Great April BC ARES Meeting!!!

Hello, all!

KEØLMY here!

Wow! What a fun, interactive meeting for April! We covered a lot of topics and changes to the BC ARES.

April 2018

-Welcome Packets
-Newspapers
-Phone tree/birthdays/members page
-Public outreach
-“Ham Scouts”
-ARC formation to support the BC ARES
-Member Spotlight
-Updates/Ideas for website
-ARRL Field Day
-VE list update
-Seeking AEC of Operations and AEC of Training
-FEMA training
-Tabletop exercise

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!

March Meeting Summary


Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

Our March meeting was sparsely populated (and understandably so!) but those in attendance were able to get some great work done!

The BC ARES awarded Kelly Stanfield (WØYQG) and Renee Cason (KEØLMZ) with certificates memorializing their first time running nets for the group! Kelly was especially excited since it was her very first award with her new callsign used! Renee is our youngest active member and we are proud of her initiative!

Above you will see the table banner design Scott Lawson (NØPCT) has volunteered to make for the group! We want to extend our gratitude to Scott for this service!

We now have 2 Mens Large and 2 Mens X-Large ARES shirts remaining for purchase at the cost of $30 each. Please contact us if you want one of these shirts, as they are offered first come, first served at the moment.

Before the April meeting, we hope to mail out letters to existing/current/licensed amateur radio operators in our county to inform them of the presence of the BC ARES and to invite them to attend one of our meetings. We want to extend this invitation to our existing members as well. Without volunteers, the group does NOT exist.

We have posted pictures from the meeting on our photographs tab here under Meetings 2018.

Our Member Spotlight for February 2018 is Robert Scott (KDØAFI) and our Member Spotlight for March 2018 is Roger Wiltz (KCØOXO). Both of these members will be presented with their framed certificates, their interviews/information will be posted here on the website under the Member Spotlight page as soon as they can be interviewed, and our members can speak with them at future meetings!

We reviewed the new BC ARES Connect ID number and purpose.

We reviewed the Summer Field Day partnership and discussed the plan to participate both in Warrensburg and here in Benton County in June. More information will come from WAARCI and SPARK and will be shared with our members here on the website and at future meetings!

We hope to have great attendance and participation at our April meeting! The BC ARES has some training and fun activities planned! We would love to see more members (and future members) gather together!

March Meeting Topics

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

Our March meeting is in just a few days! This month it will be on March 10 at 9 AM at the Benton County Health Department. You can enter via the door nearest the road.

Here is the agenda so far:

March 2018

-Review and improve BC ARES Ice/Snowstorm Scenario (Training)
-Pass out BC Enterprise papers
-L(3)/XL(3) ARES shirts available for purchase $30 each
-New members
-Seeking active AEC applicants (Two of our current AECs are pending further communication with me.)
-Summer Field Day June 23-24, 2018
-Welcome Packets reviewed
-More ideas for additions to the website
-Banners/posters/signs made for BC ARES for upcoming events (Thanks to NØPCT)
-BC ARES Connect ID number
-FEMA Certification requirement discussion (100, 700, and 800)
Thank you to everyone who has forwarded copies of the certificates to me already!
-BC ARES net control calendar

More topics will arise. If you have any questions or suggestions for the meeting, feel free to ask/suggest!


BC ARES February meeting agenda

As we mentioned in several other posts, our February meeting will be held at the Benton County 911 building, behind the water tower in Warsaw. We would LOVE to have record numbers come out for the meeting to show support for the group!

February

-Pass out Enterprise papers
-Review/develop more ideas for the Welcome Packet
-Rerun the Ice/Snowstorm Tabletop Scenario
-Group activities and gatherings
-School and club outreach (middle/high schools, CERT, VOAD, other area ARCs)
-Member Spotlight
-Updates to website
-CW training class planning
-Phone tree
-birthday list and members page
-Discuss Summer Field Days
-Volunteer to run third or fourth Sunday net
-FEMA certifications (possible group classes)
-Future meeting locations

January meeting update!

Hello, all!

KEØLMY here!

Inclement weather and illness made for a very small meeting in the month of January! We would like to thank KD0VMM, KE0LMZ and me for coming to the meeting and we would also like to thank KY0O and KD0WXT for providing radio support and monitoring for the meeting and the scenario.

Okay, business first. W0YGH has posted the Ice/Snowstorm scenario here and we will continue to add to that drop down each time we create new tabletop training exercises. We will also be putting up a completed version, based on information and suggestions gathered during the time they are reviewed at meetings. Though there was only a handful of us, we heard some really good answers and suggestions! Winter Field Day is approaching and we would love for our members to tune in and make contacts. We are following the WAARCI for the duration so we can learn how it’s done! We have a member to spotlight for our inaugural Member Spotlight, however, due to the weather, we are going to hold off on posting and presenting until hopefully the February meeting. We would like to thank our members who have forwarded me their FEMA certifications! You are all doing a fantastic job staying on top of the requirements and we appreciate your hard work and dedication! We also covered the idea of Welcome Packets for new members of ARES/new amateur radio operators. We will list those somewhere on the site and update you on that in a future post. Ideas and suggestions are ALWAYS welcome!

Okay, fun stuff now!

We had a new volunteer (W0YQG) run our BC ARES net on Sunday! She did a fantastic job and will now be running the net on the second Sunday of the month! GREAT JOB, W0YQG!

KE0LMZ and Foxtrot are organizing some shenanigans for the group to take part in and we look forward to seeing what those two cook up! We’ve heard their version of a Fox Hunt does not involve horses, dogs or FOXES!

Stay tuned for another post detailing additions to the website!

January meeting topics

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

As usual, our meeting is lining up to be a very active, busy time. Below you will find my highlights list. As we work to make our group more active, interactive and welcoming, I look forward to hearing ideas and opinions from each of you. I hope you are able to join us on January 13 at 9 a.m. at the Benton County Health Department.

Remember, you do not have to be a member of ARES or licensed in amateur radio to attend our meeting. We welcome members of law enforcement, EMTs, volunteers, people who have an interest in our hobby or emergency communications, and we are a kid-friendly group (teens make good couriers for messages if they aren’t licensed hams themselves)!

We hope to see you there!

January

-Welcome Packets
-shirts
-Tabletop training
-FEMA certifications
-Phone tree
-Volunteers to run the weekly net
-Next month’s meeting at the 911 center to complete setup of Radio Room
-Winter Field Day
-Checking into other area nets
-Testing repeater coverage for the Feb meeting
-Newspapers distributed
-changes coming to ARES
-Group activities
-School and club outreach
-Existing Amateur outreach

Weekly ARES net and monthly meeting information

Hello, all!

KEØLMY here!

I wanted to bring in the new year with information and reminders about our weekly ARES net and monthly meeting information!

Benton County, MO ARES net: 146.925 – PL 107.2 7 pm every Sunday

Benton County, MO ARES meets monthly at 9 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of the month. The January BC ARES meeting will be held on January 13, 2018, at the Benton County Health Department. Address: 1238 Commercial St, Warsaw, MO 65355.

You do NOT need to be a member of ARES to attend the meetings, but we will definitely encourage you to join us if you are not! The meetings are informal, but we generally try to get some training or discussion going. Amateur radio licensing tests may be available with advance notice.

Please attend and share your ideas for making ARES a better resource for Benton County!

Upcoming ARES Net and January meeting!

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

2018 dawned cold and bright! We have tons of new activities, training, drills and other things planned for our group!

Let’s start with the important stuff.

This Sunday, we will resume our weekly ARES net at 7 p.m. Following this net, we will be having a very special roundtable, so we ask that you all stick around after the ARES net closes. We will be discussing our upcoming tabletop training exercise. Originally, I thought we would do a fire scenario since that is a big possibility here in MO with the dry years we have had. However, after experiencing the subzero temperatures and broken pipes we have had to deal with in the last week, I would love to do an ice storm/snowstorm scenario. We would love for everyone to participate in this planning phase with us Sunday evening, especially if you have experience in EmComm or no experience and would like to learn! We will be running the first tabletop training at our January ARES meeting.

Next, we ask that if you have not turned in or forwarded the email copy of your FEMA IS 100, 700 and 800 certificates to me (KE0LMY), please do so. This will keep our group in compliance with the ARRL rules regarding ARES membership. Thank you so much to the additional members who have forwarded me their emails since the last meeting!

It is my intention to announce our inaugural Member Spotlight award at the upcoming January meeting. The person is chosen by myself and my AECs and will have their certificate and a short write-up posted on the website, as well as receiving a physical certificate for their own records.

Okay, now the fun stuff!

I really enjoyed the festivities during the Christmas meeting and would love to have that kind of joyous camaraderie in the future! After all, the whole point of amateur radio is to foster a sense of friendly communication and become familiar with other operators! If you have any recommendations on things our group could do together, feel free to either message us or bring up some suggestions at the monthly meeting! I have already heard suggestions regarding a fox hunt with a hilarious twist, a ham radio “poker run” (still working on the logistics of this one!), and a creative way to test actual repeater coverage areas for KD0CNC’s repeaters! Keep those suggestions coming!

Our unofficial “Mascot”, Foxtrot, will be up to some shenanigans which we hope to extend to local schools and clubs in the area to drum up interest in our hobby! Look out for future reports and travels with him from KE0LMZ!

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.