Hendricks County (Indiana) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Ron Burke, KB9DJA
mergency Coordinator
Hendricks County ARES

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Ron Burke, KB9DJA, was nominated for the 2014 Technical Excellence Award given by the Indianapolis Radio Club Council (IRCC).   Click HERE for details

Ron Burke, KB9DJA, IRCC Outstanding Amateur of the Year award recipient for 2014. You can click HERE for a picture of the award presentation. Click HERE for a close-up image of the award. Congratulations Ron !

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December 3, 2019

1) The next W9HCA Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Simplex Net will be held on December 10th.  Bill Pfaffenberger, AE9R, will be the Net Control Operator (NCO), hosting on the simplex frequency of 147.570MHz. These Nets are to test the performance and capability of our radio equipment with a Net Control Operator as well as Amateur’s in and around Hendricks County.

Winter Ultra Marathon Requires Large Ham Radio Corps.  An unusual, winter public service event requires a large contingent of volunteer ham radio operators Dec. 28th. The Hoosier Ultra-Fast Fifty (HUFF) is a 50-kilometer (31-mile) ultra-marathon through the rolling, wooded trails of Chain O’ Lakes State Park near Albion in District 3 (Northeast Indiana).

Hundreds of people participate — as many as 960, according to race director Mitch Harper.  Covering the entire event requires ARES to fill 95 individual two-hour shifts. Although many operators volunteer for more than one two-hour shift, filling that schedule still requires a large staff of operators. ARES must rely on operators from outside the immediate area.

If you can drive to Chain O’ Lakes State Park in less than a couple hours, please consider volunteering, to help assure that ham radio operations are fully staffed and that HUFF runners remain safe. Contact district emergency coordinator Jim Moehring, KB9WWM at kb9wwm@arrl.net

Winter Field Day 2020, will be on Saturday January 25th and Sunday January 26th of 2020. Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparation and practice that is done each summer, but with some additional unique operational concerns. If you are interested in participating in Winter Field Day contact the Hendricks County ARES at kb9dja@gmail.com


 Winter Field Day 2020 will be held on January 25-26 in Danville at the Hendricks County Senior Services Center, 1201 Sycamore Ln. Setup at 12 noon on Saturday 25th. Operate your radio at 2 pm until 2 pm on Sunday 26th.  Bands of operation are: HF, VHF, and UHF except 12,17,30, and 60 meters. To register for this event, email us at w9hca2010@gmail.com. Rules for this event can be found at www.winterfieldday.com/rules. Registration deadline is January 17th.

 HCARS is looking for some help with their hamfest committee. If you would like to help, contact the club at hcars46122@gmail.com.

The various meetings and nets mentioned above are all training opportunities.  Please participate in as many as possible.


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Local  Events
Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society club meetings: 2nd Monday of each month. HC Government Center at 7:00pm

ARES Net is held every Tuesday at 7:30pm on 147.015 MHz

As of August 2019, you must transmit an 88.5Hz sub-audible tone to access the repeater.

RACES and SkyWarn Nets are called as needed - 147.165 MHz

Hospital Radio Nets are on 147.570 MHz simplex at 10:30am, the 3rd Saturday of each month, EXCEPT November and December.. All Hams are invited to participate.

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ARES Press Coverage
Flyer Group newspaper about the Feb 14th Brownsburg Hamfest. You can check it out in the printed version, or click HERE for the on-line version.
American Legion magazine, March edition page 32. You can access the article by ckicking HERE.