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)