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                            JUNE 2016 

                  MISSOURI SECTION NEWS

                      Cecil Higgins MO SM

          June 25th and 26th is one of the most important days in the Amateur Radio Calendar.  It is a chance to involve the entire Amateur Radio community in the 2015 ARRL Field Day Exercise.  We have the chance to practice the skills related Amateur Radio Emergency Services operations, and hang out with a large group of our Ham friends.  We need to invite guest, family members, media representatives and individuals that are involved in Emergency Services to our Field Day site.

Have lots of fun and above keep safety in mind when working with antenna, towers, and emergency vehicles.

         I want thank Thomas Zeller KB0ORZ for providing me with information about the Joplin ARC special event station that was part of the remembrance of the fifth anniversary of the deadly Joplin Tornado. Operating from 6:30 AM on May 21st until 1741 May 22nd, commemorating the time of greatest devastation, the JARC made over 400 QSOs. The operation utilized two HF radios and operated on the designated frequencies on 20, 40 and 80 meters. The Special Event started out inside a gazebo at Cunningham Park but later in the evening of May 21st, due to noise from music performances, it was moved to the St. Johns remembrance gazebo on a hill where St. John's Hospital once stood. The QSO's helped remind everyone of those that died as a result of the tornado as well as the thousands of volunteers that came to Joplin to help in the cleanup and recovery phases.

                                    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 http://www.WB0HSI.org

         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 Callaway Amateur Radio League newsletter Spark Gaps reported that Dan Shaper, AC0WZ has replaced the squelch control on the 147.315 MHz repeater. Recently the squelch control has been failing to work properly. Should this fix not solve the squelch problem they are considering adding a tone squelch. Ken Sevier, WB8SQS, suggested having a back-up 147.315 repeater. There was some discussion about adding back-up power or even going off-grid. Ken also proposed that the CARL repeater group should check out the amplifier to see if it can be turned off to preserve power during an emergency. 

         Rick Harkins, WØYGH, reports that the Benton County ARES held a Fox Hunt on June 4th, 2016. Those participating meet at Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot in Warsaw, MO. Orscheln at 10:00 a.m. Rick Wade, KD0CNC, coordinated the Fox Hunt and members searched for three VHF foxes hidden within a few miles of the starting point. Using their HT and directional antenna, the Fox Hunters triangulated the VHF Foxes and then celebrated their success with a lunch of Hotdogs.

         On May 21, 2016 the Jasper Co. ARES group supported the Joplin Memorial run with communication along the half marathon and marathon routes. There were a total of 16 members placed along the race routes. The ARES members were from Jasper as well as Newton and Greene Counties. Amateur Radio operators were located along the route at areas where hydration stations and medical stations were set up for those participating in the event. The Jasper Co. ARES also placed APRS units with the lead vehicles and the sweep vehicles making it possible for the net control to monitor their location and relay that information back to race officials. There are three digipeaters in the Joplin area. One digi is on the 147.210 repeater site, another is at a private residence of K0JAA Jason Arends in Joplin and the last one is located in Miami, OK at the QTH of Travis Knoblauch, KG5FJI, who is a Joplin Amateur Radio Club member.

                 SECTION ARES REPORT FOR MAY 2016

                             JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.                                                   

Total  # ARES Members                 1318

Number of Drills, Testing, Etc.       343

Number of Ham Hours                 2558.99

Number of Public Service Events    42

Number of Ham Hours                     393

Number of Emergency Operations   31

Number of Ham hours Emer. Op.    170

Total ARES Operations this month   416

Total Ham Hours                            2821.99

9 out of 9 districts reporting



MO SECTION NET (MON) Sessions 28 QNI 85  QTC 50  Net Mgr.  K9ZTV

MO TRAFFIC NET  Sessions 31 QNI 1100 QTC 171 Net Mgr. K0RWL

MESN  Sessions  5  QNI 193 QTC 1  Net Mgr.  K0VET

Lebanon ARES  Sessions 5  QNI 42  QTC 3  Net Mgr. KF4MXF

Callaway Co CARL Sessions 4  QNI 77  QTC 4  Net Mgr. KC0LYA

Boone Co CMRA  Session 4   QNI 91  QTC 5  Net Mgr. KC0HSB

Jackson County Sessions  4 QNI 85 QTC 0  Net Mgr. K0UAA

Macon Cnty ARES  Sessions  4   QNI 60  QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0KY

Rolla RRARS  Sessions 30 QNI 379  QTC 6  Net Mgr. KD0WQW

WAARCI  Sessions 5 QNI 133 QTC  1  Net Mgr. KB0HV

Texas Co  Sessions 31  QNI 459 QTC 25 Net Mgr. N0TPE

Randolph Co ARES Sessions 5 QNI 39 QTC  0  Net Mgr.  N0AUY

Mid-MO ARC Sessions  4 QNI 48   QTC  0 Net Mgr.  WW0G

KC ARES Digital Sessions  5 QNI 43  QTC 7 Net Mgr.  K0KEX

Franklin Co ARES Sessions 4 QNI 32  QTC 0  Net Mgr. WA0ZUG

Northland ARES Sessions 5 QNI 43  QTC 7 Net Mgr. K0KEX

Tri-County ARC  Sessions 4  QNI 32  QTC 0  Net Mgr  N0AUY

District E ARES  Sessions 8   QNI 29  QTC 1   Net Mgr. K0RIC

Hannibal ARES Sessions 5 QNI 125 QTC 3  Net Mgr. KD0HHN

Jackson Co ARES Dig Sessions 4  QNI 29  QTC  5  Net Mgr. N0AJI

KC0YNS-1 Liaison   Sessions 1   QNI 1  QTC 161  Net Mgr. KC0YNS

AARC    Sessions 7  QNI 109   QTC  0  Net Mgr. KD0QCN

KD0HHN-1 liaison  Sessions 1  QNI  1  QTC 10  Net Mgr. KD0HHN

10th Region CW   Sessions 59   QNI 0  QTC 130  Net Mgr. W0SS

Totals         Sessions 268      QNI 3430       QTC 591


Missouri Officials

  • Cecil Higgins

    Section Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Cecil B. Higgins AC0HA

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  • Mark Biernacki

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Mark J. Biernacki KB5YZY

  • Glenn Schulz

    Technical Coordinator

    Glenn B. Schulz W9IQ

  • Curtis Roach

    Assistant Section Manager

    Curtis J. Roach WB4NMG

  • Norman Lampton

    State Government Liaison

    Norman W. Lampton KC0FNA

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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

  • William Coby

    Assistant Section Manager

    William A. Coby KB0MWG

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  • Rod Kittleman

    Public Info Coordinator

    Rod A. Kittleman K0ADI