-Regular Announcements-

The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month. Our next meeting will be tomorrow, October 20th.

The meeting will be at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) building at 2525 E. Division Street. This is across the street from the downtown airport, in Springfield, MO. The building is also located between Oak Grove Avenue to the East, and Engel Avenue on the West side of the building. There is no access to the parking behind the building from off of Engle Avenue, so you will need to use the DAV’s driveway at the corner of Division & Engle.

Testing will be at 3:00pm for anyone that wants to get their tech license, or want to upgrade to general or extra class. The fee for the test is $15. The meeting starts at 5:00pm.

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.

An outstanding cook usually prepares a meal, and anyone is welcome to bring sides dishes, soft drinks, or desserts. Guests are welcome to stay to eat.

Tomorrow’s program will be our annual Wacky Antenna Party! Do you think it might make an antenna? Ever wondered if you can talk with an extension ladder? Is it possible to make contact with an actual microwave oven??

If you think it can be used as an antenna, bring it to the meeting tomorrow, and we will see. We’ll have a radio & tuner set up to connect your wacky antennas to, and see if we can get them out on the airwaves.

 

-DAV Drivers-

The DAV has been very gracious in letting us use their building at a great rate for our club meetings. SMARC would like to help pay back some of their generosity! They are always looking for volunteers to help drive veterans both here in town, and out of town. Some of the duties may be taking veterans to doctor’s appointments, VA visits, running to the store, or other places.

If you would like to volunteer to be a driver please contact Commander Bob Clayton at: 417-862-3910. The DAV has vans that you will use for transportation. All you have to have is a driver’s license, be insurable on their government policy, and pass a physical. I assume this is similar to a DOT physical.

 

-FlipGive-

Last year, we had the opportunity to purchase a repeater to replace our aging 146.640 MHz Skywarn repeater. We were able to make this happen mostly through members donating money for the new repeater.

Just 3 advantages this has given us are: increased transmit power, ability to eliminate interference with a PL Tone, and the option to include Echolink.

This is just the first step the club has taken to improve our repeater systems. SMARC has set a goal to raise funds for some new digital repeaters that can expand our area even more. But we need your help to make this happen.

We have established a fundraiser with FlipGive.com. FlipGive is a great way to give back to your club by purchasing the things you already shop for every day. Companies like Target, Nike, Under Amour, Texas Roadhouse, and many 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.

Even if you normally only make purchases in the stores, you can still help. Purchase gift cards on the website, that you can use in store, and it still counts! The club will get a portion of those gift card purchases too.

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.

 

-Route 66 On the Air!-

Recently I received a group email from Mr. Bob Heil, K9EID, to update us on how W6R did for Route 66 On the Air! For the entire week of the event, W6R made a total of 2,938 contacts!! Out of all the special event stations for the event, this but W6R into 2nd place. The top score of all time is around 3,900.

Bob was more than thrilled to find out from W6JBT.org that we were 2nd overall. First Place went to W6G, out of Flagstaff, AZ, with a total of 3,691 contacts. Some of our “Big Guns” were not able to participate this year for various reasons. Had we had everyone, and band conditions been a little better, we could have possibly been first.

A few people that brought in a large number of those contacts were: Bob was only able to work 2 days of the event, but still got 605 contacts. Myron, W0MYQ had an outstanding 714 contacts on his own, and topped the list for W6R! Congratulations Myron!!

Bob would really love to see next years event even bigger, possibly getting close to that 3,900 record!!

QSL cards will be mailed out again this year, and I will have them at tomorrow’s meeting to stuff envelopes!!

 

-Nixa NARCfest-

The annual Nixa NARCfest will be on Saturday, November 10, 2018. It will be located at the Bridge, 308 W Mt. Vernon in Nixa, MO. The doors open at 8:00am, and tickets are just $7.00! There will be a special prize drawing for Veterans, and a super ticket- $20.00 gets you 20 raffle tickets!!

If you are a vendor, and would like a table, please contact James Adkins at: adkins.james@gmail.com. Reservations for 1 table & entry are $13.00, and each additional table will be $6.00!

Mark your calendars, save your pennies, and plan to be at the Nixa NARCfest! Watch the NARC website at: https://www.nixahams.net/, for more details.

 

-Skywarn Youth Net-

I would like to talk to you about the Skywarn Youth Net. It begins at 7:30pm on Sunday nights, on the 145.490 N0NWS repeater. This net is sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn repeater system to encourage young amateur radio operators & their families to key up, and get out on the air.

This helps create educational awareness amongst these operators about Skywarn, and basic weather facts. It helps introduce young hams to net operations, and how to participate in a net. There are trivia questions about weather, and a lot of fun for all! Everyone is welcome to participate.

For more information about this net, please go to www.N0NWS.com/youth.

 

-R&L Electronics Offer-

R & L Electronics has put together a couple of radio packages for brand new Hams in the Southwest Missouri area! The basic pack includes a Baofeng 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.

 

-Check Inns-

KC0NSC / Tom/ Springfield, MO

KD0JGG / Roger / Springfield, MO

KA0KDW / Brad / Springfield, MO

WK0Y / Jack / Springfield, MO

KE0SRO / Billy/ Springfield, MO

KE0FHX/ Marsha / Springfield, MO

K0JTR / Jeff / Miller, MO

KD0TOT / Judith / Miller, MO

KE0CVU / Dave / Bois D’Arc, MO

KA0SPM / Steve / Springfield, MO

N0SVY / Don, Willard, MO

KD0AEL / Patti / Springfield, MO

KC0UKA / Mike / Billings, MO

 

-Net Control-

KD0RSJ / Franklin / Springfield, MO