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

Ron Burke, KB9DJA
mergency Coordinator
Hendricks County ARES

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March 13, 2018

* Correction on item #3 *
  SKYWARN Nets will be on the 147.165MHz repeater

1)  Hendricks County ARES is looking for Amateur Radio volunteers who would like to be trained in Emergency Radio Communications.  These trained operators will be used to operate either the Hospital Radio equipment or any field work using amateur radio in Hendricks County during an emergency or disaster. If you are a licensed  Amateur Radio Operator and would like join us in providing Emergency Radio Communications, email Ron Burke, KB9DJA, at KB9DJA@gmail.com.


2) In the event that Severe Weather comes into Hendricks County, you will need to monitor the SKYWARN Nets which will be on the 147.165MHz repeater. You are also asked to report any signs of severe weather activity on the net.


3) March 18th thru March 24th is Severe Weather and Flooding Week. Tests of tornado sirens will occur at various times during that week. A SKYWARN Net will be activated on March 20th at 10:15am on the 147.165MHz repeater.


4) The next Hendricks County ARES Hospital Net will be on Saturday morning, March 17th.  Jason Jackson, N9IMU, will be hosting from Hendricks Regional Health Hospital and John Farmer, N9CQ, will be hosting from IU Health West Hospital. The net starts at 10:30am. This net will be on the 147.015MHz repeater. This is one of the first frequency-shifting hospital nets.  This change will allow more amateurs to participate in the net.  All Amateurs are encouraged to check-in.


5) The next Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Simplex Net will be on March 20, 2018.  Bill Pfaffenberger, AE9R, will be hosting on the simplex frequency of 145.555MHz - 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.


6) The 35th Annual Columbus Hamfest, sponsored by the Columbus Amateur Radio Club, will be on April 7, 2018 from 8am to Noon. It will be held at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Community Building, located at 750 W County Road 200 S. in Columbus, IN.  Setup is from 6 to 8pm Friday April 6th and 6am on Saturday Morning April 7th . Talk-in will be on the 146.790 MHz with a sub-audible tone of 103.5 Hz. For more information and or registration, contact Matthew Bruner, KC9BWO, at 812-375-4860 or at kc9bwo@att.net.


7)  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.


8)  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. 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.



  Bob Burns, W9BU, reminded everyone that next week, March 18th thru March 24th, is Severe Weather Preparedness week. On Tuesday morning, March 20th, at 10:15am there will be a Skywarn Test Net on the Hendricks County 147.165 MHZ Repeater. There will only be a Morning Net this year.



  Ron Burke, KB9DJA, reminded everyone that this Month’s Hospital Net will be this coming Saturday morning, March 17th on the 147.015 N9HC Repeater. This is one of the first frequency-switching nets. The purpose of these nets is to bring in more check-ins from hams in and around Hendricks County.



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.