October 2021 ARES Meeting

Hey everyone, KE0LMZ here!

This month’s meeting attendees were EC Stephen Swerline KF6DRH, AEC Renee Cason KE0LMZ, Samantha Henley KE0LMY, Roger Henley KD0WXT, and Alex Cason KE0YGT.

This month’s meeting started inside of the Benton County 911 building with some discussion. A handful of the topics talked about were upcoming events (including ones scheduled all the way into July 2022!), encouraging participation from existing members, and finding ways to draw in new members!

After an hour of discussion, the members of the BC MO ARES headed outside to work in the Benton County Emergency Communications trailer and familiarize themselves with the equipment on the trailer. Plans were made to take the EmComm trailer out to get lettered by Tightwad Tees and to get the mobile repeater set up and programmed in the next few weeks!

As always, feel free to come to our monthly meetings, which are open to the public! Unless canceled ahead of time, they take place at 1231 Hirsch Parkway, Warsaw, MO 65355 at 10am to 12pm.

73 everybody! KE0LMZ, clear.

September 2021 ARES Meeting

Hey folks, KE0LMZ here! We covered quite a few things in our September meeting, which was led by new EC Stephen Swerline KF6DRH.

We started the meeting with a moment of silence for all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

For our first order of business, we discussed our Simulated Emergency Test (SET). It was decided that we would help the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Camden County, MO ARES run theirs for the first year to help them learn how to operate their own SET.

Secondly, a new schedule for weekly net operators was established: EC Stephen Swerline will now be running the first net each month, and former EC Samantha Henley KE0LMY will now be running the fourth net each month.

When reviewing ARES activity for the month thus far, we were pleased to provide communications for the Benton County, MO CERT while they performed traffic control during Warsaw’s fireworks display on the evening of September 5th.

Next, the ARES members all headed outside to move some equipment (including the generator) into the Benton County Emergency Communications trailer so it would be fully-stocked for any and all upcoming events for which it is needed.

We discussed more public outreach because we are in dire need of more volunteers. Whether they already have their amateur radio licenses or are seeking to earn them, these volunteers would help support communication efforts in Benton County during large-scale emergencies and help take pressure off of the first responders.

Finally, we talked about reaching out to the Boy Scouts to support their efforts to earn their radio communications badges, as well as reaching out to the school systems to help get teachers trained to handle incidents on school grounds before first responders arrive. Reaching out to the school systems will be done with the aid of the Benton County, MO CERT to provide a full training course to any teachers who are available and interested in this training.

If you or anyone you know are interested in emergency communications, feel free to contact EC Stephen Swerline KF6DRH at sswerlineares@gmail.com

73 everybody! KE0LMZ, clear.

Benton County CERT/ARES Volunteer Honored with Prestigious Award

From the Benton County Emergency Management Agency:

With the National CERT Conference 202One in the rearview mirror, we were given a special task: Deliver the prestigious 2021 Missouri Silver Star Award to one of our own!

The Missouri Silver Star Award is bestowed upon one volunteer from the great state of Missouri each year. It is “presented to an individual in Missouri whose dedicated, unselfish, and enthusiastic service has contributed to the growth and development of the CERT and Emergency Management communities.

This year, Mr. Stephen Swerline was named the recipient of the award!

Because of a last-minute family emergency, Stephen was unable to make it to the conference, so Deputy Director Samantha Henley (who nominated him for the award) brought it home to present to him!

Below you will find her nomination letter and the images of the presentation:

HERE AT THE BC MO EM, WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE STEPHEN AS WELL AS EXTEND OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE FOR HIS SELFLESSNESS AND THE TIME AND EFFORT HE GIVES AS A VOLUNTEER FOR BENTON COUNTY!

Up and at Em: Helping W0YQG Get Back on the Air

Tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM, there will be an effort at Kelly Stanfield W0YQG’s house to get her back on the air. Rex Green KE0VCR will be spearheading this project so that Kelly can operate again and has asked for volunteers for help.

If you would like to help out but don’t know where Kelly’s house is, contact EC Sam Henley at 573-569-3673 for information.

May 2021 Meeting

Greetings, all!

Sam here!

Thank you to the BC ARES members (and guests) who attended the May meeting.

We were able to line up the calendar with upcoming events, discuss the new website, and then it was on to training.

This month, with both ARES AECs present, it was time to get down to the nitty gritty of the report all ARES ECs are responsible for providing to the ARES DEC each month. We had a written breakdown of what goes in each box and then we went extremely in-depth into how the hours are tallied.

Another new practice is the resurrection of an old practice: At the end of the weekly net on Sunday evenings, I read off a question in ARRL Radiogram form which any operator can copy, answer, and the next week relay that answer back to me in ARRL Radiogram form. This gives us a chance to practice passing real messages so we will be prepared to do so in when we are activated for a large-scale emergency.

Once again, thank you to the volunteers who give me a slice of their time for such a worthwhile effort and group!

NOTE: We will NOT have a JUNE 2021 meeting, as it falls on the same day as Jubilee Days. We will be working from the Em Comm trailer in Warsaw! We will be having a meeting about Jubilee Days before the event, so stay tuned for updates!

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