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APR--MAY--JUN_2016
VOLUME 5
ISSUE 2
HENDRICKS COUNTY ARES
The HAM’ER
April–June 2016
Inside This Issue
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MESSAGE FROM THE E.C.
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LIGHTNING
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JOTA EVENT
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FIELD DAY 2016
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MAP OF FIELD DAY
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CONTACT US
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UPCOMING EVENTS &
Front Page News :
The Scout troop #306 took part in the
annual JOTA (Jamboree-On-The-Air) event 2015 in Avon.
The antennas shown below, are each a 2-meter yagi antenna which the
scouts made. These plans, materials, and training support were provided by Chris Harrison KD9BIX.
TRAINING UPDATES
L-R: Cody, Kate, Tyler, Solomon
Photo: Wayne Michael AC9HP
Message from the Emergency Coordinator
JOTA. What a great idea to interact with our youth. Inside
this edition you’ll see photos of last years event.
Check out page #2 of this edition to see one attraction
that you will want to miss and stay indoors when it comes
to a tree near you.
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HENDRICKS COUNTY ARES NEWSLETTER
What generates as
much power as all
the electric power
plants in the U.S.,
but can only power
one light bulb for a
month ?
Answer:
Lightning !
In the instant it flashes,
lightning produces as
much energy as every
power plant in the U.S.
does in that same instant. The lightning is
over so fast that a single light bulb would
use up all the energy in
just one month !
Lightning strikes about three million times a day on earth. In addition to its electric charge, a bolt of lightning
can reach a temperature of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. THAT IS HOTTER THAN THE SURFACE OF
THE SUN !
What looks like one bolt of lightning is actually many flashes, up to 20.
About 80 people are killed by lightning in average per year in the U.S. This makes it one of the most
dangerous natural hazards.
 Every five seconds you can count between a lightning bolt and its thunder equals one mile between you
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and the lightning. Lightning can strike miles away from its cloud. Its best to take shelter in a building, or
enclosed metal vehicle such as a car. (Not a convertible…) Stay there for at least 30 minutes after the last
thunder is heard.
If you are on water, try to find shelter nearby.
If you have to take shelter outside, stay away from large metal objects like golf carts, golf clubs, bicycles,
or metal fences. Avoid trees by themselves in open areas. If in a forest, take shelter in a clump of shorter
trees. If nowhere else is available, go to a low spot and crouch down. (DON’T LIE DOWN.) Beware of
standing water.
If your hair stands on end, a lightning strike may be about to happen. Crouch down as low as you can. Put
your hands over your ears and head between your knees. This makes you a smaller target while minimizing your contact with the ground.
If someone has been struck by lightning, CALL 911… If they are not breathing or do not have a pulse
administer CPR. Check for burns. CAUTION…. Make sure they are not electrically charged before you
touch the victim.
TRUE STORY : In 2008, eight firefighters taking a break from a wildfire were struck by a single bolt of
lightning. With the clear skies overhead and calm, lightning traveled from a distant storm, hit a tree, traveled
down through its roots to where the firefighters were sitting. It threw each of them about ten feet in the air.
They all required hospitalization but survived. If you hear thunder, take precautions !
(This page for reference only)
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Amateur Radio + Scouts = JOTA
Boy Scout Troop 306 in Avon Indiana, has started a radio program to help scouts get the Radio Merit Badge. Newly ham
licensed Scout-Master Chris Jackson KD9EJQ who lead the
class and HCARES AEC Barry Palencer KC9WMS teamed up
to put together a program to start participate in JOTA.
(Jamboree On The Air)
Many youths were contacted including an extended welcome to
the troops outside of the district to join in.
Troop 306 has a scout hut in Avon that was chosen to operate
the radios for this year’s event.
Steve Chandler N9UIB (W9THR) helped out by putting up
(2) G5RV antennas. Steve loves this kind of work and is the
founder of the Indiana Elmer Network on Facebook.
One radio station was running PSK-31 with Ham Radio
Deluxe. Another station using a Alinco DX-SR8T was used
for SSB only with a paper log.
The digital station was provided by Chris Harrison KD9BIX
with an Icom 7200 with a LDG auto tuner.
A Motorola XPR-4550 DMR radio was used using a home
made J-pole.
Over 50% of our contacts were confirmed and many paper
QSL cards showed up afterwards.
Assistant Scout-Master Matt Weidig KD9EJR and Wayne
Michael AC9HP helped the scouts solder the antennas to
the coax.
Chris KD9BIX had an antenna analyzer to check and test
each antenna that the scouts made.
PHOTOS : Wayne Michael AC9HP
FIELD DAY 2015
Thanks goes to the many hams who with their assistance
made this event possible. They are:
Wayne Michael AC9HP, Chris Harrison KD9BIX, Barry Palencer KC9WMS, Steve Chandler N9UIB, Wayne
Fox KE9P, Steve Wendt KB9RDS, Tabb Adams
W9TTW, Tony Tolbert W9AMT, Terry Cashion
KC9VWT, Tom Hansen WA9YI, Chris Jackson
KD9EJQ, and Matt Weidig KD9EJR.
Also the scouts: for their determination to experiment and
operate the amateur radios and one day become licensed
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HENDRICKS COUNTY ARES NEWSLETTER
Come and see
your local amateur radio group in action in this annual radio event called
Field Day.
In Hendricks County this event is held by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society at the Grandstands located at the North end of the Hendricks
County 4-H Fairgrounds in Danville.
Every year the Amateur Radio Relay League holds an event “Field Day” that
is nationwide and it’s main objective is to work as many stations as possible
on any and all amateur radio bands, and to learn to operate in abnormal situations (temporary power and antennas) in less than optimal conditions. This
24 hr event starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday June 25th. (Last year over 40,000
participated in the event.)
Your ARES team will be at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairground Grandstands
from the hours of 2 p.m. till 7 p.m. on Saturday 25th.
Map and directions are on page five. ( Enter on 200 East.)
Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society
hcars.org
Hendricks County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
hendricksares.org
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FIELD DAY 2016 : June 25-26
FIELD DAY…
This years Field Day will be held on
June 25-26.
Come out and try your hand in radio
contesting.
All of this radio
contesting, will
make you hungry to
try out some of our
fine selection of
food that awaits
downstairs.
ARRL HCARS FIELD DAY SITE
Hendricks County
Fairgrounds
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Every THIRD Thursday of each month, we have a monthly radio test of the Amateur Radio Stations located at each hospital.
These tests are at 9:30am. The purposes for these tests are to
check the radio’s output and audio signal from the radio at each
hospital and get a signal check from anyone located outside of the
hospital.
The radio operators from the hospitals change monthly and are
practicing their skills on how to handle net protocols and message
handling. Operating frequency is 147.570. Please show your support by checking in and give them a signal check.
LIKE US ON : Facebook
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FOLLOW US : Twitter
Hendrickscoares
* FOR A COPY OF OUR E-PLAN AND OTHER INFORMATION *
VISIT US ON : www.hendricksares.org
Hendricks County ARES Personnel :
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR : Ron Burke KB9DJA… [email protected]
OPERATIONS : Gordon Cotton KD0EWM… [email protected]
ADMINISTRATION : Ken Kayler KC9SQD... [email protected]
LIAISON :
Jay Wright KK9L… [email protected]
LIAISON:
Jake Stellmack KI6PKV..[email protected]
LOGISTICS : Chris Harrison KD9BIX...charris5gmail.com
TRAINING : Tom Hansen WA9YI… [email protected]
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Barry Palencer KC9WMS… [email protected]
ARES WEEKLY NET
ON EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT
7:30pm on 147.015
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HENDRICKS COUNTY ARES NEWSLETTER
Upcoming Events: Year 2016
Dayton Hamvention 2016. MAY 20-22
APRIL 2016
ADVANCE Admission Ticket $20
At the door $25
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DAYTON HAMVENTION, DAYTON OHIO (AERIAL VIEW.)
For a complete listing of hamfest in our area visit our website: www.hendricksares.org
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(These classes will be held at the Hendricks Co. Senior Center)
1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville. Check for date & times.
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***Advanced Digital Mode Workshop… Part two of this class.
***Messaging in NTS & ICS...Learn about these two valuable
message tools in a disaster.
*** SKYWARN Spotter Class… This annual severe weather
spotter class will be held at the
Govt. Building, 355 S. Washington
St. Danville. Conf 5-6
1-3pm, March 19th
***When You’re Deployed… This new training class will
give you some ideas and county
maps to use. 1-3pm, March 12th
***Intro to Damage Assessment… Overview of damage
reports you might be asked when
you’re deployed.
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