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

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.

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.

Amateur Radio licensing class planned

The Benton County ARES group is currently looking for prospective hams in the Warsaw area.  We are planning a two day licensing class that will include testing for the Technician Class amateur radio license.

The class will run on two consecutive Saturdays from 8am to 4pm.  An exact date and location will be announced when we have a minimum number of participants.

The class will cover basic electronics, radio propagation, electrical safety, FCC regulations, and operating procedures.  Morse code is NOT required for any class of license, but it is still widely used by amateur radio operators.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please click on the ‘Contact Us’ button at the top of this page and let us know how to reach you.  Someone will be in touch.