The SPEAKERS at Nixa Amateur Radio Club Hamfest

It’s the beginning of fall, but Saturday, November 14, the date of the Nixa Amateur Radio Club Hamfest isn’t that far away! Here’s a rundown of the forum speakers that will attend the hamfest. Their presentations cover audio for Ham Radio, introduction to global positioning systems and their development, and ARES and it's important role after the Joplin tornado.
Swap tables sold out last year so get yours before the November 1, deadline.
Something’s there for everyone. Plan to be there! Hamfest details follow the speaker bio’s. It’s going to be a great time and an opportunity to hear some super presentations. The food is catered by the same vendor as last year, so come hungry!

Bob Heil, K9EID:  Learning to Listen
Musician, sound engineer and entrepreneur, the list grows. A teacher, lecturer and writer. At the early age of 14, Bobby began his theater organ career at various restaurants, at age 15 the young theater organ protegee was using the 4 manual Wurlitzer, a protegee of Stan Kann, beginning his musical career as Stan’s substitute organist at the St. Louis Fox Theater in 1956.
Young Bob also took a special interest in amateur radio and became licensed in 1956 as K9EID. Those two loves have created an international sound reinforcement company, started originally in Marissa, Ill in 1966. Bob builds and operates many large sound systems for such entertainers as The Who, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Midnight Special; Don Kirshner’s Rock Concerts and The Billy Graham Crusades.
As an author of six books, consultant, teacher and lecturer, Bob is in constant demand to teach home theater and audio technologies at various shows and conventions. He has also taught classes at George Lucas’ SkyWalker Ranch, CES Electronics shows in Las Vegas, Trebas Recording Institute in Toronto, Nashville’s Blackbird Academy as well as a regular instructor at many interesting home theater, satellite shows and the Dayton Amateur Radio convention. Heil Sound, Ltd. In Fairview Heights Illinois is also the largest manufacturer of microphones and audio products for the amateur radio industry with hundreds dealers around the globe.
You can catch Bob on the bands in many modes including “AM” in the latter hours of the evening conversing with his many friends he has made over the years. Bob has two daughters and a step son. Mr Heil lives with his wife Sarah in Belleville, Illinois and Pleasant Hope, Mo. When he is not playing the Wurlitzer or his new Lyn Larsen Series Allen organ at home, climbing towers, soldering a project, or taking to his amateur radio friends, he can be found enjoying some of his classic car collection, mainly 50's Thunderbirds.

Cecil Higgins, AC0HA: Joplin, It's Not a Drill
Cecil is a retired Law Enforcement Officer with 21 years of experience as well as a certified Fire Fighter and experienced Emergency Manager (Retired).
Currently Cecil holds three ARRL appointments. He is an Assistant Section Coordinator, an Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator and the District Emergency Coordinator for District D Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Missouri Section. This includes all 18 Counties of Region D in Missouri.

Cecil has been a licensed Amateur Radio operator for 20 years and has been deployed to numerous disasters. In retirement, Cecil has dedicated himself to further public service through teaching and training. Cecil is a CERT Trainer as well as a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator for Amateur Radio through both the ARRL and W5YI. Cecil is a member of the Incident Support Team in Region D and assists various local and state agencies with communications through Amateur Radio Emergency Services.
In this presentation, Cecil relates how emergency communications become established quickly after a disaster.

Bob Rennard, N7WY: GPS, It's about time
Bob spent 21 years in the US Air Force doing systems acquisition engineering and management. Then 23 years in Silicon Valley building instruments, software and services that utilize GPS technology.
His presentation will use an analogy to show how GPS works, describe the structure of the GPS signal used to distribute time. How is broadcast data used to determine GPS satellite position? He will also discuss how a GPS receiver works, the scientific challenges, and talk about the components of a portable navigation device.

Tour D' Bass Volunteers Needed!

Good morning,
We now need 3 volunteers for the 2015 Tour de Bass, to be held Sunday, October 4:
SAG - need 2
Sweep for the 100 mile ride - need 1
The sweep will follow the last rider in the 100 mile ride.  The SAG's will be dispatched to help riders in need of a ride to the next stop according to proximity to the need.
Please let me know ASAP if you can help!


James Adkins

Club Announcements (8/13/15)

Next club meeting is Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m. at the Nixa City Park - the original park where we have had past picnics.  Please RSVP with how many in your party will be attending by Sept 9th - club is providing drinks, hotdogs & hamburgers and we ask that you bring a side dish, condiments or a desert.  E-mail Kent at to RSVP with the total number of folks in your party.

We will have the club trailer at the park in September ready for folks to check out the progress - should be close to being done by then!

There will be NO VE TESTING in September.

Tour de Bass is coming up Sunday, October 4th.  We still need 2 to 3 volunteers for SAGs for the ride, please email for details and to volunteer.

Do you have a topic of interest for the October club meeting?  If so, let us know now so we can begin planning!

Also, if you would like to order a hamster T-shirt or Polo, or a SMLRS T-shirt or Polo, please email with you shirt preference, size and quantity.  

Club meeting TONIGHT (8/8/15) at 6:00 p.m.!

Wanted to send out a quick reminder that the club meeting for August is TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. at the Nixa Fire Station General HQ.  And, if you want to upgrade or if you know someone wanting to get their ticket, Rob and his crew will be doing a VE testing session before the meeting at 4:30 p.m.

This meeting will have an APRS presentation, and we'll also be checking the progress of the club communications trailer.  We'll also get you the info on the club picnic slated for September, and take more orders for the club shirts. You will want to check out all the progress that has been made.  We'll discuss what all has been done thus far, and what is slated to take place before the September meeting, as well as give some insight on the budget for the trailer and how it is working out.

We hope you can all make it out to view the trailer & check out all the other stuff going on!