This weekend Oct.18th 2014 the NWMO ARES Group will be assisting Grundy Co. EMA with communications and being eyes and ears throughout the day during the parade and Flea Markets and band competitions. If you are able to assist we are looking for operators from 7a-11a and again 11a-4p. Iy you can make it out bring your handheld and safety vest and plan on eating a lot of good food. This is a fun event with very little stress. If you have an APRS capable radio that would be great but not necessary.
See you there!
Reminder that our regular monthly meeting is being replaced by the annual Walk for HD event happening in Liberty MO Oct 11th 7 am at the Liberty Community Center. Please arrive by 7am to get location and communications setup. This year we expect over 200 walkers which is more than double the amount from last year. We also have the Cameron Venture Crew assisting as well so its goimg to be a busy morning. We will be using 146.55 simplex. Dress warm and be sure to wear your reflective vests.
Reminder the groups monthly meeting is this Saturday 9am at the Cameron Public Safety Building. Hope to see you there.
Here is a picture of the setup today at the Plattsburg Fire Department this weekend.
Members of the NWMO, LIVINGSTON, CALDWELL ARES have begun setting up for the exercise this morning. Operators are in St. Joe, Kingston, Chillicothe, Trenton, MO at the Red Cross Shelters and EOC’s. Our plan is to pass messages between all 4 locations to supplement existing comm’s.
We will attempt FLDIGI, WINLINK (rms express) and Voice to accomplish our goals. We should begin around 9am and finish around Noon.
On Saturday June 14th after the groups monthly meeting, KG0CX, KD0VWC and KC0QLU installed ground rods on the tower at CAMERON Regional Medical Center, ran coax and Cat5 cable to the new station location, moved the Tri-band vertical and had the WINLINK node back on the air. The node is on 145.090 and it’s ID is WD0SKY-10 for anyone that would like to try it out. If you run into issues please constact kc0qlu (at) nwmoares (dot) org.
I met with the City of Plattsburg Police and event coordinators of the event and here is what they are needing:
7:30a Safety/Event meeting at Perkins Park Entrance
8am – 5pm
3 operators to be at 3 parking lots to coordinate shuttle bus pickup and drop off. Locations to be assigned at meeting.
2 operators to to ride in the shuttle bus to coordinate current locations and comm’s if assistance is needed on the shuttles
Same times/ locations/ operators
These positions will require a reflective vest and handheld radios along with ID’s.
I will be watching the weather and so far it looks OK but a lot can happen between now and Saturday so proper attire and situational awareness will be key. I would like to have the 2 operators in the shuttles to have APRS with an external antenna so we can track the locations of the buses at the mobile command post. (This is NOT a requirement but just a goal I have set) The guys at the 3 lots don’t need APRS just a handheld should be fine but if you have an external antenna that would be a plus.
I know this is short notice but hey, this is what a real event would be like. Little notice and our skills will be needed.
I won’t be able to be there on Sunday as I have a “In Memory Of” event to be at in KU Med Sunday afternoon.
Please RSVP to me ASAP so I can let the event coordinators know that we will be there.
2 members of the NWMO ARES® Group will be operating the Missouri QSO Party on April 5th and 6th this year using Special Event callsigns. The callsigns used will be WØM and WØO, both stations will be Roving around the entire NWMO Area for the event. Look for them in a county near you!
Interested in joining our “Expedition” or working the QSO Party? Go to http://www.w0ma.org/index.htm or on Facebook, look up Missouri QSO Party page and “Like” it for up to date info”
Hope to see everyone there. Remember membership dues are due and we have several things to cover.