SMLRS (Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System) is a permanently linked radio network. The vital purpose of SMLRS is to enable emergency services to communicate throughout the coverage area.
In an emergency, normal local and wireless communications can be lost or saturated so that important messages cannot be sent or received. SMLRS provides a broad area of coverage, with backup power supplies and links that can be used by trained amateur radio operators to provide needed communications.
Outside emergencies, the system is available to support wide-area communication needs, such as bicycle rides and running events. It is also available for all radio amateurs to use in normal VHF communication activities, including QSO’s.
The system has 6 radio repeaters:
- a repeater centered near Joplin,
- a repeater centered near Nevada,
- two repeaters centered in Springfield, and
- a repeater at Crane linking the Joplin and Springfield repeaters.
- a repeater near Stockton Lake linking Nevada to the system & acting as a redundant hub repeater for the system
Together, these repeaters cover most of the Region D ARES service area in Southwest Missouri.
Because the repeaters are permanently linked, a transmission on any of the six repeaters is re-broadcast on all four repeaters.
In practical terms, transmissions within the network area will be heard from Coffeeville, KS to Mountain Grove, MO, and from Clinton, MO to Rogers, AR.
This website has two major divisions:
- If you want information for Amateur Radio Operators, place your mouse on that menu choice above and click on one of the pages shown
- If you want information for Service Agencies, place your mouse on that menu choice above and click on one of the pages shown
This is a computer modeled map of the linked repeater coverage: