MAY 2015 MISSOURI SECTION NEWS
DALE BAGLEY, K0KY MO SM
The start of 2015 has been a good one for the Missouri Section. On March 20th, I was joined by ARRL Midwest Division Assistant Director Brian Short, KCØBS, in presenting Steve Kraske and Beth Lipoff of KCUR-FM in Kansas City the 2014 Bill Leonard Award. The Bill Leonard Award was for the best audio media programming related to Amateur Radio in 2014. The program was titled Exploring Ham Radio in a Digital World and was an interview on Steve Kraske and Beth Lipoff’s Up To Date show with Brian Short, KC0BS, who was the winner of the Phil McGan Public Relations award in 2014. The recipients were very pleased to receive the award and Steve Steigman, Chief of Broadcast Operations gave those attending the presentation a tour of KCUR-FM. You can check out the April Issue of Current Contacts at http://www.arrl.org/current-contact-issue#KCUR
At the Ararat Shrine Hambash ARRL Forum, Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT, was presented with the first in the Missouri Section ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting award. I was pleased to present the certificate and to be joined in that presentation by the Midwest Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS. Keith has done an outstanding job with Scouting and introducing Amateur Radio to Scouts in the Kansas City Area. Mr. Kaiser is the 14th in the nation to receive this honor. Congratulations to Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT and to all those that supported his nomination.
APRIL 2015 HAMFEST REPORT
The Ararat Shrine Amateur Radio Club’s Hambash 2015 was a great success. Chet Hallberg, K0TCB part of the Ararat Shrine Hambash leadership organized a strong program of forums. The forums included the ARRL, MARS, Ham 101, the Liberty Memorial and in another room the forum on Motorola Programming, the Council of Clubs meeting and the USAF MARS. In addition there was a large number flea market vendors complimented by several well supplied Commercial vendors.
One of the great parts of the Ararat Shrine Hambash is the participation of the Emergency Operations groups in the Kansas City area and as a show case for the Area Scouts and other youth groups that have had presentations about robotics/drone/lots of other areas of interest.
JULY 2015 HAMFEST
The Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring their Hamfest on Saturday July 18, 2015. The Hamfest will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds that is located a couple miles west of Warrensburg, MO on U.S. Highway 50. The website is http://www.waarci.org/hamfest/hamfestflyer_2015.pdf the Talk-in will be on 146.880 - offset (PL 107.2) The Contact person is Ken Smith , KO9R, 126 SW 400th Road Warrensburg, MO 64093 Phone: 660-441-0007. The e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zero Beaters ARC will be holding their Hamfest on Sunday July 19, 2015 in Washington, MO at the Washington Elks Hall located at 5th and Grand. To learn more about this year’s Hamfest, check their website http://www.zerobeaters.org Talk-in is on 147.24+ (no PL tone) You can also contact Bruce Serbus , KD0KCF, PO Box 277 Gray Summit, MO 63039. Bruce is available by phone: 314-954-3199 or e-mail at email@example.com
AFFILIATED CLUB NEWS KEITH HAYE, WE0G, ACC
Mike Bogard, KDØFW, reports that there will be an HF Mobile Shootout test on June 6 2015 at the QTH of Mike Barelli, W0MAF in the Northern part of Independence, Mo. The shootout site is near 291 Highway and 24 Highway not far from the Twin Drive outdoor theater.
The shootout will start at 12:00 Saturday and will be on 40 meters around 7.230 mhz. Some rules are: 1. Any street legal vehicle with a road-worthy antenna with the total height not to exceed 13’ 6” and that the capacity hat can’t exceed 8' in diameter. This mobile shootout will be the first one and will be given by some of the guy’s with the INDEPENDENCE FM Amateur Radio Club along with Don Reed KØIFO who has spoken lately to some of the local clubs on antennas.
The Callaway Amateur Radio League and the Boone County ARES Group, are assisting Ryan Raney, KE5USI and his group called the Columbia Gadget Works to track a lost high altitude balloon that was launched on April 26, 2015. Four of the CGW are licensed Amateurs. Their Balloon flight was intended to be an entry for the global space balloon challenge. (https://www.balloonchallenge.org ) Ryan explained that his group had launched a balloon from Long View Park in Columbia, MO. They had expected it the balloon to burst at about 90,000 feet and the payload to land in an area near Hermann, MO. The payload was a Styrofoam cooler carrying a GoPro and Canon point and shoot camera with CGW Dragon Two on each side with an orange parachute. The tracking telemetry had issues because the last received packet showed the balloon at a position over Fulton, MO at a negative 23,000 feet. Since the packet was copied in Lebanon, MO the balloon actually was still at a significant altitude. The balloon, that used the callsign KD0MSL-11, did have a secondary tracker set up but that has failed too as they did not realize it wouldn't operate over 23,000 feet. It's a SPOT satellite tracker which either disabled itself after it went above 23,000 feet or landed in a position that was not facing skyward. Ryan requested assistance from the BCARES group in hopes that they could put him in contact with someone who runs an aprs station from home, an EOC, or mobile that may have logs of the balloon's position as it didn't make it to any igates after 11:36. The BCARES contacted the CARL Group to bring them into the search for the lost high altitude balloon. Ryan and his group would really like to get the cameras back. Anyone that could help find the missing balloon should contact Ryan at his e-mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Heart of America Radio Club newsletter the Harc Herald reported that Don Reed, K0IFO will be presenting a program on Antenna Modeling using EZNEC. This is a follow-up program to last month’s program on demonstrating the electrical characteristics of several common amateur radio designs. Members were encouraged to bring their laptop computers to the meeting and to load the software and follow along in hands-on fashion.
SECTION ARES REPORT FOR APRIL 2015
JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.
Total # ARES Members 1318
Number of Drills, Testing, Etc. 230
Number of Ham Hours 1935.83
Number of Public Service Events 51.5
Number of Ham Hours 125
Number of Emergency Operations 17
Number of Ham hours Emer. Op. 157
Total ARES Operations this month 298.5
Total Ham Hours 2217.83
9 out of 9 districts reporting
SECTION TRAFFIC REPORTS APRIL 2015 LARRY WILSON, K0RWL
MO SECTION NET (MON) Sessions 30 QNI 65 QTC 44 Net Mgr. K9ZTV
MO TRAFFIC NET Sessions 30 QNI 970 QTC 115 Net Mgr. K0RWL
MESN Sessions 4 QNI 182 QTC 2 Net Mgr. K0VET
Lebanon ARES Sessions 4 QNI 29 QTC 1 Net Mgr. KD0PLS
Callaway Co CARL Sessions 7 QNI 75 QTC 5 Net Mgr. KC0LYA
Boone Co CMRA Session 5 QNI 66 QTC 3 Net Mgr. KC0WGB
AARC Sessions 4 QNI 39 QTC 1 Net Mgr KB0KWC
STL ARES Sessions 10 QNI 105 QTC 9 Net Mgr. KB0H
Jackson County Sessions 4 QNI 90 QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0UAA
Macon Cnty ARES Sessions 4 QNI 60 QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0KY
Rolla RRARS Sessions 29 QNI 405 QTC 5 Net Mgr. KD0WQW
WAARCI Sessions 4 QNI 112 QTC 1 Net Mgr. KB0HV
Texas Co Sessions 30 QNI 525 QTC 26 Net Mgr. N0TPE
Mid-MO ARC Sessions 5 QNI 97 QTC 0 Net Mgr. WW0G
KC ARES Digital Sessions 4 QNI 34 QTC 3 Net Mgr. K0KEX
Franklin Co ARES Sessions 8 QNI 52 QTC 6 Net Mgr. WA0ZUG
Northland ARES Sessions 5 QNI 57 QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0KEX
Tri-County ARC Sessions 5 QNI 32 QTC 0 Net Mgr. N0AUY
District A ARES Sessions 1 QNI 27 QTC 1 Net Mgr. N4RZB
District E ARES Sessions 6 QNI 27 QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0RIC
Hannibal ARES Sessions 4 QNI 127 QTC 4 Net Mgr. KD0HHN
Jackson Co ARES Dig Sessions 5 QNI 47 QTC 7 Net Mgr. N0AJI
10th Region CW Sessions 57 QNI 0 QTC 137 Net Mgr. W0SS
10th Region SSB Sessions 22 QNI 0 QTC 61 Net Mgr. K0VTT
Totals Sessions 284 QNI 3218 QTC 432
10th Region Participation CW 40% K9ZTV, ND0N, W0SJS,
Net Mgr. W0SS
10th Region Participation SSB 100% NA0OO, KB0OFD, KB0GWY W0TCW
Net Mgr. K0VTT
Section ManagerDale C. Bagley K0KY
Official Observer CoordinatorMark J. Biernacki KB5YZY
Assistant Section ManagerCurtis J. Roach WB4NMG
State Government LiaisonNorman W. Lampton KC0FNA
Affiliated Club CoordinatorH Keith Haye WE0G
Assistant Section ManagerCecil B. Higgins AC0HA
Section Traffic ManagerLarry G. Wilson K0RWL
Public Info CoordinatorDennis John McCarthy AA0A
Assistant Section ManagerWilliam A. Coby KB0MWG
Technical CoordinatorWayland N. Mc Kenzie K4CHS
Assistant Section ManagerLarry D. Ballew AB0HP
Section Emergency CoordinatorJeffrey L. Young KB3HF