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

Ron Burke, KB9DJA
mergency Coordinator
Hendricks County ARES

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November 13, 2018

1) This first item is for HF operators only.  If you don’t operate HF, you can jump to item #2 below. 

The level of geomagnetic activity has an adverse effect, depressing the maximum usable frequencies.  The higher the level of activity as reflected in higher Ap and Kp indices, the greater the depression of the MUFs.  The actual amount of depression will depend not only on the severity of the storm, but also its duration.  For best conditions, the solar flux should remain above about 150 for a few days with the K index below 2.  

When these conditions have been met, check out the bands and expect some good DX.  Finally, for the rest of this item to make sense, suffice it to say we HF operators would like to see an A index of 4 or below.  

At 2244 UTC on November 7, the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning due to a co-rotating interaction region ahead of a coronal hole high speed solar wind stream on November 9-10. 

Although the official net news had a very detailed prediction of solar activity through December, I will say neither the A index or Solar Flux Index give me too much to be excited about.  In fact the first week of December might be a good time to do your Christmas shopping. 

However, my recent experience is that even with the unsettled atmospheric conditions you can still work DX.  You just have to listen more and be ready to pounce when it comes through.  For more on HSS and CIR, check out  https://bit.ly/2Jw3syV.

2)  The Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Net will not run on December 25, 2018 due to it being Christmas Day, and January 1, 2019 due to New Year’s Day.  The net will return on Tuesday January 8, 2019 at its normal time.

3)  The Fort Wayne Hamfest & Computer Expo. Sponsored by the Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society, will be on Saturday November 17th  and Sunday November 18th.  The location will be the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum at 4000 Parnell, Avenue in Fort Wayne. Talk-in will be on 146.880MHz repeater with no Pl. Contact ACARTS Fort Wayne W9INX at 260-579-2196 or email chairman@fortwaynehamfest.com for more information.

4)  The next Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Simplex Net, hosted by Jay Wright, KK9L, will be on November 20, 2018, on the frequency of 145.555MHz Simplex. Starting right after the regular Hendricks County ARES scheduled Weekly Net.  If anyone is interested in helping out in running a Simplex Net please contact Ken Kayler, KC9SQD, at kakayler64@hotmail.com for details.

5)  The IU Health West Hospital, in Avon, has moved their Emergency Command Room to accommodate the new HCARES ham radio base station during their remodeling of the hospital. The new Emergency Command Room will be able to handle not only voice but digital packet radio as well. Plans for the Packet Station will begin soon and it is anticipated to be in operation sometime next year. The Hendricks County ARES Monthly Hospital will return on January 19, 2019.



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

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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

Weak signals can get into the repeater better when transmitting a 123.0 Hz tone.  However, a tone is NOT required.

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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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.