December 1, 2015
1) This weekend, the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis is one of many hosting a special on-air event. This is to recognize the Skywarn weather observation and reporting system and its many amateur radio volunteers. Hams across the nation will be on the air between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Frequencies and hours will vary by station, but operations should be underway on eight ham bands including VHF and UHF. Details can be found at hamradio.noaa.gov.
2) The next simplex net will be at 8 p.m. next Tuesday, December 8, on a frequency of 146.46 MHz. Tom WA9YI will be net control. All area hams are invited and encouraged to check in, as the simplex net provides us with important propagation data.
3) Hamfests are over for this year, but it’s only ten weeks until the Fifth Annual Brownsburg hamfest. For a Hamfest Flyer, click HERE. Details are also on the Hamfest List on this website.
4) In Washington, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has voted in favor of the proposed Amateur Radio Parity Act, known as S 1685. This legislation would prohibit outright bans of ham radio antennas through land use restrictions like those found in many homeowners association agreements. S 1685 also picked up its fourth cosponsor in the Senate, while the companion bill in the House, H.R. 1301, has 114 cosponsors.
5) Hendricks ARES has been invited to take part in the county Health Department’s emergency exercise, to take place on February 27th. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
6) A reminder to all Hendricks County ARES members who have not completed all four NIMS certifications: Go to training.fema.gov/is for the online courses; use the keyword search to either look for NIMS, or for one of the four required courses: 100b, 200b, 700a and 800b.
7) The annual holiday dinner for members of the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society will be on Saturday, December 12th, in Danville. Please contact a club officer if you need more information.
8) Please print and keep at your station a copy of the ARES Emergency Plan, which can be found on our web site. It lays out the proper procedures to use during an emergency or disaster.
Tom, WA9Y,I announced the list of training courses for 2016, and a rough schedule:
• January will bring two NIMS review classes, one covering 100b and 700a, and the other covering 200b and 800b. Each will likely be offered on a Saturday afternoon and on a weekday evening. Also January will have the Intro to Digital Modes seminar from last year.
• February we will see a Digital Modes Workshop to build on the Intro class; a refersher class for our trained Hospital Hams; a class on messages and traffic handling covering both NTS and ICS systems; and a Net Control Operator training class, again with hands-on net practice.
• In March we will have Skywarn Spotter training; an Intro to Damage Assessment class; and a “When You Get Deployed” class to prepare you to be prepared to take yourself, your rig and antennas and backup gear, and the things to sustain you, when you are deployed for a day or three during an emergency.