MARCH 2014 MISSOURI SECTION NEWS DALE BAGLEY, K0KY MO SM
If your Amateur Radio Club is an Affiliated of the ARRL, it needs to update its affiliation at least every two years. That is necessary so that the ARRL can have the correct contact information for that Club. When an Amateur Radio Club elects new officers, often at the first of the year, the Secretary or another officer needs to go the ARRL Club website and make the needed changes in the information. The easiest way to update the Radio Club data is to use the link “Clubs” on the home page of the ARRL Website, and it will take you to the SEARCH FOR AFFILIATE CLUBS. I found that typing in the zip code and searching took me to the correct page and there I selected the Radio Club that needed updating. Click on the GO NOW in the upper right of the Club page. This will take you to the site that tells you how long it has been since the Club updated its information and other club information. To update, click on EDIT, in the upper right of the Club page and fill out the needed information. When you are done, simply submit and in three days the site will be updated. I hope this has not been too extensive for the MO Section News, but I’ve had a bunch of Clubs that haven’t updated their information and were sent notices that they were going to be declared inactive. These Clubs were never inactive; they just has not done an update recently. Ask at a Club meeting who is responsible for Updating the Affiliated Club information. The Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society planning for the 2014 Missouri QSO Party is going very well. I want to thank Randy Wing, N0LD, for providing the latest update on the 2014 MO QSO Party. Thanks to everyone for their great response to the Missouri QSO Party! We have volunteers committed to activating every county in the state of Missouri at least once! Similarly we have about half of the counties covered to be activated more than once. We have sponsors for every one of the newly introduced plaques, as well! The hours of the QSO Party have changed this year: 9 AM – 9 PM on Saturday, April 5th and then 9 AM – 3 PM on Sunday, April 6th. These hours were changed to allow mobile entries the safest conditions (time on the road and down-time). We are looking for 3 more stations to help us fill out the 1x1 callsign list. A 1x1 volunteer should be committed to operate throughout most of the contest to give everyone a good probability of being able to qualify for the 1x1 certificate. Please join us at “Missouri QSO Party” on Facebook and please visit our website at http://www.w0ma.org/mo_qso_party/index.html. AFFILIATED CLUB NEWS KEITH HAYE, WE0G, ACC The Heart of America Radio Club will be hosting its Annual Chili Cook-Off and membership Drive Tuesday March 18th at the American Red Cross HQ at 211 Armour Blvd, Kansas City, MO. The prizes are 1st place $25.00 gift certificate from Associated Radio and 2nd prize is a $15.00 gift certificate from Associated Radio. Those bringing Chili need to contact Craig, KA0FSP, email@example.com and let him know. This is a great event with lots of good food and camaraderie. At the HARC Feb. Meeting, Clay Wilson, N0WWI presented a program on the planning for the Activities for the Centennial commemoration of World War I beginning in 2014. To get more information about the program you can check out www.ww1usa.org . The Spark Gap newsletter of the CALLAWAYAMATEUR RADIO LEAGUE reports that the Repeater Trustee Dan Schaper, AC0WZ, has appointed his repeater committee Tom Vaccaro, AA0PO, WB0MAF, Bill Platt Jr. and Mel Messer, KD0NWP. Dan Schaper, AC0WZ, also agreed to serve as the CARL Webmaster to keep their website up to date. The Callaway Amateur Radio League will be participating in the June 16th through the 19th Regional Earth Quake Drill. Members are volunteering to handle Radio messages and there will be more details later related to the drill. The February GARBLE newsletter carried Jim Richardson, N5MU, St Charles ARC President, announcement of the addition of a new fun feature to the SCARC annual Homebrew Night. The Homebrew Night is a part of their regular March Club meeting. This year the three categories will be Antennas, Ham Radio related equipment and “Wacky Keys”. The antennas include any homemade antenna. Ham Radio related equipment will be any homemade radio, shack accessory, or other ham radio project built from scratch or from a kit. The new category is “Wacky Keys” A “Wacky Key” is any kind of contraption that will key a (provided) code oscillator. Simulated straight keys, iambic paddles, sideswipers; whatever! The more elaborate or ridiculous, the better, but you can’t use a real manufactured key, the key must work well enough to send your call sign and it must be original. Winners of the three determined by popular vote, and prizes will be awarded! It will be interesting to see what those creative geniuses in the SCARC come up with this year. Cliff Rozan, KC0SDV, of The St. Louis Suburban Radio Club reports that Cliff Ahrens K0CA, ARRL Midwest Division Director and SLSRC member will be the SLSRC guest speaker for the March 28th meeting. Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, will have some very special guests with him at the meeting that you will recognize. These guests are ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN and ARRL CEO Dave Sumner K1ZZ. The Club is very excited and honored to have all three ARRL officials attending their March meeting. The SLSRC is inviting all amateur operators, and anyone interested in amateur radio to attend this very special meeting. The meeting starts at 7 PM in rooms 419-421 of the Clinical Learning Institute of Missouri Baptist Hospital. SECTION ARES REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2014 JEFF YOUNG, KB3HF, SEC.
Total # ARES Members 1296 Number of Drills, Testing, Etc. 288 Number of Ham Hours 1439.3 Number of Public Service Events 21 Number of Ham Hours 336 Number of Emergency Operations 3 Number of Ham hours Emer. Op. 8 Total ARES Operations this month 252 Total Ham Hours 1783.3 9 out of 9 districts reporting For the latest updates in appointments and ARES activities please go to the Missouri ARES website. http://www.ares-mo.org/.