CERT and ARES: A Partnership that’s Meant to be!

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here.

I am very excited to announce the release of the Spring 2018 CERT Responder Magazine, featuring an article I wrote called CERT and ARES: A Partnership that’s Meant to be!

Of course, the article had to be formatted to fit the magazine layout, so some changes were made. I will link the original article below, for anyone who wishes to read it.

Original CERT and ARES article

March Meeting Summary

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

Our March meeting was sparsely populated (and understandably so!) but those in attendance were able to get some great work done!

The BC ARES awarded Kelly Stanfield (WØYQG) and Renee Cason (KEØLMZ) with certificates memorializing their first time running nets for the group! Kelly was especially excited since it was her very first award with her new callsign used! Renee is our youngest active member and we are proud of her initiative!

Above you will see the table banner design Scott Lawson (NØPCT) has volunteered to make for the group! We want to extend our gratitude to Scott for this service!

We now have 2 Mens Large and 2 Mens X-Large ARES shirts remaining for purchase at the cost of $30 each. Please contact us if you want one of these shirts, as they are offered first come, first served at the moment.

Before the April meeting, we hope to mail out letters to existing/current/licensed amateur radio operators in our county to inform them of the presence of the BC ARES and to invite them to attend one of our meetings. We want to extend this invitation to our existing members as well. Without volunteers, the group does NOT exist.

We have posted pictures from the meeting on our photographs tab here under Meetings 2018.

Our Member Spotlight for February 2018 is Robert Scott (KDØAFI) and our Member Spotlight for March 2018 is Roger Wiltz (KCØOXO). Both of these members will be presented with their framed certificates, their interviews/information will be posted here on the website under the Member Spotlight page as soon as they can be interviewed, and our members can speak with them at future meetings!

We reviewed the new BC ARES Connect ID number and purpose.

We reviewed the Summer Field Day partnership and discussed the plan to participate both in Warrensburg and here in Benton County in June. More information will come from WAARCI and SPARK and will be shared with our members here on the website and at future meetings!

We hope to have great attendance and participation at our April meeting! The BC ARES has some training and fun activities planned! We would love to see more members (and future members) gather together!

March Meeting Topics

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

Our March meeting is in just a few days! This month it will be on March 10 at 9 AM at the Benton County Health Department. You can enter via the door nearest the road.

Here is the agenda so far:

March 2018

-Review and improve BC ARES Ice/Snowstorm Scenario (Training)
-Pass out BC Enterprise papers
-L(3)/XL(3) ARES shirts available for purchase $30 each
-New members
-Seeking active AEC applicants (Two of our current AECs are pending further communication with me.)
-Summer Field Day June 23-24, 2018
-Welcome Packets reviewed
-More ideas for additions to the website
-Banners/posters/signs made for BC ARES for upcoming events (Thanks to NØPCT)
-BC ARES Connect ID number
-FEMA Certification requirement discussion (100, 700, and 800)
Thank you to everyone who has forwarded copies of the certificates to me already!
-BC ARES net control calendar

More topics will arise. If you have any questions or suggestions for the meeting, feel free to ask/suggest!

Proposed New Privileges for Tech Class License Holders

ARRL Bulletin 7 ARLB007
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 1, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLB007 ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician

ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician
licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15
meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10
meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals,
which stem from recommendations put forth by the ARRL Board of
Directors’ Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various
initiatives and gauged member opinions in 2016 and 2017.

“This action will enhance the available license operating privileges
in what has become the principal entry-level license class in the
Amateur Service,” ARRL said in its Petition. “It will attract more
newcomers to Amateur Radio, it will result in increased retention of
licensees who hold Technician Class licenses, and it will provide an
improved incentive for entry-level licensees to increase technical
self-training and pursue higher license class achievement and
development of communications skills.”

Specifically, ARRL proposes to provide Technician licensees, present
and future, with phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to
7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz, plus RTTY and digital
privileges in current Technician allocations on 80, 40, 15, and 10
meters. The ARRL petition points out the explosion in popularity of
various digital modes over the past 2 decades. Under the ARRL plan,
the maximum HF power level for Technician operators would remain at
200 W PEP. The few remaining Novice licensees would gain no new
privileges under the League’s proposal.

ARRL’s petition points to the need for compelling incentives not
only to become a radio amateur in the first place, but then to
upgrade and further develop skills. Demographic and technological
changes call for a “periodic rebalancing” between those two
objectives, the League maintains.

“There has not been such a rebalancing in many years,” ARRL said in
its petition. “It is time to do that now.” The FCC has not assessed
entry-level operating privileges since 2005.

The Entry-Level License Committee offered very specific data and
survey-supported findings about growth in Amateur Radio and its
place in the advanced technological demographic that includes
individuals younger than 30. It received significant input from ARRL
members via more than 8,000 survey responses.

“The Committee’s analysis noted that today, Amateur Radio exists
among many more modes of communication than it did half a century
ago, or even 20 years ago,” ARRL said in its petition.

Now numbering some 378,000, Technician licensees comprise more than
half of the US Amateur Radio population. ARRL said that after 17
years of experience with the current Technician license as the
gateway to Amateur Radio, it’s urgent to make it more attractive to
newcomers, in part to improve upon science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) education “that inescapably accompanies a
healthy, growing Amateur Radio Service,” ARRL asserted.

ARRL said its proposal is critical to developing improved operating
skills, increasing emergency communication participation, improving
technical self-training, and boosting overall growth in the Amateur
Service, which has remained nearly inert at about 1% per year.

The Entry-Level License Committee determined that the current
Technician class question pool already covers far more material than
necessary for an entry-level exam to validate expanded privileges.
ARRL told the FCC that it would continue to refine examination
preparation and training materials aimed at STEM topics, increase
outreach and recruitment, work with Amateur Radio clubs, and
encourage educational institutions to utilize Amateur Radio in STEM
and other experiential learning programs.

“ARRL requests that the Commission become a partner in this effort
to promote Amateur Radio as a public benefit by making the very
nominal changes proposed herein in the Technician class license
operating privileges,” the petition concluded.

Listen Online!

We’ve added a new page called Listen Online! to our Nets tab. Thanks to Broadcastify (and Radio Reference) you can listen in on amateur radio nets in some areas via the internet. This is a fantastic resource for hams who don’t have any equipment yet or future hams who want to listen to actual ham radio broadcasts and interactions!

Currently, we have listed the Warrensburg repeater, along with the days and times of some of their nets. As we find more repeaters from surrounding areas on Broadcastify (if more are available), we will add those to the page as well!

Training class success!

Hello, all!

KE0LMY here!

The “Getting comfortable speaking on the radio” training class Beta Test was a great success! We were happy to welcome KE0FNI, KE0FNJ, and KE0FNM into the BC ARES family, as well. Thank you to KE0LMZ for the assist and our surprise guest, KD0CNC, who came out to support the training!

As soon as the training program is finalized, it will be submitted to Bill Moberly of the Mid America Regional Council (MARC). He is the one who receives our monthly Region A Healthcare Net reports. Once Bill has approved the course, it will be posted here on the BC ARES website and future classes will also be posted!

We hope other members of the BC ARES will be interested in co-hosting these classes to welcome new hams into the fold and help them feel more comfortable speaking on the radio!

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Tactical Storm Spotter training a huge success!

Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here!

Attendance was great at the Tactical Storm Spotter training class which took place in Warsaw this evening! We had members of law enforcement, firefighters, a dispatcher, emergency management, Lake Area Storm Spotters, and ham radio in the Warsaw Lincoln Ambulance Barn conference room paying close attention to the National Weather Service representative from Springfield, Steve Runnels!

Steve’s high energy and interactive method of teaching were key in showing us how to accurately report weather events (specifically storm systems which could spawn funnel clouds and tornadoes), so the NWS could put out timely and comprehensive warnings. The most intriguing parts were the roleplays Steve initiated between the dispatcher and members of the training class.

The class ended on a high note with a few words from Mark Richerson, the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Director, encouraging open communication, training, and drills to benefit all parties involved in responding to large-scale emergencies!

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Reminder: Tactical Storm Spotter Training Tomorrow Night!

Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here!

Just a quick reminder that the Tactical Storm Spotter training for tomorrow night will begin at 6:30 PM and last until 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance building by the water tower in Warsaw.

This training counts as an in-seat training to keep your SKYWARN certification current.

We would love to have representatives of the BC ARES in attendance!

Summer Field Day 2018

Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here!

We have set up a new page here on the website where we will post information about Summer Field Day as the event draws closer. We have partnered with the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. and the Sedalia Pettis Amateur Radio Klub to turn this into a truly remarkable event!

We have several meetings between now and June (23-24) when the event takes place and we will be looking for volunteers to attend the event representing the BC ARES. Also, if you have any graphic design skills and would like to aid in making graphics for the BC ARES for the event (and other things), please contact us.

Remember, we are a completely volunteer organization. We collect no dues, have no grants, or any other means of income at the moment.

We look forward to your participation and thank you for volunteering!

Kids Editorial Updated!

Hello, all!

KEØLMY here!

A new Kids Editorial has been posted about KEØLMZ’s first time running a net! You can find it under the Kids Corner>Kids Editorial page here.

There are some changes taking place in the BC ARES. We will cover them at our next meeting on March 10, 2018, at the Benton County Health Department. We hope you will join us there (and that the weather decides to cooperate this time!) to take part in the discussion, training, group efforts, and more!