January 2020 meeting canceled

Due to inclement weather the January 2020 meeting has been canceled 


I have two announcements to share.

First – Our December meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 6pm.  This month we will NOT meet at the fire station but will meet at the Pizza Hut in Nixa – where it all began.   I have the back room reserved for us, we’ll squeeze in 😊.  Pizza/pasta/salad/soda will be on your own.  If you don’t want to eat, that’s perfectly fine, come on over anyway.  Hope to see everyone there!

Second – Our Vice President, Jim Nicoll, WA0MBE, has resigned, effective November 30, 2019 due to health issues.  Jim has been a huge part of the club over the years and especially during the last 2 years that I’ve served as club president.  Jim has been instrumental in writing several grants including the Nixa Community foundation grants that we have received the last several years – including THIS year (and we hope he will continue to help out).  He has known as being the guy that is always willing to jump in, lend a hand, scrounge supplies, loan tables, lead meetings and of course – can explain the way things work better than anyone.  Jim, we thank you for your exceptional service and look forward to seeing you at future meetings and activities.

Nixa ARC bylaws provide a mechanism for filling any vacant office.  Except for the office of the president, the term of the vacant office is filled by appointment by the president.  I have selected Michael Donnelly, KE0IMB to fill the vacant office.  Michael is active in ARES as well as CERT and will be a great addition to our leadership team.  Michael’s appointment will be effective immediately.  Thank you Michael for your willingness to serve!

Shawn Roesslet, KE0JGI
Nixa Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

2019 Nixa ARC Hamfest - Saturday, November 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We would like to invite everyone to the Nixa ARC hamfest coming up on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at "The Bridge" Church at 308 W. Mt. Vernon St in Nixa, MO, a link to the SMLRS website has the updated hamfest flyer and parking locations for your convenience
All of our parking is paved again this year!

In the past, our hamfest has fallen on the opening day of Deer Firearms season - NOT THIS YEAR!!!!!!  Since the opening day is November 16th this year, we are pleased all our hams that are also deer hunters can come out and join us for the hamfest!!!!!!

We have 3 great presentations lined up for this year - 

8:45 to 9:45 a.m. - Chuck Kraly, K0XM, will be presenting updates on the rapid DMR expansion AND will be giving a "hands on" lesson on how to program your DMR radios and discussing codeplugs.  If you have a problem programming your radio, bring your radio, cable and computer and Chuck is willing to answer questions / walk you through programming your DMR radio

10:00 to 10:45 a.m. - James Adkins, KB0NHX, will be giving a presentation on "The Importance of a Well (G)rounded Station" - this presentation talks about RF grounds, safety grounds and lightening protection grounds and WHY you need ALL 3 at your home QTH.  We'll discuss proper grounding techniques and how to achieve them.

11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. - Glenn Schulz, W9IQ, the ARRL's regional Technical Coordinator, will give a presentation titled "Understanding SWR and Feeline Loss".  If you are building antennas, or troubleshooting antenna systems, this is a great presentation for you! 

If you are an ARES member, the new Region D ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) Tom Simmons, N0CSA, will be having a meeting for everyone to meet him and talk about Region D ARES direction and goals.

If you've been wanting to get your license, or upgrade your license, Rob Huelga, W3LGA, and the Nixa ARC VE team will be testing at 8:30 a.m..  There will be a separate prize drawing JUST for people attending this VE session - so make it a goal to be ready to test at the hamfest - you might just walk away with a new Yaesu FT-4X handheld radio!

Speaking of special drawings, if you are a veteran, we have a special drawing for you!  ALL veterans will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to DX Engineering!  Just mention you are a veteran and show some type of ID / proof at the hamfest entry and we'll give you a special ticket to be entered into the drawing.  We want to thank all veterans to their service to our country!

The doors open at 8:00 a.m. and cost of entry is $7.00.  HOWEVER, if you would like a super ticket, those are priced at $20.00 and instead of one chance to win a prize, you get 20 chances!  

Here are the prizes we've picked up thus far to give away at the hamfest - 
25.00 west mountain radio gift certificate
25 feet of RG8U
Anderson powerpole connectors and crimp tool
Princeton 80-6m end fed wire antenna
ARRL Grounding and bonding for amateur radio book
TYT MD-UV380 dual band 2m/440 analog & DMR radio
Kenwood TM-281 2-meter mobile radio
If you are wanting to buy a new radio or accessories, Associated Radio, D&L Antenna and Ham Crazy will be there for all your new equipment needs.  This year we have added flea market tables and now have 29 tables - and they are ALREADY sold out!  

We do have catering on site again this year offering up breakfast and lunch items as well as snacks and coffee.  If you've been to our hamfest before, you know the food is good and the price is extremely reasonable with coffee being free!  

If you are coming in from out of town, there is a Super 8 motel that is kept up really well in Nixa, just a few minutes from the hamfest venue with reasonable rates.

Come out and join us at the hamfest - visit with old friends and make some new ones.  All proceeds go to support and expand the Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater system (SMLRS)

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!