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! 

Shawn

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)

Rod Kittleman, K0ADI - SK

We very sad to report that Rod Kittleman, K0ADI, passed away today. Rod was the morning show DJ and program director for 99.5 KADI radio station in Springfield. He served as the ARRL Public Information Officer for several years and was instrumental in getting the word out to the media about amateur radio activities.
Rod also created the “Hamster” emblem the club uses and also the SMLRS Logo.

Repeater donations

As some of you may have already heard, we are going to have to replace the antenna at the 147.015 repeater site in Springfield and the 146.655 site in Branson. Unfortunately, both of these were manufactured during a time where Commscope had a run of bad phasing harnesses.
The total cost for antennas and labor is just over $4800.00, and that’s considering that the labor to replace the antenna is at no charge at Branson.
We have sold $1200 worth of club equipment and have money from the hamfest we can use for part of the expenses.
With today being “Giving Tuesday”, we’re asking if you would consider making a gift to the Nixa ARC so we can get this work completed.
We are looking for only 25 amateurs willing to give $100 to get the project funded, or perhaps you own a business that would like to make a contribution. Since the club is a 501c3, any donation is 100% tax deductible and we can issue you a receipt for the donation.
I will be the first to donate - are there 24 others willing to join me? I use the club’s repeaters daily and get a lot of enjoyment out of them and I know they serve the public well for the Bike MS, Tour de Bass and other events as well as the weekly nets run by Region D ARES and others on the system.
You can make a donation to [email protected] as a “gift” or make a cash / check donation at the club meeting this Saturday OR go to our facebook page and donate through the link on facebook to get matching funds from facebook.
73 & thanks for supporting the SMLRS!
James Adkins, KB0NHX
Repeater Trustee - Nixa ARC, Inc (K0NXA)
Shawn Roesslet, KE0JGI
President - Nixa ARC, Inc