-Regular Announcements-

The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month.
We are excited to announce that we have secured a permanent meeting and testing location. The new address is at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)  building at 2525 E. Division Street. Testing is from 3:00pm – 5:00pm for anyone wanting to get their technician license, or upgrade to a General or Extra class license. The fee for the tests is $15 CASH. Meeting will follow at 5:00pm.

Anyone 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. A meal is usually prepared by an outstanding cook.and anyone is welcome to bring sides dishes, soft drinks, or desserts. Guests are welcome to stay to eat

– March Meeting –

This month we are planning on sharpening our storm spotting skills.  A meteorologist from the Springfield office of the National Weather Service will be our guest.  This special training is very informative and anyone who would like to contribute their time as a storm spotter for Greene County Skywarn or Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn are encouraged to attend this meeting.  These meetings typically have large attendance so be sure to get there early to get a good seat.  Additional information about the speaker or presentation details will be added as we get closer to the date.

-Safe & Sound-

The the 6th annual Safe & Sound Saturday. The event will once again be held at the Ozark Empire Fairground’s E-Plex. Safe & Sounds will be held on Saturday April 14th, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club, as well as Greene County Skywarn will be participating again this year,
In years past we have been allowed to set up the booths the day before, on Friday afternoon. We will probably need between 2-4 people to help with that. We will also need people to staff the booth during the event. I’d like to have about 4-6 people committed to doing so at some point throughout the day. You do not have to be there first thing, or stay for the whole event. We do need there to be at least 1 or 2 people manning the the booth at all times. We will also need help to tear down the booth after the event is over.
If you would like to help out, we would appreciate you letting us know ahead of time. You do not have to commit ahead of time, drop-ins are always welcomed! But if you are pretty certain you’d like to help, it would help us immensely if you could let us know.

Contact Franklin Johnson at kd0rsj@gmail.com


-Storm Spotter Training-

Due to weather this training has been postponed-Dates for reschedule is TBA

The 2018 storm spotter training will be on February 20th at 6:30 pm at the Assemblies of God Headquarters located on 1445 N Booneville Ave . This training is sponsored by the Springfield Green County office of Emergency management and the National Weather Service office in Springfield MO.

Attend this free course and learn more about how trained storm spotters identify severe weather features and relay important weather information to OEM and the National Weather Service. Course topics include severe weather safety tips, thunderstorm basics, supercell formations and the role and function of a trained storm spotter. No registration required!

Also worth mentioning, there will also be a Severe Weather Expo at the Battlefield Mall on Saturday February 24th from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Greene County Skywarn will not be participating in this expo however it would be a great opportunity to learn more about severe weather awareness and preparedness.

– FlipGive –

We have established a fundraiser with FlipGive.com. FlipGive is a great way to give back to your club by shopping for the things you already shop for anyway. Companies like Wal-Mart, Dominos Pizza, Papa Johns, Target, Nike, and much more will donate a percentage of your purchases back to the club. If you shop online, why not help our progress by signing up for FlipGive today. Tell your friends and family to help raise funds to build our repeater system in the Southwest MO area. A little bit can go a long way. Go to www.flipgive.com and search for Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club for more information on how you can help us take the next step in upgrading our coverage for Skywarn and emergency communications.

-R&L Electronics-

R & L Electronics has put together a couple of radio packages for brand new Hams! The basic pack includes a Boefeng 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 will see both of the radio packages.

– Skywarn Youth Net –

The Skywarn Youth Net is at 7:30pm on Sundays on the 145.490 N0NWS repeater. This net is sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn repeater system to encourage young amateur radio operators and their families to key up and get out on the air and to create an educational awareness among these operators about Skywarn and basic weather facts. For more information about this net you can go to www.N0NWS.com/youth.