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 Reynolds!

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!

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.