The committee hearing for House Bill 136, Missouri Amateur Radio Parity Act (MARPA) was conducted (Jan 24th) in Jefferson City, MO. Approximately twenty Missouri hams filled the hearing room in support with ten of those prepared to speak on behalf of the Bill before the committee. Due to time constraints, however, we were only allowed four testimonies. Those testifying were Lawerence Gonnello, Sr, ACØFD, Gary Vaught, W9TIG, Randy Schulze, KDØHKD and Ward Silver, NØAX. Rep. Mike Moon, District 157, voiced his basic support for the amateur radio service, but raised his concern about "violating" private, land-use agreements. He then suggested that hams could place antennas in a stealth design such as wire along the eaves of a roof or in the attic as ways to continue to operate without breaking HOA rules. Additional questions were asked from Reps., Phil Christofanelli, District 105 and Paul Fitzwater, District 144 about the size of an antenna. Rep. Jerome Barnes, District 28, Rep. Paul Fitzwater, District 144 and Rep. Phil Christofanelli, District 105 all stated that they were in favor of the Bill. While I believe we could have done a better job in answering the questions about antenna size, I believe that overall the committee received the information they needed to make a favorable decision to pass it out of their committee. The only person testifying in opposition to the Bill was Jim Durham representing the HOAs and, in the end, he basically stated that he believed that something positive could be worked out to satisfy everyone.
Now we wait for the committee to bring it up for a vote. In the meantime, we need to continue to contact our respective representatives and ask for their support. I encourage everyone to utilize our website, www.marpa.us, as there is plenty of information and resources to help you in contacting your Missouri State Representative and Senator. There is also a Blog where you can contribute to the discussion about this Bill and other ham-related issues. You may have an experience or some knowledge about this which can help us all in our communicating the positives of this Bill.
Thanks to all who attended the hearing and especially those who testified on behalf of us all. This was only the beginning so stay vigilant and ready to act.
Larry Scantlan, KEØKZ
Just a reminder! The next meeting of the Nixa Amateur Radio club is Saturday January 14h at 1:30pm. VE Testing session will be before the meeting at 12:00 p.m.
Note the earlier meeting time. In February, we will move back to our normal meeting time.
We will be discussing installing your 6m and up mobile radio in your vehicle - this is a must for those considering installing a mobile in their vehicle, or fine-tuning what they already have.
It's time to re-program your radios!
The SMLRS has a new repeater on the SMLRS system located in Warsaw, MO.
The repeater is on 147.075+ PL 127.3 Hz. You can run full PL on this repeater, meaning you must encode a PL of 127.3 Hz and you can also use decode on your radio for the 127.3 Hz tone. Running decode helps keep your radio from opening squelch from far away or weak signals and general interference.
The 147.075 repeater is linked to the SMLRS 100% of the time via an RF link to the Stockton Lake hub repeater, and runs on 100% battery power like the 145.270 in Nixa.
We will be updating the SMLRS and NixaHams websites in the near future to reflect this addition.
For more information on SMLRS, visit www.smlrs.info
James Adkins, KB0NHX
Good evening everyone,
Our December club meeting will be held at the Nixa Fire Department, located at 711 N Main St in Nixa, MO - this is our normal meeting location & time.
The December meeting is a social gathering, and no VE testing or formal presentation will be given.
If you plan on attending, we are going to have some appetizers and Christmas goodie treats. Please respond to me directly with what you'd like to bring for us to sample:
* Appetizers (cheese ball, cheese & crackers, etc)
* Deserts (fudge, peanut clusters, peppermint bark, pecan pie, Andy's, etc)
* Drinks (assortment of regular and diet pop, iced tea)
* Napkins, small paper plates, plastic spoons / forks / knives.
If you would like to bring a crock pot of chili or other main dish, just let me know - I'm pretty sure no one will complain!
When we did this a couple years ago, we left a goody plate for the firemen at the station, I'd like to do that again as well. They seemed to really appreciate it, as we appreciate being able to meet there for our monthly meetings at no charge.
73 & hope to see a huge crowd at the meeting!
Nixa ARC President