Latest additions to the BC ARES website

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here.

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!

New BC ARES Calendar!

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KEØLMY here!

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!

CERT and ARES: A Partnership that’s Meant to be!

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KEØLMY here.

I am very excited to announce the release of the Spring 2018 CERT Responder Magazine, featuring an article I wrote called CERT and ARES: A Partnership that’s Meant to be!

Of course, the article had to be formatted to fit the magazine layout, so some changes were made. I will link the original article below, for anyone who wishes to read it.

Original CERT and ARES article

Proposed New Privileges for Tech Class License Holders

ARRL Bulletin 7 ARLB007
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 1, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLB007 ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician

ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician
licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15
meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10
meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals,
which stem from recommendations put forth by the ARRL Board of
Directors’ Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various
initiatives and gauged member opinions in 2016 and 2017.

“This action will enhance the available license operating privileges
in what has become the principal entry-level license class in the
Amateur Service,” ARRL said in its Petition. “It will attract more
newcomers to Amateur Radio, it will result in increased retention of
licensees who hold Technician Class licenses, and it will provide an
improved incentive for entry-level licensees to increase technical
self-training and pursue higher license class achievement and
development of communications skills.”

Specifically, ARRL proposes to provide Technician licensees, present
and future, with phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to
7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz, plus RTTY and digital
privileges in current Technician allocations on 80, 40, 15, and 10
meters. The ARRL petition points out the explosion in popularity of
various digital modes over the past 2 decades. Under the ARRL plan,
the maximum HF power level for Technician operators would remain at
200 W PEP. The few remaining Novice licensees would gain no new
privileges under the League’s proposal.

ARRL’s petition points to the need for compelling incentives not
only to become a radio amateur in the first place, but then to
upgrade and further develop skills. Demographic and technological
changes call for a “periodic rebalancing” between those two
objectives, the League maintains.

“There has not been such a rebalancing in many years,” ARRL said in
its petition. “It is time to do that now.” The FCC has not assessed
entry-level operating privileges since 2005.

The Entry-Level License Committee offered very specific data and
survey-supported findings about growth in Amateur Radio and its
place in the advanced technological demographic that includes
individuals younger than 30. It received significant input from ARRL
members via more than 8,000 survey responses.

“The Committee’s analysis noted that today, Amateur Radio exists
among many more modes of communication than it did half a century
ago, or even 20 years ago,” ARRL said in its petition.

Now numbering some 378,000, Technician licensees comprise more than
half of the US Amateur Radio population. ARRL said that after 17
years of experience with the current Technician license as the
gateway to Amateur Radio, it’s urgent to make it more attractive to
newcomers, in part to improve upon science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) education “that inescapably accompanies a
healthy, growing Amateur Radio Service,” ARRL asserted.

ARRL said its proposal is critical to developing improved operating
skills, increasing emergency communication participation, improving
technical self-training, and boosting overall growth in the Amateur
Service, which has remained nearly inert at about 1% per year.

The Entry-Level License Committee determined that the current
Technician class question pool already covers far more material than
necessary for an entry-level exam to validate expanded privileges.
ARRL told the FCC that it would continue to refine examination
preparation and training materials aimed at STEM topics, increase
outreach and recruitment, work with Amateur Radio clubs, and
encourage educational institutions to utilize Amateur Radio in STEM
and other experiential learning programs.

“ARRL requests that the Commission become a partner in this effort
to promote Amateur Radio as a public benefit by making the very
nominal changes proposed herein in the Technician class license
operating privileges,” the petition concluded.

Listen Online!

We’ve added a new page called Listen Online! to our Nets tab. Thanks to Broadcastify (and Radio Reference) you can listen in on amateur radio nets in some areas via the internet. This is a fantastic resource for hams who don’t have any equipment yet or future hams who want to listen to actual ham radio broadcasts and interactions!

Currently, we have listed the Warrensburg repeater, along with the days and times of some of their nets. As we find more repeaters from surrounding areas on Broadcastify (if more are available), we will add those to the page as well!

Training class success!

Hello, all!

KE0LMY here!

The “Getting comfortable speaking on the radio” training class Beta Test was a great success! We were happy to welcome KE0FNI, KE0FNJ, and KE0FNM into the BC ARES family, as well. Thank you to KE0LMZ for the assist and our surprise guest, KD0CNC, who came out to support the training!

As soon as the training program is finalized, it will be submitted to Bill Moberly of the Mid America Regional Council (MARC). He is the one who receives our monthly Region A Healthcare Net reports. Once Bill has approved the course, it will be posted here on the BC ARES website and future classes will also be posted!

We hope other members of the BC ARES will be interested in co-hosting these classes to welcome new hams into the fold and help them feel more comfortable speaking on the radio!

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Forms added to the Quick Reference Guide

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

The last two days have been busy! After speaking with KDØCNC, KØRWL, and KF4MXF (in person, in an email, and over the phone, respectively), I have been given instruction on the need to make my monthly reports over the radio on the Missouri Traffic Net and how to do so! This is great news for you, our members, because you can tune into the MTN and hear real traffic passed, not only by me but also by other groups in the area!

5:45 PM 3.963 LSB Missouri Traffic Net
6:30 PM 3.963 LSB MESN – Missouri Emergency Services Net
*These times sometimes change to an hour earlier in the winter due to band conditions.

In response to this next stage of learning, I have put two pdf files under the BC ARES Library Quick Reference Guide. They are the ICS-213 and the ARRL Radiogram! This brings our website another step closer to being a place you can go for all of your radio communication informational needs!

I appreciate the help I receive from all of the hams I talk to during this learning period! Thank you also to our members who make the time each week to check into our Sunday night BC ARES net and each month to attend our meetings on the second Saturday of the month. Without each of you there, volunteering your time, our group simply wouldn’t exist!

We are always on the lookout for new members and would LOVE to meet more local amateur radio operators!

New additions to the website!

Hello, all!

KEØLMY here!

We have taken time over the last few weeks to add some really useful links to our website. We want to make it easier for you to find a lot of information in one place!

Here are some of the most recent additions:

Tabletop training exercises
Camden County, MO CERT (website pending)
7290 Traffic Net Great information on passing traffic!
MO-Kan Regional Council of Amateur Radio Organizations

We will be adding more affiliate links to the website this month as we hear back from potential affiliates!

January meeting update!

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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!