June 21, 2016
1) Welcome to Amateur Radio Week! Many states have declared this week to be amateur radio week, and so have the Hendricks County Commissioners. Make sure your weekend plans include a visit to a Field Day site, and maybe sharing your hobby with friends or family.
2) Field Day is this Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th. HCARS operations will be at Avon United Methodist Church in Avon, just west of Kroger. Check hcars.org, and the HCARS page on Facebook, for more information.
3) A repeat performance during Field Day will be the New Ham Workshop, designed for the ham with a new license, or anyone thinking about getting their first license. The free class will focus on getting on the air on UHF and VHF. This will be done with the assistance of the Indiana Elmer Network.
4) The first frequency-change exercise of the summer will be next Tuesday during during the regular weekly ARES net. It will involve the net moving to the backup repeater frequency, so be sure you have it programmed in your radio, including the sub-audible tone. The frequency is 145.130 MHz (with minus (-) tx offset), with a sub–audible tone of 88.5 Hz.
5) Thanks go out to the hams who checked into the 2-meter hospital simplex net last Thursday. This monthly check of radios at Hendricks and IU West hospitals is an important part of being ready for an emergency. The new antenna at Hendricks Regional is working well.
6) The next hamfest in the area will be the Indianapolis Hamfest, held on July 8th and 9th. Their website, indyhamfest.com, has all of the details. Be sure to note the new tailgate in Danville on August 13th, sponsored by the Hendricks County Radio Communications Support Group (HCRCSG) which supports Hendricks County ARES. You can click on this link: http://hcrcsg.org/tailgate.html, to access the on-line ordering form topurchase Advance Tickets. For details on more events, check the hamfests link onhendricksares.org website.
7) If you have not already done so, please go to training.fema.gov/is and earn any of the National Incident Management System certifications that you do not already hold: 100b, 200b, 700a and 800b. The new ARES ID card color and wording reflect the NIMS Certification status of the member. NIMS Certification is required for deployment to certain locations during an emergency or disaster.
• Bob, W9BU, reported that severe weather is expected for early Wednesday morning and also Wednesday evening 6/22; please keep an eye on things.
• Ron, KB9DJA, announced that people and extension ladders are needed at 6 p.m. Friday 6/24 to erect antennas for Field Day (see above for location).
• Scott, N9ARE, announced that Field Day will feature a Safety Officer and people with first aid, CPR and AER training are invited to so identify themselves to the SO when they arrive.
• Tom, WA9YI, noted the FAQ (frequency shift exercise) during next week’s net, and urged people to follow the instructions of net control.
• Tom also asked if anyone is interested in working a satellite QSO during Field Day – someone with the right antenna and/or experience needed to gain the points for a satellite contact.
REMINDER: Wayne, AC9HP, has announced that the next Hendricks ARES digital net will be in July after one of our weekly nets and will be on 80 Meters and all hams are encouraged to participate. If you need help setting up your HF equipment ahead of time, please contact Wayne AC9HP@arrl.net for assistance. We will use different modes each month, starting with PSK then moving to other digital modes like Olivia MKS63. We will also experiment with RMS Express and WinMor. Specific dates and times will be announced on the facebook page, the hendricksares.org website, and in future weekly ARES nets, so be on the lookout.
73, please join us next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for the weekly Hendricks County ARES 2-meter net on 147.015 MHz.