-Regular Announcements-

The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month. Our next meeting will be on December 15th.

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.

This month is our Christmas Potluck Dinner. The club will be providing the meat; everyone else will provide the rest of the meal! As always, everyone is more than welcome to bring their favorite Christmas side dishes, desserts, and soft drinks.

Also this month’s program will be Go Bags! If you have one, bring it in, and tell us about it. Rather is for communications, first aid, just for when the lights go out, or to provide public assistance during times of need, we’d like to see it!

Reach the Club at our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestMissouriAmateurRadioClub/

 

-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 newer repeater to replace our aging 146.640 MHz Skywarn repeater. We were able to make this happen mostly through a group of members donating the money for this to happen.

The advantages this has given us include: increased transmit power, the ability to eliminate interference with a PL Tone, and the option to include Echolink in the future. This has motivated us to want to add some digital repeaters that can expand our area even more. But we need your help to make this happen.

That is why SMARC has 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, Apple, Groupon, HP, Walmart, GAP, and many more will donate a percentage of your purchases back to the club. If you already shop online, this is a great way to help us out, and buy the things you need! Purchases of gift cards count too, and you can use those in store, just incase you don’t shop much online.

Go to www.flipgive.com and search for Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club for more information on how you can help. You do not have to be in the club, or even a licensed amateur radio operator to sing up for a free FlipGive account. So anyone can participate, friends, family, anybody. So sing up today and help us take the next step for amateur communications in Springfield, and Southwest Missouri!

 

-Winter Weather Announcements-

This weekend will see some winter weather move into the region. At this time there are no Winter Weather Watches/Warnings in Southwest Missouri.

7 of our most Southern Counties have a Winter Weather Advisory for Snow, those counties include: McDonald, Barry, Stone, Taney. Ozark, Howell, and Oregon. This advisory is in effect from 6:00 AM CST on Saturday Dec 8th, till 6:00 AM on Sunday Dec 9th. Those counties can expect 1-2’ of wet snow to fall, with the possibility of locally heavier amounts of up to 3”. This will make roads slippery, and travel potentially dangerous.

A Winter Weather Advisory for Snow mean periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads, & limited visibilities, & use caution while driving.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling “5”, “1”, “1”. You can also get the current statues of roads in Missouri by going to MO DOT’s Travelers Information Map at: http://traveler.modot.org/map/index.html.

 

-Hazardous Weather Outlook-

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF THE MISSOURI OZARKS AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

DAY ONE…TONIGHT.

WEATHER HAZARDS EXPECTED…

LIMITED SNOW RISK. DISCUSSION…

A STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO TRACK WELL TO OUR SOUTH TONIGHT   INTO SATURDAY. THE NORTHERN EDGES OF THE PRECIPITATION WITH THIS   SYSTEM MAY AFFECT FAR SOUTHERN MISSOURI WITH SOME LIGHT SNOW, BEGINNING AS EARLY AS VERY LATE TONIGHT. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED TONIGHT.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

LIGHT SNOW WILL AFFECT PARTS OF FAR SOUTHERN MISSOURI ON SATURDAY AND MAY BRING AN INCH OR TWO OF SNOW TO AREAS ALONG THE MISSOURI ARKANSAS BORDER. THERE WILL BE A SHARP CUTOFF TO THE PRECIPITATION ON THE NORTHERN EDGE AND LOCATIONS NORTH OF A NEOSHO TO WEST PLAINS LINE MAY NOT SEE MUCH SNOW AT ALL. BRISK AND GUSTY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK WITH GUSTS OVER 30 MPH POSSIBLE.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT… SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED THROUGH TONIGHT.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE ACCESSED AT: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SGF/SITREP

THIS PRODUCT IN GRAPHICAL FORMAT, ALONG WITH OTHER WEATHER, HYDROLOGICAL, AND CLIMATE INFORMATION AT: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SGF

 

-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-

KA0SPM / Steve / Springfield, MO

N0MIO / Richard / Springfield, MO

KB0JGG / Roger / Springfield, MO

KE0SRO / Billy / Springfield, MO

KD0NEM / Cliff / Fair Grove, MO

KE0CVU / Dave / Bois D’Arc, MO

K9EAR / Bill / Springfield, MO

AD0YV / Rodney / Springfield, MO

KC0NSC / Tom / Springfield, MO

KD0AEL / Patti / Springfield, MO

AE9SS / Connor / Springfield, MO

 

-Net Control-

KD0RSJ / Franklin / Springfield, MO