AUGUST 2014 MISSOURI SECTION NEWS
DALE BAGLEY, K0KY MO SM
I am sure that, like me, many Missouri Section ARRL members were sorry to learn that Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, was retiring from the position of Midwest Director effective December 31, 2014. Cliff has provided outstanding service to the Midwest Division during his eight years of service as our Director. I can’t remember any Division Director that has given more forums, attended more Division Hamfests and Conventions or has provided more outstanding leadership on the ARRL Board of Directors than Cliff Ahrens. Cliff will be leaving some big shoes to fill, but I’m confident that a well-qualified and dedicated individual will step forward and continue Cliff’s outstanding leadership of ARRL Midwest Division Director. I have known quite a few outstanding Amateur Radio Operators over the years and Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, is right at the top of that list. It has been my honor as Missouri Section Manager to have worked with Cliff and when he completes his term I am confident that he will remain one of the most active Hams I know.
Thanks to the Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society for their sponsorship of the MO QSO Party. The 2014 version of the MO QSO Party was a resounding success. Randy Wing, NØLD, and the B.E.A.R.S. did an outstanding job organizing and adding excitement to the MO QSO Party. Recently, Randy expressed his thanks to all those participated in the MO QSO party from all over Missouri and across the world. He also expressed his gratitude to all the 2014 Plaque Sponsors. We all owe a debt of thanks to Randy Wing, NØLD Mike Heitmann, N0SO Website, Awards, Gary Hill, AA0CL Scoring, Awards, George Mackus, AB0RX Rules & Guidance. Vic Ratkowski, KB0TGU Budget & Treasury, Eric Zust, W0TT Scoring, Awards, & Rules, and Ron Bondy, AD0DX Scoring, Awards, & Scoring Software. The following summary may be off a little because it comes after just a brief look at the results of the MO QSO Party that are posted at http://www.w0ma.org/mo_qso_party/results/moqp-results-2014.html.
By my count, of the 197 operators in the MO QSO Party this year, 106 were Missouri Amateur Operators, 74 were non-MO Amateurs in the U.S., there were 4 Canadian Stations and 13 DX stations. Keep in mind that these numbers only reflect those operators that turned in logs. Last year in 2013 there were 29 Missouri Amateurs, 50 Non-MO Amateurs and 6 DX for a total of 85 operators participating in the MO QSO Party. There were about three times more Missouri Hams operating in the QSO Party this year. This increase in MO Stations operating had to be due to the outstanding job of promoting the MO QSO Party, the plaques and the Show-me Challenge. I would encourage those interested to visit the B.E.A.R.S. website and look at the real data posted there. I’m not going to report at this time the names of those that won each of the each of the categories. We can wait for the B.E.A.R.S. make that announcement. On a personal note, I didn’t run-up a really impressive score, but I’m very happy to find that I am not the lowest score submitted in 2014, like I was last year.
AUGUST 2014 HAMFESTS
On Friday, August 22nd and Saturday August 23rd, the Joplin Amateur Radio Club Hamfest will be held at the Joplin Convention & Trade Center 3615 Hammons Blvd. Joplin, MO 64801. To find out more about the Hamfest, you can visit the website: http://www.joplin-arc.org
Sponsor: Joplin Amateur Radio Club. The Talk-In is on the 147.210(+) (no PL tone) repeater. The public contact person is Jim Johannes , N0ZSQ 1930 East 34th Street Joplin, MO 64804. Jim can be reached by phone at 417-437-9547 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUGUST HAMFEST REPORT
The St. Charles Amateur Radio Club Hamfest was held at the Elks Lodge in O'Fallon, MO. I want to thank Renee Simon, KD0OTG, and the rest of the St. Charles ARC gang for all their hard work in this year’s Hamfest. The Hamfest seems to be growing and Renee indicated that she was going to volunteer to lead the Hamfest in 2015 and she believes
that is will be even better next year.
JULY 2014 HAMFESTS REPORTS
The Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club Hamfest was held July 19th at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. There were a good number of Commercial Vendors and flea market vendors. A highlight of the WAARC Hamfest was several excellent Forums that ranged from Ham Radio 101 with Herb Fiddick, NZ0F, MO Section ARRL Forum with Dale Bagley, K0KY, a WW1USA Presentation, & Cary Altman, KBØHV’s Predicting Band Openings using NOAA Solar Data. The WAARC did a great job organizing the Hamfest and I know 2015 will be as good or better.
The July 20thZero Beaters Amateur Radio Club Hamfest held in Washington Missouri is a wonderful opportunity for Hams in the Eastern Part of Missouri to get together. There were lots of Ham equipment and other items for sale. The outside Flea Market is getting larger every year. I want to thank Bruce Serbus, KD0KCF, and the rest of the Zero Beaters ARC for their hospitality and support of the ARRL. The District “C” A.R.E.S. group held their meeting at the Hamfest with a good turn-out of Emergency Coordinators and other A.R.E.S. officials in attendance.
September 13, 2014, the Missouri Valley ARC will be sponsoring Pasturefest on County Hwy-278, Oregon, MO 64473 GPS Location: 39.9693974, -95.1434035 (39°58'9.8292", -95°8'36.2544"). The Pasturefest will begin at 9:00 am and last until it’s over. One of the Co-Chairs is William M., COVEY, Coverdell, WD0BC, can be contacted for more information at email@example.com or by Telephone at 816 233 3698. It was announced that there will be food and refreshments at the Pasturefest site. Those attending are encouraged to open their car trunks, bring truckloads of stuff to trade, buy or sell. Admission is $3.00 and you can get a large flea market spaces for $10.00. You can bring your own generator if needed. On the day of Pasturefest, Monty Baudlet, KG0ZR the Co-Chair will be in full control of the site the day of the event. TALK IN 146.85- (100Hz sub-tone / 52 DIRECT
AFFILIATED CLUB NEWS KEITH HAYE, WE0G, ACC
The St. Charles Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring an Amateur Radio Technician License Course and an Amateur Radio General License Upgrade Course this Fall. Rick Crockett, W0PC is the instructor. The courses will be held at St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall DR, Cottleville, MO 63376 For the Technician Course: Textbook required, Ham Radio License Manual 3rd Edition (ISBN 978-1-62595-013-0) $29.95. Those taking the course need to register for the course (ID 7184) on line at http://stcharles.augusoft.net/. Tuition is $10.00. The class will be 10 sessions starting Wednesday evenings on Sept. 17th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. in Room SSB 1403.
General: Textbook required, General Class License Manual 7th Edition (ISBN 978-0-87259-811-9) $29.95. Course (ID 7183) must be registered on line at http://stcharles.augusoft.net/ with tuition of $10.00. The class will be 10 sessions starting Wednesday evenings on Sept. 17th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. in Room SSB 1406 of the St. Charles Community College , Rm. SSB 1406
The Callaway Amateur Radio League setup an Amateur Radio demonstration at the Youth Expo in Auxvasse July 10-12. Dave, AC0WI, provided a rig for a digital operation. The youth were shown how Amateur Radio worked and the digital station made 49 contacts using a hamstick on a mag-mount to a cookie sheet. There was a number of 20m and 40 me SSB contacts, although they had to battle severe static due to a nearby motor or transformer. Eight members of CARL participated in the Youth Expo Operation.
At the Nixa Amateur Radio Club July Club meeting there was a presentation by James Adkins, KB0NHX, - Part 3 of our Repeaters Series about feedlines and antennas. The August club meeting will be a show and tell session. The NARC members were asked to bring their favorite ham radio or their favorite ham radio gadget to the August meeting. W3LGA, reported that as of this month’s Volunteer Exam session, the club has tested 58 people this year with 74 total tests administered.
The testing has resulted in 40 new technicians and 10 people upgraded to General.
The St. Louis Suburban Radio Club has a newly appointed Public Information officer. Mike Bein, KB0PDL, of Chesterfield, MO. Mike will do a great job making the activities of the SLSRC known to the St. Louis area. You can check out more about this great club by going to http://www.slsrc.com/ and viewing their website. One item that caught my eye was the fact that the SLSRC sponsors 7 repeaters for the use & enjoyment of the amateur community, on: 2-meters, 220 megahertz, and 440 megahertz. SLSRC has a long history of public service and hosts both the St. Louis County A.R.E.S net on the 146.850 repeater and the SKYWARN weather net on the 146.940 repeater.
SECTION ARES REPORT FOR JUNE 2014 JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.
Total # ARES Members 1306
Number of Drills, Testing, Etc. 258
Number of Ham Hours 1845.75
Number of Public Service Events 15
Number of Ham Hours 229
Number of Emergency Operations 12
Number of Ham hours Emer. Op. 95
Total ARES Operations this month 285
Total Ham Hours 2169.75
9 out of 9 districts reporting
For the latest updates in appointments and ARES activities please go to the Missouri ARES website. http://www.ares-mo.org/.
SECTION TRAFFIC REPORTS JUNE 2014 LARRY WILSON, K0RWL STM
MO SECTION NET (MON) Sessions 39 QNI 120 QTC 41 Net Mgr. K9ZTV
MO TRAFFIC NET Sessions 31 QNI 1226 QTC 219 Net Mgr. K0RWL
MESN Sessions 4 QNI 94 QTC 1 Net Mgr. K0VET
Lebanon ARES Sessions 5 QNI 33 QTC 0 Net Mgr. KD0PLS
Callaway Co CARL Sessions 5 QNI 75 QTC 6 Net Mgr. KC0LYA
Boone Co CMRA Sessions 5 QNI 64 QTC 6 Net Mgr. KC0WGB
TLARC Sessions 1 QNI 2 QTC 4017 Net Mgr. KB0OFD
Clinton Co. Sessions 1 QNI 8 QTC 0 Net Mgr. KC0QLU
Jackson County Sessions 5 QNI 73 QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0UAA
Macon Cnty ARES Sessions 5 QNI 71 QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0KY
Rolla RRARS Sessions 31 QNI 414 QTC 5 Net Mgr. WD0WOW
WAARCI Sessions 4 QNI 107 QTC 1 Net Mgr. KB0HV
Texas Co Sessions 31 QNI 507 QTC 24 Net Mgr. N0TPE
St. Francois Co ARES Sessions 4 QNI 47 QTC 0 Net Mgr. AI0U
Mid-MO ARC Sessions 5 QNI 82 QTC 0 Net Mgr. WW0G
KC ARES Digital Sessions 8 QNI 54 QTC 14 Net Mgr. K0KEX
Franklin Co ARES Sessions 10 QNI 58 QTC 4 Net Mgr. WA0ZUG
Northland ARES Sessions 4 QNI 76 QTC 3 Net Mgr. K0KEX
Tri-County ARC Sessions 5 QNI 32 QTC 0 Net Mgr. N0AUY
District A ARES Sessions 1 QNI 31 QTC 1 Net Mgr. N4RZB
District E ARES Sessions 8 QNI 56 QTC 4 Net Mgr. N0RIC
Hannibal ARES Sessions 4 QNI 97 QTC 1 Net Mgr. KD0HHN
Jackson Co ARES Digital Sessions 5 QNI 55 QTC 2 Net Mgr. N0AJI
10th Region CW Sessions 62 QNI 0 QTC 176 Net Mgr. W0SS
10th Region SSB Sessions 23 QNI 0 QTC 119 Net Mgr. K0VTT
Totals Sessions 310 QNI 3510 QTC 4647
10th Region Participation CW 61% K9ZTV, KC0M, W0SJS, W0FCE
Net Mgr. W0SS
10th Region Participation SSB 100% KC0M, KB0OFD, KB0GWY
Net Mgr. K0VTT
Section ManagerDale C. Bagley K0KY
Official Observer CoordinatorMark J. Biernacki KB5YZY
Affiliated Club CoordinatorH Keith Haye WE0G
Assistant Section ManagerLarry D. Ballew AB0HP
Section Emergency CoordinatorJeffrey L. Young KB3HF
Section Traffic ManagerLarry G. Wilson K0RWL
Assistant Section ManagerWilliam A. Coby KB0MWG
Technical CoordinatorWayland N. Mc Kenzie K4CHS
Public Info CoordinatorDennis J. Mc Carthy AA0A
State Government LiaisonNorman W. Lampton KC0FNA
Assistant Section ManagerCurtis J. Roach WB4NMG