Antenna Party Thank YOU!

OMAR wishes to thank all those who attended the Antenna Party held on May 16, 2015 at the Assembly of God Church in Brighton MO.  Although we didn't have the numbers seen at previous antenna parties, those who attended had an enjoyable time and ate well.  The rain did not stop the show.  We cooked under an E-UP and worked indoors on antennas and other projects.  Mike Ballantyne worked QRP throughout the event.  A special thanks to Patricia Ballantyne for doing the shopping and Mike for doing the cooking.

Thanks to Everyone who Supported the OMAR 2015 Hamfest

OMAR wishes to express its thanks for the great turnout and support it received from you in 2015.  Whether you were a commercial vendor, used equipment vendor, member of the Brighton Assembly of God Church, volunteer,  or someone who came to browse and buy, you are greatly appreciated.  Without you, the hamfest would cease to exist.  Over the past 8 years, we have faced a variety of challenges including weather, sickness, and the need to change locations.  Nonetheless, you were there for us!

We want to express a special thanks to Matt Canovi, the Gun Show, for broadcasting live from the hamfest location and in giving us some great advertising on his previous shows; and, to Bob and Sarah Heil, Heil Industries, for their support, and in Bob for being our MC for the hamfest.

In closing, please note that the OMAR 2016 hamfest is scheduled for January 9, 2016.  Our commercial vendors have graciously agreed to return on that date and support us once again.

We hope 2015 goes well with you and that we will be able to see you again in 2016.



2015 Ozark Mountain Hamfest

Mark your calendars for January 3rd,  2015!   The Ozark Mountain Hamfest will return to Brighton AG church (5403 Hwy F, Brighton MO).  WB0W, Associated Radio, D&L Antenna will be there.   See the link for our Hamfest Flyer to the left of this post! Contact for tables and other related Hamfest info is Mike, KC5MNP and his email is KC5MNP at gmail dot com.
See you there!

Antenna Party 5/17/2014

Join us at Brighton Assembly of God for the OMAR Spring Antenna Party on May 17th (9am - ??) Let's hope we don't see any snow, and bring your current ham project. We'll have plenty of room for stretching out antenna wire and setting out projects.
Tailgating is also welcome if you want to bring items to sell or trade.
Hope to see you there! Contact Mike, KC5MNP or James, KC0TQD with any questions.

Update: 5/5 - Link to Brighton Assembly of God fixed (Thanks Joye)!


Hamfest Results

Many thanks to all who participated and turned out for the 2014 Ozark Mountain Hamfest!  Despite the scare of the weather, we saw lots of familiar faces as well as some we hadn't seen in a while.  While not everyone was able to make the event, we had lots of good feedback on the new location in Brighton and we are already planning for the future.  The OMAR group would once again like to thank the HAM community for your support of the Hamfest and we will look forward to serving you again.

Ozark Mountain Amateur Radio Group

September Campout - Pomme De Terre Lake

OMAR is going camping!  Join us for the weekend of 9/14-9/15 (Fri-Sat) at Pittsburg area State Park at Pomme De Terre!  OMAR will have a cookout at 5PM on Saturday, so come camp with us or come up for the day on Saturday.  The State Park has a boat ramp, fishing access, and a swim beach - if it's warm enough!  A nice area and we'll probably even have some radios and wire antennas hanging out of the trees.  Please RSVP on our Facebook page if you are coming and let us know if you can bring a side dish!


Field Day

Our friends over at the Nixa Amateur Radio Club sent us info on their Field Day activities - great opportunity to go out and experience radio this weekend!  Hope everyone has a great weekend wherever you are for Field Day and lets hope for great band conditions!

From James Adkins, KB0NHX:

Field Day 2013 is almost here! Saturday, June 22 we will begin setup at 7:30 a.m. at 900 N Cheyenne Rd in Nixa at the High Pointe Elementary School. Radio operations begin at 1:00 p.m. local time and continue to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 23 when we will begin the tear down process.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Nixa ARC Field Day! The MSHP BAT Van will be on hand for one HF operating station and a 6-meter station, and a large air-conditioned tent for two more stations. We will be utilizing the club's Yaesu FT-950 and a second FT-950 and an FT-920 for the 3 HF stations and setting up Cushcraft A3S and A4S beams along with a SteppIR vertical, a 40m vertical, a 40m and an 80m double bazooka, and a Par omni-angle for 6-meters.

Saturday evening we will be having a nice BBQ for folks operating at the event and for folks that help set-up and tear down.

Restroom facilities will be located on-site since the Field Day location is not in town.  For those of you concerned with the heat, no worries as the operating stations will have AC cooling!

Arlen Evins, N6DDD, is providing a wonderful pendant for raffle to help offset the Field Day expenses. The Pendant is from from a natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise nugget mounted in Sterling Silver. Suitable for either male or female, it is approximately 1 inch in size. Turquoise this size and quality is becoming very hard to find and has become quite collectible and will only become more valuable in the future. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 tickets for $5. All proceeds will go to the Nixa Amateur Radio Club to help defray the cost of field day, so help support the club and get your tickets at field day. The drawing will be at the close of field day exercises. We expect everyone to make it out to Field Day and to set up, tear down or operate during the event.  Bring a friend, too!  If you're not a club member, but want to check out our group or just Field Day in general, feel free to stop by.

Talk in will be on the SMLRS linked repeater system.  In Springfield, tune to 147.015+ PL 162.2 Hz; Joplin, 145.390- PL 91.5 Hz; Crane, 442.150+, PL 162.2 Hz or Nevada 145.450- PL 91.5 Hz.

Come out and help us celebrate the 10th Nixa ARC Field Day in style!