November meeting

The next regular meeting of the Benton/St. Clair/Henry County ARES will be on November 12th at 9am. The meeting will be at the Benton County Health Department in Warsaw.

Will will be doing some training and practice on passing formal traffic.

Fox Hunt!

Benton County ARES is holding a Fox Hunt on June 4th, 2016 at 10AM CDT. We will meet at Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot in Warsaw. Orscheln is located just south of Highway 7 and west of Highway 65. Here’s a map:

https://goo.gl/maps/6tJJtjXEpUp

Talk-in will be on the 146.925- (107.2) repeater.

We will have three VHF foxes hidden within a few miles of the starting point. Bring your HT and any directional antenna you can whip up. Do a Google search for “measuring tape yagi” and you’ll find plans for antennas you can build from your junk box.

No fancy prizes, but you’ll have great fun and learn some valuable skills. We’ll be grilling hot dogs afterwards and will accept a small donation to cover the cost of the food.

Come and enjoy some springtime fun with us!

Call Rick Wade KDØCNC at 660-596-2376 if you have questions.Malacca fox

April meeting

The April meeting will be held on Saturday April 9th at 9am.  We will be meeting at the Benton County Health Department at 1238 Commercial Street Warsaw, Missouri 65355.

We will be discussing fox hunting.

February meeting

The February ARES meeting will be at the Benton County Health Department on February 13th at 9am. The address is 1238 Commercial St, Warsaw, MO 65355.

If the weather is decent, we will be installing a MOSWIN station for the health department, and discussing fox hunting and Yaesu Wires-X.

December ARES Meeting

The December meeting of the Benton County ARES group will be held Saturday, December 12th at 9AM CST.  Location is the Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance District office at 1206 Medic Drive in Warsaw.  This is on the east frontage road to Highway 65, just south of the Highway 7 junction.

We will be doing ARRL VEC testing.  If you are ready to get or upgrade your license, be sure to bring 3 forms of ID, including something with your current mailing address (like a utility bill).

KDØCNC will be talking about HF digital comms using Winmor.

New Amateurs in Benton County!

The Benton County ARES group just completed a two day training class in Warsaw. Rick Wade KDØCNC coordinated the event, Steve Pierce WA5ICX and Rick Harkins WØYGH were the instructors, and Bob Davisson KA4BOB and Mike Schley KBØLW assisted with testing. Sincere thanks to the Hamclass.org group for the use of their training materials.

We’re proud to announce that we have seven new Technician Class licensees:

Donnie Morehead   KE0FNG
Mitchell Ransdell   KE0FNH
Linda Viebrock   KE0FNI
Barry Pabst   KE0FNJ
Ruth Sell   KE0FNK
Nathan Burton   KE0FNL
Tamara Lawler   KE0FNM

Congratulations to all!

Amateur Radio licensing class planned

The Benton County ARES group is currently looking for prospective hams in the Warsaw area.  We are planning a two day licensing class that will include testing for the Technician Class amateur radio license.

The class will run on two consecutive Saturdays from 8am to 4pm.  An exact date and location will be announced when we have a minimum number of participants.

The class will cover basic electronics, radio propagation, electrical safety, FCC regulations, and operating procedures.  Morse code is NOT required for any class of license, but it is still widely used by amateur radio operators.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please click on the ‘Contact Us’ button at the top of this page and let us know how to reach you.  Someone will be in touch.

Ham Radio provides communications for Camp Valor Patriot Ride

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) members from Benton County and St. Clair County provided communications services for the Camp Valor Patriot Ride on May 16, 2015.

Rick KDØCNC and Dale WAØYVH manned the VFW check-in site in Warsaw, and Steve WA5ICX set up his trailer at the VFW in Clinton.

The Patriot Ride was a fund raiser for Camp Valor Outdoors in Kingsville, MO.  The mission of Camp Valor Outdoors is to recognize and honor our wounded warriors and their families with the opportunity to participate in competitive outdoor activities with dignity and respect while empowering them with the skills and motivation to overcome their injuries.

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