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

Ron Burke, KB9DJA
mergency Coordinator
Hendricks County ARES

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February 12, 2019


1) The next Hendricks County ARES Hospital Net, will be on February 16th.  The Net will start at 10:30am with Jake Stellmack, KI6PKV, 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.

2)  The next Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Simplex Net will be hosted by Don Somerville, KD9DHJ, on February 19th. Don will be using 147.570MHZ simplex.  The Net will start at 8:00pm - right after the scheduled Hendricks County ARES Weekly Net.

3)  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 next quarterly issue of The Ham-er, there will be 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 should be out to all HCARES members by the end of the month.

4)  The Annual Hendricks County Health POD exercise is March 7th from 9am to 11am. Hams for both hospitals will be activated as well as those hams at the county health department. The exercise participants are the different county agencies, hospitals, and the county health to practice their skills in a disaster.

HCARES will be operating the medical amateur radio stations in the county. If you would like to help us and be a part in this exercise, you need a valid amateur radio license, and have NIMS 100, and 700 certificates. If you have the above mentioned requirements, contact the Hendricks County EC Ron Burke, KB9DJA, at kb9dja@gmail.com before February 23rd.

5)  The 2019 Ham Radio Training Class, sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society, began on January 30, 2019 and will be every Wednesday night thru March 13, 2019, from 7pm till 9pm.  Testing being on March 13th. Classes are held at the Hendricks County Senior Services Building, located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.

6)  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, IN.

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.

7) Jim Baughn, K9EOH, is looking for twenty-one radio amateurs to assist with the Owen-Putnam State Forest 50/50 on Saturday March 23, 2019 The Owen-Putnam State Forest (OPSF) 50/50 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 or to sign up contact Jim Baughn, K9EOH, home phone 812 828-9086, cell phone 812 585-1385 or send message via e-mail to k9eoh@arrl.net.

8) 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 in 2019.




 The HCARS (Hendricks County Radio Society) board and Hamfest Committee wishes to thank everyone who attended our Hamfest Saturday (2/9/19).  Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the big Hall at the County Fairgrounds. Next year, 2020 hamfest date is: Saturday February 8th.

  The HCARES (Hendricks County Amateur Radio Emergency Service) team would like to express our "thanks" to our ARRL Indiana Section Manager Jimmy Merry, KC9RPX, SEC Jim Moehring, KB9WWM, and Assistant Central Division Director Brent Walls, N9BA for being a part of the Hendricks County Hamfest.

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.