March 28, 2017
1) The next Hendricks County monthly simplex net of the season will be on April 11th, starting at 8pm. Wayne Michael, AC9HP, will be net control on 147.570MHz. 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 and other hams in and around the county. Be sure to participate in this last net.
2) The next monthly Hospital Simplex Net will be on Saturday April 15th, starting at 10:30am, with Wayne Fox, AE9P, hosting from Hendricks Regional Health Hospital. Rick Dorsey, KD9ECT, will be hosting from IU West Health Hospital. These monthly simplex nets are on 147.570MHz. The nets are used 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 34th annual Columbus Indiana Hamfest sponsored by the Columbus Amateur Radio Club will be on April 1st from 8am until noon. It will be at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds located at 750 W. Co. Rd. 200 S. in Columbus, IN. Setup will be on Friday March 31st from 7 pm until 9 pm and Saturday morning at 6 am. General admission will be $5 at the door. Talk-in will be on the 146.790MHz, with a PL-Tone of 103.5Hz. For registration and other information contact Matthew Burner, KC9BWO, at 812-375-4860 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) The 8th annual North Central Indiana Hamfest, sponsored by Cass County, Miami County, Grant County and the Kokomo Amateur Radio Clubs, will be on April 22nd from 8am until 1pm at the Miami County 4H Fairgrounds. Fairgrounds location is Co. Rd. 1029 W. and Co. Rd. 200 N. in Peru. Talk-in will be on the 147.345MHz repeater. General admission will be $5 at the door. For more information contact Steve Shepler, WA9RVM, at 765-661-5260 or at email@example.com.
5) 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 and click on EVENTS for some good options.
6) It’s always available: go to http://www.training.fema.gov/is, and earn the National Incident Management certifications that you do not
already hold: IS-100b, IS-200b, IS-700a and IS-800b. These courses are a vital part of the Hendricks County ARES training.
7) April's HCARES membership meeting will be on April 19th, led by Gordon Cotton, KD0EWM, along with Rick Burdan, WB9DPN, showing us how to build antennas using some antenna measuring equipment. This class will be at the Senior Services Center, 1201 Sycamore Ln. In Danville. The meeting will start at 7pm.
8) Attention all Hendricks County ARES members that have not had your photo taken for your new ARES ID card. Please contact Wayne Michael, AC9HP, at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to make arrangements for a photo shoot. Up-to-date photos are needed for the newly designed ARES ID card.
9) Every third Thursday of the month, the Indiana Elmer Network (IEN), will hold an Amateur Radio testing session at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. The facility is located at 7251 West McCarty Street in Indianapolis. Testing starts at 6pm and the cost is FREE. Please bring a photo ID and have your FCC FRN number.
• Verne Madden, KD9HEV, announced a Net Control seminar on April 8th from 1 to 3pm at the Senior Services Center located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.
• Gary Paschke, AB9SS, announced that the Ham license classes, sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Society, are in session every Friday night from 7 pm to 9 pm. The classes run to the middle of April. Even though this round is half over, anyone interested in studying or upgrading for their Technician, General, or Extra Class license exam can still attend to pick up some knowledge that will be useful for the next round of classes.
• Ken Kayler, KC9SQD, announced the Win-Link class to be held on April 15th at the Senior Services Center. Bob Burns, W9BU, will be hosting the class from 1 to 3pm.
• 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.
• April 8th, Saturday: Net Control Operator class at Senior Services Center from 1 to 3 pm
• April 11th,Tuesday: Monthly simplex net - #1 above
• April 15th, Saturday:
Bob, W9BU, will be hosting a class on Win-Link at the Senior Services Center from 1 to 3 pm
• April 19th, Wednesday: HCARES membership meeting - See #7 above
• April 22nd, Saturday: NVIS Test - details to follow
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