2017 Show Me Partnership/Volunteer Symposium

Hello, everyone!

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!

Hello, there, everyone!

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.

Heritage Days draws closer!

Image from our spot at Drake Harbor.

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday! We will be there very early, between 6 am and 7 am to get a lesson in properly setting up the trailer from Rick (KDØCNC) if you want to come up for that. If not, we will be there all day and would be very excited to have lots of hams to lend a hand!

We intend to talk to the public and work on spreading the word about ARES and amateur radio in general. Our goal is to bring in people of all ages to encourage people of all ages to join our hobby! We plan to make many third party contacts, so even if you can’t attend in person, we would love to have plenty of members monitoring the 146.925 repeater! We currently have five people lined up to tend to the trailer, five volunteering to monitor and KEØLMZ will be on site with her HT.

There is no entry fee for Heritage Days and KEØLMY is bringing a variety of vegetables, snacks and such for our members to snack on throughout the day. For parking, if you are just visiting, you would need to find any available parking spot in the city (there is no parking down in Drake Harbor). If you are working in the comm trailer, we will have reserved parking behind Reser Funeral Home. You MUST see KEØLMY (Samantha Henley) for a parking pass to park there! We will receive those parking passes on Saturday morning.

This message will also be on our Facebook page and will go out in an email to reach as many members as possible.

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.

BC ARES teams up with BSA Troop 34!

Hi there!

KEØLMY here!

The BC ARES was thrilled to host a small group of young men from the Boy Scouts of America Troop 34 this morning!

The young men learned about the use, set up and reach of Amateur Radio. KDØCNC showed the young men his radio room, towers, and antennas.

Thank you to KDØCNC, KDØMLB, KDØWXT, WØYGH, KDØAFI, WA5ICX, and KEØLMY for taking the time to give them their first contact with the Amateur Radio world. We hope to encourage more young people to participate in this wonderful hobby!

Heritage Days and ARES shirts/vest information

Hi, everyone!

~KEØLMY here! W0YGH and I had a great day getting some things in order.

We were able to secure pricing on possibilities for our BC ARES shirts/vests from a local embroidery/screen printing business.

I also spoke with the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce to have a presence at the upcoming Warsaw Pioneer Heritage Days event. Heritage Days takes place on October 21-22, 2017. We are waiting on the final confirmation on the location for the trailer. We will then be looking for volunteers to man the trailer and provide demonstrations on working the radios for the event.

These will both be among the topics for our upcoming meeting on October 14. We hope to see you there!

Warsaw Pioneer Heritage Days

Fox Hunt!

Benton County ARES is holding a Fox Hunt on June 4th, 2016 at 10AM CDT. We will meet at Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot in Warsaw. Orscheln is located just south of Highway 7 and west of Highway 65. Here’s a map:


Talk-in will be on the 146.925- (107.2) repeater.

We will have three VHF foxes hidden within a few miles of the starting point. Bring your HT and any directional antenna you can whip up. Do a Google search for “measuring tape yagi” and you’ll find plans for antennas you can build from your junk box.

No fancy prizes, but you’ll have great fun and learn some valuable skills. We’ll be grilling hot dogs afterwards and will accept a small donation to cover the cost of the food.

Come and enjoy some springtime fun with us!

Call Rick Wade KDØCNC at 660-596-2376 if you have questions.Malacca fox

Ham Radio provides communications for Camp Valor Patriot Ride

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) members from Benton County and St. Clair County provided communications services for the Camp Valor Patriot Ride on May 16, 2015.

Rick KDØCNC and Dale WAØYVH manned the VFW check-in site in Warsaw, and Steve WA5ICX set up his trailer at the VFW in Clinton.

The Patriot Ride was a fund raiser for Camp Valor Outdoors in Kingsville, MO.  The mission of Camp Valor Outdoors is to recognize and honor our wounded warriors and their families with the opportunity to participate in competitive outdoor activities with dignity and respect while empowering them with the skills and motivation to overcome their injuries.

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ARES Provides Communications for Mountain Bike Race

Benton County ARES provided communications services for the Missouri State Championship mountain bike race.  The race was held at the Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park, which is becoming the premier location for mountain bike racing in the state.  The course covers 14 miles of very rugged terrain, and is challenging for even the toughest bike racers.  Throw in a generous helping of sharp Ozarks rocks on the trails, and it becomes a challenge for tires, bicycles and riders.

The ARES communications trailer was set up at the trailhead, and was the hub for other hams out on the trail.  It’s great to have race participants stop by and thank us for being there.  They appreciate knowing that help will be a little closer with  communications to the remote sections of the trail.


Left to right are Rick Wade KDØCNC, Kerry Keys KD0ORV, Terrance Wilson KDØIVJ, Chris Fink KDØCQ, Bob Davisson KA4BOB.  Not pictured is Steve Pierce WA5ICX and his wife Rebecca W5RNX.