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                JULY 2016

                          MISSOURI SECTION NEWS

                       Cecil Higgins, AC0HA, MO SM

          The ARRL Field Day was the big Amateur Radio event of June as usual.  Individuals and Amateur Radio Clubs got on the air and made lots of contacts. The operation could easily be characterized as a national, as well as an international emergency exercise. I want to thank those stations that picked up Field Day Traffic for me.  I also want to thank the Tri Lakes ARC in Taney County for having me at their Field Day event. They had a great turnout for the ARRL Field Day and we got to use some newly constructed antenna.  There was a cook-out in the afternoon that had some great food, friends and Ham happenings. I am sure that all those that participated this year enjoyed the friendship, excitement, and training opportunities that the ARRL Field Day provides.  There will be much more about Field Day once the reports have been filed, reviewed and posted.  That said, congratulation to all that participated and made Field Day special in the Missouri Sections.

          Amateur Radio in the Missouri Section was in full gear during the month of June. There are lots of Hams that feel “Extra” good because of the many opportunities to upgrade in June.  Because the Extra Class Exams were being changed on July 1st, many Amateur Radio Clubs held special Volunteer Exams to allow all operators a chance to upgrade.  In some communities like Independence, MO, and elsewhere there were even training sessions to help Hams get ready to take the Extra Class exam.  It would be interesting to see just how many new Extra Class operators the Missouri Section has after the flurry of testing in June.

                                    JULY 2016 HAMFEST

         The Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club Hamfest will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on July 16, 2016. The Fairgrounds are at 386 NW 145th Road Warrensburg, MO 64093.  To get a more information, check out the Website: The Hamfest contact person is Kenneth Smith , KO9R. Ken can be reached at PO Box 1364 Warrensburg, MO 64093  Phone: 660-441-0007 or Email:

         The Zero Beaters Hamfest will be held July 17th at the Elks Lodge in Washington MO. The Elks lodge is located at 1459 West Fifth Street
Washington, MO 63090.  To get more information about the Zero Beaters Hamfest you should look at their Bruce Serbus, KD0KCF, is the contact person for the Hamfest and can be contacted at PO Box 277 Gray Summit, MO 63039, Phone: 314-954-3199 or Email:

                              AUGUST 2016 HAMFESTS

         The St Charles ARC Hamfest will be held at the Elks Lodge
1163 Tom Ginnever Avenue
in O’Fallon, MO on August 14th

         The August 27thJoplin Amateur Radio Club Hamfest will be at the Joplin Convention and Trade Center located at 3535 Hammons Blvd in Joplin, MO 64801.  The website is: The Public Contact for the Hamfest is Jim Johannes , N0ZSQ, PO Box 2983 Joplin, MO 64803.  You can also contact Jim by phone at 417-437-9547 or by e-mail at


                This report is included because of the involvement of a very large number of Amateur Radio Clubs across all of North Missouri.

          A mega Public Service Event and ARES training opportunity happened this month.  The Bicycle Across Missouri group aka the BIG BAM asked for support of all kinds for their 7 day ride across North Missouri. An important need of BIG BAM was reliable health and safety communications assistance. A large number of individual Hams and Amateur Radio Clubs and ARES groups answered the call.  The BIG BAM ride began on June 11th and ending on June 17th.  The total route covered 301 miles and traveled through 10 counties as it meandered on and near U.S. Highway 36 from St. Joseph to Hannibal. Because of the scope and expanse of The BIG BAM, it was also a designated SEMA emergency exercise. This allowed SEMA to test their MACC or Multi- Agency Coordinating Center concept for disaster management.  Amateur Radio operators along the BIG BAM route provided vital communications to served agencies through the MACC during the ride.  There were a large number of Amateurs all across Missouri who helping with the safety and health communications at BAM Rest Stops.  The total number of Riders varied from Day to Day. There were over 600 riders at Chillicothe and 400 plus in Brookfield and Macon overnights. There were 500 riders on the final stop in Hannibal, MO.  Don Vary, KDØHHN, served as the leader of the District B the eastern half of the Big BAM and George Pease, KCØGP was the lead organizer for District H which was the western half of the ride.  The success of the BAM event was clear evidence that both Don and George did a great job. Purposely this report avoided listing the names or calls of all the individuals and Amateur Radio Clubs that participated. Because the volunteer operators came from all over North Missouri and from virtually all of the County ARES groups, Amateur Radio Clubs along the route, and it would be easy to not have overlooked someone or group by mistake.  The next BIG BAM will be happening next year and you may get your chance to be part of a really outstanding event.

         The St. Charles Amateur Radio Club again had planned a float in the City’s Independence Day July 4th Parade.  The SCARC’s outstanding effort didn’t happen because the Parade had to be cancelled due to rain. The SCARC had planned a Float that included working Amateur Radio Stations operating on 14.040 Mhz, 7.040 Mhz, and on the 145.330 Repeater.  One of the highlights of the Float was to have Ward Silver, N0AX, dressed as Abe Lincoln top hat and all. Ward had planned to send the Gettysburg Address on Morse Code at 20 WPM during the Parade.  Congratulations to the SCARC members for their efforts. The 4th of July parade in 2017 is only a year away and the SCARC will be again representing Amateur Radio in the best possible way.

         Randy Schulze, KD0HKD, President of the Raytown Amateur Radio Club reported that the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen for the City of Raytown presented the RARC with a Proclamation at the City Council meeting June 21st at Raytown City Hall.  The Proclamation recognized that the Raytown Amateur Radio Club has been incorporated since February 1991, and had existed for a considerable time before that date. The Proclamation recognized that for 25 years the Raytown Amateur Radio Club has been part of the Emergency Management Plan for the City of Raytown, and that the upcoming ARRL Field Day is a demonstration of The RARC emergency communications capability.  Most importantly, the proclamation also recognized, Abigail Brown, KE0HVX, who is one of the Raytown ARC Youth Members and a third generation member of the Raytown Amateur Radio Club.

                 SECTION ARES REPORT FOR JUNE 2016

                             JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.                                                   

Total  # ARES Members                 1260

Number of Drills, Testing, Etc.       243

Number of Ham Hours                 3869

Number of Public Service Events    35

Number of Ham Hours                   1217

Number of Emergency Operations   8

Number of Ham hours Emer. Op.    42

Total ARES Operations this month   286

Total Ham Hours                              5128

9 out of 9 districts reporting



MO SECTION NET (MON) Sessions 29 QNI 99  QTC 42  Net Mgr.  K9ZTV

MO TRAFFIC NET  Sessions 30 QNI 1066 QTC 217 Net Mgr. K0RWL

MESN  Sessions  4  QNI 142 QTC 3  Net Mgr.  K0VET

Lebanon ARES  Sessions 4  QNI 32  QTC 2  Net Mgr. KF4MXF

Callaway Co CARL Sessions 5  QNI 89  QTC 7  Net Mgr. KC0LYA

Boone Co CMRA  Session 5   QNI 93  QTC 3  Net Mgr. KC0HSB

Jackson County Sessions  4 QNI 86 QTC 1  Net Mgr. K0UAA

Macon Cnty ARES  Sessions  5   QNI 80  QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0KY

Rolla RRARS  Sessions 30 QNI 397  QTC 5  Net Mgr. KD0WQW

WAARCI  Sessions 4 QNI 106 QTC  1  Net Mgr. KB0HV

Texas Co  Sessions 30  QNI 476 QTC 29 Net Mgr. N0TPE

Randolph Co ARES Sessions 4 QNI 25 QTC  0  Net Mgr.  N0AUY

Mid-MO ARC Sessions  5 QNI 61   QTC  0 Net Mgr.  WW0G

KC ARES Digital Sessions  4 QNI 29  QTC 9 Net Mgr.  K0KEX

Franklin Co ARES Sessions 6 QNI 56  QTC 6  Net Mgr. AD0OI

Northland ARES Sessions 4 QNI 77  QTC 2 Net Mgr. K0KEX

Tri-County ARC  Sessions 5  QNI 46  QTC 0  Net Mgr  N0AUY

District E ARES  Sessions 7   QNI 34  QTC 2   Net Mgr. K0RIC

Hannibal ARES Sessions 7 QNI 117 QTC 5  Net Mgr. KD0HHN

Jackson Co ARES Dig Sessions 5  QNI 38  QTC  3  Net Mgr. N0AJI

KC0YNS-1 Liaison   Sessions 1   QNI 1  QTC 108  Net Mgr. KC0YNS

AARC    Sessions 4  QNI 66   QTC  0  Net Mgr. KD0QCN

KD0HHN-1 liaison  Sessions 1  QNI  1  QTC 161 Net Mgr. KD0HHN

Columbia Simplex     Sessions 4  QNI 81  QTC 1    Net Mgr. AB0SE

Howard Co Simplex  Sessions 5  QNI 29  QTC 1    Net Mgr. WD6BGN

Wright Co Outlaws   Sessions 4  QNI  35  QTC 0   Net Mgr. NR0Q

10th Region CW   Sessions 50   QNI 0  QTC 130  Net Mgr. W0SS

Totals         Sessions 266      QNI 3362       QTC 738



Missouri Officials

  • Cecil Higgins

    Section Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Cecil B. Higgins AC0HA

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  • Glenn Schulz

    Technical Coordinator

    Glenn B. Schulz W9IQ

  • Curtis Roach

    Assistant Section Manager

    Curtis J. Roach WB4NMG

  • Mark Biernacki

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Mark J. Biernacki KB5YZY

  • Norman Lampton

    State Government Liaison

    Norman W. Lampton KC0FNA

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  • William Coby

    Assistant Section Manager

    William A. Coby KB0MWG

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  • 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

  • Larry Ballew

    Assistant Section Manager

    Larry D. Ballew AB0HP

  • Rod Kittleman

    Public Info Coordinator

    Rod A. Kittleman K0ADI