-Regular Announcements-
The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, January 19th.
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.
-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.
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!
-SMARC Tech Day-
The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC) would like to invite you to our first ever tech day! This will be a day to bring you radio equipment by, throw if on the bench, and see what it’s doing. Our host, Jordan (N0RK) has been gracious to open up his home, and test equipment. He has spectrum scopes, station monitors, oscilloscopes, and many other pieces of test equipment to look at your radios.
But this event is not just limited to Amateur Radio equipment! Jordan has said you can bring any piece of electronics by, and he’ll take a look at it. At our Route 66 On the Air! event this past September, Jordan was even able to repair a sick lawnmower!!
The event starts at 11:00 AM CST on January 5th, 2019, and goes till about 10:00 PM that evening. We will be having a cook out along with the Tech Day. For lunch we will have hot dogs, and chicken for dinner. The meat will be provided, but if you want to bring something special for yourself, Jordan will throw it on the grill for you. Water, Iced Tea, and Soft drinks should be provided, again unless you wanna bring something special. Please, soft drinks only, not alcohol!! You are welcome to bring side dishes, desserts, chips, or snacks if you wish as well. As are all SMARC club events, this one is Family, & Kid friendly!!
For the address please contact Jordan, or go to the SMARC Facebook Page, or the SMARC website at: www.smarc.org. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
-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 among 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.
-Friday Night Net Trivia-
Strange Parts
LM741 is what device?
A. Class 2 Bluetooth Multimedia module
B. An operational amplifier
C. Performer Drive Belt for a snowmobile.
The Correct Answer Is: B
-Check Inns-
KA0SPM / Steve / Springfield, MO
AD0YV / Rodney / Springfield, MO
KE0SRO / Billy / Springfield, MO / B
KE0RYG / Martin / Springfield, MO
KE0NHL / Heather / Cleaver, MO
KD0AEL / Patti / Springfield, MO
KC0NSC / Tom / Springfield, MO / B
W0MYQ / Marion / Marshfield, MO / B
N0CAL / Mark / Willard, MO
N0SVY / Don / Willard, MO
N0MIO / Richard / Springfield, MO
-Net Control-
KD0RSJ / Franklin / Springfield, MO