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


Don Somerville, KD9DHJ
mergency Coordinator
Hendricks County ARES

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March 28, 2023

1) 1)   The Indiana Section ARES HF Net is held on 7.272 +/- during the summer months, every Sunday at 5 PM EDT.  Net Manager is Jim Moehring, KB9WWM and he can be emailed at servo300@aol.com.

2) The Columbus Indiana Hamfest, sponsored by the Columbus Amateur Radio Club will be on April 1, 2023.  It will be at the Columbus North High School Cafeteria, located at 1400 25th St. in Columbus, Indiana.  Talk-in will be on the 146.790MHz repeater with a PL-Tone of 103.5 Hz. For more information contact Mike Idlewine, WE9MI, at idelwine@comcast.net or by phone at 812-521-6206 or go to http://carcnet.net

3)  The next Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS) meeting, will be on April 10, 2023.  It will be at the Hendricks County Government Building, located at 355 S. Washington, St. Starting at 7pm. The HCARS holds their meetings every second Monday of the month.

4) We are hosting an “Animal Issues in Disasters” class on April 12th 8-5 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.  I have attached a flyer and a registration form.  I suspect this will go on the Acadis site to be opened to the state this week, and they are limiting the class to 40, so if any of your HAM people are interested (I would like to see them represented), please have them send in the registration ASAP.  If anyone is interested, please contact Denise Derrer at 317-544-2414 or email her at
dderrer@boah.in.gov to request a registration form.

5) The next Hospital Simplex Net will be held on April 15th 2023 starting at 10:30am on 147.570MHz simplex.  Jake Stellmack, KI6PKV, will be the Net Control Operator located at the IU West Hospital.  These nets are used to check the performance and capability of our equipment with the net control operator as well as other amateur radio operators in and around Hendricks County.  All amateurs are encouraged to participate

The next Danville Community Amateur Radio Club (DCARC) meeting will be on April 19thstarting at 7pm, at the Hendricks County Senior Services Center, located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.  The Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday night of each month.

7) The North Central Indiana Hamfest, sponsored by the Cass, Grant, Miami, and Howard Counties, will be on April 29, 2023 at the Miami County 4-H Fairgrounds. Located at 1029 W. 200 North in Peru, Indiana.  Talk in will be on the 147.345MHz repeater.  The repeater has sub-audible tone of 131.8Hz.  For more information contact Mitch Miller W9DDX at mitchmiller55@gmail.com or by phone at 765-661-5893 or go to http:/NCIHamfest.com.

8) The Henry County Hamfest, sponsored by the Henry County ARC will be on April 29, 2023 at the New Castle Armory located at 1537 Grand Ave., in New Castle.  Talk-in will be on the 147.390MHz repeater with a PL-Tone of 127.3Hz.  For more information contact Steve Benson, KD9ILY, at kd9ily@gmail.com or by phone at 765-529-6727 or go to http://www.w9ob.org.

9) Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Brent Walls and my amateur radio callsign is N9BA. I am coordinating amateur radio communications support for the 2023 500 Festival Mini Marathon on Saturday May 6th

This is one of the most iconic mini marathons in the nation and I need your help getting the word out to potential volunteers in your club.  To fully support this event, we will need 70+ amateur radio operators. Amateur radio operators will be stationed at pit stops (medical and water), at mile markers, the finish line area and other strategic locations. 

Our primary mission is to provide communications support to the medical and logistical operations for overall public safety.  This is a great opportunity to showcase our capabilities to the 500 Festival, public safety partners and the general public.  I would like to ask you to share this opportunity with your ARES and encourage them to consider volunteering to support this event. 

All they need is a dual band (VHF/UHF) radio capable of operating up to 6 hours (extra batteries).  Most assignments will be handheld friendly as we will use local repeaters for most communications.  The operational period for all amateur radio operators begins at 06:30 and will be a staggered release no later than 12:30.  

Anyone interested in volunteering can use the link below to register as an amateur radio communicator for this event:  https://forms.office.com/r/jM35QxffzD  Anyone with questions can contact me directly by e-mail at bwalls5@outlook.com  and I will be glad to answer their questions.

There were no additional announcement made during the net.

The Southern Gateway Radio League C4FM digital “Fusion" net, normally held on the W9ZSK 147.255 repeater in Martinsville, Indiana will be moved to the W9ZSK 444.250 repeater on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8:30 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Time) to allow Wires-X users to access the net from beyond the repeater's regular coverage area. This will be a directed net and all participants are asked to pause between transmissions to allow Wires-X users to connect & disconnect. Wires-X users should connect to the N9AWU room #43978. Click HERE for more net details.

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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 145.130MHz

You must transmit an 88.5Hz sub-audible tone to access the repeater.

RACES and SkyWarn Nets are called as needed on 145.130MHz
A subaudible tone of 88.5 Hz is required for repeater access.

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.