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                                             JANUARY 2018

                                     MISSOURI SECTION NEWS

                                          Cecil Higgins, AC0HA

          The New Year is now well underway and I will be doing all I can to make it a great 2018 for Amateur Radio in the Missouri Section.  I will be at a table at the St. Louis Suburban Radio Club Winterfest in Collinsville, IL January 27, 2018 and I am looking forward to visiting with Hams from the St. Louis area and others that will be attending.

          It was great to read an article by Randy Schulze, KD0HKD, in the January Midwest Division ARRL newsletter. Randy is the President of the Raytown ARC and this article is a guide for Radio Club leadership to promote interest and participation within an Amateur Radio Club. The article is titled:  How to Motivate Your Club Members. The link to read this article is  I would appreciate hearing from other Missouri Section Amateur Radio Club leaders how will share their ideas about how they stimulate greater excitement and activities in their clubs.  I would be glad to pass these suggestions on to the membership in the MO Section News.

                                       JANUARY 2018 HAMFEST

           The St. Louis Suburban Radio Club Winterfest will be held at the Gateway Center 1 Gateway Drive in Collinsville, IL 62234 on January 27, 2018. Winterfest, the largest Hamfest in the area, is returning to the main ball room for 2018.  The Forums will include "DC Power Technologies, Distribution, Batteries, and Solar" by Mark Siegesmund W9WMR, and West Mountain Radio program, titled "Getting On The Air" by Emmett Hohensee From RadioWavz  Those interested can learn more about the Winterfest and order their discounted Tickets on line at the SLSRC website: .  The contact person for Winterfest 2018 is  Rebecca Carroll , KC9CIJ, 331 North New Ballas Road Box 410035 St. Louis, MO 63141 Phone: 314-496-7271 or Email:      Talk-In: 146.970 (PL 141.3)

          The Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society, the St. Louis Suburban Radio Club, and the many who knew him were saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Duerbusch, K0BX.  Joe was one of several great RTTY contesters in the St. Louis area He was also a member of the Mississippi Valley DX/Contest Club.  He was on the Top Honor Roll mixed, The Honor Roll RTTY, and 5 Band WAS.  He was in the top 10 RTTY operators in the Midwest Division for many years. Joe’s enthusiasm for life and Amateur Radio was contagious and he was a fixture of almost every Hamfest in the St. Louis Area. He will be greatly missed.

          The Central Missouri Radio Club reported on the results of the Boone County ARES group’s 2017 Simulated Emergency Test. This year (2017) BCARES, in conjunction with the Boone County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), held the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 28 from 10:00 -12:00. NCS was operated from the new Boone County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) inside the Joint Communications Center (911-dispatch). This was their first full exercise of our facility at the ECC, and it went very well, although not without one issue that was easily resolved.

          Their two main objectives for this SET was (1) to confirm that we could cover all 29 Points across our 650 Square mile county (see Map page 3) with our amateur repeater coverage, and (2) to determine how much of the county could we cover on a Simplex frequency contacting ECC from these 29 points.

          Twenty-one amateur radio operators participated in the exercise with 15 of these operating from 13 mobiles to cover all 29 points in two hours. Three monitors operated from fixed stations to receive reports from the mobiles. One of these operated from the Boone County Hospital radio room, one was fixed in the neighboring county (Callaway), and the third operated from his home station. Three operators manned three radios at the ECC running three simultaneous nets. Our directed nets operated on the 146.76MHz repeater, the , 444.175MHz repeater, and on 146.505MHz simplex.

          The Lebanon Amateur Radio Club has been quite active and will be continuing to be in 2018.  David Boucher, KD0PLS is the LARC ARES Net Manager again this year and Gary Wescom, N0GW reported that the LARC 440 repeater is again operating.  At the LARC Christmas meeting and Gift/Exchange, they set a limit of 50 lbs for the gifts and they must be radio or electrical related. In April 2018, the LARC members will get together with the Rolla Ham Club at the Oceans Buffet in St. Roberts, MO. Bill Wheeler, K0DEW and Gary Wescom, N0GW, are looking into having the Midwest Division Amateur Radio Convention in Lebanon in the future.  The past Division Convention in Lebanon was excellent and the ARRL would like to see another.


                             JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.                                                  

     I am very proud to announce that the Missouri ARES program has volunteered 32,404 Hours and 3,141 events that involved Training, Drills, Public Service activities, Emergency Hours and the Skywarn efforts in 2017.   Jeff Young, KB3HF, MO SEC.



Total  # ARES Members                 1271

Number of Drills, Testing, Etc.       193

Number of Ham Hours                 1698.97

Number of Public Service Events    14

Number of Ham Hours                    13.5

Number of Emergency Operations   1

Number of Ham hours Emer. Op.     8

Number of Skywarn Ops this month  11

Number of Skywarn Hours             183

Total ARES Operations this month   219

Total Ham Hours                              1903.47

9 out of 9 districts reporting



                 LARRY WILSON, K0RWL, STM

MO SECTION Net (MON), 23/111/13, net mngr K9ZTV

M0 TRAFFIC NET, 31/1436/210 /, net mngr K0RWL

MESN,5/182/0, net mngr KE0LMY

LEBANON ARES, 4/40/4, net mngr KF4MXF

CALLAWAY (CARL) CO, 4/78/0/, net mngr KC0LYA

BOONE (CMRA) CO, 4/61/0, net mngr KC0HSB

JACKSON CO, 5 /86/0, net mngr K0UAA

MACON CO, 4/52/0, net mngr K0KY

ROLLA (RRARS), 31/309/6, net mngr KE0ARR

TEXAS CO, 31/514/28, net mngr N0TPE

K. C. ARES DIGITAL, 3/38/10 net mngr K0KEX

FRANKLIN CO, 5/35/0, net mngr AD0OI

NORTHLAND ARES VOICE, 3/65/1, net mngr K0KEX

TRI-COUNTY, 4/30/0, net mngr N0AUY

DISTRICT E, 8/39/1, net mngr N0RIC

HANNIBAL ARES, 5/125/3 net mngr KD0HHN

JACKSON CO ARES DIG. 3/21/4 net mngr N0AJI

KD0HHN-LIAISON, 1/1/221, net mngr KD0HHN

HOWARD CO, 3/27/0, net mngr WD6BGN

WARRCI, 5/136/1, net mngr KB0HV

MONTGOMERY TRAINING, 5/18/1, net mngr K2HT

TOTALS 187/3404/503



Missouri Officials

  • Cecil Higgins

    Section Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Cecil B. Higgins AC0HA

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  • Larry Ballew

    Assistant Section Manager

    Larry D. Ballew AB0HP

  • Mark Biernacki

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Mark J. Biernacki KB5YZY

  • Rod Kittleman

    Public Info Coordinator

    Rod A. Kittleman K0ADI

  • H Haye

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    H Keith Haye WE0G

  • Glenn Schulz

    Technical Coordinator

    Glenn B. Schulz W9IQ

  • Jeffrey Young

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jeffrey L. Young KB3HF

  • Dale Bagley

    Assistant Section Manager

    Dale C. Bagley K0KY

  • Larry Wilson

    Section Traffic Manager

    Larry G. Wilson K0RWL

  • William Coby

    Assistant Section Manager

    William A. Coby KB0MWG

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  • Norman Lampton

    State Government Liaison

    Norman W. Lampton KC0FNA

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  • Curtis Roach

    Assistant Section Manager

    Curtis J. Roach WB4NMG