N0NWS.com: One Year Later

July 4thAs we prepare to celebrate a very special and important anniversary this coming Tuesday, there’s a first anniversary that takes place today: Saturday, July 1, 2017. One year ago today this website was launched! Thanks to the content contributions of many hams in the community, visitor traffic to n0nws.com has quadrupled over the past year. Please keep it coming! Let us know how this website can continue to grow and improve, and we will do our best to make it happen.

For those of you who regularly check into our Skywarn Training Nets on Tuesday evenings as well as helping to encourage youth and family members during the Sunday evening Youth/Family Net: Thank you!

Our linked repeater system has grown significantly in the past year as well. We now have double the amount of repeaters in service. Because of our owned-and-operated and our affiliated repeaters, the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn Repeater Network now covers more territory than any other linked repeater system in Missouri with coverage spanning into three neighboring states. Our coverage now extends south past the Arkansas border and northward to the Missouri River! With the upcoming linking of the 146.745 repeater in Macomb, our eastward coverage increase along the Highway 60 corridor will be considerable. Heading west, thanks to the Joplin repeater at 145.350 Mhz, our coverage extends well into northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas.

Operating and maintaining these repeaters costs a fortune. We owe a huge thank you to everyone who donated during the past year including:

KE0HRS – Laurie in Springfield, MO
N0UAM – Jim in Springfield, MO
N0OCP – Joye in Bolivar, MO
KD0ISH – Richard in Stockton, MO
NA0OO – Marvin in Joplin, MO
KE0FGZ – Brad in Goodson, MO
KC5NWD – Kent in Grove, OK
N0KDN – Mark in Willard, MO
KD0ZRF – Janet in Springfield, MO
W0JOE – Joe in Rogersville, MO

Because of your generosity, the Buffalo Repeater at 147.180 MHz. will benefit significantly. Thank you!

And, of course, most importantly, to our Skywarn spotters along with our faithful and hard-working net control operator: Jim, N0UAM, and the guys and gals at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Springfied, Missouri – thank you for keeping the information flowing during severe weather. The spring severe weather season is over for 2017, and because of you, we have been able to continue our mission of protecting lives and property throughout the Springfield, Missouri County Warning Area: Thank you!

To Mike, N0NQW, all of the affiliated repeater trustees, and the other technical geeks who keep the “magic smoke” from leaking: Thank You!

Happy Independence Day! Have a safe and blessed summer!