October 18, 2016
1) Though Hurricane Matthew is history, it’s important to note that during and after such storms, hams should be aware of nets responding to the emergency. Nets went up in Cuba and around the hurricane zone on 80, 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters. Frequencies were posted on our Facebook page and other sites. If emergency nets go up, do not interfere with those frequencies, and do not check in unless you genuinely have something of importance to contribute.
2) Our next monthly simplex net will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8th. Bill, AE9R, will be net control on 145.555 MHz. These simplex nets are an important part of training. They let you test your radio and antenna system on a simplex frequency with the NCO station and other hams around the county. Be sure to participate each month through April. If you would like to volunteer to be the NCO for a simplex net, contact Ken at email@example.com. He can give you all the details and reserve a date for you.
3) The next hospital simplex net will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 20th. The frequency of this simplex net will be 147.570. Mark your calendar and make plans to participate. The last hospital net for the year will be the third Thursday of November, the 17th.
4) The next hamfest in the area is a tailgater in Shelbyville, on Saturday, October 22nd. Check the hamfest link on this website for more details.
5) The fall new-member orientation program is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th. E-mailed invitations will be going out shortly to those who have joined since the last orientation. Please RSVP for this important training program for new ARES members.
6) If you are looking for experience in emergency communications, consider helping with one of the many public service events coming up this fall. Go to indyhams.org and click on Events for some good options.
7) You can still go training.fema.gov/is, and earn the National Incident Management System certifications that you do not already hold. To be deployed by local government agencies, you must have certificates for 100b, 200b, 700a and 800b.
• Tom, WA9YI, said the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS) will be operating in the ARRL November Sweepstakes. Stations will be set up at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds grandstands. The contest covers SSB operations on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. If you don't have your own HF station, join HCARS and get on the air. More detail will be posted as the event time nears. Click HERE for info from ARRL.
• Tom, KB9RBB, urged the net to attend the Shelbyville Tailgate hamfest (see item 4 above to find link to more info).
• Reminder from 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, so be on the lookout.
The fall new-member orientation program is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th. E-mailed invitations will be going out shortly to those who have joined since the last orientation. Please RSVP for this important training program for new ARES members.
Oct 20th : Hospital Simplex Net on 147.570 MHz at 09:30.
Oct 22nd : Tailgater in Shelbyville- #4 above in E-Net News
Oct 29th : ARES New-Member Orientation program. Details will be in e-mailed invitations.
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