Saint Louis Amateur Radio News

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By Dennis J. McCarthy, AAØA

Thirty-four years ago, the City of St. Louis had specific ordinances for the erection of ham antennas and towers.  I found this out when I tried to erect an antenna again in the city last year, this time at a new address. There were no HOA or other restrictions.  First, I applied for a ham antenna permit.  A mistake, I later learned. 

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Below is an interesting article submitted by George Waddell (WØGRW) about DX Engineering's acquisition of Transwsorld Antennas.

DX Engineering has acquired Transworld Antennas from the original manufacturer and inventor, Dr. Michael Barrett (N4ECW).  The DX Engineering representative that I spoke to said they will be doing all the manufacturing, shipping, and any future product development. 

Click on "Read More" to see the rest of the article.

Thursday, 07 April 2016 18:04

Ten New Graduates of Intro to Emcomm Class

Ten amateur radio operators spent four hours each Saturday in March completing the Introduction to Emergency Communications class sponsored by St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES and instructed by Peter Brisbine, N0MTH.

Monday, 06 July 2015 00:00

Cliff Cave Testing Schedule

The Cliff Cave VE Team administers Ham License Examinations for all interested parties on a regular schedule. 

Location:  CLIFF CAVE LIBRARY, 5430 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO  63129    (see map below)

Sessions are available weekly by appointment.

WALK-INS WELCOME. Please call ahead, if possible.

THE CLIFF CAVE VE TEAM will be giving the exams and study assistance.

The 2017 testing dates through June are:

  • January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 7, 14, 21, 28
  • April 6, 11, 18, 25
  • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • June 6, 13, 20, 27

Doors open at 6 PM for each session...testing begins shortly there after.

Applicant: requirement of two identification documents. (Driver's
License, photo ID, etc.) For upgrade: Original license or CSCE and
a copy of each must be presented to the VE Team before testing.
 
Testing cost: $15.00 Cash only
 
Contact Harry WØHMS for additional information
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • CVE David Bartholomew, Extra, ABØTO, 314-894-7631 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CVE Thomas DeGuire, Extra, KCØSTQ, 314-845-5818 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CVE Roland Kramer, Extra, WØRL, 314-481-8846 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CVE Peter B. Brisbine, Extra NØMTH, 314-894-9395 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Dana Joines, , Extra, WØAIA, 573-483-3344 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Kevin Naumann, Extra, NØWDG, Quality Assurance, 636-296-8056 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Bob Sluder, Extra, NØIS, 636-285-7605 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Kenneth Simila, Extra, KCØVMY, 636-349-5584 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Dick Grady, Extra, NØJYU, 314-752-2048 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Mike Bien, Extra, KBØPDL, 314-724-0232 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE John Mountain, Extra, KJØMTN, 314-308-2661 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Charlie Wilmes, Extra, KCØHXB, 636-225-7209 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE John B. Telker, Extra, NØTH, 314-894-1545 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Wayne Gmachl, Extra, KDØNEO, 314-303-3752 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Jon P. Schaumann, Extra, WØKZ, 314-822-3732 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Janelle Haible, Extra, NØMTI, 314-894-9395 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Doug Allen, Extra, KØDRA - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Ed Berkel, Extra, AEØEB, 314-401-1767 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Derek Von Seng, Extra, NS2H, 636-357-7764 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Brian Grider, Extra, NØKBA, 314-481-3121 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Don Goode, Extra, WØFAR, 314-843-2727 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Roy Tribble, Extra, KØTRB, 314-494-5911 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • VE Tom McKleroy, Extra, W9XO, 314-309-0532 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • C/LVE Harry Steger, Extra, WØHMS, 314-894-2136 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Arrl-Advisor - CVE Harry Nordman, Extra, ABØSX - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Board Member Elect Rebecca Carroll has long been the face of public service here in the St. Louis area through her coordination of several bike ride events. The Lupus Wolf Ride, ADA Tour de Cure, and Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway are among the events for which she organizes ham radio support. 

A recent venue change for Bike MS has left her in need of necessary equipment, especially APRS trackers. SLSRC is supporting Rebecca in her efforts to build an equipment cache that can be used for these events, other public service events, and even for emcomm exercises and deployments. 

To this end, Rebecca has begun a Go Fund Me campaign, in which she seeks at least $6,500. 

Visit her GoFundMe page by clicking on the image or link above, and please consider supporting this important effort, and spread the word.

The Gateway Area Chapter of the National MS Society has issued a press release in an effort to more broadly support Rebecca in her endeavor. 

(Originally published on the Lewis and Clark Community College website)

Article by: Lori Artis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GODFREY – After its 30th anniversary ride last weekend, the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride will be leaving Columbia, MO and coming to the St. Louis area.

On Sept. 6-7, more than 2,500 cyclists participated in Bike MS in Columbia, MO for the last time. “We are so grateful to the Mid Missouri area, and proud of the nearly 50,000 riders who have supported the fight against multiple sclerosis by riding in Bike MS over the last 30 years,” said Chris Houston, Senior Vice President of Operations for Express Scripts and Bike MS Gateway Getaway event chair. “We’re excited to bring the Gateway Getaway to the St. Louis area, where we’ll build on our past success to create new traditions.”

The two-day ride, which will take place Sept. 12-13, 2015, will start and finish both days at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. The beautiful, historic campus will also provide a home to the charity event’s festival area and camping accommodations. “We are thrilled to partner with Lewis and Clark Community College and the Metro-East community.” Houston said. “The route will take cyclists along the river bluffs, over the Mississippi River into Missouri, and wind back into Illinois. Whether you’ve biked this area once in your life, or once every weekend, you’re going to find something new along your ride while supporting a great cause.”

Lewis and Clark Community College President Dale Chapman said the college is looking forward to hosting this well-respected and established event. “It is part of our mission as a community college to attract events to the region that will create a positive economic impact on the region,” Chapman said. “We are so grateful to Monica Bristow of the River Bend Growth Association for connecting this event to our campus. It will be one of the largest events we’ve ever hosted, and we are looking forward to sharing our campus with all of the new guests from the St. Louis area and from around the country who will experience the Lewis and Clark Godfrey Campus for the first time.”

River Bend Growth Association President Monica Bristow said she was pleased to connect the event with the college in the hopes of positively impacting the River Bend Area. “I was approached by Randy Adler, a key coordinator for Bike MS who is originally from Godfrey. He was very familiar with the area and wanted to bring the event to his hometown. I immediately thought of the Lewis and Clark campus as a location that would be sized right for the event, and will offer Bike MS access to numerous routes to give these riders a true view of our amazing communities in the River Bend Area,” Bristow said.

The new location will not change the purpose of the impactful ride, but will bring the event closer to home for many participants who live in the St. Louis metro area. “People ride in Bike MS because they have a personal connection and commitment to fighting MS, and we’re giving them the opportunity to express their support as we always have. While the route will be different, the goal is the same: a world free of multiple sclerosis,” Houston said.

“This is an amazing cause and it so well supported, as noted by the $2.3 million it will raise with this year’s ride,” Chapman said. “I am just so pleased that the River Bend Area is getting the chance to showcase itself to these riders from all over the country. I know this region will feel the positive impacts of this event, but most importantly, it’s great to know that this region stands to impact the MS Society in its fight for a world free of MS.”

For more information about Bike MS, visit www.gatewayMSbikeride.org or call 1-800-344-4867.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 7,100 individuals in the Gateway Area Chapter and 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2013 alone, the Society invested an estimated $48 million to support 380 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people.  The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis.  Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867.  You may also contact your local Gateway Area Chapter at www.gatewayMSsociety.org or 314-781-9020.

Additional news about the move can be found at:

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

St. Louis Area Amateur Radio Nets

(All times are St. Louis local time - CST/CDT)

Sunday

Time Frequency Name Notes
1900 145.110 Belleville-Shiloh Net Unknown Status
2000 146.925 Ancient Modulators Net Linked Repeaters 
2100 147.060 BEARS Net Unknown Status 
2100 147.165 Okaw Valley ARC Net  

Monday

Time Frequency Name Notes
1900 145.210 World Friendship Net Echolink Net
2000 145.230 Lewis and Clark ARC Net  
2000 147.075 Jefferson County ARC Net  
2000 147.030 Eastern Ozarks ARC Net  
2000 147.240 Franklin County ARES Net  
2000 146.850 Missouri VOIP Net Linked Repeaters 
2030  145.490 Saint Charles County ARES Net  
2030 146.820 W9VEY Memorial Net  

Tuesday

Time Frequency Name Notes
1900 147.120 Saint Clair Illinois ARES Net  
1930 146.850 Saint Louis and Suburban Radio Club Net  
2000 146.625 Sainte Genevieve County ARES Net  
2000 146.790 Egyptian Radio Club Net  

Wednesday

Time Frequency Name Notes
1900 147.150 Telephone Pioneers/QCWA Net  
1930 146.850 Saint Louis Metro ARES Net  
1930 145.290 Southwest Illinois Multi-County ARES Net  
2000 28.650 Gateway 10-10 Net  
2000 147.270 Centralia Wireless Association Net  

Thursday

Time Frequency Name Notes
1900 145.330 Saint Charles County Rapid Response Team Net  
1900 147.360 Saint Louis County SKYWARN Net Monthly Net - 1st Thursday
1930 145.190 Lincoln County ARES  
2000 28.360 BEARS Saint Louis 10 Meter Net  
2000 28.375 Unnamed 10 Meter Net Not an official net
2000 146.610 Carondelet Amateur Radio Society  

No Known Nets on Fridays or Saturdays

Please send updates, additions or corrections to the SLSRC Webmaster using our contact form.

Special Thanks to Max Slover, KØAZV for compiling this list. List was originally posted on the STL Hams Facebook Group.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

Missouri VOIP NET on Echolink

Have you ever checked in to the Missouri Voice Over Internet Protocol Net (Missouri VOIP Net) on Echolink?

  • This net is called each Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. local.
  • The net uses the Missouri ARES Districts for the check-ins.
  • These Districts correspond the the Missouri Highway Patrol Districts.
  • The Kansas City area is in District "A". St. Louis is District "C" etc...

The NET is looking for check-ins from counties in northern and southwestern Missouri, as well as the Ozarks region, as well as the metro areas.

Emergency Coordinators from all Missouri counties are encouraged utilize this net each week.

Check-ins are encouraged from ARES members from other states, in the counties that border Missouri.

Several repeaters are linked to the net as well.

Here is how to locate the Missouri VOIP Net on Echolink. From the ECHOLINK screen:

  • Open the "Nodes" Folder
  • From the drop down choices select  "Conferences"
  • From the large list of "Conferences" that is now visable use the slider and scroll the alphabetical list of conferences to "Missouri"  Missouri Voice Over IP Net (MO VoIP) (0/500)
  • Select the word Missouri.
  • Make this one of your favorite ECHOLINK locations.

Hope to hear you on Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. local on the Missouri VOIP Net.