Club Announcements (11/26/15)

The officers and members of the Nixa Amateur Radio Club hope all of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and that you have been able to spend at least part of the day "Hamming" it up on the radio after your turkey dinner.  (pun intended)  

The next club meeting is Saturday, December 12th at James Adkins house.  More information on directions and a sign-up sheet for food will be forthcoming.  This is our annual holiday get together of food and fun.  There will a bit of club business as well so don't miss it.  

OMAR Hamfest 2016 Scheduled!
The OMAR 2016 Hamfest is booked for January 9, 2016 at the Brighton Assembly of God Church. Mark your calendars now!  For more information and to download a flyer, go to and click on the link. 

NARCfest 2015

I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that came out to the NARCfest 2015 hamfest in Nixa.  We had great weather and a great turnout.  
The hamfest was a lot of fun, got to see lots of folks there.

A special thanks to Larry Grinstead, WA0JZK; Jim Adkins, KC0IYI; Bill Stacey, N5TU; Gary Doucey, N0IRN; David Bowman, WB0QIR; and Ken Reeder, WB0QWZ for their countless hours planning the hamfest again this year!  There is a LOT of planning and effort that goes into pulling off our hamfest, and these guys do it like professionals!

We are already talking about and looking forward to 2016, and have heard several great ideas for change in 2016.

Dare I say see you November 2016??  Place TBD for the NARCfest ??

James Adkins

NARCFEST 2015 is coming up on Saturday, November 14th

NARCFEST 2015 is coming up on Saturday, November 14th at the Nixa Meeting and Event Center, just west of Massey Boulevard on South Street.  Many of your have received emails containing information about this years NARCfest, If you haven't, here are some of the details.

Location: Nixa Event Center 421 W. South Street, Nixa Mo. 65714

Hours: 8am to 2pm From 8 am to 2 pm we going to have great forums, food, and fun.

Breakfast and Lunch Catered

$5 per ticket, High School and younger free

Be sure to see our NEW Communications Trailer !!!

Among the Vendors: Associated Radio, Ham Crazy, and WBOW

Don't Forget:  District D ARES meeting at 2 pm.

Talk to us on 147.015 (+) PL 162.2

VE Testing starting at 9:30am - Preregistration not required.

Proceeds support the Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System

Bob Heil has informed us that a scheduling conflict has come up that will make it difficult for him to make connections back to Nixa in time for his forum presentation.  We will miss him.  Some of the new forums we have added are:

Building a Communications Trailer – The LESSONS we Learned
James Adkins will explain how the Nixa ARC Communications Trailer was initially designed and how things changed as the project progressed.  He will help us understand how he and his team dealt with the challenges of building a mobile radio station with adequate space, power, connections, noise suppression, radios, antennas and Murphy-Proof alternatives.  There’s a lot to learn from their experience that you can include in design of your own mobile station or your home operating position.

ALSO, there will be a presentation about the ARRL’s new National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program for 2016.  There are lot of opportunities for making contacts and doing your own field day type operations from locations managed by the National Parks System.  There are over 400 locations available.  We’ll talk about the awards, the rules and locations nearby the Ozarks.  Apply what you hear about building the communications trailer AND have a great time at some of the best places in America.

MARS Digital Road Show
The Digital Road Show is on the road again...  at the Nixa Hamfest (NARCFEST) starting at NOON.

We Hope to see YOU at the NARCFEST!

November Meeting 11/7/2015

It's hard to believe this time next week we'll be getting ready to open the doors on our 2nd annual Narcfest Hamfest! Make sure and thank Larry Grinstead, Jim Adkins, Gary Doucey, Bill Stacy, David Bowman and Ken Reeder for their numerous hours of work planning out our Hamfest in 2015.

This week, bring your YL and kids and come out to Pizza Hut in Nixa and enjoy some great pizza! We have the party room reserved from 6 to 7:30. Pizza Hut is located at US 160 and Hwy CC in north Nixa, the address is 1897 N State Hwy CC if you want to plug it into your GPS.

We will be nominating folks to serve for a 4-year term as Treasurer and finalizing any last minute Hamfest business as well as getting any last moment volunteer needs to you.

Remember: NO VE season this week, we will be testing at the Hamfest.

We hope you can make it out!!!