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

Upcoming October ARES meeting information

Hi, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

We have so many things to cover in the upcoming ARES meeting and we welcome any suggestions which you think could be helpful to our club!

On the agenda so far, we have:

-taking orders/payment for ARES shirts/vests
-testing will be available for all levels of radio licensing
-securing a presence at Warsaw Pioneer Heritage Days as well as taking volunteers to man KD0CNC’s Emergency Trailer and demonstrate the radio usage
-taking steps to make sure our members are provided with information on all required certifications
-setting up future practices/drills
-discussing the Zello app and possible applications
-discussing improvements to the website (Member of the Month, Emergency information list, Becoming a Ham resources/useful links, etc.)

We hope to have great attendance at the upcoming meeting so everyone can provide ideas and participate in all of the fun activities the BC ARES is hosting/participating in for the next couple of months!

Heritage Days and ARES shirts/vest information

Hi, everyone!

~KEØLMY here! W0YGH and I had a great day getting some things in order.

We were able to secure pricing on possibilities for our BC ARES shirts/vests from a local embroidery/screen printing business.

I also spoke with the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce to have a presence at the upcoming Warsaw Pioneer Heritage Days event. Heritage Days takes place on October 21-22, 2017. We are waiting on the final confirmation on the location for the trailer. We will then be looking for volunteers to man the trailer and provide demonstrations on working the radios for the event.

These will both be among the topics for our upcoming meeting on October 14. We hope to see you there!

Warsaw Pioneer Heritage Days

Upcoming changes to the BC ARES webpage

Some of you may have noticed the layout/look of the website has changed. We are trying out various layouts to pin down which one works the best for our website.

In the coming months, the webpage will be overhauled and new content will be posted. Some of the new content will include emergency numbers, resources, and information.

We are open to suggestions if you have any helpful information to contribute and we welcome all input and constructive criticism.