand new net targeted at younger amateur radio operators debuts this Sunday, September 4th on the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn linked repeaters.  The purpose of this net is to provide a forum to encourage young amateur radio operators and their families to key up and get out on the air and to create an educational awareness among these operators about Skywarn and basic weather facts.

The Skywarn Youth Net will meet on all full-time-linked Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn repeaters every Sunday evening at 7:30. During severe weather outbreaks, this net will be pre-empted to allow for official Skywarn traffic on this repeater system.

Each net will start by taking check-in’s from young hams (approximately ages 25 and younger) and from any licensed hams within their immediate household. It will then open up to hams who have youths within their households who are not yet licensed but who are interested in getting their licenses. Those hams can then properly (in accordance with FCC Rules Sec. 97.115) allow these future hams to check in as a third party if they wish. Finally, any and all licensed hams will be invited check in.

As this net grows and evolves, we hope to create and present brief educational segments. For example, one segment, entitled “Skywarn Youth: Did You Know”, will involve a quick (about a minute long) summary about a specific weather-related fact, and it will be presented by one of our younger hams. This and other segments will be posted on the new “Skywarn Youth” section of this website.  Click on the “Skywarn Youth” tab on the navigation menu.

We invite all young hams, their families and the amateur radio community in general to support this net by checking in every Sunday evening at 7:30. Young hams are the future of this hobby, and we encourage them to get involved, to get out on the air and talk, and to invite their friends to become hams as well. We also hope that all participants will learn more about Skywarn activities and about weather.

Frequencies and EchoLink for this net are:
Fordland/Springfield 145.490 (-) PL: 136.5
Joplin: 145.350 (-) PL 91.5
Walnut Grove: 147.330 (+) PL 162.2
Buffalo: 147.180 (+) PL 136.5
Branson: 147.105 (+) PL 162.2
and EchoLink Node: 291849 or N∅NWS-R

Volunteers Needed Dogwood Canyon Trail Run

Good evening again,

As we spoke about at this month's club meeting, we are also looking to provide communications for the 2016 Dogwood Canyon Trail Run on Sunday, October 16th.  This event is held near Lampe, MO in Stone County at the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.  We will need (12) total volunteers so that we can split the event up into a morning shift and an afternoon shift.  The morning shift will run from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 and the afternoon shift from 12:00 until 5:30 p.m.  We need the following spots to commit to the event

(3) rest stops 
(2) supply trucks 
(2) Net Control operators

Net Control will be run out of the club's communications trailer, and we will likely deploy a portable repeater system for the event.  Rest stops do NOT have commercial power, so if you want to operate a rest stop you will need a battery with your radio, a small generator, or perhaps an HT with some type of base station antenna (J-Pole, etc.).  

I do not have the exact locations of the rest stops yet - it may be that all that will be needed is an HT and spare battery(s).  At the rest stops, you will be paired with other non-hams - we will be communicating supply needs at the rest stops and allowing supply trucks to communicate with NCS and rest stops.

This is a neat event - I need to have commitments from 12 people that want to do this before I will commit amateur radio to the event.  

If you have questions, or would like to volunteer, let me know soon.

James Adkins

Volunteers Needed for Tour De Bass

Good evening everyone,

It's again that time of year to start planning for our involvement in the Tour de Bass bicycle ride.  This year the ride will be on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

We need volunteers to sweep the rides for the event.  This person will follow behind the last rider in the ride so we know where the last rider is at all times.  Having APRS capabilities, whether by radio or via smart phone is ideal for this assignment.  We have the following rides available for sweep:


We are also looking for 4 people to act as SAGs for the ride.  These folks should have a car with a bike rack or a pickup truck and either radio or smart phone APRS capabilities.  This assignment helps riders that are having mechanical problems or are exhausted and need a ride to the next rest stop, or in some instances, back to the start / finish line

Lastly, we need folks to man the rest stops.  We have the following rest stops available - and we like to have a pair at each stop so that restroom breaks and lunch breaks are not a problem:

Mercy Orthopedic Center - Evans Rd
Republic Mercy Clinic
295 S Farm Rd 89 (near Elwood)
Casey's Convenience Store - W. Chestnut & Orchardcrest
Mercy Willard Clinic
Oovda Winery
Strafford Mercy Clinic
TBA - near Turner's Station (E Springfield)

Communications will be via a linked repeater system that consists of the following repeaters:
147.015 + PL 162.2 Hz - East Springfield
147.225 + PL 162.2 Hz - West Springfield
442.425 + PL 162.2 Hz - South Springfield

The 145.270 - PL 162.2 Hz in Nixa will be the tactical / talk around repeater

Please email me direct at adkins.james at ASAP if you can help out with this event!  If you have questions feel free to call me at the number below or send me an email.
James Adkins, KB0NHX
President, Nixa ARC (K0NXA)

Club meeting tonight (8/13/16) at 6:00 p.m.!

Wanted to remind you of our club meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Nixa Fire Station, located at 711 N Main St in Nixa.

We've got some updates for you on the 146.775 repeater as well as some upcoming club events that we hope you want to participate - it's a great chance to use your hobby to give back to the community and have fun at the same time.

Also - Joye McElwee, N0OCP, will be giving a great presentation tonight on programming your Baofeng / Pofung series of Chinese portable radios.  He will have handouts with some quick tips on programming, and shed some light on features and options that you may want to use.  This presentation is for new and seasoned hams alike educating us on these new radios that seemingly hit the market with a new model weekly!

If you are looking to upgrade your license, or have a friend of family member that is interested in obtaining their ticket, Rob Huelga, W3LGA, and our VE team will be administering exams at 4:30 p.m. before the club meeting at the fire station.

Hope to see you all there tonight!

James Adkins