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                                             MARCH 2018

                                     MISSOURI SECTION NEWS

                                          Cecil Higgins, AC0HA

          I want to thank all the MO Section Amateur Radio Club's, groups and individuals that are working so hard to get new or upgraded repeaters on the air. Without all your hard work we wouldn't be able to to communicate so easily while traveling across our great state.  It's always a relief to know that regardless of cell phone reception, we usually have communications where we are thanks to repeaters and hams actively monitoring their radios to help those that may need it.

          I want to let those that may have missed the announcement that Missouri now has a DMR  channel available for ARES use. This channel is open to non-ARES group hams but was designated for ARES as primary use in case of an emergency. The channel number is 31290. Your color code will be assigned by your DMR coordinator in your area. I want to thank Chuck Kraly with Bridgecom for his help in getting this done.

          Severe storm season is almost on us. Please be vigilant in watching out for each other during severe storms. Make sure your batteries are charged and that you equipment is in good repair.  A well-organized Go Kit that has necessities like water, snacks, spare batteries and others items that will help support your service to the community.



          On March 24, 2018 the Ozark Amateur Radio Society will hold its Springtime Hamfest. The Hamfest will be held at the MARC or Mount Vernon Arts and Recreation Center at 822 West Mt. Vernon Blvd. in Mount Vernon, MO 65712.   The contact person for the OARS Springtime Hamfest is David Brittenham , WAØRVK 5101 Farm Road 1090 Monett, MO 65708  David can be reached by Phone: 417-235-4998 or by Email: You can also go to the OARS website at  To assist those attending the Hamfest there will be a talk-in on 146.97 MHz (PL 162.5).


          The Four State QRP Group’s OzarkCon QRP Convention begins on April 6, 2018 and ends on April 7, 2018 in Branson, Missouri. The event will be located in the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center 3050 Green Mountain Road Branson, MO 65615.  For more information about the 2018 OzarkCon, check out their webpage at The Website is excellent with lots of pictures of previous OzarkCon activities and a great list of the fun and educational activities scheduled for this year.  Those wanting more info should contact Walter Dufrain, K5EST, 340 Highway WW Wright City, MO 63390. Walter’s Phone is 636-384-9234 and his Email:

          The Ararat Shrine Hambash 2018 will be held April 21st  at the Ararat Shrine Event Center 5100 Ararat Drive  in Kansas City, MO 64101
For the latest information about the Hambash 2018, visit the Website:  The Hambash 2018 contact person is Chester Hallberg , KØTCB  4830 West 78th Street Prairie Village, KS 66208.  His Phone: 208-598-0094 and Email:  The Talk-In will be on 145.130 (no PL tone)


           The Southeast Missouri Amateur Radio Association Newsletter reports that their Amateur Radio Technicians Class is scheduled to last for 2 more weeks.  The next class is Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Later Day Saint church at 2414 Katy Lane in Poplar Bluff.  The class is free, the textbook is $25, and the Technician’s Exam is $15.  Students must provide a Xeroxed copy of their driver’s license and one other form of identification before the exam.

         Robb Bledsoe, KC9NNT, reports that the ARES group recently attended a First Responder tour of the Black River Medical Center.  The group toured the facility and learned the capabilities of the medical center, as well as toured the FEMA Emergency Communications trailer located there.  ARES members were given access to the trailer pretty much carte blanc.  ARES members will be setting up the HF and VHF radios for local use.  A pitch for gaining amateur radio licenses was made to the entire group of first responders.  To join the ARES group, contact Holly Beard, KE0OJE, and let her know that you’re interested.

          The SEMO Amateur Radio Association meets the second Thursday of each month in the Rescue Mission at 400 Broadway (next to the Fire Department) in downtown Poplar Bluff.  Everyone is welcome.

          The Callaway Amateur Radio League newsletter SPARKGAPS reports that their regular meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Fulton PD,

At the February meeting, Pam Phelps, KC0MKW, announced that magnetic badges are available and members need to provide their information to have the badges made.  At the last CARL meeting there was discussion about future 2018 projects:  One item was concerned with the acquisition of a 2m portable repeater. Another thread of the discussing was the size and features of the equipment necessary to outfit an emergency trailer. This included the costs, maintenance, and insurance for a trailer. Jerry Dickerson, KD0TYW, presented the possibility of holding a  local “Fox Hunt”, but nothing was finalized at the meeting.

           Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT, reported on Larry’s List about the connection between Amateur Radio and the Boy Scouts. Keith correctly stated that the support for the Boy Scout program in the Kansas City Amateur Radio community is one of the best in the country. Amateur Radio and the BSA go hand in hand in helping our youth make ethical and moral choices over their entire lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 

          Helping to support this work in the BSA, on the National level is the K2BSA Organization. Additionally the BSA and the ARRL have worked together since 1918, 100 years now, when the Wireless Merit Badge was first introduced. This continues today in the Radio Merit Badge, the Operator Rating Strip, the Morse Interpreter Strip, the ARRL Service to Scouting Award and a variety of new Ham related advancement requirement at all levels of the Scouting program.

           The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association is a IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates to support Radio Scouting and is considered the amateur radio station of the Boy Scouts of America National Council. A full lifetime membership is only $12 available on there website at please consider joining. And while your there look over the huge collection of resources available to help with your upcoming JOTA event this October.

            If you have additional question please look for the Radio Scouting table at the Ararat Shrine Hambash this April 21st.  Ask the Venture Scouts who will be helping to man it what they think of the crossroads between Amateur Radio and the BSA.


                           JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.                                                   


Total  # ARES Members                 11280

Number of Drills, Testing, Etc.       206

Number of Ham Hours                 2027.2

Number of Public Service Events    21

Number of Public Service Hours     374

Number of Emergency Operations   4

Number of Ham hours Emer. Op.      20

Number of Skywarn Ops this month  15

Number of Skywarn Hours              238.5

Total ARES Operations this month   247

Total Ham Hours                              2659.7

9 out of 9 districts reporting



                 LARRY WILSON, K0RWL, STM

MO SECTION Net (MON), 30/146/24, net mngr K9ZTV

M0 TRAFFIC NET, 28/1495/144 /, net mngr K0RWL

MESN,4/231/1, net mngr KD0CNC

LEBANON ARES, 4/44/0, net mngr KF4MXF

CALLAWAY (CARL) CO, 4/73/4/, net mngr KC0LYA

BOONE (CMRA) CO, 4/65/0, net mngr KC0HSB

JACKSON CO, 4 /91/0, net mngr K0UAA

MACON CO, 4/58/0, net mngr K0KY

ROLLA (RRARS), 28/326/0, net mngr KE0ARR

TEXAS CO, 28/456/27, net mngr N0TPE

BENTON CO, 4/50/3, net mngr KD0CNC

MID-MO, 0/0/0, net mngr WW0G

K. C. ARES DIGITAL, 4/40/10 net mngr K0KEX

FRANKLIN CO, 6/56/7, n et mngr AD0OI

NORTHLAND ARES VOICE, 4/114/1, net mngr K0KEX

TRI-COUNTY, 4/37/0, net mngr N0AUY

DISTRICT E, 6/39/7, net mngr N0RIC

HANNIBAL ARES, 5/144/3 net mngr KD0HHN

JACKSON CO ARES DIG. 4/32/5 net mngr N0AJI

KD0HHN-LIAISON, 1/1/201, net mngr KD0HHN

HOWARD CO, 4/34/0, net mngr WD6BGN

WARRCI,  5/144/3, net mngr KB0HV


KC NORTH ARES DMR, 4/41/0, net mngr KA0SXY

FSQcall-MO 4/49/1, net mngr KA0OTL

CASS CO, 2/16/0, net mngr KD0RSX
TOTALS  175/3809/499



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

  • Curtis Roach

    Assistant Section Manager

    Curtis J. Roach WB4NMG

  • Mark Biernacki

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Mark J. Biernacki KB5YZY

  • Rod Kittleman

    Public Info Coordinator

    Rod A. Kittleman K0ADI

  • Glenn Schulz

    Technical Coordinator

    Glenn B. Schulz W9IQ

  • Jeffrey Young

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jeffrey L. Young KB3HF

  • H Haye

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    H Keith Haye WE0G

  • 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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