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 12, 2017


1) Due to the observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, there will not be a Hendricks County ARES Net on Tuesday December 26, 2017 or Tuesday January 2, 2018. The Hendricks County ARES nets will resume on Tuesday January 9, 2018.

2) The next Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Simplex Net will be on January 16, 2018. Vern Madden, KD9HEV, will be hosting on the Simplex Frequency of 147.570 MHz at 8pm, right after the scheduled ARES Weekly Tuesday Night Net. These Nets are to check the performance and capability of our radios on a simplex frequency during an emergency or disaster, with a Net Controller and Hams in and around Hendricks County. All Amateurs are encouraged to participate by checking in to the Net.

3) Due to the holidays, the monthly hospital nets have been cancelled for the rest of the year. The next Hendricks County ARES Hospital Simplex Net will be on Saturday January 20, 2018. Ken Kayler, KC9SQD, will be hosting from Hendricks Regional Health Hospital, and Richard Dorsey, KD9ECJ, will be hosting from IU Health West Hospital. This Net starts at 10:30am. The net will be on a simplex frequency of 147.570MHz. All Amateurs are encouraged to participate.

The Brownsburg (Hendricks County Hamfest), sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS), will be on February 24, 2018. It will be at the Brownsburg American Legion Post 331, located at 636 E. Main Street. Vendor setup will be from 8am-9am the morning of the event. Doors open to the public at 9am. The event will run until 2pm. The ARRL Central Division Director - Kermit Carlson, W9XA, will be at the ARRL Central Division booth.

5) The next Hendricks County ARES membership meeting will be on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. It will be at the Hendricks County Seniors Services Center, located at 1201 Sycamore Ln. in Danville - just North of the Hendricks Regional Health Hospital. These meetings have been changed from monthly to a quarterly (3 Month) schedule. All Hendricks County ARES member, and any other interested Amateurs is encouraged to attend.

6) If you are looking for experience in emergency communications, consider helping with one of the public service events in the area. Go to http://www.indyhams.org. Look on the left side of the page, under the heading called Upcoming Events, to find some good choices.

7It’s always available: go to http://www.training.fema.gov/is, and earn the National Incident Management certifications that you do not already hold. To participate in all types of incidents, you will need IS-100b, IS-200b, IS-700a and IS-800b. These courses are a vital part of the Hendricks County ARES training.




Ron Burke, KB9DJA, announced that the HCARS sponsored ham license classes will begin on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and will run thru March 21,2018.  Technician, General and Extra Class license training will be covered.  The Wednesday classes start at 7pm and go to 9pm. Classes will be at the Senior Services Center in Danville.  Get the latest information at http://hcars.org.


For the benefit of new hams, Ron explained what happens at a hamfest. He said it is a flea market where an individual can buy, sell or trade radio equipment, electronic components, computer hardware and software, as well as items not in any of these categories.  Commercial vendors are also there to sell their wares.  A good place to experience a hamfest close to home will be the Hendricks County Hamfest in Brownsburg on February 24, 2018.

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.