Reminder: Tactical Storm Spotter Training Tomorrow Night!

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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!

Summer Field Day 2018

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KE0LMY here!

We have set up a new page here on the website where we will post information about Summer Field Day as the event draws closer. We have partnered with the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. and the Sedalia Pettis Amateur Radio Klub to turn this into a truly remarkable event!

We have several meetings between now and June (23-24) when the event takes place and we will be looking for volunteers to attend the event representing the BC ARES. Also, if you have any graphic design skills and would like to aid in making graphics for the BC ARES for the event (and other things), please contact us.

Remember, we are a completely volunteer organization. We collect no dues, have no grants, or any other means of income at the moment.

We look forward to your participation and thank you for volunteering!

Winter Field Day 2018

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KEØLMY here!

I will hold off my excitement about WFD 2018 for my EC blog post and give you a quick rundown here in this post!

The Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. hosted members of the BC ARES for WFD 2018 at the new tower site in Holden, MO. Below is a summation of Day one, according to the club’s president, Cary Altman (KB0HV):

“Wow… have you been on the bands today? yuck. Double Yuck even. We are running 3 nice rigs in separate operating positions. Today we used a combination of 4 antennas. We have at least two more antennas on standby. Rick and Robert came out and moved our vertical antenna to the roof to see if that would help! So far, even on the ground in the front yard, that vertical has outperformed both the new sloper and the two crisscrossed G5RV antennas even after Rick and Robert raised them up quite a bit for the contest! Everything should be working well, and except for a little bit of self-induced QRM between our stations because all the antennas are crammed in next to the tower on top of each other, and because nobody but Keith brought headphones. Oops… headphones in the going out to door pile right now while I am thinking about it.
So, we have had a lot of fun today, and a lot of great people came out to visit us! We must have had 30 people there at one point, and it was wonderful to see… I lost track of how many radio-enthused kids were there today too, wanting to see us making contacts. Kennedy and Jayden were there. Davin was there along with his Dad and brother. And there was more activity this morning with Larry and Jack and others working on the repeaters!
It has been a good day for the WAARCI. We will do this more often. Oh… and the Brats and hamburgers were excellent!! Thank you, Terry!
The bands, however, were not excellent. Aaron and Keith managed one CW contact and got several VHF/UHF contacts. I managed 2 40 meter contacts. 20 was a graveyard all day and totally closed at sunset… I think the MUF must have been less than 10 MHz all day. Terry and Sam did the best of all of us… managing 4 contacts on 40 and 80!
We have learned a lot. We have had a lot of fun. We decided to go home and we will regroup in the morning… the charts say that 20 might actually open up tomorrow.
I love contesting.
I love contesting with friends even more.
73 everyone,
Cary, KBØHV”

The second day was significantly better with band conditions improving greatly in the morning hours. While overall numbers were low, we were encouraged by what we learned and by our ability to still pull contacts “out of the weeds” on both days! Some of the things we learned included: BRING A HEADSET!!!!, crossed wires/antennas make for lots of interference, have a station calling CQ AND a station working the bands for other contacts, and burgers, brats, and pizza for lunch/dinner and donuts for the next morning are mandatory!

Overall, the experience was excellent. We were excited for each other when we secured contacts, helped each other with problems and technical issues, and had a blast both on the air and off with visitors who took the time to drop in and check on us! Thank you to WAARCI for being such gracious hosts! We can’t wait for Summer Field Day!

Tactical Storm Spotter Training Coming to Warsaw!

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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

Awards presented at the 2017 Show Me Partnerships Conference

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KEØLMY here!

I will be skipping around in the conference postings a bit. I wanted to go ahead and put up all of the pictures from the awards presentation.

Some of these, I was able to write down the names of the individual or group for, but others I missed. I am hoping to be able to find out the information from people seeing their own pictures or friends of the subjects. Some of these volunteers’ stories brought me to tears. Their selflessness in real emergency situations was awe-inspiring. Our state had more than it’s fair share of tornadoes and floods in 2017 and these are just some examples of the heroes who jumped in to help those in need. Thank you all!

Overview of my experience at the 2017 Show Me Partnerships Conference.

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KEØLMY here!

I didn’t want to keep anyone waiting for my experience and overview of the 2017 Show Me Partnerships Conference, so here is the run down.

I was so overwhelmed to see the conference begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and a prayer. It was wonderful to see such patriotic people unabashedly sharing those moments openly with each other.

I was able to capture moments in the opening ceremony, but I felt it would be inappropriate to take a picture in the middle of the prayer, which is why the picture of Reverend Nancy is of her leaving the stage.

As you can see from pictures I posted of the schedule, there were keynotes, breakouts, and other activities. To keep these posts from getting too long, I will post about each one separately. Some of these activities were VERY helpful and educational (such as the Table Top exercise) and some were more about solidifying the need for volunteer organizations to work together in emergencies. It is SO important for us to learn each others faces, names, organizations, and capabilities before an emergency occurs.

I heard Lia (more about her and Team Rubicon later!) say it best when she explained, “The time to exchange business cards is not over a smoking hole in the ground.” (Sorry if I butchered that, Lia!)

So, as I have said before and will continue to say, stay tuned for more!

2017 Show Me Partnership/Volunteer Symposium

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KEØLMY here!

Coming to you from the Show Me Partnerships Missouri Emergency Human Services Conference and Volunteer Symposium.
The symposium begins today in about an hour and it looks like it is going to be amazing! I will try to keep you updated today and tomorrow. I will update the EC Blog later in the week with my overall experience! I have a feeling the BC ARES January meeting will be busy!

Heritage Days update!

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KEØLMY here!

We had a wonderful time at the Warsaw, MO Pioneer Heritage Days. Overall, it was a beautiful day down at Drake Harbor. The weather was perfect. People were pleasant and there was a jovial mood in the air! We spoke with numerous members of the public and had 63 sign our BC ARES Visitor’s Log! We even met some fellow hams, including KDØTS, KG5QDR, and KDØILU!

We have a list of volunteers to thank.

On-site working the trailer: KDØCNC, WØYGH, KCØOXO, KDØAFI, KEØLMY, and KEØLMZ.

Monitoring the 146.925 repeater: KDØWXT, WA5ICX, and KDØIWM.

Thank you to the family members who showed up to support our outreach to the public, as well, including KDØCND!

Thank you all for the hard work and effort you put into preparing for and tending to Heritage Days.