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

Ron Burke, KB9DJA
mergency Coordinator
Hendricks County ARES

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March 19, 2019


1)  The National Weather Service Indianapolis Office, will be conducting its annual Severe Weather Spotters training on Saturday, March 23rd, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Hendricks County Government Center, 355 S. Washington St. in Danville.We will be using the north conference rooms off of the rotunda. 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 of severe weather in our area, plus any updated information and reporting requirements. Spotter safety is always a major part of the program.

Whether you are a seasoned severe weather spotter or a novice, this training should not be missed.  Pre-registration is NOT required.

2)  The March 23rd (OPSF) Owen-Putnam State Forest 50/50 run has been described as the "toughest 50 mile, 50 Kilometer or 14 mile run in Indiana" with over a 6500 foot elevation gain over 50 miles. It runs through beautiful and rugged Owen-Putnam State Forest and there will be mud! Last year it was completed during the second worst one day snow total for that date in March! 

Over the years amateur radio has played an important role assisting the organizers by relaying runner check ins to the Start Finish line and Aid Stations. Also reporting any Aid Station needs, such as low supplies, runner assistance (injury and/or runner dropping or changing race selection, such as 50 K to 50 M) and any other critical information. 

The race creates a sense of camaraderie between runners who face the challenge and the runners appreciate our presence. The participants are among the most positive people with whom I have had the pleasure of being involved. This makes for a great day!

For more information about the event, or to sign up, contact Jim Baughn, K9EOH, home phone 812-828 9086, cell phone 812-585 1385 or e-mail k9eoh@arrl.net.

3)  Mike Alley, W9MSK, of the Hamilton County Amateur Radio Group is requesting help from anyone to provide amateur radio assistance at the water stops for this year’s race. The race is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, 2019.  This year’s race has several elite runners participating as it will  allow them to qualify for the 2020 Olympics!  Race officials are anticipating more spectators and a continual growth of runners in this nationally recognized event.  Complete event information can be found at https://www.carmelmarathon.com/event-information

There will be 17 water stops to cover, and assignments can be made based upon when and for how long you are available.  We will be using the Hamilton County RACES/ARES repeaters, so all that is needed is an HT, maybe a second battery, and your personal supplies for the day.  First stations will need to be staffed at 6:50am with the last station being released at 1:15pm. This schedule will us to accommodate early risers and those that want to assist during the day. Please note my email change - mikealley.w9msk@gmail.com, and you can also reach me at w9msk@arrl.net.  If you reply to this email or send to my earthlink.net address, you may get caught up in my spam folder, which is why I am trying to migrate over to Gmail.

4)  The next Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Simplex Net will be on April 9th. It will be hosted by Ken Kayler, KC9SQD, on 147.570MHZ (simplex). The Net will start right after the scheduled Hendricks County ARES Weekly Net at 8pm, on. This Net is to check the capability and performance of our radio’s with a Net Control Station as well as other Hams in and around Hendricks County, during an Emergency and/or Disaster.

5) The next Hendricks County ARES Hospital Net, will be on April 20th.  The Net will start at 10:30am with John Farmer, N9CQ, hosting from Hendricks Regional Health Hospital. He will be using 147.570MHz simplex. This Net is to check the capability and performance of our radios with a Net Control Station as well as other Hams in and around Hendricks County, during an Emergency and/or Disaster.  The Net does not take long, so please join us during this important exercise.

6)  There is a growing movement in amateur radio called “Packet Radio”.  The group that is currently operating in this binary digital mode are on 2-meter VHF 145.050MHz. Starting in the current  issue of The Ham-er, there are a couple of news articles about what is packet, and how you can put together a packet amateur radio station and get in on the fun in this binary digital mode of amateur radio.  The Ham-er is available at http://hendricksares.org/docs/hamer/hamer_apr_2019.pdf.




 There were no additional over-the-air announcements this week.

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

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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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.