This year (2017) BCARES, in conjunction with the Boone County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), held the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 28 from 10:00 -12:00. NCS was operated from the new Boone County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) inside the Joint Communications Center (911-dispatch).
This was our first full exercise of our facility at the ECC, and it went very well, although not without one issue that was easily resolved.
A number of our CMRA members participated in this event.
Click here to view the full report. (Right click to save.)
CMRA participated in Field Day at Rock Bridge State Park, June 24-25, 2017. We received press coverage from the Columbia Missourian and KOMU-TV. (Links open in a new window.)
For an overview with a local emphasis produced before this year’s event, click here.
For the latest Field Day info from the ARRL, click here.
On February 4, 2017 BCARES conducted the first annual Repeater Run for Boone County. This exercise consisted of checking in by roll call across a number of regional repeaters to evaluate our capabilities and insure proper programming of radios.
We included 9 VHF repeaters and 3 UHF repeaters which potentially could provide emergency communications in times of our need in Boone County.
Click here for further explanation of the event and to see the results.
The 2017 MO QSO Party will be held April 1-2. Event details and rules can be found on the MO QSO Party website at http://w0ma.org/index.php/missouri-qso-party.
CMRA is sponsoring a prize again this year for the Mobile Single-Op Low Power SSB category.
To see what we’ve sponsored in a past year, here’s a photo of the plaque for 2015, which was presented to KD0VMM.
Our radio clubs will be operating /Portable from the origin of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail (TR11), Franklin, MO on March 10, 2016 in support of the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program of the ARRL.
Click here to read more.
For the past several years CMRA members have provided communication support for the annual Froze Toes Bike Race held in late February. This year’s event was held in early March. See the account of the 2015 event from Bill, N0AXZ, when you click here.
At the April 2014 CMRA meeting Mac, K4CHS, gave an informative talk on grounding. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to view the accompanying slides due to technical difficulties. It was recommended that the slides be made available to all on this site. Thanks to Don, KM0R, for converting Mac’s presentation into PDF format. You can view the slides with or without notes by clicking on the links below. Each link will open a new window in your browser.
Students from Rock Bridge Elementary School, Columbia, MO, made contact with the International Space Station (ISS) with help from CMRA on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1400 UTC or 0800 CST. Several club members reported hearing portions of the astronaut’s transmissions on 145.800 MHz. as the station flew overhead.
A great deal of work and planning went into the event. Its success reflects the good job done by everyone involved. View an article written by Bill, N0AXZ, when you click here.
The event received favorable local press coverage as well. The Columbia Tribune featured an article entitled “Rock Bridge students talk to astronaut on International Space Station” which you can see when you click here. KOMU-TV covered the event as well, with an online story you can see when you click here.
For info on the beginnings of the contact project, view the kick off video from September 19, 2013. It’s featured on a CPSTV page you can access when you click here.
Sarah Hill of Veterans United did a live broadcast on YouTube the morning of the contact, which you can view below. Or you can click here to watch the entire program featured on a page from CPSTV.
For the past several years CMRA members have provided communication support for the annual Froze Toes Bike Race held in late February. See the account of the 2014 event from Bill, N0AXZ, when you click here.
The American Red Cross on Worley advised us the first week of December 2013 that their building had been sold and they had to vacate by the end of the month, which means we did also. Several volunteers pitched in at various times throughout the month and did a great deal of hard work to pack up and move the equipment and other club property in the club station.
For the time being, there is no longer a CMRA club station. It is hoped one can be put back together in a location to be determined by the club at a later time.
This affects license testing as well. If you or someone you know needs to test or upgrade, contact AC0G so arrangements can be made. See the Public Service page for his contact info.
More to come as the situation develops.