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
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.