-SMARC Friday Night Net for September 2nd, 2016-

-Regular Announcements-

-The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month, at 5:00pm. The next meeting will be Saturday, September 17th. Each meeting is held at the American Red Cross Southern Missouri Regional Offices, at the corner of West Bypass & Division, in Springfield, MO.

Testing will also be available at 3:00pm for anyone wanting to get their technician license, or upgrade to a general or extra class license. The fee for the test is $15.

Any one that is interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator should attend a meeting, or testing session. You do not have to already have your license, or be a club member to attend. Everyone is welcome including friends, family, and children.

-Dogwood Canyon Bike Ride-Good evening again,

The Nixa Amateur Radio Club needs to provide communications for the 2016 Dogwood Canyon Trail Run on Sunday, October 16th. This event is held near Lampe, MO in Stone County at the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. A total of 12 volunteers are needed so they can be split up into a morning, and an afternoon shift. The morning shift will run from 6:30 am. Until 12:30 pm, and the afternoon shift from 12:00 pm until 5:30 pm.

The following spots are needed to commit to the event:

3 Rest Stops
2 Supply Trucks
2 Net Control Operators

Net Control will be run out of the Nixa Club’s communications trailer, and they will likely deploy a portable repeater system for the event. Rest stops DO NOT HAVE COMMERCIAL POWER! So if you want to operate a rest stop, you will need a battery with your radio, a small generator, or perhaps an HT with some type of base station antenna (J-Pole, etc.).

I do not have the exact locations of the rest stops, but it may be that all that will be needed is an HT and spare battery(s). At the rest stops, you will be paired with other non-hams. You will be communicating supply needs at the rest stops, and allowing supply trucks to communicate with NCS and rest stops.

This is a neat event, as well as a great way to practice participating in a structured net. If you have questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact:

James Adkins, KB0NHX
417-840-5261 (cell)

-Tour de Bass-

It’s again that time of year to start planning for involvement in the Tour de Bass bicycle ride. This year the ride will be on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
Volunteers are needed to sweep the rides for the event. These persons will follow behind the last rider in the ride so we know where the last rider is at all times. Having APRS capabilities, whether by radio or via smart phone is ideal for this assignment. We have the following rides available for sweep:

12-mile
33-mile
41-mile
64-mile
100-mile

We are also looking for 4 people to act as SAGs for the ride. These folks should have a car with a bike rack or a pickup truck, and either radio or smart phone APRS capabilities. This assignment helps riders that are having mechanical problems, or are exhausted & need a ride to the next rest stop. In some instances this may be back to the start, or to the finish line

Lastly, we need folks to man the rest stops. We have the following rest stops available, and they like to have a pair at each stop so that restroom breaks & lunch breaks are not a problem:

Mercy Orthopedic Center at Evans Rd

Republic Mercy Clinic
295 S Farm Rd 89 (near Elwood)

Casey’s Convenience Store – W. Chestnut & Orchardcrest

Mercy Willard Clinic

Oovda Winery

Strafford Mercy Clinic

TBA near Turner’s Station (E Springfield)

Communications will be via a linked repeater system that consists of the following repeaters:

147.015 + PL 162.2 Hz – East Springfield
147.225 + PL 162.2 Hz – West Springfield
442.425 + PL 162.2 Hz – South Springfield

The 145.270 – PL 162.2 Hz in Nixa will be the tactical / talk around repeater

If you have any questions, or would like to help with the Tour de Bass, please contact:

James Adkins, KB0NHX
adkins.james@gmail.com
417-840-5261 (cell)

-New Ham Radio Package-

R & L Electronics has put together a couple of radio packages for brand new Hams! The basic pack includes a Boefang UV5 hand held radio, and a Gordon West Technician study guide, and is less than $50, with free shipping!!

You can see details for both the basic & deluxe packages at: www.randl.com. Once on the main page, just type “new ham” into the search bar, and you well see both of the radio packages.

-New Greene County Skywarn Page-

Since the weather has been so wacky this Summer, it would be a great time to checkout the Greene County Skywarn webpage. You can find links to the National Weather service pages, radar, and a cool place to keep up with watches/warnings as they go out. There is also links on how to become a weather spotter if you are interested. Check it out at: www.gcmoskywarn.net.

-Check Inns-
KE0IKM / Stan / Boliver, MO
K9EAR / Bill / Springfield, MO
KD0YVC / Robert / Aurora, MO
KE0DTZ / Rodney / Springfield, MO
KB0JGG / Roger / Springfield, MO
KD0AEL / Patti / Springfield, MO
WA0CFQ / Dale / Springfield, MO
KE0EBU / Barry / Republic, MO

-Net Control-
KD0RSJ / Franklin / Springfield, MO