Nixa ARC repeater remote control project

Special thanks to Todd, AD0RR, for all his work (and putting up with James!) on the Nixa ARC repeater remote control project. Todd’s device utilized a Raspberry Pi3 and a home-brew prototype Pi-hat that allows us to see what poets are receiving signals at a repeater site, turn a repeater and / or link radio off and back on, and also completely program the repeater remotely via the Internet! We plan on rolling out the first unit soon, it will be a huge asset for the SMLRS and allow us to identify what repeater or link radio is receiving a signal.
The hardware, with additional wiring and software, will allow for us to incorporate spectral fingerprinting of interfering signals remotely and expedite the process of locating malicious interference as well when paired with the RFL (Remote Field Unit). Thanks to Steffen, KC0NQE for his expertise and help on this front! I’m continually amazed with some of the technical expertise we have at our fingertips with our club membership and what can be accomplished when we mesh those expertise together as a group!

Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System presentation at The Tri-Lakes Amateur Radio Club on 2/16/19

This morning (2/16/19) members and guests of Tri-Lakes Amateur Radio Club (TLARC) learned about the Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System (SMLRS.) 

James (KB0NHX) Don (N7BD) President TLARC, and Shawn (KE0JGI) President of NARC are pictured below.  

The Tri-Lakes Amateur Radio Club (TLARC) opened its training program to the community at the Taney County Emergency operations center in Hollister, Missouri this morning (2/16).

James Adkins (KB0NHX), Chief Field Technician, Missouri State Highway Patrol Communications Division presented information on the Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System (SMLRS).

The purpose of SMLRS is to enable amateur radio operators in the region's 3 largest metropolitan areas - Branson, Joplin and Springfield - to communicate among each other as needed during disasters and drills for the region. The system consists of 8 repeaters and provides mobile communications for most of the Region D area in Southwest Missouri.
TLARC operates the VHF repeater on 147.195 Mhz and digital mobile radio (DMR) repeater on 147.150 Mhz frequencies.

James later reflected, "It's Always great when you can teach folks about the link system, and get more people familiar with it!"  

Cox South 443.400+ DMR repeater back online

After a couple of weeks of testing, the Cox South DMR repeater has been re-installed at Cox South Hospital and will be available for check-ins tonight for the Thursday Night check-in net held on the SMLRS and the Nixa ARC linked repeater Systems.  On DMR, use the Southwest Missouri talkgroup 31291.

Monthly meeting of the Nixa Amateur Radio Club 2019-01-12

Looks like the freezing rain/snow threat is going to stay to the north and east. Radar looks like precip is ending South of Springfield. We 're still on for the meeting tonight. Part 2 of the Nixa ARC repeaters. 

See you then!