Free Two-Day Technician Class in April

Technician Amateur Radio ClassGreene County A.R.E.S. will be hosting a 2-Saturday beginner’s Technician class on Saturday, April 8th and Saturday, April 15th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch. Classes will be held at the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (O.A.C.A.C.) central office at 215 S. Barnes Ave. just south of  Chestnut Expressway and just across the street from the FedEx Shipping and O’Reilly Training Centers.  Use the interactive map below.

You can bring a sack lunch or run out to a restaurant during the short lunch break.

Testing is scheduled to take place immediately after the 2nd class session on Saturday, April 15th from 1 3 p.m.

You will need the Gordon West Technician book (make sure it is the 2014-2018 edition and not an older version that expired July 2014). You can find it for sale on Amazon – click this link and at other retailers. The book will cost between $20 and $25. There is no fee to take the class, but there will be an examination fee of $14 required to take the test.

IMPORTANT:  reservations are highly recommended as the class size requires a minimum of 5 and maximum of 25. Please call Mike KD0IWW at (417) 569-5586 to guarantee your spot in the class and to place yourself onto the contact list in case the class is cancelled or postponed.

College Ham Clubs Encouraged

(Courtesy: American Radio Relay League)  ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Scott Westerman, W9WSW, believes collegiate Amateur Radio clubs need to blow away the dust and cobwebs and modernize, in order to attract new members. And he urges college and university ham radio clubs to seek common technological ground with younger generations, in order to attract new Amateur Radio licensees.

ARRL PR Committee Chair Scott Westerman, W9WSW, operates W1AW/0 at the 2016 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention (HamCon).

“We really need to be thinking in terms of…state-of-the-art technology, because that’s what ‘the kids’ are looking for nowadays,” Westerman told ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, during a brief interview at the 2017 Orlando HamCation February 10-12, which hosted this year’s ARRL Southeastern Division Convention. “The big challenge is how to get them away from their cell phones.”

Westerman, a Michigan State University (MSU) alumnus and executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, recalled his own student days, when MSU Amateur Radio Club (MSUARC), W8SH, had a Collins S-Line for a station. Founded in 1919, the MSUARC is one of the oldest collegiate ham clubs in the US.

Collegiate clubs need to tap into students’ interest in “parallel” technological realms, such as the Maker movement or those already experimenting with electronics, Westerman said. “At one time or another, we were all in that parallel universe, and there was something that brought us to ham radio,” he offered.

Westerman said the MSU club has come up with a program to get students on HF via a remote base. “So, you can get into our state-of-the-art shack, you can check out a control head, a Kenwood TS-480, take it back to your dorm, plug it into the Wi-Fi network, and work the world!”

While access to opportunities for getting on the air is important, Westerman said, the availability of Amateur Radio mentors — what he called “our seasoned generation” of radio amateurs — is also vital. “We’re trying to encourage them to reach out and adopt somebody, and to do the same for them that somebody did for us.”

For Westerman, that person was his uncle, who took him into his ham shack and got him fascinated with the world of Amateur Radio. “Why can’t we be one of those people for some kid in college?” he suggested. “That’s the challenge.”

This group of college students, alumni, faculty, and friends gathered for the Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative Forum at Orlando HamCation, moderated by Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR (far left, kneeling), of the Gator Amateur Radio Club at the University of Florida, Gainesville, W4DFU. [Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, photo]

The ARRL College Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) enjoyed attention throughout HamCation, Inderbitzen recounted. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, wearing a “Penn” sweatshirt for his University of Pennsylvania alma mater, welcomed attendees to a Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative Forum, moderated by Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR. A graduate student in electrical engineering, Milluzzi highlighted the value of Amateur Radio as a way to meet other people.

“We keep our alumni close,” Milluzzi said, explaining how college ham radio clubs help students develop professional networks in their field of study. Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Director Ken Simpson, W8EK, shared information about applying for QCWA scholarships administered by the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR). Sterling Coffey, N0SSC, posted the forum on YouTube. —Thanks to Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R

(source: The ARRL Letter for February 16, 2017)

New Macomb, MO Repeater Construction

Macom, Missouri Blue Slip TowersiteSouthwest Missouri Regional Skywarn is excited to announce that construction is about to begin on the forthcoming new repeater in the Macomb, MO area at the Blue Slip Towersite. N0NWS repeater trustee Mike, N0NQW, says the combined tower height of 130 feet and the ground elevation of 1,677 feet will give this new repeater a Height Above Average Terrain (H.A.A.T.) of roughly 472 feet! Let’s put this into perspective: if you were in the middle of Park Central Square in Downtown Springfield, you would need to be about 500 feet up on a tower to achieve a similar Height Above Average Terrain. H.A.A.T. is an industry standard measurement when it comes to determining coverage of VHF and UHF signals.

Local authorities are looking forward to the improved Skywarn repeater coverage for weather spotters throughout Wright and Douglas Counties. Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler says this new Skywarn repeater will be a big help to him as he and his department along with emergency responders prepare for the upcoming severe weather season here in the Missouri Ozarks.

You can view the predicted coverage contour of this repeater by visiting our Repeaters page.  If you uncheck all boxes except for the Macomb checkbox, you will see the huge area that this repeater will serve.  It will be linked full-time into the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn linked repeater system.

The new Macomb, Missouri repeater will transmit on a frequency of 146.745 MHz. with a standard minus ( – ) offset and a PL of 136.5 Hz.  Equipment will include a CAT 250 controller, a Yaesu Fusion repeater operating strictly in analog mode, 7/8-inch heliax cable, and a 6 dBd antenna.  It is expected to be operational by early spring.  All signal reports are welcome.

KY3 WeatherSchool Forecast Contest

KY3 Weather School Forecast ContestAttention students, educators and homeschoolers: It’s time once again for the KY3 WeatherSchool Forecast Contest.  According to the KY3 Stormteam, this contest promises to be a fun learning tool to bring the subject of meteorology to life by giving students an opportunity to put knowledge to work in a real time situation in a hands on way.

The contest is open to any school both public and private along with homeschoolers located in the KY3 viewing area.

The contest starts Monday, February 6, 2017 and runs through Sunday, February 26, 2017.

There are several prizes available including gift cards, Springfield Cardinals tickets, a Midland weather radio receiver with S.A.M.E., DVDs, books and more.

For all of the details including contest rules and entry instructions, please visit this link.

2017 Severe Weather Awareness Expo

Severe Weather Awareness Expo: Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Battlefield Mall In Springfield, Missouri

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Battlefield Mall, Springfield, Missouri

Battlefield Mall will host the 2017 Severe Weather Awareness Expo along with the National Weather Service and other local agencies and partners to better equip Southwest Missouri communities to prepare for the upcoming severe weather season of tornadoes, flash flooding and severe storms. The event will be located in the East Court of the mall, and it is free to attend. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 25th from 10 am to 2 pm…Bring the whole family!

Missouri is known for its dangerous weather ranging from tornadoes, to extreme flooding, and even winter storms. It’s important for Missourians to know about weather safety since we have the extremes. The Severe Weather Awareness Expo at the Battlefield Mall is to inform the community on how to keep their families safe before and after severe weather hits.

The National Weather Service in Springfield along with other local partner agencies and media outlets will be there to educate the community on severe weather. There will be fun interactive activities and educational material for everyone. There will be a tornado simulation machine on display. Meteorologists will be there to answer your questions and even help you program your NOAA weather radio.

Technician Amateur Radio Class

Technician Amateur Radio ClassWant to get your entry-level Technician Class Amateur Radio license?  There’s a class coming up in Polk County this month.  Joye, N0OCP, says it’s a two-night course which will take place on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. both nights.  Due to the late hour that the class ends, the testing session will need to take place on a different day.  Therefore, the testing session will be scheduled based upon the best day and time for those who attend the classes.

“I will use the Gordon West Technician class book,” says Joye.  You can find it for sale on Amazon – click this link.

The book costs about $22 (tax included) + shipping.  Additionally, testing fees cost $14 and are due on the day of testing.  These are the only costs for the class.   If a student doesn’t want to purchase a book, there is a PDF copy of the test questions and answers that can be downloaded – click this link.  However, most students prefer to have the book.

If you’re interested in attending, please contact Joye, N0OCP, at:

January 2017 Climate Summary

January 2017 was a month with above normal temperatures here in the Ozarks.  The National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri says that 3 out of 4 automated stations had the top 10 warmest January’s with Springfield coming in at number 11. Above normal precipitation occurred over the western part of the area, while drier than normal conditions occurred in the east.

For more details, click the graphic below:

Missouri Ozarks January 2017 Climate Summary

2017 Spotter Training Classes

updated: Friday, February 24, 2017
Skywarn Spotter Training

NOTE: No registration is required to attend these classes.  Contact information is given in case you would like more information or if the exact location of the venue is still pending.

Crawford County, Kansas
Monday, February 27, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Memorial Auditorium
503 N. Pine St.
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Contact Jason Vanbecelaere: 620-724-7156

Pulaski County, Missouri

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Pulaski County Courthouse
301 Historic Route 66 E.
Waynesville, MO 65583
Contact Smitty Smith

Cherokee County, Kansas

Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Columbus High School
124 S. High School Ave.
Columbus, KS 66725
Contact Jason Allison

Dent County, Missouri

Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dent County Fire Protection District
2 S. Main St.
Salem, MO 65560
Contact Brad Nash: 573-729-3250

Greene County, Missouri

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Assembly Of God Headquarters Auditorium
1445 N. Boonville Ave.
Springfield, Missouri 65802
Contact Samantha Peterson: 417-869-6040

Maries County, Missouri

Monday, March 13, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue Currently Unknown
Contact Roger Wilt: 573-422-3381

Texas County, Missouri

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Licking Fire Department
125 S. Main St.
Licking, MO 65542
Contact Scott Lindsey: 573-674-2278

Bourbon County, Kansas

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue Currently Unknown
Contact Will Wallis: 620-223-3800

Cedar County, Missouri

Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Stockton, MO
Venue Currently Unknown
Contact Arlo Rupke: 417-276-6700

Webster County, Missouri

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue Currently Unknown
Contact Steven Smith: 417-859-7959


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You can also find this information on the National Weather Service Springfield, MO Spotter Classes page.

Buffalo Repeater Fundraising Goal Reached!

Buffalo Missouri Repeater Fundraiser Goal ReachedAll of us at Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn are humbled to announce that we have reached our goal of raising the $5,000 needed to move and rebuild the 147.180 MHz. Buffalo, Missouri repeater!  With special thanks to a very generous benefactor along with everyone who contributed during the past 6 months, we are now across the finish line and will soon begin the task of securing the new repeater equipment needed to commence construction.

“I’m grateful to God and to our amateur radio community for their blessings and for this opportunity to augment our coverage to provide reliable emergency communications to weather spotters in Polk County and areas to the north,” says N0NWS Repeater trustee Mike, N0NQW.

As explained in an earlier article at the start of this funding campaign, the existing water tower in Buffalo will soon be torn down.  Once this happens, we will essentially need to start over by installing new coaxial hardline, a new antenna system, and upgraded transmit/receive and linking equipment either at a new tower facility provided by the City of Buffalo or at a new site which we must secure on our own.  All of the expenses involved in this will be covered by the $5,000 that were raised.

Updates and additional details will be posted here in the News section of as we get them.  In the meantime, please be sure to check this website often and to join the many who have signed up for our forthcoming email updates which will launch in early February.

Additional donations that we receive will go into our repeater system’s general fund which will provide funding for an upcoming new repeater installation in the Macomb, Missouri area.  Details about this new repeater will be published soon.  2017 is going to be a big year for Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn.  We are grateful for your support and participation going forward. Thank you for being part of our team!

2017 Winter Field Day

2017 Winter Field DayThe Cox Ham Radio task force and the Republic Repeater Group invites you to the 2017 Winter Field Day on Saturday, January 28, 2017, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  The turn out and amount of interest will determine how long they will stay operational throughout the day.

The group will be operating out of the Cox Mobile Command Unit.  It will be located at the Republic Repeater tower site which is on Harrison Street just east of the Republic Post Office.  (See the interactive map below)

Recently, this Cox Mobile Command Unit was presented with a $2,500 improvement grant.  Two important upgrades were made including improvements to the current 2 meter set up and the HF capabilities which they will be testing out during Winter Field Day.

“We are very proud of our new Mobile Unit, and would enjoy showing it to all hams who can visit!  Stop by to take your turn at the controls, or to even just say hi!” says Brian, K0ATZ.  Brian will serve as the contact person for this event.  If you have any questions, you can email him at

You can use the Republic Repeater for talk-in purposes.  That repeater is on 146.820 MHz. with a minus offset and a PL of 162.2 Hz.

More information about Winter Field Day can be found at