Nixa ARC Seeks ARRL Special Services Status and 100+ Members in 2011

At the last meeting, David Bowman, WB0QIR, had requested we look into becoming a special services club with the ARRL. After looking into the benefits of this, and the cost (it's free!), we are going to file an application for this status.

In order for us to do so, we need to know how many club members are members of the ARRL. A certain percentage must be met before the club can apply for this status. The timing is right for us to get this information quickly. So, if you already renewed your membership for 2011, or joined for the first time, please go to the club's website at and fill out this application. Make sure you put in the "tell us about yourself" field which meeting you paid your dues so I know easily that you've already paid, then click on "register" when completed. Since you have already paid your dues, nothing else is required.

If you haven't already re-newed or joined the club in 2011, this is a SIMPLE and QUICK way to do so. Again, click on and fill out the information then click on register. Individual club membership dues are only $12.00 per year, and for everyone in your immediate family (those living in your household), the cost for a family membership is $18.00 annually. After you click on register, the website will then take you to the next page where you can pay your dues online through paypal if you choose. Select either the Individual membership ($12.65) or family membership ($18.82) and select "pay now". The extra amount tacked onto your membership fee is to cover the amount Paypal charges the club for this service. This will take you to Paypal's secure website and you will be asked to log into your account. Once you have done so, select "pay now" and your membership is complete. You will receive an e-mail with your receipt for the renewal from Paypal and you are officially a member of the club for 2011. The Nixa ARC webmaster will then add your name and ARRL membership status to the 2011 Membership Roster page, currently under construction.

If you would prefer to pay by check or money order, you can mail those to:

Nixa ARC
P.O. Box 467
Nixa, MO 65714-0467

Or, you can pay by check or cash at the next club meeting, on January 8, 2011, and see Jeff Morrissey, KB0WVT, the club's Treasurer.

We'd like to see the club break 100 members this year, so I encourage all of you on the Yahoo! group, club mailing lists, and anyone that visits the site to join in this year and support our efforts. We have a LOT of exciting things planned, and we want everyone to be involved!

Besides our presentation on Logbook of the World in January by the Missouri DX Society, we'll be having presentations on station grounding by Rayfield Communications, Electrical Interference tracking by James Adkins, a presentation on MotoTrbo, a new digital mode hitting ham radio by storm by Rayfield Communications, Field Day, and many more! Projects such as the installation of the new local receiver for the 53.270 repeater, re-installation of the 927.5375 repeater, the HF station installation & upgrades, and firing up of the club's new 1.5 KW amplifier for the 53.270 repeater top the list of projects we'll all be having fun with in the coming year. There should be something for everyone.

So, take a few minutes to join, and invite your ham friends to come out to a meeting in 2011, and encourage them to join the club, too.