February 9, 2016
1) The Fifth Annual Brownsburg Hamfest is here! Join throngs of hams this Saturday, February 13th, at the American Legion hall at 636 East Main Street. Setup is the evening before, and doors open at 7 a.m. Saturday. More details can be found on the hamfest link on this webste.
2) The next Hendricks ARES monthly 2-meter simplex net is tonight, at 8 p.m., right after this net. Tom KC9IUL will be net control, on 145.555 MHz. Please plan to be part of the fun and see how many people check in; we have had a dozen or so the last two months.
3) The next hospital simplex net will be nine days from now, on the morning of Thursday, February 18th, at 9:30 a.m., on 147.570 MHz. Dave N9KQI will be hosting at Hendricks Regional Hospital, and Gary AB9SS will do the same at IU West, as we test these stations and propagation within the county.
4) Hendricks ARES members not already assigned for the February 27th Family Assistance Center (FAC) exercise are needed for a good operating experience that morning. Duties will include taking down health and welfare messages to and from Hendricks Regional and I.U. West hospitals. The assignment will be from 7 a.m. to noon at Danville High School. If you are interested in sharpening the skills you will need as a trained amateur radio operator during a real disaster, contact Ron KB9DJA at firstname.lastname@example.org
5) NWS Indianapolis and the Indiana Chapter of the American Meteorological Society will host the 2016 Central Indiana Severe Weather Symposium at Butler University on Saturday, March 5.
Speakers include Chris Wright of CBS4, storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski, and disaster preparedness expert Dr. Laura Myers, and NWS Indianapolis meteorologists. Details can be found at weather.gov/ind/2016CISWS.
6) Ham license classes on Wednesday evenings began Jan. 27th, but it is not too late join in. The classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Senior Center in Danville, for Technician, General and Extra class licenses. These classes are sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society. More information is on the HCARS website, which is hcars.org.
7) Mark your calendar for the Skywarn severe weather spotter training class in Danville. It will be on Saturday, March 19th, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hendricks County Government Center. All hams and anyone interested in helping the National Weather Service identify severe weather are welcome. Dates for training in neighboring counties can be found at weather.gov/ind/spotter_talks.
8) Hendricks County ARES is fortunate that about two-thirds of our members have their four NIMS certifications. These are obtained through on-line classes as part of the FEMA training program. If you need to complete one or more: Go to training.fema.gov/is and then use the keyword search to look for any of the four required courses: 100b, 200b, 700a and 800b. You’ll need your student ID number, which you can obtain on that site.
9) It’s almost spring, and severe weather is coming. You will be best able to serve in an emergency with a printed copy of the Hendricks County ARES Emergency Plan at your station. You can view and print it from this website, by clicking HERE.
• Please check back later for updated information . . . . . .
• Ham license classes on Wednesday evenings have begun, but it is not too late to participate. The classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Senior Services Center in Danville, for Technician, General and Extra class licenses. These classes are sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society. More information is on the HCARS website, which is hcars.org.
• March 19th: The National Weather Service, Indianapolis office will be conducting annual Severe Weather Spotters training from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the north room off the rotunda in the Hendricks County Government Center, 355 S. Washington St. in Danville, IN