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.


Joplin Hamfest, August 23-24, 2013

Each year, the Joplin Amateur Radio Club sponsors this Hamfest which has become one of the premier events in the midwest. The hamfest was expanded to two consecutive days, starting Friday evening, then all day Saturday. Started in 1990, it has been held at the John Q. Hammon’s Trade Center located off of South Range Line at I-44, in Joplin, Missouri since 1994.

Situated less than 200 miles from several major cities in four states, including Little Rock, Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Wichita, Topeka, St. Joseph, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City and Springfield, this hamfest has become popular with amateurs and vendors across the Middle West. This year it features over 280 tables, spacious parking with easy access, wide aisles, forums, testing, and prizes.

With the changes in the licensing requirements, the hamfest now offers two VE testing sessions, Friday evening and Saturday. You must pre-register for the Friday test session to be guaranteed a seat. Email Ray Brown to reserve your seat for the Friday test session.

The Hamfest opens at 3 PM Friday afternoon and runs until 9 PM.  This Early Bird opening of the Hamfest features an old fashioned brat and burger cookout from 5 PM  to 7 PM. Refreshments are available, but sold separately.  Ane evening VE test session is offered, and there are prize drawings held througout the evening.

Saturday, the doors open at 8 AM, with prize drawings and forums throughout the day. On Saturday, the Exchange Club of Joplin has donuts, coffee, sandwiches, and refreshments available.

Drawings for door prizes are made throughout the event on Saturday.  All door prizes drawn (both days) can be claimed up to the end of the hamfest Saturday.  Drawing tickets must be presented to win all prizes!  If you leave, give your tickets to a trusted friend to claim your prizes for you.  The final prize drawings will be held just after NOON on Saturday.  Only the grand prize drawings will be repeated until someone claims them.

Commercial vendors are encouraged to download and submit their reservation form and return it with payment to insure they are guaranteed space. Pre-registration payment offers the advantage of getting your business listed in the flyer and on the website.

The list of vendors shown on the website includes links when provided. These vendors have come from all over the Middle West to participate and support our event. We encourage our attendees to patronize them.

HAMS are also encouraged to bring their families and spend the weekend discovering the rich history of the Ozark area playground located all around our town! Information and maps are available at the Hamfest about several area attractions and area events held Saturday. The Holiday Inn (next door) offers special room rates for hamfest attendees, which also includes breakfast!

Some of the attractions include the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, the Spiva Art MuseumRichardson’s Chocolate FactorySandStone Gardens, and the Joplin Museum Complex – where you can discover the colorful lead and zinc mining history of this area. The new Downstream Casino Resort located just minutes away.

For information about other things to do in the Joplin area, visit the Joplin Convention Visitors Bureau. Here you can obtain literature and discover more about Joplin and the surrounding area in the foothills of the Ozarks.

Plan to bring the family and have some fun!

More information:

Warrensburg Hamfest July 20th

Last year we moved from the Johnson County MO. fair grounds to the YES building, a larger building located in Warrensburg. We have been going through some growing pains but we are expanding and excited about this year. Tables are selling well for the last 5 years we have sold out. We addressed all the issues we had last year and feel we will have a great show this year.

Tables are a deal at $15.00 each. We have the building open the night before from 1900 to 2100 for early set up. At 2100 we lock the doors and the second set up time is at 0630 the morning of the event and doors open to the public at 0800. If you need a table contact me directly cell 660-864-1911

We have a great (Improved) breakfast for a nominal fee that is provided by the (Youth Excited about Sports) Organization. All funds they make go to support their activities.

There will be a testing session for all classes, Walk-ins are welcome but a little heads up you are coming would be nice. The Hams in Space guys will be there to put on a demo and provide a forum, I have participated in the past, these guys know what they are doing and are a lot of fun and full of good info.

We are well attended seeing 400 to 600 hams a year. We put on several Tech classes each year and have several new hams in the area looking for new and used equipment.

I hope to see you there. If you have any particular questions or concerns I will be happy to answer them directly.

July 20 — mark your calendar — BE THERE!


Keith Raihala N0VJ,

Thanks for the GREAT picnic!

We could not have asked for a nicer day for our annual ARES picnic at KDØCNC’s place today.  Sunny skies, cool temperatures and great company!  It was good flying weather for the RC gliders, too.

The food was plentiful and tasty, and I ate more than my share!  Almost everyone ended up with some kind of giveaway, and the two rigs were raffled off to well-deserving new hams.

Rick KDØCNC and Sally KDØCND deserve lots of thanks for all the work they did to make the picnic a success.  Thanks also to the following contributors:

Newman’s Country Mart
Orschelin Farm and Home
Lucas Oil Speedway
Cable Xperts
MFJ Enterprises
Associated Radio
Wade’s Plumbing
Comet Antennas
and everyone who showed up and had a great time!

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ARES Picnic June 8, 2013

Benton County ARES will be holding our annual picnic on June 8th.  Location is KDØCNC’s QTH:

18877 Baptist Ridge Road
Warsaw, MO 65355

Talk-in on the 146.925 repeater.

Link to Google Map of location

Rick KDØCNC has obtained lots of door prizes and give-aways, and we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a Yaesu FT-1900 mobile rig and a Wouxun HT. Everyone usually ends up with some kind of goodie!

Contributors include:

The food, fun and fellowship are always a blast. It’s a great chance to meet the people we hear on the radio.

Rick has promised great weather, as usual. He will be grilling burgers and hotdogs. Bring a side dish or salad if you can.  A chair would be a good idea, too.