See below, new information regarding our Southwest Missouri neighbors and their linked repeater system! A special thanks to James Adkins, KB0NHX for this information. I am sure we all frequently travel to and communicate with this area so I thought the group here might find this information useful.
Last month, the Granby 145.390 repeater, PL 91.5 Hz, went on-line. As some of you have already found out, it is linked to the 147.015+, PL 162.2 Hz in Springfield 100% of the time via RF. These repeaters are two integral parts of the Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System (SMLRS-MAP posted below).
The system is open for any amateur to use, and also includes the 442.150+ repeater, PL 162.2 Hz in Crane and we will soon be adding the 145.450- repeater, PL 91.5 Hz in Nevada in a couple of weeks. ALL repeaters are in hardened shelters and have UPS and Generator emergency backup power which can run the sites for greater than 2 weeks without re-fueling.
After the tornado struck Joplin, and there was no reliable means of communications with Springfield, several groups of amateurs teamed up to pool resources and knowledge to place the system on the air. The Nixa Amateur Radio Club along with the Southwest Amateur Radio Group in Neosho, the Mulebarn amateur radio club, and agencies such as Greene County EMA and Vernon County EMA, and the City of Crane all helped make this system a reality. Having so many groups and organizations involved for a common goal has strengthened ties among the groups and helped build a robust system that could not have been built by any one person or group.
Events such as the MS-150 and the Tour de Bass bicycle rides are already slated to use the system in 2013, and some ARES groups are already discussing the use of the system for severe weather spotting throughout Region D in Southwest Missouri.
If you want to access on-line training documents, view computer generated coverage plots of mobile radio coverage, see pictures of the repeaters, learn all the technical details, or anything else about the SMLRS system visit the website www.smlrs.info.
Please feel free to pass along this e-mail and all the information included to other amateurs and groups in the area that would benefit or enjoy using the system.
James Adkins, KB0NHX