Happy Holidays from the BC ARES! (A.K.A. December ARES meeting!)

Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here!

WOW! Our December meeting was absolutely packed with some of the most wonderful topics and surprises!

First, the business topics. We had more members attend our meeting this month! Thank you to the following people: KE0LMY, W0YGH, W9LBG, KA0DXU, N0PCT, KD0CNC, KD0CND, KR0UT, KY0O, W0YQG, WA5ICX, W5RNX, KE0EJZ, KD0AFI, KD0AFJ, and KE0LMZ. We discussed the introduction letters and tri-fold pamphlets we will be using to reach out to amateur radio operators in the area to make them aware of our presence. Copies of both were shown to the BC ARES members. We covered the people whose FEMA certifications are on file and encouraged our members to update their training and make sure I have a copy of those certifications. We discussed the weekly ARES nets, taking volunteers to run them. Members who had not updated their ARES paperwork for me did so. Members were also asked to sign photo release forms so pictures taken for the purpose of ARES can be used in a variety of places. We discussed the (Getting Comfortable Speaking on the Radio) training for the Region A Healthcare net which I am working on with W0YGH.

Next, the fun stuff! I previously posted the article which will be submitted to the ARRL about “Kelly’s Surprise” and would love for everyone to read it when they have a moment. Our goal was to pull together as a group and buy Kelly the radio, antenna, coax and other things she needed to start working the HF bands. She is our visually impaired ham who may not have had this opportunity otherwise. It was the group’s pleasure to help a fellow ham and Kelly was moved to tears by the gesture! KE0LMZ and I were also hard at work for the last month on personalized BC ARES t-shirts and callsign plaques for our members! We only had three gifts whose owners were unable to make the meeting. We had a full spread of food, including four different types of homemade muffins, two different kinds of cookies, candy, candy canes, pudding, veggies, and the EVER-IMPORTANT donuts! Can’t have a BC ARES meeting without the donuts!

Finally, we set some of the topics for January’s meeting. We will hold our first Tabletop exercise of 2018 at the January meeting. The team assisting me with putting that together are W0YGH, N0PCT, W9LBG, and KD0AFI. I am hoping I will receive more FEMA certificates from members who wish to keep their training up to date. Polo shirt information will be provided. We will set up our “Phone Tree”. As more topics are added, I will update this information.

Author: Samantha Henley

I serve as the Deputy Director of the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Emergency Coordinator for the BC ARES. I have completed FEMA's IS-100b, IS-120, 200b, IS-230, IS-317, 700a, and 800b. I have also completed the ARRL EC-001 course and Tactical Storm Spotter training. I manage the website (bcmoem.com) and Facebook page for the Benton County Emergency Management Agency and for the BC ARES (bentoncountyares.org) and I serve as the net control for the Region A Healthcare monthly net and the BC ARES weekly net (on occasion). I obtained my General Class License (KEØLMY) in October 2017. You can learn more about me at AirSho and QRZ!