Updates!

Hi, all!

Sam here!

I know, I know. It’s been a hot minute since I updated the D.A.R.K. blog. No excuses. I have, however, been posting updates on our FB group because it’s quick and easy to do from my phone! 😀

Here we go:

Thanks to Jason Wood KC0KWL, we will have Echolink restored to the Benton County repeater (146.925 PL 107.2) in the not too distant future! I am so excited to finally be able to say this since it’s been almost a year without Echolink! Many of our members are snowbirds and still want to check in on the BC ARES nets at 7 PM CST on Sunday nights and also be able to chat with us when they aren’t in the county, so this will be such a wonderful resource to bring back!

Our plans for the 40th Anniversary of the Completion of Truman Dam special event are on track for the last two weekends in July! You can operate from anywhere, but please message Roger KD0WXT about when you want to use the club call and keep records so we can mail out QSL cards and certificates afterward! Our primary location will be our farm and we are considering having a cookout. We’ll discuss that at the July meeting.

There will be no “official” June meeting because many of our members are heavily involved in Warsaw Jubilee Days, however we will have an informal meeting on Saturday at the CERT/ARES/EMA tent by the Methodist Church prior to the parade. Be there by 9:30 for the meeting or if you would like to volunteer that day, please be there around 8 AM.

We are waiting for the example t-shirts to be completed. When we have received them, we will present them at the meeting after that and take preorders. The delay was due to the club logo needing to be vectored and Jubilee Days hitting during the same time!

We have taken delivery of the duplexer for Benton County to use (under an MoU) on the Emergency Communications trailer until they can purchase their own (probably in 2020). Thank you SO much to the club members who have stepped forward to donate and help myself and Roger recoup part of the $700. You guys and gals are AMAZING!!!

As you all know, there has been a tremendous amount of information on the extremely high pool at Truman Lake and I have been working (as Deputy Director of the BC MO EM) to stop rumors, false information, and speculation on Truman Dam failing. The dam is operating as designed. If you want to receive updates, just visit bcmoem.com and subscribe to the blog.

More updates and new things for the website will be posted after Jubilee Days!

73,

Sam KE0LMY

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Sam Henley

Hi! My name is Sam! I am the Deputy Director of the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Agency. I maintain the BC MO EM FB Page: @bcmoem and website: https://bcmoem.com/. I am the callsign trustee for the BC MO EM. Their callsign is WB0EM. I was appointed the Emergency Coordinator for our local Benton County, MO ARES (Missouri, U.S.A.) on October 31, 2017. I earned my general class amateur radio license (KE0LMY) on October 14, 2017. I run the BC ARES net every few Sunday nights (alternating with other group members) at 7 PM CST on 146.925 (–) PL 107.2. I maintain the Benton County, MO ARES Facebook page: @bentoncountyares and website: http://www.bentoncountyares.org/. I am the president of D.A.R.K. Dam Amateur Radio Klub (KE0TGG), a special events club which supports the BC ARES. You can find more information about D.A.R.K. at damark.org or on the Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/damark/ I volunteer as the Social Media Manager for the Warsaw Fire Protection District, maintaining their Facebook page @WarsawFireProtectionDistrict and their website wfpd65355.com, updating both with current information regularly. I also manage the Warsaw Christian Church website warsawchristian.church, updating it weekly with a blog from Richard Bowman, as well as his sermon. I completed Community Emergency Response Team training with the Camden County, MO CERT and the Benton County, MO CERT and became a team member on March 26, 2018. I volunteer as Camden County, MO CERT's Public Information Officer and manage their website www.ccmocert.com and Facebook page @CamdenMOCERT. I am one of two certified (G428) CERT trainers for Benton County, MO. I manage the BC MO CERT FB group and webpage. I serve as the Net Control Manager for the Region A Healthcare Net. This is a net which tests the amateur radio backup communications system for healthcare facilities in MO Region A once per month. I have completed both online and in-seat SKYWARN training, as well as Radar Fundamentals and I am Spotter #4 for the Lake Area Storm Spotters. I hold the following FEMA certifications: IS-029, IS-042, IS-100b, IS-101c, IS-102c, IS-120a, IS130a, IS-139a, IS-200b, IS-230d, IS-235c, IS-240b, IS-241b, IS-242b, IS-244b, IS-247a, IS-288a, G-251, G-300, IS-317, G-400, IS-700a, and IS-800b. I have completed the ARRL EC-001 course and completed CPR/AED/First Aid training for adults/children/infants on March 3, 2018. I have also completed Social Media Engagement Strategies, WebEOC training, MO-127 WebEOC Train the Trainer training, Damage Assessment training, and the Emergency Management Director's Academy through MO SEMA. You can find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sammhenley on twitter @ke0lmy and at AirSho as http://www.airsho.com/united-states/edwards/ham-radio-amateur/ke0lmy-samantha-henley

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