2018-04-26 NARC Net Announcements

Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 12th at 6:00 p.m. The fire department meeting room repairs have been completed and the meeting will be held at the Nixa Fire Station at 711 N. Main. VE Testing will be held at 4:30pm at the same location. 

We will be discussing Field Day preparations.  

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The 146.685 Multi-Mode digital repeater is operational
For those of you who have been waiting for it, the club's new home-brew digital repeater is alive!  

The repeater is currently operational on DMR, P25 and Yaesu Fusion modes. Once James has a grasp on it, the repeater will also be capable of D-Star.

The repeater uses a couple of Motorola CDM-750 VHF Commercial radios with one of the Repeater-Builder STM-32DV multi-mode digital voice modems connected to a Raspberry Pi III computer running the Pi-Star program.

The repeater has a 25-Watt output and is located on the tower at Troop D HQ near US 65 & Kearney St in NE Springfield with the antenna at ~ 225' AGL.

For additional information check out the announcement on the Nixahams Groups.io page

If you're on the NixaHams Facebook page, James posted some pictures and a video description of the repeater there.

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We will be setting up the club communication trailer for the Lawrence County Sheriff's car show on Saturday, May 5th 2018 

This will be a great dry run for field day. The setup for the show begins at 8am so I plan to have the trailer and generators out there by 7:30 to 7:45.  We can set up and run HF, digital, whatever anyone wants to do.

This will be a FANTASTIC way to pull in more hams to the hobby as well as show off our capabilities to a different area than what we normally reach.

Please drop Shawn KE0JGI at nixhams.net an email if you are able to attend. 

The address for the car show is  21118 old Route 66 Ash Grove.

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From N7WY
Tonight (4/19) the NorCal Contest Club (NCCC) is having both a CW and a RTTY sprint lasting a couple of hours each. 
The Florida QSO party is this weekend.  There are 2 RTTY contests this weekend, SP DX (Poland) and BARTG (Britain).  Switzerland’s equivalent to the ARRL is holding a multi-mode DX contest (Helvetia).  There is also a 10-10 International contest, but given that the lights are out on 10 meters, I doubt there will be much activity.
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 3rd weekend in June.  Visit ARRL.org for more info.

The RTTY NAQP is in July and the CW and SSB NAQPs are in August.  Visit ncjweb.com for more info.
The CW and SSB ARRL Sweepstakes are in November.  Visit ARRL.org for more info.

2018-04-19 NARC Net Announcements


Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 12th at 6:00 p.m. The fire department meeting room repairs have been completed and the meeting will be held at the Nixa Fire Station at 711 N. Main. VE Testing will be held at 4:30pm at the same location. 

We are still working on finalizing our presentation and will announce that once final.

Due to the tragic collapse of the Ozarks Public Television tower in Fordland this morning, the SGF repeater group announced that the 147.12 Mhz repeater is off the air indefinitely.  National Weather Service Radio at 162.40 Mhz is also off the air.  Please keep the injured tower workers in your prayers as well as the family of the worker that was fatally injured. 


We are in the process of  troubleshooting interference coming from the Branson 146.655 SMLRS link. We will post more once we find out the root cause of the issue, but wanted to let you know we were looking into it.   


From Bob N7WY

Upcoming HF activities.

Tonight the NorCal Contest Club (NCCC) is having both a CW and a RTTY sprint lasting a couple of hours each. 
There are Nebraska and Ontario QSO parties this weekend - MO stations send RS(T) and MO in their exchange.  The Michigan QSO party is also this weekend – MO stations send a serial number and MO in their exchange. 
There are several DX contests with sponsors from Israel, Estonia, China and Brazil.
For more information, go to contestcalendar.com, open the 8 day calendar, and follow the rules links to the sponsors’ websites.
If you operate RTTY, you might want to get your set up ready for the BARTG 75 baud sprint the following weekend.  Usually RTTY contests are run at 45.5 baud.

IMPORTANT- 4/14 Meeting location change

Our next meeting will be this weekend  - Saturday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m. However, due to repairs of a water leak at the fire department meeting room, our meeting location will be changing.  The meeting will be held at The Library Center Meeting Room B at 4653 S Campbell Ave. 

NOTE: VE Testing will be held this month at Nixa Fire Station #2  301 S Nicholas Rd, Nixa, MO 65714 at 4:30pm

The Presentation we had scheduled for our February meeting with Steve Runnels from the weather service  titled  "Tactical Spotting of the El Reno Tornado - Enhancing Situational Awareness to Stay Safe" has been rescheduled for the April meeting.

Thank You Nixa Community Foundation!

December 12th we received a grant from the NixaCommunityFoundation to purchase the new pair of Honda generators for the Club’s communications trailer! These units are smaller, lighter weight, quieter, and provide a true sine wave with their inverter technology and most importantly are RF quiet and won’t interfere with our world-wide communications on HF during emergency communications drills and events.
We will immediately be able to buy the generators and with the club’s matching funds be able to buy the external fuel tank to allow for extended run time and we plan on pricing the dual-fuel conversion that would allow them to run off propane as well in an emergency.
Thanks to all techs great businesses and endowment funds in the Nixa Chamber of Commerce and Nixa Community Foundation for making his possible!