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.

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!

September Meeting

We discussed a range of topics in the September ARES meeting.

-discuss new scripts/roundtable
-conduct the net FROM the 911 center
-shirts
-ICS training
-October training
-FB page/website
-Finish setting up the radio room in the 911 center
-Discuss Zello app
-Hangtag IDs distributed
-Discuss Houston and Florida emergency situation

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.

May ARES meeting to be held at Truman Dam Visitor Center

The May 9th meeting will be held at the Truman Dam Visitor Center, which is just east of the dam on the Dam Access Road.  The meeting starts at 9am.

Atop Kaysinger Bluff, with a spectacular view of Truman Lake, the Visitor’s Center offers a wide variety of exhibits. From reproductions of archeological fossils found in the area, to paintings of Mastodons, and a timeline showing the exploration and settlement of the Osage River Valley. The Center’s observation deck gives visitors the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the dam and portions of the lake.

Visitor Center