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Monday, 16 January 2017 20:22

Committee Chairs & Committee Members

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Engineering - Christopher Barber, WX5CW

Field Day - John Mountain, KJØMTN

IT - George Waddell, WØGRW

Membership - Kyle Krieg, NØKTK

Programs/Education - Cliff Rozar, KCØSDV

Public Information - _________________

Social - Tina Hicks, KDØOZE

Website - Kyle Krieg, NØKTK

Winterfest - Rebecca Carroll, KC9CIJ

 

Net Manager - Don Meyer, KDØJBN

 

1/16/2017

Saturday, 21 November 2015 00:00

ARRL Affiliated Club Application

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Every ham who uses SLSRC to join or renew with the ARRL, the club will receive a portion of your application fee as an ARRL affiliated club.

For a new ARRL member, the club receives $15.

For a renewal ARRL, the club receives $2

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ARRL Affiliated Club Membership Application

Monday, 26 October 2015 00:00

The Printed Circuit - Sept/Oct 2015

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Click below for the Sept/Oct edition of our club newsletter.  The Printed Circuit.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

The Printed Circuit - July/Aug 2015

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Click below for the July/August edition of our club newsletter, The Printed Circuit. 

Friday, 03 July 2015 00:00

The Printed Circuit - May/Jun 2015

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Click below for the March/April edition of our club newsletter, The Printed Circuit. 

Friday, 03 July 2015 00:00

The Printed Circuit - Mar/Apr 2015

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Click below for the March/April edition of our club newsletter, The Printed Circuit. 

On Sept. 6-7, more than 2,500  cyclists participated in the Bike MS: 2014 Gateway Getaway Ride in Columbia, MO, for its 30th anniversary.

Behind the scenes, a dedicated team of volunteers employed equipment, technical skill and many hours of their free time to ensure the safety and security of each and every cyclist. Radio amateurs from across Missouri and Southern Illinois came together to provide communications support for the premiere cycling event in the midwest. 

Planning for an event of this scale begins as soon as the previous year's event ends. Rebecca Carroll, KC9CIJ and her husband Bill, KC9CIK have been working as coordinators for the communications team for the past 11 years. Not only do they have to recruit the volunteers, which itself is a major challenge, but plan every detail, from sourcing donated and loaned equipment, making the frequency plans, scheduling and training the communicators and drivers, and working with MS staff to make sure everything meshes with their plans.

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Randy Adler, Event Experience Senior Coordinator for the Gateway Area Chapter of the National MS Society, feels the communications team helps to make this event one of the best in the country. "I just returned from another great Bike MS.  The amateur radio clubs of the St. Louis and Mid Missouri areas continue to make my life easier as the logistics coordinator for the event.  From the leadership of Rebecca and Bill Carroll, to the communicators at each of the 21 rest stops, the professionalism shines through.  We would not be able to provide more than 2,600 cyclists the level of customer service they expect without the expertise of these communication volunteers."

One participant told him, “One of the team members from Wells Fargo has done BikeMS in 4 different states around the country. He shared that by far, the Gateway Area ride is the most organized and well run out of all the rides he has done.”

Randy continued, "It is because of the dedication of the Bike MS Communicators and all our volunteers that these types of comments are received year after year. We look forward to new challenges with the announcement of a new location of the 2015 Bike MS Ride in Godfrey, Illinois and the amateur radio volunteers are already at work to make sure that the transition is a smooth one.  My thanks to all the communicators for a job well done."

Many SLSRC members participate in the Bike MS event each year. Some of us helped for the first time this year, while others are veterans. We've reached out to some of the SLSRC members who team members this year for some of their stories. We've also included photo galleries from each of the three days (Friday - Setup, Saturday/Sunday - Event) below. 

Watch for announcements about next year's events, including a new location for the Bike MS 2015 event.

Personal Stories

Janelle, NØMTI (SAG Driver/Communicator)

Bike MS was an excellent opportunity to dust off the mobile radio, get some mic time, rub elbows with more experienced hams and help out a good cause all in one weekend! As a newer ham, it seems I never get enough time at the mic and I’m still nervous when I need to make a contact, but volunteering for events like this help to make me more comfortable on air and give me a chance to test the flexibility of my mobile radio setup.

I drove a SAG Van on Day 1 while listening to my partner run the radio. Our radio traffic was light, but we were able to help riders by sweeping intersections clear of sand and rock, picking up riders with disabled bicycles and providing riders with an air pump so they could get back on the road. Breaks were spent comparing notes on radios and sharing meals with friends. On Day 2 we switched places and I took the mic for a busier day on air; route signs needed replaced and we were diverted from our assigned route to help riders facing challenges. These diversions required switching nets and updating net control of our progress.

The Bike MS event is an excellent way for a new radio operator to get solid practice in passing radio traffic. I know I learned quite a bit about how my radio works and how APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) operates.  I also learned I have a build job to complete…making a battery cable that works with side mount batteries!

Cliff, KCØSDV (Rest Stop Communicator)

I must be moving up in the MS world....I was fortunate to have Rest Stop 4 on the 75-100 mile loop which was at the Log Cabins along I-70. The previous 9 years, my rest stops have alternated between pig farms, cow pastures and corn fields.

Seriously, it is a great feeling to be a part of such a great organization and providing help for those who need it. The funny part is that many of the bikers thank us for volunteering, when they are the ones doing all the work and putting their bodies under so much physical stress. I remember a biker several years ago, who had fallen and had a large bruise on her leg. The medic at my rest stop begged her to SAG to the finish line, but she said "people with MS have pain every day...and mine will only be for a few days." She got on her bike as all the volunteers applauded her efforts and determination.

For those hams who are involved in Emergency Communication, there is no better training than real live action in a public service event such as this. You might say this is not an emergency, but unfortunately emergencies do happen and the hams have to make quick decisions on reporting and following up in the proper way. On Saturday, there was a multi bike accident where several bikers were injured and EMS took them to the hospital. On previous years, similar accidents have happened, so yes, this does fall under the heading of Emergency Communication.

Next year the event will be moving closer to St. Louis, so we hope more hams will be able to participate in this event.

Ron, KDØSML (Rest Stop Communicator)

This was my first public service event and I enjoyed it very much. Got to interact with a great group of scouts at the rest area that I worked and the riders were just as great! Wish everybody’s day (Saturday) could have been as uneventful as mine was. Routine communications only! That’s the ticket!!!

I’ve been a HAM just over 2 years and got into the hobby after getting interested in disaster preparedness through my church. Amateur Radio fit right into that mold as the communications method of choice. My Emergency Communications Instructor, along with many other individuals, promote public service events as a rewarding way to hone your skills for an actual emergency. They were right! This was my first opportunity to test my generator (nice and quiet and got 8 hours out of two gallons of gas!).

A very rewarding experience overall. Looking forward to the next opportunity to serve!

George, KDØPMW (Motorcycle Patrol/Communicator)

One of the reasons that I became a ham was to give back something to the world and the MS 150 is the one big annual event that I always participate in. Riding support for this event is always a whole lot of fun and a very rewarding experience as well. If you have never done it before you would be amazed at the number of thank-you's you get from the riders.

I had already done motorcycle support for the MS 150 a couple of times before I became a ham so, when I got my license, adding the additional ability to be a part of the radio support team was a natural evolution. Riding a motor cycle really puts you in close contact with the cyclists giving you the ability to ride right along side them, ask them how they are doing, and give them encouragement. Aside from the many thank-you's the most frequent comments I heard were offers to trade vehicles or inquiries as to the likelihood that I have a ski rope for towing.

The importance of the psychological effect from our just being out there along side the riders so they know there is always someone looking out for them can not be underestimated. There have been times when I have been assigned a particular task by net control or called in to report specific problems on the routes but far and away the most frequent help I provide is fixing flat tires. Being small enough to just pull over on the side of the road is very helpful and having a full size floor pump is a huge plus. Trying to reach 120 lbs of pressure with one of those little hand pumps is nearly impossible. I remember fondly one particular instance when a woman sadly requested a SAG because she had a flat with an unrepairable rip in the tube. Her enthusiasm to continue when I asked her if she would rather have the spare tube I had with me made my day.

Dolores, KDØCIV (SAG Communicator)

This was the sixth year that my husband, Norman N0CAL, and I, Dolores KD0CIV, have volunteered to help out with the big bike ride. My husband and I are a team so he drives a SAG van and I am the communicator. Over the years, we have picked up tired riders and a few scratched-up ones to SAG to a rest stop where they can get further help. We plan to be helping out in Godfrey next year.

Stephanie Vaughn Hapke, WØSVH (SAG Driver/Communicator)

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Rebecca Carroll, KC9CIJ (Communications Coordinator)

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Friday - Setup and Open House

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Saturday - Bike MS (Day 1)

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Sunday - Bike MS (Day 2)

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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

SLSRC Repeaters & Scheduled Nets

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2 Meters

  • 146.850- WØSRC (141.3) - Olivette, MO
    • IRLP: Node 7106
    • Echolink: W0SRC-R
    • #504 (node number) to connect to a remote node
  • 146.910- WØSRC (141.3) - Des Peres, MO
  • 146.940- WØSRC (141.3) - Clayton, MO
  • 146.970- WØSRC (141.3) - Saint Louis, MO

1.25 Meters

  • 224.520- WØSRC (141.3) - Olivette, MO

70 cm

  • 442.100+ WØSRC (141.3) - Clayton, MO
  • 443.075+ WØSRC (141.3) - Olivette, MO

APRS Digipeter

  • 144.39 WØSRC-1 - Saint Louis, MO (not in use, status TBA)

* CTCSS only used when needed for interference

 


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Scheduled Nets

Missouri VoIP Net - Every Monday night at 8pm on the 146.850 repeater

SLSRC Net - Every Tuesday night at 7:30pm on the 146.850 repeater

STL Metro ARES Net - Every Wednesday night at 7:30pm on the 146.850 repeater

HARN Net - 2nd Friday of every month at 8:10am on the 146.850 repeater