New things on the BC ARES website!

Hi, all!

KEØLMY here!

If you haven’t been to the site for a little while, you will find some great new features! As we mentioned earlier, we have added a search bar and also a quick reference guide.

W0YGH spent some time wrestling with the website today and was able to add our new Weather alerts over to the right side of the screen here on the homepage! He has it based in Warsaw since that is where the BC ARES holds its meetings. Thank you, Rick, for taking the time to work on the site!

We have plenty of plans to further improve the site. As usual, if you have any suggestions, recommendations or constructive criticism, you can contact us through our contact us link!

Local and Regional Net List is Growing!

Hello, all!

KEØLMY here!

WØYGH and I (along with some assistance from other hams in the area) have been working on expanding our Local and Regional Net List. We are really stretching in all directions, because not only are our members scattered far and wide but since this is a public website, we want to help as many hams as possible find nets to communicate on every night of the week!

If you run or know of any local nets we could add to our growing list, please submit them to us through our contact us page! We would love to reach out to more hams in our community!

November meeting

Hello all!

KEØLMY here!

Our November meeting was very busy! We were able to cover a long list of topics and every person contributed something helpful!

I’d like to thank the following members for coming out on Saturday: KDØCNC, KAØDXU, WØYGH, KDØWXT, KDØAFI, KDØAFJ, KDØIWM, and KEØLMZ.

Meeting topics:

-“Changing of the Guard” ceremony
We presented KDØCNC with a commemorative plaque for his years of service as the Emergency Coordinator of the BC ARES. You can find more about this on the EC Blog.
-KDØCNC presented me with my Appointment Certificate from the ARRL to the position of Emergency Coordinator
-Community outreach
Design pamphlet to mail out to existing Hams about ARES
Design letter of introduction
-Certificates of Appreciation/Heritage Days discussion
We had 63 people sign our visitor’s log and traffic on the website has picked up, due in part to the pencils we distributed with the website
on them during Heritage Days.
Certificates for those who participated but were unable to attend the meeting will be mailed out shortly
-Shirts
W0YGH is putting together more options for polo shirts. More information at the next meeting.
-Personnel information sheets
-Script changes for the BC ARES net
-Seeking volunteers to run the nets including backups
-Wear white shirts for December meeting for group photo
-Locations for future meetings (Robert’s house, library, overlook, health dept)
-FEMA training, CW training classes with KAØDXU/KDØCNC, Actual Mobile repeater coverage testing
-TeamSpeak 3
-WebSDR demo
-reach out to the Mennonite and Mormon Amateur Radio group
-Resource page and search bar added to the website

More resources added!

Hi, all!

KEØLMY here!

First, I would like to thank the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. for becoming our newest affiliate! Their website offers a plethora of handy resources for hams, no matter where you are located. You can find the link under our Affiliates tab.

Next, I have created an Emergency Coordinator blog. This is where I will keep you all updated on my progress and work as your EC. You can find my blog by hovering over the About ARES/EC/AEC and clicking on Emergency Coordinator Blog.

In the coming weeks, I will be adding dozens of useful links/information to make it easier for hams to find and use.

Region A Healthcare Net

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

We have now added information about the Region A Healthcare Net to our Nets tab.

This net takes place at 9 am on the second Wednesday of the month. The purpose of the net is to check the availability and status of amateur radios and operators in District A.

In the coming months, we hope to secure volunteers to check in directly from area hospitals and healthcare facilities, but any licensed amateur radio operator is welcome to check-in as well. Stay tuned for more details!

Area Nets (still under construction). If you wish to list your nets with us, please use our Contact Us link and let us know!

Upcoming November BC ARES monthly meeting!

Hello, all.

KE0LMY here!

Our meeting is this Saturday and we’d love to have you attend! As always, you do not need to be a member of ARRL, ARES or even have your amateur radio license yet. If you have any interest in ham radio at all, we would love to welcome you! We have a number of resources available and very knowledgeable Hams ready to help you in your journey!

We are having a small “Changing of the Guard” ceremony for our EC, Rick Wade, discussing changes to the net script, planning training and drills, and discussing club business including FEMA training, CW training, net control volunteers and other important subjects. We want to give everyone a say, so come add your voice to the meeting!

This month, the meeting will be held at the Benton County Health Department at 9 A.M.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

BC ARES gained a new affiliate!

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

I would like to send out a special thanks to Joye McElwee (NØOCP) the Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Polk County ARES, for becoming our newest affiliate on our website!

The ARES organization is about building a strong base of support for our community and every time we gain a new affiliate, we gain that much more support!

Feel free to visit the Polk County, MO ARES website via our affiliates page!

Shirt orders/payment due!

Hello, all!

KEØLMY here!

WØYGH would like to remind everyone that we would love to place our order with the embroiderer soon. If you haven’t placed your order/payment with him, feel free to use the Contact Us feature on the website to do so.

As a reminder, the price of each blue polo shirt (with your first name and callsign embroidered) is $35.00. The price of each safety vest is $29.00.

Update: Complications arose with the embroiderer. Refunds have been issued and we will begin searching for a new option for our BC ARES shirts. More discussion on this topic will occur at the November BC ARES meeting.

NEW FEATURES:

We recently added the Member Spotlight (just waiting on some qualifications to announce our first Member!), BC ARES Library, Kids Corner and now we have added the How do I get licensed page!

This is the page you can direct people to which walks them through the steps of how to get their amateur radio license.

We have plans to reach out to surrounding counties’ ARES groups to add to our affiliate page, as well.

As a reminder, the next meeting for the BC ARES is on November 11, 2017, at 9:00 AM CST at the Benton County Health Department. We would LOVE to see you there!

Introducing the BC ARES Library!

Hi, all!

KEØLMY here with great news!

We are in the process of adding a new feature to the Community tab on our website: The BC ARES Library!

For current and future members of our group, we will be offering books, flash cards and/or other study aids to assist people in obtaining or advancing their licenses!

It is a work in progress at the moment and we hope to keep adding to it in the future!

BC ARES Library

More than 440,000 Missourians now registered for annual ‘ShakeOut’ earthquake drill Oct. 19

Watch “When the Earth Shakes” on YouTube

Oct. 19 is the Great Central U. S. “ShakeOut” earthquake drill. More than 440,000 Missourians have registered to participate. In all, almost 2.5 million people are registered in the 14 central U.S. states that could be impacted by a New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake.

At exactly 10:19 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, participants will:

  • DROP to your hands and knees
  • COVER their heads and necks with their hands and arms under a table or desk if possible
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

Experts say “Drop, Cover, Hold On” is the best way to protect oneself from falling debris, which is the most likely cause of injury during an earthquake in developed nations with modern building standards.

There’s still time to sign up at www.shakeout.org/centralus. Once registered, participants receive details on the drill, as well as information on earthquake preparedness and safety. Individuals, families, businesses, schools and other organizations can register, and can participate on another day if Oct. 19 is not convenient.

In 1811 and 1812, the New Madrid Seismic Zone, centered in southeast Missouri, produced some of the largest earthquakes ever in the continental U.S. A major earthquake in this area could result in damage in much of southern and eastern Missouri, including the St. Louis area. Geologists say there’s a 7 to 10 percent chance of another major earthquake occurring in a fifty-year time period.

To learn more about earthquakes in Missouri and how to prepare, visit www.sema.dps.mo.gov/earthquake_preparedness.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut