Weekly nets

Don’t forget to check into the weekly nets:

Benton County:     146.925 – PL 107.2 7 pm Sunday
Sedalia Pettis Co.: 147.030 – PL 179.9 8 pm Sunday
Warrensburg: 146.880 – PL 107.2 8:30 pm Sunday
Polk County: 147.060 + PL 107.2 7 pm Monday

Missouri Emergency Services Net: Daily 3963 kHz LSB

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

December ARES Meeting

The December meeting of the Benton County ARES group will be held Saturday, December 12th at 9AM CST.  Location is the Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance District office at 1206 Medic Drive in Warsaw.  This is on the east frontage road to Highway 65, just south of the Highway 7 junction.

We will be doing ARRL VEC testing.  If you are ready to get or upgrade your license, be sure to bring 3 forms of ID, including something with your current mailing address (like a utility bill).

KDØCNC will be talking about HF digital comms using Winmor.

New Amateurs in Benton County!

The Benton County ARES group just completed a two day training class in Warsaw. Rick Wade KDØCNC coordinated the event, Steve Pierce WA5ICX and Rick Harkins WØYGH were the instructors, and Bob Davisson KA4BOB and Mike Schley KBØLW assisted with testing. Sincere thanks to the Hamclass.org group for the use of their training materials.

We’re proud to announce that we have seven new Technician Class licensees:

Donnie Morehead   KE0FNG
Mitchell Ransdell   KE0FNH
Linda Viebrock   KE0FNI
Barry Pabst   KE0FNJ
Ruth Sell   KE0FNK
Nathan Burton   KE0FNL
Tamara Lawler   KE0FNM

Congratulations to all!

Amateur Radio licensing class planned

The Benton County ARES group is currently looking for prospective hams in the Warsaw area.  We are planning a two day licensing class that will include testing for the Technician Class amateur radio license.

The class will run on two consecutive Saturdays from 8am to 4pm.  An exact date and location will be announced when we have a minimum number of participants.

The class will cover basic electronics, radio propagation, electrical safety, FCC regulations, and operating procedures.  Morse code is NOT required for any class of license, but it is still widely used by amateur radio operators.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please click on the ‘Contact Us’ button at the top of this page and let us know how to reach you.  Someone will be in touch.

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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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.

Visitor Center