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Echolink Software and Newer Windows Operating Syetems

Got some feedback about Echolink and Windows 10 that contradicts my experience. If you're having trouble with Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10 and Echolink, try the steps at this link:


Emergency Communicator Class (St. Louis)

The St. Louis Metro ARES Group is holding an ARRL Emergency Communicator Class (EC-001) on Saturdays through the month of March. Details are available on their website at: http://www.stlares.org/.

Storm Spotter Classes (20160223)

There are still Storm Spotter Classes available through the National Weather Service!

St. Louis Area of responsibility


Kansas City area of responsibility


Springfield area of responsibility



Memphis area of responsibility (Dunklin & Pemiscot)


Paducah area of responsibility (Most of District E)

(no listings) http://www.weather.gov/pah/?n=spottertraining

Quad Cities area of responsibility (Scotland & Clark)



Jackson County ARES Digital Training Net

The Jackson County Ares Digital Training Net will begin a series of instructions on how to configure the various components of Fldigi and FLmessage beginning on January 14th. These sessions are geared to the individual who is just beginning to use the digital modes.

If you received a "SignaLink" for Christmas please check into the net on each Wednesday evening at 8:30 PM local on the146.97 repeater and bring your questions on how to configure the various components of Fldigi.

Various aspects of the configuration process will be covered in the next four weeks.

Again, the Jackson County Ares Digital Training Net meets each Wednesday evening at 8:30 PM local time on the 146.97 machine. You do not need to be a Jackson County Ares member to check-in nor do you need to have digital capability. Each session of the net will feature a digital check-in and a message session for practice in using " FLmessage" and its various components.

We hope to see you on the "waterfall" each and every Wednesday evening at 8:30 PM local 73's

James Bair n0aji n0aji@arrl.net

AEC Jackson County Missouri ARES Public Relations

Metropolitan Emergency Communicators Consortium (MECC) Public Information Officer


The Jackson County ARES Digital Training Net will resume operation after the Christmas break this Wednesday, January 7 at its regular time of 8:30 PM local.

Check into the net if you have a new SignalLink unit or new radio and you need assistance in setting up your system. All digital hams are encouraged to check into this net.

Again, the Jackson County ARES Digital Training Net will resume regular net operations after the Christmas break on January 7, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

James P. Bair - N0AJI EM28qx

AEC Jackson County Missouri ARES Public Relations Metropolitan Emergency Communicators Consortium (MECC) Public Information Officer


Skype james.p.bair

Twitter jpbairkc


Upcoming Public Service Biking Events...

From: Rebecca Carroll
Sent: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 2:24 pm
Subject: Bike Ride - Save the Date

Bike season 2015 will soon be upon us. Amateur Radio Communication Planning has started and I wanted to make sure you have the dates for volunteer opportunities that will be available.

· Tour de Cure (for diabetes) June 6, 2015 starting in Alton, Illinois (Need 26 radio communication volunteers and 10 drivers)· Lupus Wolf Ride August 1, 2015 starting in Columbia IL (Need 12 radio communication volunteers and 4 drivers)· Bike MS September 12 – September 13, 2015 in Godfrey, IL (Need 80 radio communication volunteers and 30 drivers). Please note this ride has changed location.

I have started compiling my lists of volunteers. If you are interested or need additional information, please let me know. The best method to reach me is through email at kc9cij@aol.com.

I look forward to working with you in 2015.

Rebecca Carroll

Field Day Promo!

Youtube Video



2 Meter Packet Anyone?

Anyone by chance interested in a packet net? Anyone just want to play with packet to gain proficiency? Take a look here:   http://www.mersweb.org/nodes.htm  to see if you are covered by the Missouri Emergency Packet Network (MEPN). If you are, check out the "User Info" area on that site for usage instructions and let us know you want to play! (kd0sml at arrl.net).

Except for some limited local activity in the St. Louis area, best I can tell, this network mostly sits idle. Let's try getting some use out of it and honing our skills in the process! Who knows? If we use show adequate interest and usage, it may even get extended according to the original plan!


St. Louis County ARES Meeting - April 2014

ICS213 practice message from FLDIGI in text format for all to see. Message is relevant...



KD0SML 20140704182949




:p2:3 AEC

:d1:10 2014-04-06

:t1:5 1351L



:p3:3 AEC

:s2:20 Ron Elliott - KD0SML

:d2:10 04/06/2014

:t2:5 1443L

:mg:664 When: April 14, 2014 (Monday), 7:30 PM

Where: Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Private Dining Room (go through the downstairs cafeteria)

BJC West

12634 Olive Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63141

Who to contact: Open meeting, you do not need to contact anyone.


This will mark the group's tenth anniversary! There will be free food and door prizes (including radios)!

Steve Wooten, the Emergency Coordinator will talk about the merger of St. Louis County ARES and St. Louis County RACES, and how SKYWARN fits into the merger.

We will also discuss upcoming exercises to be held in April and May.

Come, enjoy the food and fellowship, and perhaps win something.



St. Louis County ARES Meeting

ICS213 practice message from FLDIGI in text format for all to see. Message is relevant...



KD0SML 20140903203036



:fm:12 N0MTH, Peter

:d1:10 2014-03-09

:t1:5 1434L


:s1:21 Peter Brisbine, N0MTH

:s2:7 Dolores

:mg:708 St. Louis County ARES meeting

Monday March 10, 2014 7:30 PM

Third of three presentations on deployment

Explanation of ARES/RACES merger

The next St. Louis County ARES meeting will take place on Monday March 10, 2014. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM in the Private Dining Room (far end of the lower level cafeteria) at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (click here for a map and directions). There will be a presentation based on the Introduction to Emergency Communication course regardling deployment. This will be the third of three such presentations. There will also be a discussion about the merger of St. Louis County ARES and St. Louis County RACES.

This is an open meeting, everyone is welcome.


Missouri Severe Weather Drill 2014

March 6, 2014

1:30 pm

The drill will be held on March 6th, 2014, at 1:30 pm. A request for a waiver for the State of Missouri has been sent to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to allow the National Weather Service to use the tornado warning code (TOR) on NOAA Weather Radio (NWR). However the waiver has not been received yet. The NWS will not use the EAS TOR code unless the waiver is granted.

editor's note: The St. Louis County Skywarn Net will activate in conjunction with this exercise. Any others?



Digital Ham Radio Demonstration and Information

The Platte County Amateur Radio Group (PCARG) will present information and give demonstrations on the use of digital communications at the regular monthly club meeting this Saturday, February 22. The club meets at the Northland Regional Ambulance District (NRAD) building located at 1000 Platte Falls Road. The meeting will run from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. All persons interested in learning about using FlDigi and associated software in conjunction with Amateur Radio are encouraged to attend the meeting.

PCARG regularly meets on the last Saturday of the month at the NRAD site. Demonstrations of equipment setup and software acquisition will be performed during the meeting.

For further information about meeting site or details check the PCARG.ORG website at . A map link is on this website along with other info and news regarding the PCARG Club.

Leland C. Finley, WA0JSB

PCARG Public Information Officer

Riverside, MO 64150




Training for KC area Skywarn Net Controllers and Responders

It's that time of year again. Time for the annual SkyWarn Net Control and Responder training. This year training will be Saturday, March 1st, at 0900. Training is held at the NWS office at Pleasant Hill, MO. This training is for Net Control operators, new and old, and also for the PH Responders, new and old.

*** This is NOT a weather spotter training. ***

If you have worked as a net control or responder in the past and want to do so again this year, please plan to attend.

If you have never worked the jobs before, please consider helping out. Net control people work from home (usually) and control the SkyWarn net when it is activated. As you know, severe weather can come up any time of the day or night, so you need to be flexible. Understanding that people work, we have people to help out during the daytime work hours, so don't let that stop you from helping out. If you would like to attend the training as a new Net Control operator, please contact Eric Cook, N0MIJ. He is SkyWarn Net Control Manager. His phone number is 816-200-1828, or you can email him at . I would ask that anyone coming for the Net Control training please RSVP with Eric.

If you would like to join the Responders team, please contact Tom Eagle, K0JPR, at . Responders are the people that come to Pleasant Hill during severe weather to man the radios and run spotter information into and out of the NWS office. Again, I would ask that you please RSVP, if you plan to attend for the Responder training. If you have any questions, you can contact either of these two gentlemen, or you can reach me at .

73 de WR0R

John Seals
Chairman, Kansas City SkyWarn


SLSRC Hosts ARRL Officials

Cliff Ahrens K0CA, SLSRC member and ARRL Midwest Division Director, who is our guest speaker for the March 28 SLSRC meeting will have some special guests with him. If you are an ARRL member, you will recognize their names and faces from QST.

SLSRC is very pleased to have this honor of having all three ARRL officials attend the March meeting. All amateur operators are welcome and encouraged to attend this very special meeting.

More information will be sent as we get closer to the meeting date.


kc0sdv for SLSRC



I will have several special guests with me for the SLSRC program on Friday, March 28. The ARRL Executive Committee is meeting in St. Louis the next day. ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN and ARRL CEO Dave Sumner K1ZZ, will be joining me at the SLSRC meeting, and will present the program on the ARRL Centennial. Hopefully several other members of the Executive Committee will also be able to attend.

I'm pleased that the SLSRC members will have the opportunity to meet and visit with N3KN and K1ZZ at the March 28 SLSRC meeting.

73, Cliff K0CA

Cliff Ahrens K0CA

ARRL Midwest Division Director


Upcoming Weather Spotter Classes

2/18/2014 6:30 pm Iron County, MO, Ironton, MO
Iron County Health Department
606 West Russell Street
Ironton Mo 63650

Iron County EMA: Mike Yates:
(573) 631-0922

2/19/2014 6:00 pm Crawford County, MO, Cuba, MO
Cuba Police Department
602 South Franklin St
Cuba, MO 65453 Cuba EMA: Rodney Neff: 573-205-1102

2/22/2014 9:00 am St. Louis County, MO, Kirkwood, MO
St. Louis Community College at Meramec
College Theater
11333 Big Bend Blvd
Krikwood, MO 63122 Joe Schneider: 314-984-7419





Digital Practice Net - Saint Louis area

The Saint Louis County Amateur Radio Emergency Service has started a digital practice net on VHF simplex frequency 147.585 (HVTAC14). The net starts at 2pm Central time each Sunday afternoon and is generally up for about an hour. They utilize the Narrow Band Emergency Message System (NBEMS) software FLDIGI configured for the MT631KL (MT63 1000 long) protocol. Voice support is via t he 146.970 repeater ( - offset, ctcss 141.3).



Skywarn Training - Johnson County Kansas

If you are in Johnson County, KS, and want to be a spotter, you will need to attend the following training....

Johnson County ECS training schedule for 2014.

January 11th - FL Digi Training 0900 to 1100 Johnson County EOC
111 S. Cherry St, Olathe KS

January 27th - NWS/SkyWarn Storm Spotter Training - 1900 to 2100 Olathe North High School
600 E Prairie St,
Olathe, KS

February 8th - Annual Protocols Training 0900 to 1100 Johnson County EOC
111 S. Cherry St, Olathe KS

February 8th - Annual Spotting Site Evaluation 1100 to 1200 Johnson County EOC
111 S. Cherry St, Olathe KS

February 15th - Annual Member Meeting and Protocols Drill 0900 to 1200
Johnson County EOC
111 S. Cherry St, Olathe KS

Brian L Short,

JOCO ARES EC shortyland.com, kc0bs.com, hamclass.org, ks0jc.com, k0ham.com, ksrepeater.com, kcaprs.org



Upcoming Public Service Events

Bike season 2014 will soon be upon us. Amateur Radio Communication Planning has started and I wanted to make sure you have the dates for volunteer opportunities that will be available.
· Tour de Cure (for diabetes) May 31, 2014 starting in Alton, Illinois (Need 24 volunteers)
· Lupus Wolf Ride August 2 starting in Columbia IL (Need 12 volunteers)
· Bike MS September 6 – September 7 in Columbia, MO (Need 80 volunteers)
I have started compiling my lists of volunteers. Official registration will start in 2014. I will send out the forms and links as they become available.
If you are interested or need additional information, please let me know. The best method to reach me is through email at kc9cij@aol.com.
Thank you for all your help and I look forward to working with you again in 2014.
Rebecca Carroll

Social Media Sites

There is a Facebook group geared toward HAMS in the St. Louis area at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stlhams/. It is now a closed group so you will have to request membership. For those interested in digital (mainly FLDIGI), jackson County areas has a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/jcadtn. St. Louis area HAMS that tweet... if its HAM related, please use hashtag #stlham.
Know of others? Let us know!!


Skywarn Recognition Day (Pleasant Hill)


Skywarn Recognition Day is co-sponsor by the National Weather Service and American Radio Relay League. This year the event will be held on December 7 from 00z through 24z. (6 pm CST Friday Dec 6, to 6 pm CST Saturday Dec 7).
Come celebrate the important contributions volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service's core mission.
The Regional Headquarters is located near the airport, the address is 7220 NW 101s t Terrace, Kansas City, MO. (Interstate 29, exit 10). We will need volunteers operators starting at 6 pm Friday through Saturday 6 pm.
All modes will be in use, SSB, CW, PSK, APRS and winlink.
The NWS office at Pleasant Hill will be on the air from 6 pm Friday until midnight and is also looking for Volunteer operators to help cover this time period.
SSB will be available at the Pleasant Hill office which is on the north side of Pleasant Hill, Route 7
If you would like to volunteer at either location please contact me at Include your name, email, call, the time you would like to operate and where.
If you can not volunteer to operate, please join us in the air. Information can be found at :
Thank you,
Bill Gery (KA2FNK)

The Missouri VOIP Net is alive on Echolink


The Missouri VOIP Net meets every Monday night on the Echolink conference server *MISSOURI* (node 452514). It is also available on the KB5YZY (146.850) Repeater in the St. Louis area. We are looking to rebuild the following it had in it's heyday. There are a few hardcore followers, but we're looking for YOU to join us on Monday nights at 8pm Central time!
Echolink software is available for most versions of the Windows ™ operating system at http://echolink.org/. It is also available for Android and IOS (Apple iPad and phone) devices from the respective app stores. I have actually done net control from an Android phone! It is a tool that should be included in our toolboxes because 1. It's free! And 2. It allows anyone with a Technician or higher license to communicate over the Internet, around the world.
I have heard the argument that the Internet might not be available during emergency situations but would counter that it has yet to fail everywhere at the same time. In many situations, there is Internet available within uhf / vhf range of a disaster area so near real time relay of information is still possible using Echolink and a non-hf license!
In it's heyday, there were a number of repeaters in Missouri that participated by connecting to the Conference server and allowing for local Hams to connect via RF. There's a list of those nodes at http://www.mo-voip.net/nodes/. If you are the repeater owner or trustee, or if you know them, we'd really like to expand our reach again so please contact us if there's still an interest!
We're looking for people interested in being Net Control Operators. You can never have enough since we all have obligations that get in the way sometimes. Even if you don't want a regular slot in the rotation, if you can be a backup it would help a lot.
Questions? Ready to step up and do net Control? You can contact me at KD0SML@arrl.net.
Ron Elliott

Jackson County Ares Digital Training Net


The Wednesday session of the JCADTN will have as its focus "How to Change your Fonts size and color and How to set up and use the AUTOSTART option of Fldigi.
On Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. there will be a Missouri and Kansas Fldigi net called on 3.584.50usb using MFSK32 WF centered on 1500 hz on the waterfall. If the freq is busy move up to 3.585.5 using the same mode.
Listen for KB0EMB as the net control station.
James P. Bair - N0AJI EM28qx
AEC Jackson County Missouri ARES Public Relations Metropolitan Emergency Communicators Consortium (MECC) Public Information Officer



WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will be on the air for SKYWARN Recognition Day, Saturday, December 7, 1400 until 2300 UTC. Hurricane season officially ends today.

"This will be our 15th year of participation in the SRD, and our 33rd year of public service at NHC," said Julio Ripoll, WD4R, the WX4NHC Amateur Radio assistant coordinator. "The purpose of this event is to test the Amateur Radio Station operations and equipment between NWS Office nationwide and is sponsored byNOAA. This event is excellent practice for ham radio operators as well as NWS staff to become familiar with the unique communication skills available during times of severe weather. It is also a fun event.

" WX4NHC will take advantage of the occasion to conduct operator training. The station will make contacts on various frequencies and modes, to exchange signal reports and basic weather data, such as "sunny" or "rainy" between WX4NHC, ham stations at other NWS offices, and stations throughout the US.

WX4NHC will be on HF, VHF, UHF, APRS (2 meters and 30 meters), andWinLink (subject should contain //WL2K). "We will try to stay on the recognized Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) frequency 14.325 MHz most of the time and announce when we QSY," Ripoll said.

Ripoll said that due to space and equipment limitations at the NHC, plans call for having two to three operators on duty per shift. "We cannot be everywhere and on every mode at the same time," he explained. "You may be able to find us on HF by using one of the DX spotting networks, such as the DX Summit website."

WX4NHC operators also will be active on the VoIP Hurricane Net, from 2100 until 2300 UTC (IRLP node 9219 / EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203). South Florida area VHF and UHF repeaters will be part of the mix as well.

QSL cards are available via WD4R, with an SASE. Do not send QSLs directly to the National Hurricane Center.


December 3, 2013 - SKYWARN™ Recognition Day 2013 - December 7, 2013

SLSRC will be operating from the NWS office in Weldon Springs, starting at 6 PM Friday December 6 until around 9 M and starting again at 9 AM Saturday December 7, until around 3 PM. All hams/weather spotters are invited to attend and operate as we contact as many other NWS offices as possible during the event. This is not an open house for the general public, but an event sponsored by the NWS to show appreciation to amateur radio operators and the tremendous service provided during times of severe weather.

We will begin setting up the equipment around 3 PM Friday, and would appreciate help as radios, coax, antennas, etc. need to be set up. Great opportunity for hams involved in Emergency Communication to gain experience setting up equipment and message handling.

12 Research Park Drive

St. Charles, MO 63304

(636) 441-8467

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day 2013 - December 7, 2013

This year's SRD falls on The National Pearl Harbor Rememberance Day

Look for us on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 SSB/CW & IRLP 3453. Locally on 146.850

What is SKYWARN™ Recognition Day?

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the National Weather Service.

Some History!

During 1942 and 1943, the Weather Bureau cooperated with the military in setting up volunteer storm spotter networks to protect military installations and recognized the value of first hand, real time information.

On May 25,1955, a tornado in Udall, Kansas killed 80 people and injured 273. The National Weather Service decided to train severe weather spotters to provide real time data.

In 1965, the Natural Disaster Warning System (NADWARN) was established to coordinate the natural disaster-related emergency functions of various Federal agencies. A special, tornado-specific plan called SKYWARN™ was created, under the guidance of the National Weather Service.


Today SKYWARN™ consists of a network of all-hazard weather spotters (not just tornadoes) and has over 235,000 trained all-hazard weather spotters in the SKYWARN™ program.

Visit the NOAA National Weather Service SKYWARN™ Recognition Day website.




September, 2013

We're going to wake things up here again.

If you're interested in becoming our new webmaster, please contact us.

The net is still alive and going strong. Please join us on Monday evenings at 8pm Central Time.


October 8, 2012 - STL City ARES

City ARES® will conduct its monthly simplex net Thursday, Oct. 11 at 20:00, St. Louis time. The net will meet on 146.445, which is the primary simplex frequency for City ARES® as defined by the Missouri ARES® District C Emergency Operations Plan. The backup frequency is 145.650. Operators should to transmit the 100hz CTCSS tone in case other stations need to silence interference.

Check-ins will be taken in order of Patrol Divisions used by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department:

South Patrol (Districts 1, 2 and 3)

Central Patrol (Districts 4, 5 and 9)

North Patrol (Districts 6, 7 and 8)

Operators not in the city of St. Louis will be given an opportunity to check in after the city check-ins.

Because this is a simplex net, all stations will be asked to listen for check-ins and offer relays when necessary.

Operators are asked to send a summary of stations heard to Teak Phillips, ARES® Emergency Coordinator for the city at WØTLP (at) arrl.net.


September 16, 2012 - Ham Happenings in Missouri

If anyone would like to volunteer and become a member of H.A.R.N. (Hospital Amateur Radio Network) group and become an amateur radio operator at one of the below hospitals during an emergency. Send me an email kc0qmu@yahoo.com
(BJC) Christian Hospital Northeast
Des Peres Hospital
Hawthorn Childrens Psychiatric
Metropolitian St Louis Psychiatric
(BJC) Missouri Baptist Medical Center
(BJC) NorthWest HealthCare
(BJC) Progress West Healthcare Center
Saint Louis University Hospital 
(SSM) Cardinal Glennon Children's
St. Clare Hospital of Fenton
(SSM) St. Mary's Health Center
(BJC) St. Louis Children's Hospital 
St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation
St. Lukes Rehabilitation Hospital

The St. Louis QRP Society is holding its annual Tailgate Sale the evening of Wednesday, September 19, 2012. From 6:00 p.m until everyone goes home. We will be at our usual location - the south east parking lot of Florissant Valley Community College - just south of the new Engineering Building.Never a charge to sell or browse. Bring gear to sell and money to buy more or better yet - do both! Plan to talk a lot about QRP and homebrew for starters or just visit for a spell. Brats off the grill & sodas for the hungry and thirsty. Antennas and radios available for those wishing to get on the air or bring your own rig along. E-mail dgauding@sbcglobal.net for driving directions or more info.

The Glendale Fire and Police Departments will host their fourth Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training beginning Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 6 PM.  Classes will be held at the Glendale City Hall Auditorium, 424 N. Sappington Road, Glendale, Missouri. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.  CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. The CERT course consists of 20 hours of training, two nights per week for two weeks, plus one Saturday morning practical exercise.  Classes are taught by Glendale Fire and Police Personnel who have received specialized training in the areas of disaster preparedness. Classes will be held September 18, 20, 25 and 27, 2012, from 6-10 p.m.  The practical exercise will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, visit the Glendale Fire Department website at www.glendalefd.com or contact Captain Chuck Helle at 314-965-7097 or chelle@glendalemo.org


February 6, 2012 - 2012 Great Central US ShakeOut! ARES-HF Net

On February 7, 2012, beginning at 10:15 a.m.* CST Amateur Radio Emergency Service-Oklahoma will be calling a radio HF net on 7260 kHz a in participation with the 2012 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut!
More than one million people across nine states will participate in the 2012 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut!
During this drill “Drop, Cover and Hold On” - Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, andHold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes
Then, get up, dust off and ALL radio amateurs in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennesse, Mississippi & Alabama are requested to check in to the HF net on 7260 kHz and participate with ARES.
Following the KISS principal this net will be a CHECK IN ONLY net only. Check in with your call sign and location.  No traffic will be handled by this net.  The net will open at 10:15 a.m.* CST on 7260 kHz and run no more than one hour.
The Net Control Stations will be Joe N5TEX and Jack KB5KKT.
SEC?s for all Sections are invited to register your section at