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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1988 December 4, 2015

Posted by on December 8, 2015 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Marion County ARES is featured in the latest episode of Amateur Radio Newsline! 





Working phone during a special event is almost second nature to most veteran hams. But when “phone” is actually a conventional landline and the radio transmitter belongs to a commercial FM station doing a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, “working phone” is more of a transmission with a mission.


As it did last year, the Marion County, Indiana ARES group is jumping in on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 to do its part during FM station WIBC’s radiothon to raise money for the Bed and Bread program of the Salvation Army’s Indiana Division: Hams will be ringing bells at the trademark red kettles, answering the telephone when listeners call in with pledges – and even loading trucks with donated goods.


Matthew Bechdol, W9SOX, the Emergency Coordinator for Marion County ARES, told Amateur Radio Newsline that the partnership is a good one for this group of community-minded amateurs. Bechdol said in a recent telephone chat, QUOTE“we are both committed to each other and our end goals. They have their mission – and our mission is to help them with theirs.”ENDQUOTE


It’s all part of being good citizens, he added.


ARES members, of course, are more accustomed to being mobilized during moments that follow public disasters. But by volunteering to ring a bell or answer one, Marion County ARES members may actually be doing more to prevent some private calamities.



Thanks to Amateur Radio Newsline for featuring the hard work of the MC ARES volunteers!!


2014 Year in Review!

Posted by on December 15, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (3)

As 2014 nears an end, I reflect back on all of the fun I have had in Amateur Radio this year, and I realize just how great this hobby is. In January I volunteered for over 3 days at the Purdue Outdoor Club Adventure Race, boy was it cold camping out in Yellowwood forest. It was also very rewarding, and quite an adventure. May was a busy month, the Indiana QSO Party and of course Dayton!! I continued the busy year in June with the ADA Tour-de-cure bike ride and Field Day 2014. I enjoyed all of those events, but I have to say that Dayton and Field Day were my favorites. I spent two days at the Dayton Hamvention, including volunteering 6 hours as a Volunteer Examiner. I was lucky enough to operate Field Day with a great bunch of guys and MC ARES volunteers, we were supported by the MESH Coalition, and had a blast from setup all the way through tear down.

I worked several other events throughout the year, from bike rides to marathons, I personally find public service very rewarding. As AEC of Operations for Marion County ARES, I enjoyed prepping for and participating in the statewide ARES Simulated Emergency Test in November, I can honestly say the team did a great job. Public service and emergency communication aren’t the only aspects of Amateur Radio that I enjoy, I also participate in contest. The Indiana QSO party, I operated my first RTTY contest in 2014 as well as my first CW contest. The IARU in July was a lot of fun, there were many DX contacts as well as local contacts to make. The North America QSo Party’s for both RTTY and CW were not only fun, they were a great learning experience. I have since made several more CW contacts, hundreds for RTTY contacts, and have even moved into other digital modes, including PSK31.

2014 saw the creation the MC ARES Packet net, so of course I had to put a packet station on the air, I also started experimenting with D-Star and DMR. I was elected to the board of the Indianapolis Repeater Association, and then chosen to be President, this has allowed me to learn more than I ever imagined about repeaters.

What have you accomplished in Amateur Radio in 2014? Contests, station improvements, public service, emergency communications, Field Day, or something entirely different? No matter what it was, I hope that you had fun, after all Amateur Radio is a hobby above all else!! Want to share your 2014 in Amateur Radio, if so please use the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.


I look forward to a fun and exciting 2015!


Tony Stokes KU9V

MC ARES AEC Operations



Marion County ARES EC Appointed Indiana Section SEC

Posted by on October 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Marion County ARES Emergency Coordinator Brent Walls, K9CFE, was appointed as the Section Emergency Coordinator of the Indiana Section this week by Section Manager Joseph Lawrence, K9RFZ. The following is the release put out to the  ARRL Indinana Section by K9RFZ.

To all Indiana ARES Appointees,


It's rare that two outstanding candidates step forward requesting to serve in a position with such large responsibility as the ARES SEC. Both candidates were interviewed by myself and other Field Organization appointees were contacted to offer their firsthand recommendation of each candidate. The decision was tough because they each could bring strong leadership qualities to the position. Both were notified last evening by phone of my decision.


Please extend your congratulations and support to Brent Walls, K9CFE as he serves Indiana ARES as our next Section Emergency Coordinator. Brent has served the past two years as Marion County EC and an Official Observer

for the past year. In a volatile environment, Brent managed to reconstitute the Marion County ARES team with training activities and nurturing working relationships with served agencies. He demonstrated leadership by making PSE opportunities for his team to serve and building depth in his team by delegating tasks to three Assistant ECs.


With the end of the month approaching quickly and the Simulated Emergency Test only 11 days away, I'll continue to handle the immediate SEC responsibilities of compiling the monthly EC/OES/DEC reports and coordinating the SET. Brent will work with his Marion County team for the SET and then transition quickly to take charge of all SEC responsibilities. His appointment as SEC was filed with ARRL HQ this morning and becomes official when it appears in the ARRL appointee database. Expect to see Brent serving in full capacity as the SEC at the ARRL Indiana Section Convention during the Fort Wayne hamfest on November 15 - 16.


I wish to thank both candidates for their willingness to apply for the SEC position. It's usually an exercise in arm-twisting to find new appointees. This time, I faced the other dilemma of picking between two excellent people.

Please continue to prepare, practice, and serve your communities in time of need.



Joseph, K9RFZ

ARRL Indiana Section Manager

We would like to congratulate Brent on this appointment and look forward to having Brent's expertise and leadership at the Section level, Brent has been a true inspiration to us in Marion County and has workeded relentlessly to build the ARES team in Marion County. 

Tony Stokes, KU9V


MC ARES Net Control Demo

Posted by on May 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

The next Marion County ARES Net Control Demo will take place on Wednesday May 21st at 7:30 PM at the MESH Coalition located at 3930 Georgetwon Road. If you have interest in being a Net Control Operator for the Marion County ARES net then please join us as the more trained Net Control stations we have, the more valuable our group is to our Served Agencies. If you have questions, send us an e-mail at . We will have a net control station set up as well as an alternate control station. Weather permitting this event will be held outdoors. If you plan to attend we ask that you arrive by 7:15 PM. We look forward to seeing you at the demo or hearing you on the net! 


Tony Stokes KU9V

MC ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Quarterly Meeting and Training May 31, 2014

Posted by on April 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Want to find out what is new with Marion County ARES? Attend the Marion County ARES Quarterly meeting which will take place on Saturday 31st starting at 8 AM. This meeting will be followed up with the next training session for the Marion County ARES team which will begin at aproxamately 9:00 AM. We will be covering "Introduction to Emergency Communications" and "Fundamentals of Emergency Communications" during this session. This training session is targeted to those new to amateur radio emergency communications. If you are recently licensed then this would be a good starting point to learn about emergency communications.

Both of these sessions will be held at the Salvation Army EDS Training facility located at 4020 Georgetown Road. To register for the training session please click on the link below.  

>Register Here<

MC ARES Training Session Net Control in Disaster Operations Level 2

Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 12:50 AM

The MC ARES team will hold its next training session on April 19th at 9 AM, this session will be held at the Salvation Army EDS facility located at 4020 Georgetwon Road on the west side on Indianapolis. The topic for this trainin session will be Net Control in Disaster Operations Level 2 and promises to be full of useful informtion. This is our first of several Level 2 classes, if you wold like to attend please send an email to, there is no fee for this class and it is open to all Amateurs. 

If you have a 2 meter HT please bring it with you as we will have some interactive activities in thes training session!

The Marion County ARES trainin plan is a tiered plan and covers both Level 1 and 2 courses, the MC ARES trainin plan can be found at

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th!


Tony Stokes KU9V

Marion County ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator

CERT 1 Day Technician Class Review presented by Marion County ARES!

Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Volunteers of the Marion County ARES team presented a 1 day Technicain Class reveiw session for Indy CERT memebers with great success! This review used both calssroom review and actual demonstration of Amateur Radio equipment, as well as a display of equipment. The day conluded with a testing session and we are proud to announce that out of the 12 CERT members attended the review, and 10 are now newly licesned Technician Class Amateur Radio Operators.  We also had one CERT member upgrade to a General class license. 

We would like to thank Bert Williams KC9TQA, for use of the Salvation Army EDS facility, as well as our presenters and helpers, Mark Burke W9MGB, Mike Nellinger KC9YBH, Brent Walls K9CFE, and Tony Stokes KU9V. We would also like to thank Rhonda Curtis WS9H and her VE team for coordinating the testing session.  

Marion County ARES supports the Indy CERT group and several of our volunteers sit on the CERT Communication Committee.  This class was the product of their hard work and dedication to Emergency Comminications, ARES, CERT and the city of Indianapolis. We look forward to working with these new hams and helping them implement a communications plan for the CERT program. 

Marion County ARES Field Day 2014

Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 11:45 PM

The Marion County ARES team will be hosting Field Day 2014 at the MESH Coalition on June 28th and 29th. The MESH Coalition is located at 3930 Georgetwon Road on the west side if Indianapolis. We will be looking for volunteers to operates, set up, and tear down. If you are interested please send an email to with your name and call sign and someone will get in touch with you. 

Field Day is always a fun event, and we hope to see you there! At this time, we plan to have two stations on the air as well as a GOTA station. 

Marion County ARES Quarterly Meeting & Training Session

Posted by on March 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM

The Marion County ARES quarterly meeting and training session will take place on March 22nd and will be held at the Salvation Army EDS facility at 4020 Georgetown Road. All amateurs are welcome to attend, you do not need to be a ARES volunteer. There is no charge for this training. The quarterly meeting will being at 9 am with the training session begining at 10 am. We do ask that you RSVP with your name and callsign to if you wish to attend the training session. 

This training session will be Shadow Communicator Level 1.The trainer for this class will be Brent Walls K9CFE, the MC ARES Emergency Coordinator. 

We will begin to offer our level 2 classes soon, please remember the MC ARES training plan is a tiered plan and If you haven't completed all of the level 1 courses don't worry, we will be offering them again! Yoc can find the MC ARES training plan at You can finish many of this training on your own via the web, for links to the FEMA classes please go to

If you have any questions, comments, or concers please contact us at and we will be glad to get back to you. We look forward to seeing you March 22nd.

Shadow Communicator Level 1

Posted by on February 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

MC ARES will present the last of its level 1 training classes on February 22, 2014 at 1 P.M. with a location to be determined, this class is Shadow Communicator level 1.  Please email your name and callsign to to reserve your spot. Look for more information on the location to come. There is no charge for this class and all amateurs are welcome! The trainer for this class will be Brent Walls K9CFE, the MC ARES Emergency Coordinator.

We will begin to offer our level 2 classes soon, please remember the MC ARES training plan is a tiered plan and If you haven't completed all of the level 1 courses don't worry, we will be offering them again! Yoc can find the MC ARES training plan at You can finish many of this training on your own via the web, for links to the FEMA classes please go to

If you have any questions, comments, or concers please contact us at and we will be glad to get back to you. We look forward to seeing you at the next training session.