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ARRL Sections - Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

Contact Information

Section Name:
Nebraska
Contact:
Matthew N. Anderson
Daytime Phone:
402-480-5515
Email:
ka0boj@arrl.org

Basic Information

Division:
Midwest
Alert:

Ham Radio Emergency Communications Support Going Regional!

It’s a growing area of emphasis during disasters—emergency communications support provided by amateur radio during both the initial response and recovery. Having trained operators and their equipment able to provide communications to served agencies can be a great resource. But like most volunteer organizations, having enough hams available is a problem. Some counties in Nebraska have few hams—and many are older and not able or interested in deploying during an emergency, preferring to help by operating their base stations.

NEMA and local Emergency Managers have long known that in a disaster it can take several EM’s working together to maintain the response and recovery process. That’s one of several reasons why NEMA established regions--to encourage local EM’s to work closely together during events and disasters alike.

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Nebraska Section is moving ahead with a plan to both increase the numbers of trained hams and their ability to respond when needed throughout the state. A District Emergency Coordinator is being appointed to work with each NEMA region. Working with already appointed local Emergency Coordinators and Emergency Managers, the goal is to build a stronger ham structure in each region.

DEC’s will work to recruit new hams, hold classes to help them get licensed, get them active on the air and provide emergency communications training to help them be ready to serve during times of need.

While working with current ham clubs in their areas, new clubs could also be formed. This could help add additional repeater resources in each region to support communications needs.

The process is already underway in the northeast Nebraska region. Serving as the pilot program for Nebraska Section, The Dakota County Amateur Radio Club already has over 25 members, most of them from the license classes originating in the area since last spring.

In the six months the club has been operating, two new long range Fusion repeaters have been acquired and are operating in both analog and digital modes. ARRL Emergency Communications course and training has been completed for several members and another class is scheduled for next spring.

Dakota County Emergency Management and South Sioux City Police Department have provided great help getting the club off the ground—support from the local EMA and other agencies is vital to our ability to encourage local citizens to become hams and get involved in local emergency communications.

 

J.R. Reider, KØJWR has been appointed Northeast NEMA Region District Emergency Coordinator and is already working to establish connections with hams throughout the 12 county region to identify available resources and to start the process of recruiting new hams. In the coming weeks he will be getting in touch with EM’s in the Region to request help in getting things moving in each county.

If you have questions about the program, please contact J.R. Reider at jrinnebraska@hotmail.com or 712-281-0867.

Description:

Congratulations to J.R. Reider K0JWR up in South Sioux city, Nebraska.  This is an absolute HOTBED of new activity.  Read and enjoy.  Make sure to welcome the new hams!

 

Ham Classes, New ARES Group AND Elmer Day--all in South Sioux City, NE

The Sioux City area is unique—there are three states separated by rivers just across from each other. And there are three clubs in the area—two in Iowa and one in South Dakota. Until recently there has been little club activity on the Nebraska side.

All that changed recently when the Emergency Management Director of Dakota County, Nebraska asked that the Amateur Radio Emergency Service program be rebuilt to support county emergency communications needs.

In order to add some new hams in our area, it was decided to hold a Technician class as soon as possible. In addition, several Emergency Management and Health Department officials wanted to take the class, but during weekday hours.

When we put a flyer and information out to other Emergency Managers and on social media, people from as far as 75 miles away registered for the class!

Two classes were formed—one meeting over two weekdays, with testing the third day; the other was a three Saturday morning class, with testing the Monday after Easter.

A total of 31 students started the two classes, including the county sheriff and a local police officer. Five had to drop out along the way due to illness or other reasons and four were unable to test recently.

But the classes were a joy to teach—very motivated students--and I had the assistance of some excellent hams to help do the teaching and show off some of their equipment. Special thanks to my YL, Paula, K0PSR—the Extra in our family--and for whom Resistance is NOT Futile when teaching Ohms Law.

The classes were held in the South Sioux City Law Enforcement Center training room, with a seemingly unending supply of coffee, water and treats courtesy of the Emergency Management Director.

Now that testing is finally over, we have 19 new Technician licensees; one passed both his Technician AND his General. Only three did not pass on their first attempt—and only by one or two correct answers. I’m confident they will pass when testing happens again soon.

But there’s more to just having classes—we all need to work on getting new hams involved in the hobby right away. And that is leading us to hold our first “Elmer Day” for new hams—being held on April 24th in the afternoon at the LEC. We will have a number of stations set up by area hams to give our ‘newbies’—and others interested in ham radio—the opportunity to experience everything from kit building to HF to APRS to CW and much more. We will also help them program their new radios they will hopefully purchase at the Nebraska State Convention being held in Lincoln, NE the day before Elmer Day. It should be a fun time for all!

Finally, Dakota County ARES is well on its way to being chartered in Nebraska as an ARRL club and we also are receiving assistance in placing a total of three repeaters in Dakota County—one 70cm and two 2M units that should provide excellent coverage throughout the area. And we’ll have people to use them!

 

Oh, we also have a ‘waiting list’ of almost a dozen people hoping to do a class soon!

J.R. Reider K0JWR

 

 

 

Southeast Nebraska Radio Club (SENRC) 80 Year (1936-2016) Anniversary Celebration


September 26, 27,  Coryell Park near Auburn, Nebraska.


You are invited to attend the Southeast Nebraska Amateur Radio Club (SENRC/SENARC) April 9, 9:30 am. Breakfast planning meeting at the Cafe Metro, 901 Central Avenue, Auburn.

A room has been reserved for the meeting and we hope you will attend. We are trying to make contact with as many Hams as possible to make the 80th Anniversary September 26, 27 at Coryell Park near Auburn, a big success.The Club will also have a table at the April 23, Nebraska ARRL State Convention, so look for us there. 

It is true that many Hams are SK's but some of you and the children and grandchildren of past Club members, remember those early days. If you could forward this email to other Hams who may have been involved in the Southeast Nebraska Radio Club over the years and send in any pictures, stories you have of SENRC past Field Days, Emergency Communications, fun times, etc. we will include it in a SENRC DVD/Publication for those interested and those attending.

Send to: senebrradioclub@gmail.com or kd0ptr@gmail.com. Post memories and pictures to Facebook.com/SouthEast Nebraska Radio Club; Mail: Chuck Bennett, SENRC, %67181, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506 we will include it in the memory SENRC DVD/publication.

Hams keep communicating until they are a SK. Please RSVP if you plan on attending so we can have space available.


73's Chuck, KDØPTK and Bev. KDØPTR, Bennett.

 

 

Public Service Honor Roll

KB0YTM 25 Hours

 

 

 

 

OO Report for April 2016

Bil Mc Collum KE0XQ OO Coordinator

KE0XQ 80

KB0ZZT 50

WB0CMC 25

KB0DNP 21

KE6DZD 80

AC0DQ 40

WB0WMB NO REPORT

N0XY NO REPORT 

WB0WXS 37

W0HXL 35

 Nebraska Section Traffic Manager

 

 

 

 

NET REPORTS for April 2016

 

Nebraska 40 Meter Net Sessions 29 QNI 354 QTC 2 Reported by KW0R

Nebraska Cornhusker Net March Sessions 33 QNI 352 QTC 4 Reported by K0CWW

Nebraska CW Net Sessions 6 QNI 6 QTC 0 Reported by AA0W

Nebraska Morning Phone Net Sessions 30 QNI 1889 QTC 71 Reported by KA0DOC

Nebraska Storm Net Sessions 30 QNI 1448 QTC 18 Reported by AG0L

One Sixty Meter Weather Net Sessions   QNI   QTC   Reported by N0IGU

West Nebraska Net Sessions 26 QNI 1560 QTC 114 Reported by K0RRL

QCWA Chapter 25 Sessions   QNI   QTC   Reported by WB0AEA

Buffalo County ARES Sessions   QNI   QTC   Reported by WA0LST

Dodge County ARES Sessions 5 QNI 29 QTC 4 Reported by K0VLA

Eastern Nebraska ARES  Net Sessions 4 QNI 987 QTC 0 Reported by N0GMA

Mid-Nebraska ARES Net Sessions   QNI   QTC   Reported by KC0MWM

NPPARC Sessions 4 QNI 31 QTC 0 Reported by WD0D

Platte Valley 2-Meter Net Sessions 4 QNI 4 QTC 0 Reported by KW0R

W0IRZ Memorial ARES Net Sessions 4 QNI 60 QTC 3 Reported by W0WHY

Elkhorn Valley ARC Sessions 4 QNI 29 QTC 4 Reported by KD0JE

·         Net Report Legend: Sessions=Number of times net called, QNI=Number of Station Check-ins, QTC=Formal Traffic Count

 

      

 KA0DBK: PSHR Total = 85

 

 

 Traffic Count: K0PTK:  PSHR Total = 115

 

 K0PTK: Orig:0 ; Rcvd:44 Sent:245  Dlvd:0  for Total of 289

 

 

 

Nebraska Section Nets

 

 

 

Net name frequency meets time CDT time utc 40 Meter Net 7.282 Daily 1300 1800

Cornhusker Net 3.982 Daily 1230 1730 CW Traffic Net 3.540 M-F 1900 0000

Morning Phone Net 3.982 Daily 0730 1230

One Sixty Weather Net 1.995 Daily 1930 0130

Storm Net 3.982 Daily 1830 2330 or 0130

West Nebraska Net 3.950 M-S 0700 1200

 Notes from the Section Traffic Manager:

 

 

 Looking for any historical notes you may have about any of the Nebraska Section Net’s.  Please send me your articles, stories, remembrances, pictures or anecdotes you may have.  We will add to the monthly summaries.

 

 

 

Please report your individual traffic monthly totals to me at: nf0n@arrl.net  I also check in to several net’s daily, you can send to me on the net.  I welcome your comments and suggestions.

 

Mike, NF0N

 

 

 

 

 

AKSARBEN ARC http://www.aksarbenarc.org
Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska (used to be: Hastings ARC) http://www.w0wwv.org
Ashland ARC http://ashlandarc.org/
Bellevue ARC http://www.bellevuearc.org
Boyer Valley Amateur Radio Club (IA) http://www.bvarc.net
Buffalo County ARES http://www.bcares.info
Douglas County ARES http://www.mdares.org/home/
Elkhorn Valley ARC http://www.qsl.net/evarc
Heartland Amateur Radio Association http://www.qsl.net/hara
Heartland DX Association http://www.hdxa.net
Lincoln ARC http://www.k0kkv.org
Midway ARC http://wØky.kearney.net/
Midwest Home Brewer's & QRP Group http://www.qsl.net/hbqrp
Nebraska EMA http://www.nema.ne.gov/
Pine Ridge ARC http://www.pineridgearc.org/
Pioneer Amateur Radio Club http://www.k0jfn.com
Strategic Air Command Memorial ARC http://www.sacmarc.org/
Quarter Century Wireless Association http://www.qcwa.org/
Society of Wireless Pioneers http://www.sowp.org/
South East Nebraska Radio Club http://www.senrc.farmpond.net
1Ø-1Ø International http://www.ten-ten.org/
3900 Club http://www.3900club.com

Other Links of Interest

ARRL DX Bulletins http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/dx/
ARRL Propagation Bulletins http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/prop/
ARRL Keplarian Elements http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/kep/
ARRL Transmission Schedule http://www.arrl.org/w1aw.html#w1awsked
ARRL General and Special Bulletins http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/
ARRL Emergency Communications http://www.emergency-radio.org

SICK CALL

These are Amateur Radio Operators who are ill and need our support. Please send get well cards or QSL cards with your best wishes on them as they recover from their illnesses or surgeries. I will post along with their names what they are recovering from only with the permission of the families or the member themselves.

SILENT KEYS

While we celebrate the friends that they were, it is with sadness that we recognize the loss of these hams from our fold.

2013

WØADK - Lambert (Burm) Burmester
WDØFCK - Floyd D. Scholl

KFØFO Jim Peterson

KØSDG Paul Heiser

2012

WØAEX - Bob Rennolet, Sr.
KØAQQ - William Sprout
WAØASM - Steve May
KAØBTY - Robert Musil
KCØEHX - Roger Wilmont
WØHNW - Garry (Hoss) Cartwright
KØJPP - Berl Damkroger
KØKES - Joe Nanos
KBØOZD - Tadhg (Tag) Jackson
WØQOU - Martin Klein
WDØQVX - Henry Missel
ex-KAØREX - Claudius Shoniwa
KØRPC - Raymond M. Pohl
WØRVQ - Verne Voss
WØSZF - Verle (Moe) Francis
KAØTDN - Glen A. Roberts

2011

KAØFZW - Raymond E. Sheridan
WØGFQ - Leo Meyerson
WØJCB - William A. Rice
WØJCP - Dick Dyas
WØJJL - Jim Monk
KCØKOG - Jim Nitz
WØKQX - Ronald L. Frame
KI0KS - Robert Dunn Jr.
KAØLAR - Dan Tinkham
KBØLLZ - Bud Watson
KA2NIC - John Mark
KA0S - Doug Mibourn
WCØP - Don Duckett
KCØQR - Jerry Robb
KØTVP - Stanley Prokes
KØUDB - Gaylord Ottun
KBØWIC - Richard W. Harter
NØWWO - James Kuehn
KØYAB - Dick Moen
KCØYE - Robert M. Hill
NØXII - Steve Peterson
KCØYFU - Steve Rudolph
NØZRV - Vernon (Vern) Berggren

WEB RESOURCES

ARRL External Noise Handbook

HAMFESTS AND CONVENTIONS

ARRL Listing
Nebraska Section Convention: http://www.lincolnhamfest.org

VE TESTS

When attending a VE session, make sure you bring the following: your original license, a photocopy of your original license, 2 forms of identification (one with a photograph of you), any CSCE's and $15.00 cash or check.

NEBRASKA
http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml?State=NE

Lincoln Amateur Radio Club
First Thrusday of every month at 7pm CT, T&R's Garden Restaurant, 5250 Cornhusker Highway, Lincoln. For more information, the club website is http://www.k0kkv.org.

IOWA
http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml?State=IA

NOTICE
You may reprint items from this webpage/newsletter without prior permission if attribution to this source is provided.

Matthew N. Anderson
ARRL Nebraska Section Manager
ka0boj@arrl.org

 

Nebraska Officials