Heritage Days draws closer!


Image from our spot at Drake Harbor.

Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday! We will be there very early, between 6 am and 7 am to get a lesson in properly setting up the trailer from Rick (KD0CNC) if you want to come up for that. If not, we will be there all day and would be very excited to have lots of hams to lend a hand!

We intend to talk to the public and work on spreading the word about ARES and amateur radio in general. Our goal is to bring in people of all ages to encourage people of all ages to join our hobby! We plan to make many third party contacts, so even if you can’t attend in person, we would love to have plenty of members monitoring the 146.925 repeater! We currently have five people lined up to tend to the trailer, five volunteering to monitor and KE0LMZ will be on site with her HT.

There is no entry fee for Heritage Days and KE0LMY is bringing a variety of vegetables, snacks and such for our members to snack on throughout the day. For parking, if you are just visiting, you would need to find any available parking spot in the city (there is no parking down in Drake Harbor). If you are working in the comm trailer, we will have reserved parking behind Reser Funeral Home. You MUST see KE0LMY (Samantha Henley) for a parking pass to park there! We will receive those parking passes on Saturday morning.

This message will also be on our Facebook page and will go out in an email to reach as many members as possible.

More than 440,000 Missourians now registered for annual ‘ShakeOut’ earthquake drill Oct. 19

Watch “When the Earth Shakes” on YouTube

Oct. 19 is the Great Central U. S. “ShakeOut” earthquake drill. More than 440,000 Missourians have registered to participate. In all, almost 2.5 million people are registered in the 14 central U.S. states that could be impacted by a New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake.

At exactly 10:19 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, participants will:

  • DROP to your hands and knees
  • COVER their heads and necks with their hands and arms under a table or desk if possible
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

Experts say “Drop, Cover, Hold On” is the best way to protect oneself from falling debris, which is the most likely cause of injury during an earthquake in developed nations with modern building standards.

There’s still time to sign up at www.shakeout.org/centralus. Once registered, participants receive details on the drill, as well as information on earthquake preparedness and safety. Individuals, families, businesses, schools and other organizations can register, and can participate on another day if Oct. 19 is not convenient.

In 1811 and 1812, the New Madrid Seismic Zone, centered in southeast Missouri, produced some of the largest earthquakes ever in the continental U.S. A major earthquake in this area could result in damage in much of southern and eastern Missouri, including the St. Louis area. Geologists say there’s a 7 to 10 percent chance of another major earthquake occurring in a fifty-year time period.

To learn more about earthquakes in Missouri and how to prepare, visit www.sema.dps.mo.gov/earthquake_preparedness.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

Order your BC ARES shirt/vest today!

Hi, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

If you missed the last BC ARES meeting and you wish to have a polo shirt and/or emergency vest made, please send us a message through the contact us page.

The polo shirts are blue with a pocket. They will feature the ARES logo on or above the pocket (left to the discretion of the embroiderer) and your first name and callsign on the opposite side of the chest. The total cost (for sizes up to XL) is $35.00 each. Size increases are available beyond XL for an additional $2.00 per size increase.

The emergency vests will either be safety orange or safety green, have two pockets (on the bottom front), will have the ARES logo embroidered across the back and will have your first name and callsign on the front. The total cost (for sizes up to XL) is $29.00 each. Size increases are available for an additional $2.00 per size increase.

When ordering, please include your preferred item (polo, vest or both), size, method of payment, your callsign and your first name as it should appear on the item. This will make the ordering process smoother and easier.

Very successful October BC ARES meeting!

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

We would first like to thank all of the Hams who attended the October Benton County, MO ARES meeting: KDØCNC, WØYGH, KDØWXT, KDØIWM, KEØLMY, KEØLMZ, NØPCT, KDØAFI, KDØAFJ, KAØDXU, WA5ICX, KBØLW, KEØNIL, and KJ5ZW.

It was quite a turnout and we look forward to welcoming you all back and hope to see more faces at our November meeting!

We covered a long list of topics.

-The group voted to have both polo shirts and emergency vests made with the ARES logo and their names/callsigns.

-We discussed running KD0CNC’s emergency trailer at Drake Harbor for Warsaw’s Pioneer Heritage Days festival on October 21-22, 2017. We currently have five volunteers arranged for Saturday and Sunday to man the trailer and we have at least five to monitor the 146.925 repeater so we can make third party contacts. We are still looking for volunteers for both, so feel free to use the Contact Us section if you wish to help with this great opportunity of sharing our hobby with the public! We will be bringing a J-Pole antenna to show and we would love to have someone bring a “tape measure” antenna for fox hunting.

-W0YGH discussed everyone taking the required ICS training. If there is enough interest, we may do a group training at an upcoming meeting.

-KA0DXU discussed CW training. If there is enough interest, we may do a group training at an upcoming meeting.

-We will now have a Member Spotlight section on the website where we will spotlight a member, including their license, what they use ham radio for, who they are and their interests. We’re interested in our members! Stay tuned for details!

-Having interacted with the BSoA, we will be reaching out to the Girl Scouts of America and the local FFAs to offer our service, teaching, and interaction. Our goal is to get more young people involved!

-Also on our networking list, we are going to contact the cities of Lincoln and Cole Camp to connect the BC ARES resource/website to both if possible.

-Our next meeting will be on November 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Benton County Health Department. A list of topics will follow in a later post.

Congratulations to KDØIWM on passing her General!

Hello there, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

We would like to congratulate Miss Kelly Stanfield KDØIWM on passing her General Class test! She is the newest addition to the Generals we currently have in our group! Kelly took part in a General training course in Independence, MO over the weekend and was able to pass her test.

Kelly comes to us from Leavenworth, KS and is visually impaired. We are happy to welcome her to our group and look forward to learning how she can lend her expertise to us!

BC ARES teams up with BSA Troop 34!

Hi there!

KEØLMY here!

The BC ARES was thrilled to host a small group of young men from the Boy Scouts of America Troop 34 this morning!

The young men learned about the use, set up and reach of Amateur Radio. KDØCNC showed the young men his radio room, towers, and antennas.

Thank you to KDØCNC, KDØMLB, KDØWXT, WØYGH, KDØAFI, WA5ICX, and KEØLMY for taking the time to give them their first contact with the Amateur Radio world. We hope to encourage more young people to participate in this wonderful hobby!

Now linked with the City of Warsaw, MO!

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

Here’s where we are linked on the City of Warsaw, MO website, off to the left side of the page.

Thank you very much to the City of Warsaw, MO for linking us on their website. We are hoping to reach more Amateur Radio operators or future/potential amateur radio operators with this new network!

In the future, we will release news about upcoming Benton County ARES meetings, testing, activation and more through the website’s news flash.

As always, we are open to recommendations and suggestions! Feel free to visit our Contact Us page!

Official ARRL Hurricane Maria Page

Official ARRL Hurricane Maria page

This page, www.arrl.org/maria, includes information and news summarizing the response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers for Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

Information Resources

National Hurricane Center

The Hurricane Watch Net

VoIP Hurricane Net

Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net

Active Red Cross Shelters

Facebook Safety Check

Red Cross Safe and Well