Hendricks County (Indiana) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Ron Burke, KB9DJA
mergency Coordinator
Hendricks County ARES

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Octber 9, 2018

1) The next Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Simplex Net will be on October 9th.  Bill Pfaffenberger, AE9R, will be hosting the net on 145.555MHz, starting right after the regular Hendricks County ARES scheduled Weekly Net.  Anyone is interested in helping out in running a Simplex Net should contact Ken Kayler, KC9SQD for details.

2) The Hoosier Hikers Council has requested communications assistance for their walk/run event in Morgan/Monroe State Forest on Saturday, October 13th. Six or more operators will be required from 8:30am - 1:00pm.  The Martinsville Fall Foliage Festival has requested combinations assistance for their annual  parade in Martinsville on Sunday October 14th. Eight operators will  be required from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  If you are available to volunteer for either or both of these events, please contact Brian Elliott, N9JPX, at n9jpx09@yahoo.com or at 765-346-1123 for details.

3) The Hendricks county Amateur Radio Emergency Service (HCARES) group has been asked to provide radio communications support for the Fall Colors Run and the Fall Colors Festival at McCloud Nature Park located in northwest Hendricks County on October 20th.
The run will begin at 9:00am and will last approximately 2 hours on the trails of the park.

Volunteers will need to be on site at 8:00am and will be deployed at stations around the park on the trails. The fall Colors Festival will begin shortly before the run ends and will last until 4:00pm. We will be providing communications support and information at a couple of stations. 

This is a beautiful facility and will be a great opportunity to show our capabilities and professionalism to another Hendricks County Agency.  If you would like to help with these events, please contact Bruce Jones at kd9agh@gmail.com.

4) The Hendricks County ARES Monthly Hospital Net will not run from IU West Hospital for the rest of the year because the Hospital will be under construction. The nets will continue on the regular schedule from Hendricks Regional Hospital.  Gordon Cotton, W9GKC, will be hosting the next net on October 20th, at 10:30am on the 444.700MHz repeater.  This Net is to check the capability and                                              
performance of our communications equipment with the Net Controller, and other Amateurs in and around Hendricks County. This is part of the HCARES training.

5) The American Diabetes Association is in need communications assistance with their annual ADA Tour de Cure bike ride on Saturday October 20th.  The ride will start and end at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The ride will occur on roads in Marion, Hendricks, and Boone counties with the farthest north point being in the Whitestown area. 

The event organizers are planning to have a total of 3 water/aid stops along the route outside of the speedway and 5 inside the speedway.   Tony Stokes, KU9V, said:  “I am looking for volunteers for the water/aid stops both along the outer route and inside the speedway.  

I will also be looking volunteers to act as APRS trackers for both the 50k and 75k lead and tail, SAGS, (SAGS should have a vehicle that can carry at least one bicycle and rider, APRS is encouraged) as well as several other areas along the course. 

volunteers should have at least a 2 meter mobile radio but a dual band is encouraged.  If you would like to volunteer, please respond to this message and indicate what type of position you are interested in.  Please feel free to forward
this message to anyone you think would be interested in volunteering for the event.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tony Stokes, KU9V, at ku9v@arrl.net.

6)  The Blue River Amateur Radio Society Tailgate will be on October 20th at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Located at 500 Frank Street in Shelbyville, IN. Talk-in will be on the 145.480MHz Repeater with a PL-Tone of 88.5 Hz. Contact John Walker, K9SVL, at 317-402-5000 or at inprinter@att.net, or go to http://www.brvars.com for more information.  

7) Hamtober Fest, sponsored by the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, will be on October 27th,  at the Lynnville Community Center. Located at 416 West State Road 68 in Lynnville, IN. Talk-in will be on the 146.790MHz Repeater with a PL-Tone of 88.5Hz. Contact Raymond Edge, W9KHP, at 812-746-5884 hamfest@w9og.net or go to http://www.hamtoberfest.com for more information.

8)  Brent Walls, N9AB, sent us the following message to be posted: “ Greetings Fellow Hams.  If you have already volunteered or said you can't for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, you may ignore the rest of this message.

I am still looking for 8 more volunteers to provide communications support for the Indianapolis Marathon on Saturday November 3rd.  Volunteer communicators will be stationed at rest stops and other critical locations along the marathon route. 

Volunteer communicators will be providing logistical communications, requesting medical assistance to their location, and providing situational awareness to the event staff and public safety.

If you are interested in being a volunteer communicator, please send me an email message at bwalls@arrl.net or simply respond to this message.  This is a full 26.2 mile marathon and some positions will be in place until almost 3PM.  Please be sure to include any time restrictions you may have”.




  David Miller, K9RTT, announced that the next Indianapolis Radio Club meeting will be at the Downtown Indianapolis IV Tech Building on October 12th. More info is available at http://indyradioclub.org

  Ron Burke, KB9DJA, announced that there will be a Kid’s Fair from 12pm to 4pm at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on October 13th. Hendricks County ARES will be manning a booth at this event, with Literature and Brochures on an Introduction to Amateur Radio as well ae Introduction to ARES.

  Write-In Announcement: 

Brian Elliott, N9JPX, wrote: “The Indiana Trail Running Association has just asked for amateur radio communications assistance during their Tecumseh Marathon on Saturday, October 27th. The route runs from Morgan/Monroe State Forest South along the Tecumseh Trail to Yellow-wood Lake in Brown County. If you are interested in helping with this event please let me know as soon as possible. There are other events going on that day and I will need to let them know next week if there are enough amateur radio volunteers available to do the job”.

Thanks for your consideration & 73,

Brian Elliott N9JPX
765-346-1123 (cell)



The various meetings and nets mentioned above are all training opportunities.  Please participate in as many as possible.

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Local  Events
Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society club meetings: 2nd Monday of each month. HC Government Center at 7:00pm

ARES Net is held every Tuesday at 7:30pm on 147.015 MHz

Weak signals can get into the repeater better when transmitting a 123.0 Hz tone.  However, a tone is NOT required.

RACES and SkyWarn Nets are called as needed - 147.165 MHz

Hospital Radio Nets are on 147.570 MHz simplex at 10:30am, the 3rd Saturday of each month, EXCEPT November and December.. All Hams are invited to participate.

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ARES Press Coverage
Flyer Group newspaper about the Feb 14th Brownsburg Hamfest. You can check it out in the printed version, or click HERE for the on-line version.
American Legion magazine, March edition page 32. You can access the article by ckicking HERE.