Volunteers Needed Dogwood Canyon Trail Run

Good evening again,

As we spoke about at this month's club meeting, we are also looking to provide communications for the 2016 Dogwood Canyon Trail Run on Sunday, October 16th.  This event is held near Lampe, MO in Stone County at the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.  We will need (12) total volunteers so that we can split the event up into a morning shift and an afternoon shift.  The morning shift will run from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 and the afternoon shift from 12:00 until 5:30 p.m.  We need the following spots to commit to the event

(3) rest stops 
(2) supply trucks 
(2) Net Control operators

Net Control will be run out of the club's communications trailer, and we will likely deploy a portable repeater system for the event.  Rest stops do NOT have commercial power, so if you want to operate a rest stop you will need a battery with your radio, a small generator, or perhaps an HT with some type of base station antenna (J-Pole, etc.).  

I do not have the exact locations of the rest stops yet - it may be that all that will be needed is an HT and spare battery(s).  At the rest stops, you will be paired with other non-hams - we will be communicating supply needs at the rest stops and allowing supply trucks to communicate with NCS and rest stops.

This is a neat event - I need to have commitments from 12 people that want to do this before I will commit amateur radio to the event.  

If you have questions, or would like to volunteer, let me know soon.

James Adkins

Volunteers Needed for Tour De Bass

Good evening everyone,

It's again that time of year to start planning for our involvement in the Tour de Bass bicycle ride.  This year the ride will be on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

We need volunteers to sweep the rides for the event.  This person will follow behind the last rider in the ride so we know where the last rider is at all times.  Having APRS capabilities, whether by radio or via smart phone is ideal for this assignment.  We have the following rides available for sweep:


We are also looking for 4 people to act as SAGs for the ride.  These folks should have a car with a bike rack or a pickup truck and either radio or smart phone APRS capabilities.  This assignment helps riders that are having mechanical problems or are exhausted and need a ride to the next rest stop, or in some instances, back to the start / finish line

Lastly, we need folks to man the rest stops.  We have the following rest stops available - and we like to have a pair at each stop so that restroom breaks and lunch breaks are not a problem:

Mercy Orthopedic Center - Evans Rd
Republic Mercy Clinic
295 S Farm Rd 89 (near Elwood)
Casey's Convenience Store - W. Chestnut & Orchardcrest
Mercy Willard Clinic
Oovda Winery
Strafford Mercy Clinic
TBA - near Turner's Station (E Springfield)

Communications will be via a linked repeater system that consists of the following repeaters:
147.015 + PL 162.2 Hz - East Springfield
147.225 + PL 162.2 Hz - West Springfield
442.425 + PL 162.2 Hz - South Springfield

The 145.270 - PL 162.2 Hz in Nixa will be the tactical / talk around repeater

Please email me direct at adkins.james at gmail.com ASAP if you can help out with this event!  If you have questions feel free to call me at the number below or send me an email.
James Adkins, KB0NHX
President, Nixa ARC (K0NXA)

Club meeting tonight (8/13/16) at 6:00 p.m.!

Wanted to remind you of our club meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Nixa Fire Station, located at 711 N Main St in Nixa.

We've got some updates for you on the 146.775 repeater as well as some upcoming club events that we hope you want to participate - it's a great chance to use your hobby to give back to the community and have fun at the same time.

Also - Joye McElwee, N0OCP, will be giving a great presentation tonight on programming your Baofeng / Pofung series of Chinese portable radios.  He will have handouts with some quick tips on programming, and shed some light on features and options that you may want to use.  This presentation is for new and seasoned hams alike educating us on these new radios that seemingly hit the market with a new model weekly!

If you are looking to upgrade your license, or have a friend of family member that is interested in obtaining their ticket, Rob Huelga, W3LGA, and our VE team will be administering exams at 4:30 p.m. before the club meeting at the fire station.

Hope to see you all there tonight!

James Adkins

Field Day is June 25-26!

Field Day is this weekend June 25-26!

We will be operating at High Pointe Elementary School, 900 N Cheyenne Road, Nixa, MO 65714 (Highway 65-to-CC-to-Cheyenne Road).

This year we will be using NARC/SMLRS Communications Trailer.

Setup will begin about 7am on Saturday, until about Noon, and operations will begin at 1pm.  On Sunday, operations end at 1 pm and tear down will go from 1-3pm.

Field Day is also a great time to check out Amateur Radio and operate on different HF bands all while honing your contesting skills.

Field Day for hams is the most important weekend of the year for learning and practicing good operating skills, plus having lots of fun.

You can simply turn-on your own rig and listen to other hams making points, or stay up all 24 hours operating the contest yourself!

Contact James Adkins, KBØNHX at kb0nhx@nixahams.net if you'd like to reserve your spot, or just come on down and have fun.

The objective of Field Day, for any non-amateur radio operators who might be monitoring this net is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. It is an annual event falling on the last weekend of June.

We hope to make this a great and fun Field Day for all involved and would like to see you there.