January 10, 2017
1) The next Hendricks County monthly simplex net will be on January 10, 2017 starting at 8pm. Bill Pfaffenberger, AE9R, will be net control on 147.570 megahertz. These simplex nets are an important part of training. They let you test your radio and antenna system on a simplex frequency with the Net Control Operator other hams around the county. Be sure to participate each month through April. (Update: the NCO said 12 stations checked into the net).
2) The next monthly Hospital Simplex Net will be on Saturday January 21, 2017 starting at 10:30am, with Ken Kayler, KC9SQD, hosting from Hendricks Regional Health Hospital. Richard Dorsey, KD9ECJ, will be hosting from IU West Hospital. The day for the nets was change is in hopes of bringing in more check-ins than in the past. These monthly simplex nets are on 147.570 megahertz. These nets are to check the performance and capability of our radios on a simplex frequency with hams in and around Hendricks County. This information will be of great value when called upon to provide communications during an emergency or disaster.
3) The Brownsburg Hamfest, sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society, will be on February 18, 2017 at the Brownsburg American Legion Post 331. The legion is located at 636 East Main St. in Brownsburg. Setup will be on Friday February 17th from 3pm to 7:30pm, and Saturday morning February 18th from 6am to 7am. The event is open to the public from 7am until 2pm. Admission is $5 at the door. There will be door prizes and a grand prize for attendees. Talk-in will be on the 147.015MHz, N9HC, repeater. The ARRL Central Indiana Division Coordinator, Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, and ARRL Indiana Section Emergency Coordinator, Tony Stokes, KU9V, will have a booth at the hamfest this year. You can contact the new Hamfest Coordinator, Bruce Jones, KD9AGH, at email@example.com or check the hamfest link at www.hendricksares.org for more details.
4) If you are looking for experience in emergency communications, consider helping with one of the public service events during the year. Go to www.indyhams.org and click on Events for some good options.
5) Emergency Training is always available; go to www.training.fema.gov/is, and earn the National Incident Management certifications that you do not already hold: 100b. 200b, 700a, and 800b. These courses are a vital part of the Hendricks County ARES training.
6) The National Weather Service Indianapolis office will be conducting annual Severe Weather Spotter training on Saturday, March 4th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the north conference rooms off the rotunda in the Hendricks County Government Center, 355 S. Washington St. in Danville, IN. Please enter through the northwest door and follow the signs. The program will be presented by one of the meteorologists from NWS Indianapolis. The training is free and open to the public, but public safety, first responders, and amateur radio operators are especially encouraged to attend. The program is updated with the most recent photos and videos, plus any updated information and reporting requirements. Spotter safety is always a major part of the program. Pre-registration is NOT required.
7) Harold Davis, K9PZ, has been in St. Vincent Hospital, on 86th street, for the past week with serious health issues. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
• Bob, W9BU, had an announcement immediately after the net started. He advised that the National Weather Service (NWS) had just issued a Severe Weather Advisory for Hendricks County. It was quickly moving east and was expected to be in the county for just a few minutes. (Note: several of the ARES stations were operating in portable mode at the start of the net. I had just connected my outside antenna to my radio when a flash of lightning lit up the night sky. I quickly switched to my handy HT for net check-in. The storm passed in about five minutes and things got back to normal - (AA9EG).
• Reminder from Wayne, AC9HP, regarding the ARES digital net. If you need help setting up your HF equipment ahead of time, please contact Wayne at AC9HP@arrl.net for assistance. We will use different modes each month, starting with PSK then moving to other digital modes like Olivia MKS63. We will also experiment with RMS Express and WinMor. Specific dates and times will be announced on the facebook page, the hendricksares.org website, and in future weekly ARES nets, so be on the lookout.
Saturday, March 4th: The National Weather annual Severe Weather Spotter training from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. See item #6 above.
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