May ARES meeting to be held at Truman Dam Visitor Center

The May 9th meeting will be held at the Truman Dam Visitor Center, which is just east of the dam on the Dam Access Road.  The meeting starts at 9am.

Atop Kaysinger Bluff, with a spectacular view of Truman Lake, the Visitor’s Center offers a wide variety of exhibits. From reproductions of archeological fossils found in the area, to paintings of Mastodons, and a timeline showing the exploration and settlement of the Osage River Valley. The Center’s observation deck gives visitors the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the dam and portions of the lake.

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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

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.

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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.

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ARES Nets to be held once a month

Effective immediately, both the Benton and St. Clair county ARES nets will be held once a month.  Benton County ARES will be at 7pm on the first Sunday of the month.  St Clair County ARES will be at 7pm on the first Monday of the month.

We’ll try this for the busy summer months, and re-evaluate this fall.

We could really use some volunteers to call the net.  It’s not tough and it’s great experience.

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 www.easynetwarsaw.com.