The next meeting of the Nixa Amateur Radio Club will be this coming Saturday July 12th, and will be held at the Nixa Fire Station 711 N. Main in Nixa.  A VE test session will begin at 4:30PM prior to the meeting.

At this meeting, James Adkins, KB0NHX is going to resume the technical series that began earlier in the year on repeater theory and construction.  There will be discussions on the types and kinds of antennas used on repeaters and whey they are different from what might typically use on your home station.  There will also be examples of antennas used on the Club various repeaters.

The Nixa Amateur Radio Club NARC Fest will be coming up later this year on November 8, and will be held at the Nixa Event Center.  Admission will be $5.00 at the door.  A limited number of vendor tables are available at $4.00 each.  For more information or to reserve a table visit the smlrs.info website.

145.270 Operational For Testing

This past Saturday, we enabled the 145.270 and did not hear it act up, so we have left it turned on.  Please try it out and see if it acts up for you.  If so, you will hear the squelch hang open after a person talks, and it generally sounds like some type of digital data.

E-mail myself, KB0NHX, direct at kb0nhx@nixahams.net if you see it is having problems.

Thanks for your help!

February Club Meeting A Blast!

With close to 30 people present, last night's club meeting was standing room only as we began our 3-part series de-mystifying ham radio repeaters.  At last night's meeting, we discussed how the FCC defines a repeater, some of the general differences between repeaters on different bands, and we gave a general overview of all system components normally used.

We then broke off into a hand's on session with our laboratory repeater, a Tait T800.  We discussed the process of setting up the repeater, getting software and programming cables, and some of the general alignments required to make the repeater work.

By the end of the meeting, the T800 repeater was now on our new lab frequency, and we confirmed the transmitter was on frequency, making proper power without harmonics and checked receiver sensitivity.

Next month, in part 2 of the series, we will be discussing the SCOM 7330 site controller in depth and the TX RX duplexers and interfacing both components to the Tait T800 repeater.

At the conclusion of the series, we will have a working ham repeater, and users will get to try it out at the March meeting.

Nixa ARC Club Meeting Tonight at 6 p.m.

It's winter - and we invite you all to get out of the house and to come enjoy the club meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Nixa Fire Station located at 711 N Main St in Nixa.  

Tonight is the first of a 3 part series titled "Demystifying Ham Radio Repeaters".  We will be discussing what a repeater is and do an overview of all the major components tonight, then have a practical demonstration of setting up our "Labratory" repeater, a Tait T800.  This series will not only show you some of the details of how our technical group builds our repeaters, but also allow you to see some amazing test equipment that most amateurs will never get to see or use.

We will build on this month's presentation over the next couple of months as we work our way up to Field Day, which will be discussed in short tonight as well as we make a decision on whether to reserve the white mobile command post or not.