I serve as the Deputy Director of the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Emergency Coordinator for the BC ARES. I have completed FEMA's IS-100b, IS-120, IS-200b, IS-230, IS-235, IS-240b, IS-317, 700a, and 800b. I have also completed the ARRL EC-001 course and Tactical Storm Spotter training. I manage the website (bcmoem.com) and Facebook page for the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Agency and for the BC ARES (bentoncountyares.org and FB @bentoncountyares). I recently completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training with Camden County, MO and I manage their FB page (@CamdenMoCERT). I serve as the net control for the Region A Healthcare monthly net and the BC ARES weekly net (on occasion). I obtained my General Class License (KEØLMY) in October 2017.
You can learn more about me at AirSho and QRZ!
I have just updated the EC Blog with the events which unfolded this morning before the Region A Healthcare Net.
I would like to sincerely thank WAARCI‘s president, Cary Altman (KBØHV), and Johnson County Emergency Management Director, Troy Armstrong (KEØOAU), for their quick thinking, assistance, and willingness to help!
Situations like these are why I am so grateful for our Blue-Sky Partnership!
After attending the Region A Healthcare Coalition Meeting today, I have some updates, news, and changes for you.
One of the concerns for the Region A Healthcare net was that if it continues to grow (as we hope it does!), it may begin to run into the MOSWIN net which happens at 10 AM on the third Wednesday of the month. I approached the coalition with this concern today and we came up with a game plan. We couldn’t move our net, due to conference calls and other things the healthcare centers are responsible for, so we opted to allow the hospitals and healthcare centers to check in first on the net and then Leave/Sign off. If there is any traffic for them, they will receive that information in an email directly from Net Control (usually me).
A change is also being implemented in the scripting. We are adding announcements at the beginning of the net, mainly to remind everyone to turn off their radios or switch off their APRS so they will not continuously ping the Warrensburg repeater after the conclusion of the net. As always, we thank WAARCI (Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc.) for the use of their repeater for this invaluable service!
Finally, Bill Moberly has reviewed and approved the scripting, training materials, and beta test information for the “Getting Comfortable Speaking on the Radio” Training course! I will be polishing that up and will be posting it right here on the BC ARES website, as well as arranging to travel to healthcare facilities who would like to have the training in person in the coming months!
It has been great spearheading this training program and net and I look forward to continuing and building upon it as it continues!
We have some new additions to the BC ARES website to tell you about today. We’ve added a link to the Winlink website on our Quick Reference Guide. We are in the process of creating a step-by-step tutuorial and will post it on the Training tab when it has been completed. We have also added a link to the Missouri Section ARES Emergency Operation Plan on our Emergency Services tab.
More information, photos, updates to the EC Blog and Kids Editorial, and graphics are in the works!
Don’t forget the Region A Healthcare net takes place at 9:30 AM this Wednesday on the Warrensburg repeater, 146.880 (-) PL 107.2. We are trying to grow this important resource to support local hospitals and healthcare facilities in the region through amateur radio operator participation. All hams are encouraged to check in after the hospitals and healthcare facilities!
Wow! What a fun, interactive meeting for April! We covered a lot of topics and changes to the BC ARES.
-Phone tree/birthdays/members page
-ARC formation to support the BC ARES
-Updates/Ideas for website
-ARRL Field Day
-VE list update
-Seeking AEC of Operations and AEC of Training
I want to thank the members who attended the meeting today: KEØLMY, KEØLMZ, KCØOXO, WØYQG, WA5ICX, WØOES, and our newest member, KEØQAL! Also, thank you to future hams/members: Carolyn and Glenn! Thank you to KDØWXT for providing radio support before and during the meeting, as well!
We were able to run the Tabletop Exercise with this group and found some areas we can improve it! We had a conversation about the need to form a new amateur radio club to partner with the BC ARES for financial support and you’ll see more about that in the coming months! We have several ideas of new content for the website/FB page. The idea of a “Ham Scouts” Loyalty and Participation Program was met with immediate approval! Stay tuned for more information on that as we get it from conceptualization to actualization! The group approved the idea of reintroducing ARES to the school system through the STEM (or STEAM) program.
We need a few things from our members so records can be updated: birthday (month and day only), updated phone number, a picture of yourself (no one else in the picture, please!), if you are a volunteer examiner (what license level), if you are available for public outreach events, and if you are interested in an AEC position.
Our next BC ARES meeting will be on May 12, 2018, at the Benton County 911 Building. We hope to see you there!
Though there is a Winter Field Day, it has been brought to my attention that I should not call the Field Day which occurs in the summer “Summer Field Day”. I have corrected our website to reflect the proper information, as well as the emblem created for the BC ARES for the ARRL Field Day partnership.
The ARRL has also released their Field Day 2018 merchandise, which you can find here if you are interested!
The Missouri QSO Party is this weekend – this annual event is our
chance to put Missouri in the spotlight! I encourage your
This year’s event includes 18 1×1 callsigns on the air throughout the
state of Missouri, dozens of mobile stations ensuring that all the
Missouri counties are put on the air, at least 2 – maybe 3 expedition
class stations, and a new special event station – K0H, hosted by the
Raytown Amateur Radio Club for a one-time bonus of 100 points. W0MA
will be on the air from St. Louis also providing 100 points.
The Missouri QSO Party website is located at:
http://www.w0ma.org/index.php/missouri-qso-party and contains
information (rules, special operating notes, links, etc) that will help
you make the most out of the event. We encourage you to register how
you will operate before the contest at:
Of particular interest, there are over 200 participants in a Missouri
QSO Party Facebook group at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MissouriQSOParty/ we discuss the rules,
any last minute information, and answer questions where we can on this
You can use repeaters, internet postings, phone calls, anything to let
people know where you are operating and on what frequency during the
contest. One of the ways we’d like to encourage is this website:
Many of you have already sponsored the plaques for the winners – thank
you! Several awards need a sponsor, however. The sponsor has a line on
the plaque If you are interested in sponsoring a plaque, please check
the list at the website:
I look forward to hearing you on the air during the Missouri QSO Party!
We will be giving (Amateur Radio Licensing) tests April 12th at the Benton County Health Department located at 1238 Commercial St, Warsaw, Missouri 65355.
Testing starts at 6 PM.
Please bring three pieces of ID (Driver’s License, SS Card, Bill addressed to you received at your residence, car registration, etc.).
The Cost is fifteen dollars ($15).
After much ado (and some wrestling with widgets and plugins which broke the site), I finally created a BC ARES Calendar page!
It is so new, that I have a lot of things to add, so bear with me while I take some time to update/add information to the page! If you have any suggestions, activities, hamfests, contests, or anything else to add to the BC ARES Calendar, just message me and let me know!