NOVEMBER 2015 MISSOURI SECTION NEWS
DALE BAGLEY, K0KY MO SM
As most of you know, the ARRL membership dues will be increasing in 2016. The economic reality is that the ARRL has not had a dues increase since 2001 and as we all know the cost of almost everything has gone up over the past 15 years. It seems to me that the ARRL has worked very hard to contain the organizations internal cost and worked hard to boost revenue from sales of products and other sources. The ARRL has continued providing outstanding service to its members and has over the past 15 years added value to the membership with the LOTW, providing members with QST online in digital format, additional operating events and a variety of additional services. The increase is only $10.00/year or 83 cents/month. You can check out the FAQ sheet at the link http://www.arrl.org/dues-increase-faq and see some of the reasons that I believe that ARRL membership is an outstanding bargain. You can still renew your membership at the old rate until December 31st at a Hamfest or on the ARRL Website. This might be a good time to sign-up for a life membership in the ARRL.
Kay Craigie, N3KN, ARRL President recently contacted me concerning the importance of Missouri Amateurs contacting our Senators before November 18th. All of us in the Missouri Section need to make good effort to reach out to our United States Senators. I’m sure that you got the e-mail from Midwest Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, about this matter and I’m passing on that information in this MO Section News. The phone numbers are as follows; Senator Claire McCaskill 202-224-6154 and Senator Roy Blount 202 224-5721. We need to call both of them and give them the following simple message.
I'm a constituent and an amateur radio operator. I am calling to urge Senator (insert Senator’s last name) to support S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, when it comes up for a vote in committee on November 18th. Thank you.
OCTOBER HAMFEST REPORT 2014
It was nice to see talk to all the ARRL members at the SouthSide Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in Belton, MO 63552. There was a good turnout of Commercial Vendors and flea marketeers. The forums were informative and added to the value of the Hamfest. I appreciate the help of the SSARC members and congratulations to them for a well run Hamfest.
For the first time in a long time, the Saint Louis Amateur Radio Club Halloween Hamfest was held on day of Halloween in Kirkwood, MO. I want to express my thanks to Bob Sluder, N0IS, and all the hard working SLARC members for their help with getting the ARRL Table situated. A rainy Halloween day must be a good time to have a Hamfest because the number of vendors and flea market tables were up this year and so was the attendance.
NOVEMBER HAMFESTS REPORT
The Raytown Amateur Radio Club Hamfest was held in the Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City, MO Saturday Nov. 7th . The new location for the RARC Hamfest was a smashing success. Double the number of flea market tables and additional commercial vendors. The Raytown ARC members did a great job on this year’s Hamfest and thanks to Dan Cole, KC0VYT, and the RARC members for their assistance with the ARRL participation. At the end of the Hamfest it was announced that the 2016 Raytown ARC Hamfest would again be held at the Ararat Shrine.
The Nixa Amateur Radio Hamfest will be in the Nixa Meeting Event Center 421 W. South Street in Nixa, MO 65714 on November 14, 2015. This year’s speakers are outstanding. They include James Adkins KB0NHX, Building a communications trailer and the lessons we learned, MARS digital road show, members and interested individuals can learn more about the services MARS provides and related digital activities, Cecil Higgins, AC0HA, the District D ARES DEC and active participant in the Amateur Radio response to the Joplin Tornado about which he speaks. Bob Rennard, N7WY, an electronics expert on GPS will go over the principles of how GPS works. To look at their Hamfest flyer go to http://smlrs.info/hamfest-flyer/. The Contact person is Larry Grinstead , WA0JZK 2469 East Montclair Court Springfield, MO 65804 Phone: 417-887-8517E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Talk-In: 147.015+ (PL 162.2)
AFFILIATED CLUB NEWS KEITH HAYE, WE0G, ACC
President Don Vary, KD0HHN, reported in the Hannibal Amateur Radio Club Newsletter, that the club had an offer from the Marion County Ambulance District, to use the District’s training/administrative building on Communications Drive for the HARC meetings. At the October meeting, the members present voted to move to the Ambulance District starting with the November meeting. The directions to the facility will be on the club website. The HARC will also be holding the ARRL Field Day exercise at the Marion County Ambulance District site. The Ambulance District has offered to let the HARC to set up the club’s equipment there for a permanent facility. This is similar to the set up that the Quincy Amateur Radio Club has with the Red Cross.
The Joplin Amateur Radio Club in addition to the largest Hamfest in the Missouri Section, supports a wide variety of other fall activities. In September JARC operates as part of the Route 66 On the Air as W6N. The first Saturday of October the JARC hold their outdoor Fleamarket at Ewert Park. The JARC provides free coffee and donuts for those participating in the Tailgate Swap. The Joplin Amateur Radio Club holds an annual Christmas dinner each December. It is mainly a social event where there is the opportunity for speeches, club awards, recognition plaques, and various prizes, finishing with the passing of the gavel to the new JARC President.
James Adkins, KB0NHX, President, in the Nixa Amateur Radio Club newsletter reported on two closely related club projects. James noted that the planning for the 2015 Tour de Bass began in late 2014. Tour de Bass is a bike ride sponsored by Bass Pro in Springfield, MO. It is an area event that the Nixa ARC has provided valuable communications assistance for several years. At the same time, the NARC was seeking funds to build a club communications trailer. By the time June rolled around, they had the funds to purchase and begin equipping a communications trailer for use at the 2015 Tour de Bass. In July, the trailer arrived and work began with a hard deadline of Sunday, October 4th to get the trailer ready. To make things more interesting, they decided to throw APRS into the mix for this year’s Tour de Bass. It turned out that the big story of this year's ride was APRS. This year was supposed to be a learning year and the club had not planned to rely on its use. It quickly became evident that APRS was a technology was so valuable that the NARC Tour de Bass operators would never do a ride without again!
SECTION ARES REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2015
JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.
Total # ARES Members 1348
Number of Drills, Testing, Etc. 252
Number of Ham Hours 2632.39
Number of Public Service Events 30
Number of Ham Hours 750
Number of Emergency Operations 0
Number of Ham hours Emer. Op. 0
Total ARES Operations this month 282
Total Ham Hours 3377.39
9 out of 9 districts reporting
SECTION TRAFFIC REPORTS OCTOBER 2015 LARRY WILSON, K0RWL
MO SECTION NET (MON) Sessions 30 QNI 125 QTC 35 Net Mgr. K9ZTV
MO TRAFFIC NET Sessions 31 QNI 1299 QTC 148 Net Mgr. K0RWL
MESN Sessions 4 QNI 179 QTC 5 Net Mgr. K0VET
Lebanon ARES Sessions 4 QNI 27 QTC 0 Net Mgr. KD0PLS
Callaway Co CARL Sessions 4 QNI 59 QTC 4 Net Mgr. KC0LYA
Boone Co CMRA Session 4 QNI 57 QTC 4 Net Mgr. N0JEC
Jackson County Sessions 5 QNI 88 QTC 10 Net Mgr. K0UAA
Macon Cnty ARES Sessions 4 QNI 69 QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0KY
Rolla RRARS Sessions 31 QNI 353 QTC 3 Net Mgr. KD0WQW
WAARCI Sessions 4 QNI 104 QTC 1 Net Mgr. KB0HV
Texas Co Sessions 31 QNI 469 QTC 31 Net Mgr. N0TPE
Randolph Co ARESS Sessions 4 QNI 29 QTC 0 Net Mgr. N0AUY
Mid-MO ARC Sessions 5 QNI 70 QTC 0 Net Mgr. WW0G
KC ARES Digital Sessions 4 QNI 48 QTC 10 Net Mgr. K0KEX
Franklin Co ARES Sessions 8 QNI 82 QTC 16 Net Mgr. WA0ZUG
Northland ARES Sessions 4 QNI 58 QTC 4 Net Mgr. K0KEX
Tri-County ARC Sessions 5 QNI 48 QTC 0 Net Mgr N0AUY
District E ARES Sessions 8 QNI 31 QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0RIC
Hannibal ARES Sessions 5 QNI 134 QTC 6 Net Mgr. KD0HHN
Jackson Co ARES Dig Sessions 5 QNI 52 QTC 8 Net Mgr. N0AJI
Benton County Sessions 5 QNI 70 QTC 1 Net Mgr. KD0CNC
10th Region CW Sessions 62 QNI 0 QTC 182 Net Mgr. W0SS
10th Region SSB Sessions 10 QNI 0 QTC 71 Net Mgr. K0VTT
Totals Sessions 276 QNI 3451 QTC 537
10th Region Participation CW 48% K9ZTV, ND0N, W0SJS,
K2HT, Net Mgr. W0SS
10th Region Participation SSB 77% KB0GWY
Net Mgr. K0VTT
Section ManagerDale C. Bagley K0KY
Official Observer CoordinatorMark J. Biernacki KB5YZY
Assistant Section ManagerCurtis J. Roach WB4NMG
Assistant Section ManagerLarry D. Ballew AB0HP
State Government LiaisonNorman W. Lampton KC0FNA
Technical CoordinatorWayland N. Mc Kenzie K4CHS
Public Info CoordinatorDennis John McCarthy AA0A
Affiliated Club CoordinatorH Keith Haye WE0G
Section Traffic ManagerLarry G. Wilson K0RWL
Assistant Section ManagerWilliam A. Coby KB0MWG
Assistant Section ManagerCecil B. Higgins AC0HA
Section Emergency CoordinatorJeffrey L. Young KB3HF