New Amateurs in Benton County!

The Benton County ARES group just completed a two day training class in Warsaw. Rick Wade KDØCNC coordinated the event, Steve Pierce WA5ICX and Rick Harkins WØYGH were the instructors, and Bob Davisson KA4BOB and Mike Schley KBØLW assisted with testing. Sincere thanks to the group for the use of their training materials.

We’re proud to announce that we have seven new Technician Class licensees:

Donnie Morehead   KE0FNG
Mitchell Ransdell   KE0FNH
Linda Viebrock   KE0FNI
Barry Pabst   KE0FNJ
Ruth Sell   KE0FNK
Nathan Burton   KE0FNL
Tamara Lawler   KE0FNM

Congratulations to all!

April ARES meeting to be held at Orschelin’s parking lot

The April 11th, 2015 meeting of Benton County ARES will he held in the parking lot of Orscheln’s in Warsaw at 9am.  Rick (KDØCNC) will be setting up the communications trailer.

This will be an excellent chance to become more familiar with the equipment in the trailer.  We also hope to attract some interest from the public.

Here’s the map link to the location: Orscheln Farm and Home

Linked repeaters

Now that Echolink is up and stable on both of the Warsaw repeaters, we have the ability to link them together.

During the Benton County ARES net on Sunday nights and the St. Clair County ARES net on Monday night, I will have the 146.925 and 147.300 repeaters linked together.  You can check in on either machine.

I’d be happy to hear from anyone using the feature.  Let me know how it’s working!

Rick W0YGH

Thanks to EasyNet of Warsaw!

If you have taken advantage of our new Echolink connection to the 147.300 repeater, you will notice that it is much faster and more reliable.  The primary reason for this is our new internet service provider, EasyNet.

The people at EasyNet have gone out of their way to make sure we have the best connection possible.  They have also taken care of the static IP address and port forwarding that Echolink requires.

We hope to get a connection to EasyNet for the 146.925 repeater, so that we can depend on Echolink.

Please consider EasyNet for your internet connection.  You can contact them at 660-238-3810 or