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

Ron Burke, KB9DJA
mergency Coordinator
Hendricks County ARES

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March 20, 2018

1) The next Hendricks County ARES Tuesday Night Simplex Net will be on March 20th (tonight).  Bill Pfaffenberger, AE9R, will be hosting on the simplex frequency of 144.900MHz - at 8pm, right after the scheduled ARES Weekly Tuesday Night Net. These Nets are to check the performance and capability of our radios on a simplex frequency during an emergency or disaster, with a Net Controller and Hams in and around Hendricks County. All Amateurs are encouraged to participate by checking in to the Net.


2)  March 18th thru March 24th is Severe Weather and Flooding Week. Tests on tornado sirens will occur at various times.


3) In the event Severe Weather comes into Hendricks County, you’ll need to monitor and report any signs of severe weather activity within the criteria of possible Wall Clouds, Tornados, Hail 1/2 inch or larger, sustained wind speeds of 30 mph or higher, Downed Trees w/location and Flooding w/location. Reports need to be made on the 147.165MHz Hendricks County SKYWARN Net.  No tone is required to access the repeater.


4) Hendricks County ARES is looking for Amateur Radio volunteers who would like to be trained in Emergency Radio Communications.  These trained operators will be used to operate either the Hospital Radio equipment or any field work using amateur radio in Hendricks County during an emergency or disaster. If you are a licensed  Amateur Radio Operator and would like join us in providing Emergency Radio Communications, email Ron Burke, KB9DJA, at KB9DJA@gmail.com.


5) The 35th Annual Columbus Hamfest, sponsored by the Columbus Amateur Radio Club, will be on April 7, 2018 from 8am to Noon. It will be held at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Community Building, located at 750 W County Road 200 S. in Columbus, IN.  Setup is from 6 to 8pm Friday April 6th and 6am on Saturday Morning April 7th . Talk-in will be on the 146.790 MHz with a sub-audible tone of 103.5 Hz. For more information and or registration, contact Matthew Bruner, KC9BWO, at 812-375-4860 or at kc9bwo@att.net.


6)  The SATERN net is now on every week on Thursdays at 7:00pm on the 146.880 repeater.  No sub-audible tone is required for access. All licensed amateurs are welcome to check in.

The next SATERN general meeting will be held on April 3rd at 6:00pm at the Salvation Army EDS facility at 4020 Georgetown Road.  All are welcome, you do not have to be a SATERN member or Salvation Army volunteer to attend.

SATERN will be hosting an HT Information Session on April 14th from 9 -11am.  Anyone wishing help or information with their HT's or programming assistance are welcomed to attend.  The session will be held at The Salvation Army EDS facility at 4020 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis, IN.

7) The next Hendricks County ARES Hospital Net will be on Saturday morning, April 21st.  Wayne Fox, KE9P, will be hosting from Hendricks Regional Health Hospital and Rick Dorsey, KD9ECJ, will be hosting from IU Health West Hospital. The net starts at 10:30am. This net will be on 147.570MHz simplex. All Amateurs are encouraged to check-in.


8)  If you are looking for experience in emergency comms, consider helping with one of the public service events in the area. Go to http://www.indyhams.org.  Look on the left side of the page, under the heading called Upcoming Events, to find some good choices.


9) It's always available: http://www.training.fema.gov/is is the place to earn the National Incident Management certifications that you do not already hold. To participate in all types of incidents, you will need IS-100b, IS-200b, IS-700a and IS-800b. These courses are a vital part of the Hendricks County ARES training.




  There were no Over-The-Air Announcements this week.

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.