ARES Monthly Meeting - Last Monday of each month, 7:00 PM, Cape Girardeau County Office Building, 1 Barton Square, Jackson, Mo 63755

ARES Weekly Meeting - Tuesday nights, 8:00 PM, on 146.820 (On hiatus from June to September)

Business Meeting - First Monday of each month, 7:00 PM, Cape Girardeau County Office Building, 1 Barton Square, Jackson, Mo 63755

Christmas party - December, Delmonico's

Contest Calendars

ARRL Hamfest Calendar


The Great Eclipse Balloon Adventure.
Five teams searched for the two balloons that were launched at Houck Field on Monday, August 21, 2017, resulting in 103 man hours that were turned in to the state for ARES training. The first balloon landed near McClure, but the second balloon landed deep in the Shawnee Forest, hanging in between two trees 100 feet in the air. The Illinois Holler Boys found the balloon that the rest of the teams couldn't find. Click here for additional info.

146.685 Repeater.
Cavities were tuned thanks to Eric KEØATR. Photo of being strapped in for transportation to tower site by Dan KDØIXM so they don't get un-tuned.

146.685 Repeater.
From Barry Doyle: pictures from May 28, 2016, when Dennis Ponsness, Dan Russell, and I installed the 685 repeater and controller in the Motorolla cabinet.

146.685 Repeater.
From Dan Russell, 16 April 2016: Mary and I and Trooper went out to .685 this morning and got the orange outlet hot and ready to go. I talked with Barry on the radio and he is going to contact Dave and tell him and see when we can plug into the back-up generator. I haven't got the equipment grounded as yet but that is for another day. I have attached a photo.

Christmas Party

Fox Hunt

Field Day, June 27 - 28, 2015 Klaus Park: Photos

Fox Hunt

"Rain or shine" - we had both for the fox hunt held on May 9th, 2015. In spite of the soggy weather, many intrepid members participated. The precipitation stopped just before the hunt began - and then started again as we gathered for a group photo at the end. Our youngest participant was 2 years old, and we all had fun watching her enjoy being outside and feeding treats to the dog. KDØLDE demonstrated again what the right combination of equipment and skill can accomplish, nailing the first fox location in approximately 5 minutes and the second location in 15 minutes.

Repeater Installation

Repeater Installation

Christmas party

Repeater Work

Fox Hunt

Field Day

Fox Hunt

VHF QSL card challenge, May 2014

The winner, with 97 points, was Dan Russell, KDØIXM, and the prize of the Icom IC-28A VHF radio was well deserved. There were three entries for the best QSL card contest. Dan was also the winner of that contest and received a multimeter. Consolation prizes were given to the other entrants, Barry Doyle, ACØWL, and Mike McCrate, KDØGUH.

ARES Monthly Meeting, April 28, 2014

April 25-26, 2014 - Jackson Bicentennial special event, Klaus Park

ARES meeting, KDØLDE digital demonstrations, March 31, 2014

Red Cross Exercise, March 22, 2014

FIELD TRIP - 2/22/2014, National Weather Service weather forecast office in West Paducah, Kentucky


The Paducah WSR88D NEXRAD radar sits adjacent to the office.

Radio antennas (top to bottom): dual 2 meter Yagi, 2 meter vertical, 440 Yagis, AM, HF vertical, G5R half inverted V

Rick Shanklin, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist, gave a fascinating presentation at the main forecasting desk. Rick coordinates the SkyWarn spotter training program. More information about SkyWarn training can be found at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/?n=spottertraining

We learned a lot watching Rick demonstrate many of the sources they routinely use to make predictions.

Rick explained how they utilize radar images, data from weather stations, and years of experience along with computer models to generate the forecasts.

Weather information for our area is at: www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/

Hydrologic Prediction area. The river menu tab at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=pah lists 14 area rivers that they monitor.

The complexity and organization in the phone lines room.

The radio desk. Efforts to reach the 146.820 repeater were not successful.

September 20-21, 2013 - Stars & Stripes Field Day, Bloomfield

April 29, 2013 - 146.685 Antenna Work.  By Dan Russell, KDØIXM.  Ernie, Barry and I went out to the tower and helped a climber replace one of our antennas that had gotten beaten up by a piece of hardline that somebody left hanging after they took down their equipment. The gentleman that is in charge of the tower paid for the climber if somebody stayed and handled the ropes. So we got our antenna installed for nothing except for some highly paid semoarc members Hi Hi. Anyway here are some pictures on the repair installation. The picture of the antenna shows what happened to the antenna. The fiberglass was all splintered and it was leaning slightly.

November 10, 2012 - Scopus repeater work. Added 120 feet of half-inch hard line and raised the height of the new antenna to around 200 feet. Photos by KDØIXM

October 20, 2012 - Boy Scouts Jamboree on the Air - Klaus Park. Others who were there but not included in photos: KDØGUH, KDØIXM, and Stephanie Fallin.

Fall Fox Hunt, October 13, 2012 - - The group met at Kiwanis Park, Shelter 2, in Cape Girardeau at noon for lunch and started the hunt at 1 pm.

Field Day, Klause Park, June 23 to 24, 2012

Stars and Stripes, Bloomfield, 1-2 June, 2012

Phil, Ernie

Penny, Phil, Ernie

Jodie, Penny

Penny, Klaus

Dayton Hamvention 2012
Photos, Tom, WX9N and Joe, WAØZNI

Fox Hunt
The group met at North County Park Shelter #5 at 12 pm on 28 April 12 for lunch and the hunt started at 1 pm. The hunt was contained within the Cape County North and South Park. The "Fox" was a hidden transmitter on 2 meters with a 30 second on and 30 second off transition. This first foxhunt with a hidden transmitter was a great success. Everybody found the fox, sooner or later. Being the first team to find the fox, ACØIB and KDØLDE were the winners of the Phil Libley Trophy. Fun was had by all.

SEMO ARC Repeaters 146.685/444.200, tower work
(Click here for story)

Field Day 2011
Judy Bradley, right, watches as Barry Doyle works with a Heathkit SB-102 ham radio during the Southeast Missouri Amateur Radio Club's annual American Radio Relay League Field Day on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Klaus Park.

2011 Civil Air Patrol Event
On June 4, 2011, an information display was setup at Capaha Park from 12:00 until 5:00. Several HF contacts were made and information was given to visitors. Club members that attended are Phil Nash, Dennis Ponsness, Judy Bradley, Penny Wheeler, and Mike McCrate.

2011 Spring Foxhunt Report
On April 16, 2011, the SEMOARC held its spring fox hunt with six teams composed of fifteen fox hunters hunting the fox. Participants were: Penny Wheeler, Judy Bradley, Patty Chiles, Dave Golightly, Cathy Golightly, Phil Nash, Harry Stone, George Sample, Mike McCrate, Terry Lee, Dan Russell, Mary Russell, Robert Loos, Frank Bagbey, Tony LeGrand - and the fox, Ernie Chiles. The first team to find the fox was the team of Dave and Cathy Golightly, using the latest in high-tech fox hunting equipment. All hunters agreed that although the weather conditions could have been better, it was a learning experience for everyone - and they can't wait for the next hunt to try out the changes in equipment they are going to make!

Mary, Terry, Penny, Robert, Dan, Judy, Frank, Cathy, Dave, Patty, Mike, Tony

Dave and Terry with the latest in high tech fox-hunting equipment

Penny, Mike, Patty, Dave, George, Judy, Phil, Harry

Penny, Patty, Judy - Rambo revisited

Christmas Party, 11 December 2010
Front row L-R: John Frye, Irma Frye, Phil Nash, Linda Nash, Penny Wheeler, Judy Bradley, Karen Brewington, ?, Roger Brewington
Middle row L-R: Dave Golightly, Cathy Golightly, Sandra Fluegge, ?, Larry Fluegge, Joe Lorberg, Tom Keene, Wanda Keene
Back row L-R: Ernie Chiles, Harry Stone, Bruce Boulder, George Sample, Dan Russell, Patty Chiles, Mary Russell, Ron Doughty, Jerry Nealson, Stephanie Fallin, Clinton Fallin

2010 Foxhunt Report
SEMOARC's first foxhunt was held on Saturday, October 9, 2010, with four teams of hunters and one fox, who was located by all hunters within an hour and a half. The fox was hiding in Kiwanis Park, which was also the location of the basket supper that was held after the hunt. Everyone agreed it was a lot of fun and that we should do it again, as it was a good learning experience for everyone. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a success!   -Ernie, WØRMS

The Fox

The Hunters