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Missouri Severe Weather Drill 2014
March 6, 2014
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
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:
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
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,
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
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Skywarn Recognition Day (Pleasant Hill)
The Missouri VOIP Net is alive on Echolink
Jackson County Ares Digital Training Net
December 3, 2013 - NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER WX4NHC WILL BE ON THE AIR FOR SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY
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
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.
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.
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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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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