NARC NET ANNOUNCEMENTS 2018-07-12

Our next meeting will be Saturday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the Nixa Fire Station at 711 N. Main. VE Testing will be held at 4:30 pm at the same location.  The program for this month will be a presentation by James Adkins KB0NHX entitled, "You've got a repeater where?".  The presentation will be an overview of the club repeaters, locations, some coverage maps and fun tidbits about their history.  There will be a part 2 of this presentation at a later date where there will be an overview of some of the "cool stuff" the club repeaters can do.  
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HF Activity

The Space Weather Prediction Center forecasts the 10.7 cm flux will be 76, the A index 5 and the Kp index 2 which implies that HF propagation, while not wonderful, should not be disturbed this weekend.
The IARU HF World Championship, which incorporates WRTC 2018, is this weekend.  This is a dual mode (CW and SSB) activity.  ContestCalendar.com has links to information on the exchange, rules, and log submission method.  You should also upload your log to the WRTC website.
Next weekend the HF RTTY North American QSO Party (NAQP) will be held Saturday, and the CQ WW VHF Contest on Saturday and Sunday.  Both begin around mid-day Saturday local time.  The Digital Modes Club is also hosting a RTTY contest that begins before and ends after the NAQP. 
For more information, go to contestcalendar.com, open the 8 day calendar, and follow the rules links to the sponsors’ websites.
There have been quite a few reports about 6 meter band openings in the past few days – expect them to continue.
N7WY

NARC NET ANNOUNCEMENTS 2018-06-14


Our next meeting will be 
Saturday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the Nixa Fire Station at 711 N. Main. VE Testing will be held at 4:30 pm at the same location. We are still in the process of formulating the program for this meeting.

Field Day is coming up this year on June 23rd and 24th. We will be set up at Summit Intermediate School at  890 N Cheyenne Rd, Nixa, MO

Setup will start at 0700 on Saturday the 23rd. Email Shawn at ke0jgi @ nixahams.net if you have a time that you plan to come operate. It should be be great time for everyone.  We will also need help with tear-down on Sunday afternoon once Field Day is over.  The more hands we have, the quicker we'll get it done.

We are please to announce that the internet connected to the Branson DMR repeater is now working and the repeater can now connect to the Brandmiester Network talk groups.  

We also would like to announce that SMLRS is on Broadcastify.  This means you can listen to the repeater system on various smartphone apps and the web.  When searching, choose Christian county since the repeater we are rebroadcasting from originates from there.  

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From Bob N7WY  HF activities

The Space Weather Prediction Center forecasts the 10.7 cm flux will be 72-75, the A index 5-8 and the Kp index 2-3 which implies that HF propagation should be fair this weekend through next weekend; e.g., Field Day.
This is from the ARRL contest newsletter – “Your best bets for HF activity this weekend include the West Virginia QSO PartyAll-Asia DX Contest, and ARRL Kids Day.  If you have a 160 meter antenna, the Summer Stew Perry Topband Challenge is an opportunity to exchange grid squares on HF in a format that isn't FT8.  The weekend of June 23 will be consumed by ARRL Field Day activity.  If you haven't committed to a Field Day operation, you can find one near you using the ARRL Field Day Site Locator, or call around to radio clubs in your area to see about joining one.”
The 160m contest is actually called the “Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge”.  Visit https://www.kkn.net/stew/ for the rules.
If you know some you can invite, including your own, let the kids operate your HF station during ARRL Kids Day.  If you don’t have any over, get on and work those who are on the air.  Spread the excitement!
For more information on any of these events, go to contestcalendar.com, open the 8 day calendar, and follow the rules links to the sponsors’ websites.
The DXpedition team is about to depart for Baker Island.  There are some naysayers wondering if the trip is premature given current propagation, and the reluctance of the Forest Service to grant access very often.  Let’s hope they make it, and conditions are good for KH1/KH7Z from June 27 through July 6.  For updates, visit http://baker2018.net/

N7WY

NARC NET ANNOUNCEMENTS 2018-05-31


Our next meeting will be 
Saturday, June 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Nixa Fire Station at 711 N. Main. VE Testing will be held at 4:30 pm at the same location. 

We will be discussing Field Day preparations.   Be thinking about how you want to participate and watch for more info coming from groups.io. if you haven't already joined the groups.io group, do so today!  You can find a link on our webpage at Nixahams.net  

Field Day is coming up this year on June 23rd and 24th.
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From Bob N7WY  HF activities

During the Thursday night net last week, I reported on the solar activity predictions for the coming weekend.  The 20m band was open for CQ WW WPX around the clock to somewhere, 15m was also open somewhat, and some hams experienced sporadic E propagation on the 10m band.  In summary, conditions for WPX were way better than recent history would have foretold.  Unfortunately, lightning interrupted my schedule several times.

This weekend there are some contests specifically for hams in Europe, a few worldwide activities, one limited to 6m, and the Kentucky QSO party.

For more information, go to contestcalendar.com, open the 8 day calendar, and follow the rules links to the sponsors’ websites.

ARRL Field Day will be on the 4th weekend in June.  Visit ARRL.org for more info.  The June club meeting will be the time and place to finalize plans.