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                                            AUGUST 2017

                                  MISSOURI SECTION NEWS

                                      Cecil Higgins, AC0HA

          I appreciated the opportunity to visit with all the Amateur Radio operators that stopped by the ARRL table at the Warrensburg Hamfest.

I want to thank all the WAARC leaders and membership for their efforts in supporting the ARRL and Amateur Radio.   I was sorry that I could not attend the Washington Hamfest this year, because I was officiating at my son’s marriage ceremony that day.  I want to thank Larry Ballew, AB0HP, one of the Missouri Section’s Assistant Section Managers for filling in for me this year.  I am looking forward to being at the Zero Beaters ARC Hamfest in Washington MO in 2018.

         My thanks go out to all the Amateur Radio operators that are providing vital safety communications at Public Service events.  This year there seems to be a real effort to include the Amateur Radio Community in providing safety and logistic support.  I know that the propagation has been spotty and often just awful.  These conditions make nets and handling emergency traffic even more difficult.  I would appreciate Hams in the MO Section taking some time and contacting their member of Congress and urging them to vote yes on the Federal parity bill. 

                                      AUGUST HAMFEST 2017

          The St. Charles Amateur Radio Club will hold their Hamfest on August 13, 2017 at the Elks Lodge located at 1163 Tom Ginnever Ave in O’Fallon, MO.  The contact person for the Hamfest is Renee Simon , KD0OTG  who can be reached by phone at 636-978-8422, by e-mail at  or by mail at 10 Brave Frontier Court Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368.  The talk-in frequency is on the 146.67- machine.  For more information check out the Website:
          This year the Joplin Amateur Radio Club will hold their Hamfest on August 26th in Joplin Convention and Trade Center 3535 Hammons Blvd. Joplin, MO 64801.  To learn more you can use their website . You can also contact Jim Scott , WB0IYC
about the Hamfest and tables.  Jim can be reached by mail at 310 South Wall Avenue Joplin, MO 64801, or to his phone: 417-781-2211, or to his Email:  The Talk-In for the JARC Hamfest is 147.210+ (PL 91.5)


         The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference will be held on September 15 to 17, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Airport West on 3400 Rider Trail South in St. Louis/Earth City, MO. Those interested can learn more at the TAPR website: , their phone contact information is 972-671-8277

          The Callaway Amateur Radio League newsletter Spark Gaps reports that the group will be celebrating their 80th anniversary in October 2017.   CARL is very active in Amateur Radio Emergency Services, sponsoring Amateur Radio activities, 2 meter and 440 repeaters, and promoting Amateur radio to the Callaway County residents.   This year they had a very successful Field Day operation during Field Day the tent ripped about 4 feet when a strong gust of wind hit the north edge.  A discussion was held as to repair it or buy a new tent, possibly keeping the current frame.  The tent was bought used in 1999 or early 2000.  Field Day donations were $229. Following Field day, they have moved the frame back to the CARL Shack. Dave Phelps, KC0LYA, said he would research the cost of replacing the tent. Jerry Dickerson, KD0TYW, gave a report on the table top disaster exercise at the Youth Expo.  First responding agencies and emergency management directors were ask to describe their protocol for a dirty bomb set off outside the Fulton WalMart.  The Disaster Exercise was very useful to all the agencies. The CARL is currently looking into getting safety vest with identifying patches and badging to allow them to be recognized by served agencies.

          The program for the July Heart of America Radio Club meeting was an interactive online puzzle in the genre of escape room challenges. The particular puzzle for the meeting involves Morse code, circuitry and repeaters. Solving the puzzle was a team effort.

            The HARC led the safety communications for the 33nd Open Options Shawnee Mission Duathlon and Triathlon which was conducted on Sunday, July 9 at Shawnee Mission Park. Hams attending supported more than 400 duathletes and triathletes. There were no emergencies reported on the net. Pizza was provided to all attending. HARC members supporting the event were: Mike Bellinger, KØUAA; Dennis Crawford, NØUYN; Craig Schley, KAØFSP; Richard Fretwell, WØKRF and Walt Davis, KDØVXQ.  Also assisting with the event were John Lyon, NØTXO; Jim Laning, NZØQ Tony Berry, KDØBNY; Ray Erlichman, KØRSE Brian Whitlock, KBØZWA; and Bill Steinborn, KEØLML.

          James Adkins, KB0NHX, President of the Nixa Amateur Radio Club reports that on August 12, 2017 Chuck Karly, K0XM, will be at the next Nixa ARC club meeting and presenting on DMR  or Digital Mobile Radio "What is it and how do I get started."  The meeting will be held at the Nixa Fire Station, located at 711 N Main St in Nixa with the meeting starting at 6:00 p.m. Here's a little more about Chuck: Professionally, Chuck works for BVCI, a division of Black & Veatch, as a Test Technician / Construction Manager / Field Engineer. He has been a licensed amateur since 1979, original call was N0BIW.  He and the Back Yard Repeater Group (BYRG) have been instrumental in the growth of the Brandmeister DMR network in the KC Metro area and across the state.  Currently, BYRG has 5 UHF and 1 VHF Brandmeister DMR repeater operational in the KC Metro area, with a second VHF repeater in the works.  Chuck and Bob, W0NQW, started the BYRG in 1986 - and the BYRG history is eerily similar to how and why the Nixa ARC started back in 2001. If you want to learn more about DMR and its expansion into the Southwest MO region, THIS is a presentation you want to attend and everyone is welcome.    

                 SECTION ARES REPORT FOR JULY 2017

                             JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.                                                  

Total  # ARES Members                 1252

Number of Drills, Testing, Etc.       196

Number of Ham Hours                 1333.34

Number of Public Service Events    22

Number of Ham Hours                   723

Number of Emergency Operations   5

Number of Ham hours Emer. Op.    32

Number of Skywarn Ops this month  10

Number of Skywarn Hours        198

Total ARES Operations this month   233

Total Ham Hours                              2286.34

9 out of 9 districts reporting




MO SECTION NET (MON) Sessions 28 QNI 123  QTC 43  Net Mgr.  K9ZTV

MO TRAFFIC NET  Sessions 31 QNI 1171 QTC 130   Net Mgr. K0RWL

MESN  Sessions  5  QNI 189 QTC 1  Net Mgr.  KD0CNC

Lebanon ARES  Sessions 4  QNI 26  QTC 4  Net Mgr. KF4MXF

Callaway Co CARL  Sessions 4  QNI  68  QTC  0  Net Mgr. KC0LYA

Boone Co CMRA  Session 4   QNI 56  QTC 0  Net Mgr. KC0HSB

Jackson County  Sessions 5  QNI 99  QTC 0  Net Mgr. K0UAA

Macon Cnty ARES  Sessions  5   QNI 60  QTC 0 Net Mgr. K0KY

Rolla RRARS  Sessions 31 QNI 340  QTC 11  Net Mgr. KE0AR

Texas Co  Sessions 31  QNI 415 QTC 26 Net Mgr. N0TPE

Benton Co ARES  Sessions 5  QNI 67  QTC  1  Net Mgr. KC0CNC

Mid MO ARC  Sessions 4  QNI 26 QTC 0  Net Mgr. WW0G

KC ARES Digital Sessions  8 QNI 18  QTC 58 Net Mgr.  K0KEX

Franklin Co ARES Sessions 6 QNI 56  QTC 1  Net Mgr. AD0OI

Northland ARES Voice Sessions 4 QNI 86  QTC 1 Net Mgr. K0KEX

Tri-County ARC  Sessions 4  QNI 29  QTC 2  Net Mgr  N0AUY

District E ARES  Sessions 9   QNI 26  QTC 1   Net Mgr. K0RIC

Hannibal ARES Sessions 5 QNI 119 QTC 2  Net Mgr. KD0HHN

KD0HHN-1 liaison  Sessions 1  QNI  1  QTC 153 Net Mgr. KD0HHN

Jackson Co ARES Dig Sessions 4  QNI 23  QTC  2  Net Mgr. N0AJI

Howard County ARES  Sessions 4   QNI 24  QTC  0  Net Mgr. WD0BGN

WAARCI  Sessions 5   QNI  144   QTC 1  Net Mgr.  KB0HV

Totals         Sessions 204   QNI 3166     QTC 437





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

  • Mark Biernacki

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Mark J. Biernacki KB5YZY

  • Rod Kittleman

    Public Info Coordinator

    Rod A. Kittleman K0ADI

  • H Haye

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    H Keith Haye WE0G

  • Glenn Schulz

    Technical Coordinator

    Glenn B. Schulz W9IQ

  • Jeffrey Young

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jeffrey L. Young KB3HF

  • 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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  • Curtis Roach

    Assistant Section Manager

    Curtis J. Roach WB4NMG