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! 


6 Meter Repeater News 2019-01-11

Good evening everyone,
The 53.270 repeater is closer to being fully operational. We now have (4) receivers online and tested. To use the repeater, program your radio to receive on 53.270 MHz, and transmit -1.7 MHz, or on 51.570 MHz. The PL on transmit and receive should be programmed to 162.2 Hz.
Cedar Springs (Northwest)
Granby (Southwest)
Republic (Central)
Strafford (East)
A voter listens to all 4 receivers listed above simultaneously and picks the signal with the least amount of static and sends it to the transmitter so that the end user hears the strongest and best signal reaching the 4 sites.
With today's tests, we are really happy with the way the system is voting. This is the THIRD voter we've had on this system and the only one that has actually worked the way I think it should. With the new voter, we now have the ability to remotely select, disable a site via the Internet, and we can also watch in real time which sites are unsquelched and which site is voted. The voter also provides us with statistics as to how often a site is unsquelched, how often it's voted, and how many minutes and seconds it's voted in the last hour, day, week and month!
In the coming weeks we'll be bringing our fifth site in Branson West online, increasing our power output from 45-Watts into the duplexer to about 250-Watts into the duplexer, and completing fine tuning on the audio from the remote receiver sites. Today, Jim, W7RY, was watching the voter via the Internet and announcing if he was on Republic or Strafford and I was unable to tell a difference by the sound of his voice or hear the voter switching between sites - both major improvements over the last two voters.
We'd like to thank Tom Simmons, N0CSA, and the Webster County ARES group for donating this piece of equipment to the club thus allowing us to make this great improvement on the 6-meter repeater system.
Here is a link to more information about the JPS SNV-12 voter if you'd like to read about it.
James Adkins, KB0NHX
Repeater Trustee - Nixa ARC, Inc. (K0NXA)