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!

Testing session in Warsaw, MO next week!

Per KDØCNC:
We will be giving (Amateur Radio Licensing) tests April 12th at the Benton County Health Department located at 1238 Commercial St, Warsaw, Missouri 65355.
Testing starts at 6 PM.
Please bring three pieces of ID (Driver’s License, SS Card, Bill addressed to you received at your residence, car registration, etc.).
The Cost is fifteen dollars ($15).

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!


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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Tactical Storm Spotter training a huge success!

Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here!

Attendance was great at the Tactical Storm Spotter training class which took place in Warsaw this evening! We had members of law enforcement, firefighters, a dispatcher, emergency management, Lake Area Storm Spotters, and ham radio in the Warsaw Lincoln Ambulance Barn conference room paying close attention to the National Weather Service representative from Springfield, Steve Runnels!

Steve’s high energy and interactive method of teaching were key in showing us how to accurately report weather events (specifically storm systems which could spawn funnel clouds and tornadoes), so the NWS could put out timely and comprehensive warnings. The most intriguing parts were the roleplays Steve initiated between the dispatcher and members of the training class.

The class ended on a high note with a few words from Mark Richerson, the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Director, encouraging open communication, training, and drills to benefit all parties involved in responding to large-scale emergencies!

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Reminder: Tactical Storm Spotter Training Tomorrow Night!

Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here!

Just a quick reminder that the Tactical Storm Spotter training for tomorrow night will begin at 6:30 PM and last until 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance building by the water tower in Warsaw.

This training counts as an in-seat training to keep your SKYWARN certification current.

We would love to have representatives of the BC ARES in attendance!

Tactical Storm Spotter Training Coming to Warsaw!

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

We’re very excited to be invited and included in the Tactical Storm Spotter Training in Warsaw! This training will be held on February 15, 2018 at the Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance building located at 1205 Medic Drive from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. This training is provided by the National Weather Service and is for police, fire, ambulance, 911, and amateur radio operators (those equipped with radio communication)!

We would love to have a strong BC ARES presence at this training and hope to hear from our members on their ability to attend!

Region D Healthcare Coalition VHF/UHF Communications Test on January 25, 2018

Our 1st Healthcare Coalition Communications Test in 2018 is next week. I want to encourage all facilities to participate. It appears we should have good weather conditions for the test. My primary goal for 2018 is to continually grow the list of Healthcare facilities that are taking advantage of these communications tests within Regions D, G, and I. The secondary goal is to increase the rotation of net control among facilities. And, the third goal is to find and test additional ways to communicate among facilities using other than voice means. If amateur radio is to be a backup or alternative means of facility communications, we need to grow and improve the tools we have available.

TIMES:
10:00 am on the SW MO Regional SKYWARN System
10:30 am on the SMLRS and Nixa ARC Linked Repeater System

11:00 am is the End of Test. Our test in October 2017 went over the 10:20 ending for the SKYWARN System test so we expanded to 30 minutes on each linked system.

You are asked to check into the repeaters that your facility can access. If you can access a repeater in both systems, please check into the SKYWARN system at 10:00 am, then the SMLRS system at 10:30 am. Net Control will open for check-ins at the time specified for each linked system. The repeaters and their locations are as follows:

Southwest Linked Repeater System (SMLRS):
Branson 146.655, – offset, PL 91.5
Crane 442.150, + offset, PL 162.2
Granby 145.390, – offset, PL 91.5
Nevada 145.450, – offset, PL 91.5
Springfield East 147.015, + offset, PL 162.2
Springfield West 147.225, + offset, PL 162.2
Stockton 444.975, + offset, PL 162.2
Warsaw 147.075, + offset, PL 127.3

Southwest Missouri Regional SKYWARN:
Fordland 145.490, – offset, PL: 136.5
Joplin: 145.350, – offset, PL 91.5
Walnut Grove: 147.330, + offset, PL 162.2
Buffalo: 147.180, + offset, PL 136.5
Branson: 147.105, + offset, PL 136.5
Springfield Cox South: 145.330, – offset, PL 156.7
Laurie/Lake of the Ozarks: 146.955, – offset, PL 192.8
Macomb: 146.745, – offset, PL 136.5 (Testing/Not Linked—shown here to help facilities plan)

Repeaters Linked During Nets & Severe Weather and the Communications Test:
Houston: 147.135, + offset, PL 100.0
Rolla: 147.210, + offset, PL 88.5
Dixon: 146.790, – offset, PL 88.5
Licking: 146.850, – offset, PL 114.8

Note: If you’d like to learn more about these linked repeater systems, please visit www.smlrs.info and www.n0nws.com.

Joye G. McElwee
Cell: 417-844-1418
HPh: 417-759-2935

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!