2017 Show Me Partnership/Volunteer Symposium

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

Coming to you from the Show Me Partnerships Missouri Emergency Human Services Conference and Volunteer Symposium.
The symposium begins today in about an hour and it looks like it is going to be amazing! I will try to keep you updated today and tomorrow. I will update the EC Blog later in the week with my overall experience! I have a feeling the BC ARES January meeting will be busy!

Update about the article submitted to the ARRL!

“Kelly’s Surprise” has made it’s way to the Editorial Committee! We’re crossing our fingers that Kelly’s Surprise will be chosen to run either in the magazine or through the digital edition of ARRL’s publications! Here is the text of the email I received:

Thank you, Samantha. I will forward your article to our Editorial Committee for their consideration. They will be meeting again in late January.

73 . . . Steve Ford, WB8IMY
QST Editor

Happy Holidays from the BC ARES! (A.K.A. December ARES meeting!)

Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here!

WOW! Our December meeting was absolutely packed with some of the most wonderful topics and surprises!

First, the business topics. We had more members attend our meeting this month! Thank you to the following people: KE0LMY, W0YGH, W9LBG, KA0DXU, N0PCT, KD0CNC, KD0CND, KR0UT, KY0O, W0YQG, WA5ICX, W5RNX, KE0EJZ, KD0AFI, KD0AFJ, and KE0LMZ. We discussed the introduction letters and tri-fold pamphlets we will be using to reach out to amateur radio operators in the area to make them aware of our presence. Copies of both were shown to the BC ARES members. We covered the people whose FEMA certifications are on file and encouraged our members to update their training and make sure I have a copy of those certifications. We discussed the weekly ARES nets, taking volunteers to run them. Members who had not updated their ARES paperwork for me did so. Members were also asked to sign photo release forms so pictures taken for the purpose of ARES can be used in a variety of places. We discussed the (Getting Comfortable Speaking on the Radio) training for the Region A Healthcare net which I am working on with W0YGH.

Next, the fun stuff! I previously posted the article which will be submitted to the ARRL about “Kelly’s Surprise” and would love for everyone to read it when they have a moment. Our goal was to pull together as a group and buy Kelly the radio, antenna, coax and other things she needed to start working the HF bands. She is our visually impaired ham who may not have had this opportunity otherwise. It was the group’s pleasure to help a fellow ham and Kelly was moved to tears by the gesture! KE0LMZ and I were also hard at work for the last month on personalized BC ARES t-shirts and callsign plaques for our members! We only had three gifts whose owners were unable to make the meeting. We had a full spread of food, including four different types of homemade muffins, two different kinds of cookies, candy, candy canes, pudding, veggies, and the EVER-IMPORTANT donuts! Can’t have a BC ARES meeting without the donuts!

Finally, we set some of the topics for January’s meeting. We will hold our first Tabletop exercise of 2018 at the January meeting. The team assisting me with putting that together are W0YGH, N0PCT, W9LBG, and KD0AFI. I am hoping I will receive more FEMA certificates from members who wish to keep their training up to date. Polo shirt information will be provided. We will set up our “Phone Tree”. As more topics are added, I will update this information.

The BC ARES Reaches Out to Help a Ham in Need!

The Benton County, Missouri Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group Reaches Out to Help a Ham in Need!
Written by: Samantha Henley (KE0LMY) and Renee Cason (KE0LMZ)

It is a great honor to be part of something as special as a group working together toward a common goal. Two of our members, Jim McNally (KA0DXU) and Rick Wade (KD0CNC), spearheaded a super secret plan to do something very special for a talented, warm, outgoing amateur radio operator in our group.

Miss Kelly Stanfield (previously KD0IWM and now W0YQG) is a visually impaired ham who came to the Benton County, MO ARES (BC ARES) group in August 2017. She has attended every meeting, contributed ideas, participated in weekly nets, visited Rick’s EmComm trailer during Warsaw, MO Pioneer Heritage Days in October, attained her General Class and then Extra Class licenses within a span of two months and inspired all of us to strive to be the best we can be every time we interact with her. She does not allow her disability to be a hindrance. She is open to trying new things, meeting new people and enjoying life to the fullest.

When Jim and Rick heard that she had obtained her General Class license, they wanted to give her the ability to speak with people all over the world. They worked with members of the BC ARES to raise the funds needed to purchase a Kenwood TS- 590s HF radio with a VGS-1 voice synthesizer board, and a Powerwerx 30 Amp power supply. An 80-10 meter dipole antenna with a Comtec 4:1 current balun, 140 FT of coax, insulators, wire, and PL-259 connectors will be installed outside Kelly’s home. Kelly’s uncles, Joe, Lee and Roger Krout purchased a flight case for Kelly to store and transport her new radio easily!

In order for a sightless person to operate a complex radio like this, the radio must ‘speak’ when settings change. The Kenwood has this ability with the synthesizer board installed. Rick ordered and paid for the VGS-1 voice synthesizer board and Jim installed and tested the voice synthesis feature that will allow the radio to verbalize and interact with Miss Stanfield. During all of this, Jim was in contact with Miss Stanfield’s uncle, Joe Krout (KR0UT), and best friend, Craig Martin (KY0O), so they could take part in the surprise as well.

Miss Stanfield is a third generation Amateur Radio operator on her mother’s side of the family. She was very excited to recently acquire her grandfather, Harry Krout’s callsign (W0YQG) since he became a Silent Key. It was obvious to the group that she wanted to keep up the family tradition. Her first radio was a Kenwood TMV71A, which she still owns and uses to this day for local contacts and participating in BC ARES nets and activities.

Miss Stanfield has been visually impaired for her entire life. This did not stop her from attaining a job and assisting with a radio podcast on a weekly basis. When the possibility arose for her to leave Kansas and move to Warsaw, Missouri, Miss Stanfield was excited by the possibilities. She soon found the Benton County, Missouri ARES and Twin Lakes Amateur Radio Club.

Rick Wade, then Emergency Coordinator for the BC ARES and current President of the Twin Lakes Amateur Radio Club, was astounded by her capabilities.

“I don’t know how she does it,” he remarked upon meeting Miss Stanfield. “She’s pretty amazing. She doesn’t complain about her disability or use it as an excuse.”

One of Miss Stanfield’s most remarkable traits is her sense of humor. She can often be found spouting one-liners and having fun with her disability. Some of her favorites are: “Long time, no see!” “Something bad happened? I didn’t see anything!” and “Looks fine to me!”, among others.

We look forward to helping Miss Stanfield grow into a strong, independent Ham and watching what she can achieve!

We would like to thank the following people for their contributions to this great cause: Jim McNally (KA0DXU), Rick Wade (KD0CNC), Samantha Henley (KE0LMY), Joe Krout (KR0UT), Craig Martin (KY0O), Rick Harkins (W0YGH), Michael Schley (KB0LW), Steve Pierce (WA5ICX), Rebecca Pierce (W5RNX), Robert Scott (KD0AFI), Della Scott (KD0AFJ), Roger Henley (KD0WXT), Renee Cason (KE0LMZ), Lee Krout and Roger Krout.

*This article, along with pictures from the event, will be submitted to the ARRL for publication.

Upcoming December meeting!

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here.

Our December meeting is one week away and KE0LMZ and I have been working like Santa’s good little elves to make sure it’s a special one for our BC ARES members!

We have quite a few things on the agenda, including:

-Photo release forms
-BC ARES Identification badges
-Review letter/brochure for community outreach
-FEMA training updates

Now for the fun stuff!

Along with the Christmas gifts for our members, KE0LMZ and I are providing quite a few snacks and treats. We are making Banana Bread Muffins, Cinnamon Swirl Muffins, Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins and a slew of prepackaged cookies and such. You are welcome to bring any food you would like, but it’s not a requirement! We want everyone to join us for this joyous occasion and look forward to seeing all of you.

As a reminder, please try to wear a white shirt since we would like to take a group picture for use on our website and Facebook page!

New things on the BC ARES website!

Hi, all!

KEØLMY here!

If you haven’t been to the site for a little while, you will find some great new features! As we mentioned earlier, we have added a search bar and also a quick reference guide.

W0YGH spent some time wrestling with the website today and was able to add our new Weather alerts over to the right side of the screen here on the homepage! He has it based in Warsaw since that is where the BC ARES holds its meetings. Thank you, Rick, for taking the time to work on the site!

We have plenty of plans to further improve the site. As usual, if you have any suggestions, recommendations or constructive criticism, you can contact us through our contact us link!

The holiday season is upon us!

Hi, everyone!

KEØLMY here.

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas and Hanukkah (and so many other holidays) quickly approaching, we would like to remind everyone to be careful.

The weather will inevitably turn colder and ice and snow will cause many emergencies. We plan to begin posting weather warnings soon and hope they help you to stay safe in your travels.