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

Update!

Logo Photograph by KE0LMY.

Hello, everyone!

Sam here!

First, let me sincerely thank those who were able to attend the March meeting! We made some progress on shirts for the group, information about the Echolink situation on the Benton County Repeater, and more!

I have a new update for you!

Today I heard from Ken Wade of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our letter of intent and information about what we would like to do as a special events amateur radio club is making its way up the chain! I will attach an updated version of the letter to this post. Ken explained that either our request would be considered at the Kansas City level or it would be moved back to the Harry S Truman Dam and Reservoir level to be determined.

I believe all the gentlemen I have had the honor of speaking with have understood that we wish to operate in harmony with those at the various dams and we are about promoting a positive image and experience, not only for our club but also for our partners!

Here’s hoping I will have more news soon, if not by our April meeting! I let Ken know we are interested in operating in July 2019 and it seems we gave them enough time to consider!

Thank you to all of the wonderful members of D.A.R.K. for your patience while I learn and take the proper steps to not only operate our club, special events and more, but also while I learn about permissions we need to run our events!

73,

Sam Henley KE0LMY

Letter of Intent

D.A.R.K. T-shirt update

“Kelly Green” was as close as we could get to “Krispy Kreme Green” for the t-shirts!

Hello, everyone!

Sam here!

Barb and I had a very productive meeting with Tightwad T’s Mary and Heather this evening!

As you will note above, we got as close to “Krispy Kreme Green” as we could get with “Kelly Green” for the t-shirts. The t-shirts should be under $10 each until you get into the 2x and up sizes. Then it’s going to be an extra $2.50 per size up.

We are very excited to work with the ladies! They are friendly and accommodating for all of our needs, not just shirts! They can do any promotional/outreach items we want to have made, as well as banners, posters, signs, etc.

We plan to bring them a lot of business from multiple groups from Benton County. We will have examples of their work at the April meeting.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to bring you fun things from D.A.R.K.

73,

Sam Henley KE0LMY

D.A.R.K. Meeting Update

Hi, everyone!

It is finally time to do what this club was created for: operate as a special events club!

At our upcoming meeting on Saturday, March 9, we will be going over the pdf attached to this post. It’s a guide I found online written by WB4AEJ which walks us through step by step how to do that from beginning to end as well as how to get a 1×1 for the event. The last part is all of the things we will put in order to run the event!

Bring your ideas to the meeting because we would love to have a lot of fun with our inaugural event!

73,

Sam Henley KE0LMY

Upcoming D.A.R.K. Meeting

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Hello, all my D.A.R.K.lings!

I am so excited about the upcoming meeting. March will be the first time in 2019 where we are all face to face again!

After the BC ARES meeting on March 9 at 9 AM, we will commence with the D.A.R.K. meeting. We have SO much to go over and update. Now that we have some great people in the club, we can go about getting the special events set up for this year! I am crossing my fingers that the USACE will be a great resource and, dare I say, partner for our little special event club!

Remember that we are utilizing NetLogger until EchoLink is restored to the 925 if you are not in the repeater’s immediate area.

There has been some talk of D.A.R.K. hosting an HF net, since some of our members are scattered in other states sometimes. This is definitely on our list of topics for the upcoming meeting! Within the next few days, I will put out a meeting topic page and of course any members are welcome to add topics they want to discuss with the group!

Thank you all for the patience and support you have given us as we try to get our little club up off the ground! I appreciate each and every one of you!

73,

Sam

KE0LMY

D.A.R.K. Updates

Hi, everyone!

At the moment, I am updating parts of the website, our club paperwork which we will review at our March 2019 meeting, and our special event certificates.

I will have the opportunity to sit down with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in February to discuss the RAVE notification system and hope to speak with them about D.A.R.K. after that. I will have an update for everyone at our March meeting.

We have had an offer from John Keiser KD9FZX to have him create our QSL card(s). We are very excited about this opportunity, now that we have the ARRL backing and our callsign (KE0TGG)! Thank you, John!

As we get closer to the March meeting, I will be adding more updates, so stay tuned!

73,

Sam Henley KE0LMY

NetLogger Success!

Hi, everyone!

I am very happy to say that our first use of NetLogger worked out very well! We will continue to use this as an alternate means of taking check ins for the BC ARES nets up to and perhaps through the restoral of EchoLink to the 146.925 repeater!

I would like to thank the stations who specifically tried out the program yesterday: KI7CMV, KM7BEL, KE0QAL, and KD9FZX.

We will be fine-tuning our use of the program on our end to include an intro note about the net and the BC ARES for other hams who come across our net in the program and also wish to check in.

As a reminder, you can find a picture walk through on the download, installation, and use for checking in with NetLogger here.

73,

Sam Henley KE0LMY