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


We'd like to invite you to the annual Nixa ARC NARCfest THIS Saturday, November 10th at the Bridge Church located at 308 W. Mt. Vernon Street in Nixa - about 10 minutes south of Springfield on Hwy 13. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and the cost of admission is $7.00

Don't forget to check in with our food vendor as they are providing FREE coffee for all attendees at the hamfest and will be serving breakfast in the morning and lunch as the day goes on - perfect opportunity to grab a bite between the presentations if you like without having to leave the hamfest. BTW, DON'T forget desert - it's always really good!

This year's show has a few new events over previous years, and we are excited about the hamfest!

We have 3 speakers lined up - 9:00 a.m. Bob Heil will be giving his first ever hamfest demonstration on his new Parametric Receive Audio System. At 10:00 a.m., Chuck Kraly, K0XM, of the BYRG will be giving a new presentation on DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) communications and discuss the rapid growth in and around Missouri Then, at 11:30 a.m., Tom Wheeler, N0GSG, will be giving a presentation about the software he developed - Contact Manger: How to manipulate codeplugs to program your DMR radios.

ALSO - the scanner manufacturer Whislter will be on site to demo some of their scanners and their head technician will be on site to answer technical questions about their equipment!

We will also have VE Testing at 8:30 a.m. on site put on by Rob Huelga, W3LGA, and the Nixa ARC VE Testing Team - a great time to upgrade your license! 

 There are a lot of neat prizes this year - not just radios! We have items from a nice soldering station to a heat gun with heat shrink kit to gift certificates to vendors to analog mobile and portable radios and a DMR VHF HT plus others. Since the hamfest falls near Veteran's day, we wanted to have a special prize drawing for veterans in attendance - so make sure when you enter the hamfest you let us know you are a veteran so we can enter you in the prize drawing. For $20, you can also purchase the "super ticket" that gives you 20 chances to win prizes - this was really popular last year so we brought it back again for 2018.

Talk-in for the hamfest is on the SMLRS (Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System). When you get into Springfield we suggest the 145.270-, PL 162.2 Hz due to an antenna problem with the 147.015 repeater. We will also be monitoring on DMR via the Southwest Missouri Talkgroup, 31291  

We really look forward to seeing you at the hamfest. Remember - all funds from the hamfest go to support the Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System. Your attendance will REALLY help us keep this invaluable linked system operating for all amateurs and groups to use.

Hope you can make it out to the hamfest!

Club Meeting Saturday November 3rd

Join us Saturday November 3rd from 6:00 PM to 7:30 at the Nixa Pizza Hut at 160 and CC for our November Club Meeting. This is one week earlier than normal as the Hamfest will be on the date our meeting is normally scheduled.  This meeting is an annual tradition where we go back to where the club was founded at Pizza Hut.  This will be an informal eat and greet meeting where you can enjoy some great pizza and visit.  

Conway 145.470- CC12 DMR repeater online!

Last week we were able to place the 145.470 DMR repeater on the air and on the Brandmeister network.

Color Code:  12
Static Talkgroups:
TS1 - 31291 - Southwest Missouri
TS1 - 31297 - Southwest Missouri SkyWarn
TS2 - 31201 - BYRG (Back Yard Repeater Group)

Please use TS1 for Local 2, Local 9 and all other PTT activated non-static talkgroups.

Randy, K0RLV, climbed the tower and replaced the 14 year old fiberglass antenna with a new Commscope DB222 exposed dipole / metal antenna.  He also installed and aimed the Internet radio antenna to allow the repeater to connect to the Brandmeister network.

We look forward to any coverage reports you’d like to send to us.


James Adkins, KB0NHX