-Regular Announcements-

The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month.
I am extremely 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. Because there is a group that meets ahead of us, we will need to move our testing and meeting times. Until we have an established time, testing will be from 3:30pm – 5:30pm for anyone wanting to get their technician license, or upgrade to a General or Extra class license. The fee for the tests is $15. Meeting will follow at 6:00pm. This time is subject to change and we will keep you posted as that info is released.

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

I want to extend a very special thank you to Paul Mark (KE0FGY) for his help in finding our new location. If you get a chance to thank him either on the air or in person let him know he is greatly appreciated. I also want to thank Franklin KD0RSJ for his involvement in the search for our various locations and making contact with multiple people and organizations. Without both of these gentlemen’s help we would still be in search for our location. And finally, I want to thank, Robert Kentch (KC0WSE) and his brother-in-law for allowing us to use the church for our meeting place during our search for a new location. Without their willingness to open their doors to us in short notice we would not have had a place to meet as we have in the last few months.

– December Meeting –

Next month’s meeting is Saturday, December 16th. Christmas will come early for SMARC as we will be having our Christmas party at our new location. December traditionally is the month we discuss Go Bags and being prepared in the event of a natural disasters or severe weather events. We will also be holding our elections for Vice President, Treasurer, and 2 director positions. Paid club members will be voting on candidates that were nominated at the last meeting. Club officers newly elected and established positions, we will be having a board meeting following our presentation.

– 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.

-Volunteers needed –

We are looking for anyone who would like to volunteer to take on the task of gathering information and announcing regional hamfest information during our nets and we are still looking for volunteers who would like to be a net control for our Friday Night nets, If you or know of anyone who may be interested, they must be licensed and willing to encourage conversations with check ins and announcements. Please let us know at smarc@smarc.org and we will be in contact with you.