Midway Amateur Radio Club

WØKY - Kearney, Buffalo Co, Nebraska

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Welcome to the Midway Amateur Radio Club and Buffalo County ARES!

We're a general interest amateur radio club based in Buffalo County, Kearney, Nebraska. We hold monthly club meetings, and a weekly net on VHF/UHF that all are welcome to join! See below for details. If you would like to join us, please use the contact form below.

Officers

  • President - Mike Osterberg (KØVZ)
  • Vice President - Lyle Jacobsen (WBØYIG)
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Henry Angle (NØHA)



The Radio Amateur's Code
The Radio Amateur is
  • CONSIDERATE...He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
  • LOYAL...He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.
  • PROGRESSIVE...He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date. It is well-built and efficient. His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.
  • FRIENDLY...He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.
  • BALANCED...Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
  • PATRIOTIC...His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.
- adapted from the original Amateur's Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928

Area Repeaters

WØKY

Frequency: 146.625 MHz

Offset: -0.6 MHz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Club repeater. Located on county tower West of 30th Ave. Just South of 39th St.

KAØRCZ

Frequency: 147.315 MHz

Offset: +0.6 MHz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Linked repeater system. Owned and operated by Rich Floe NØVL & Jan Parker WAØLST. Located just West of 2nd Ave. / Just North of Menard's.

KAØRCZ

Frequency: 444.625 MHz

Offset: +5 MHz

Notes: Linked repeater system. Owned and operated by Rich Floe NØVL & Jan Parker WAØLST. Located at the NTV studio near Axtell.

KAØRCZ

Frequency: 444.850 MHz

Offset: +5 MHz

Tone: 74.4

Notes: Linked repeater system. Owned and operated by Rich Floe NØVL & Jan Parker WAØLST.

KCØWZL

Frequency: 147.000 MHz

Offset: -0.6 MHz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: County EM and weather repeater. Chris Powers KEØHGE, trustee.

KDØPBW

Frequency: 147.030 MHz

Offset: +0.6 MHz

Notes: D-STAR Owned by Nebraska Emergency Management. Jan Parker WAØLST, trustee.

KAØDBK

Frequency: 147.390 MHz

Offset: +0.6 MHz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Owned & operated by Danny Baer KAØDBK. Located on water tower at 30th Ave & 39th St.

NIØP

Frequency: 444.700 MHz

Offset: +5.0 MHz

Tone: 167.9

Notes: Owned & operated by Brian Schmidt NIØP. Located in Wood River. FM and D-STAR capable.

WØWWV

Frequency: 146.820 MHz

Offset: -0.6 MHz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Located in Heartwell. Part of the linked system owned by the Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska and linked to NØLL in Kansas.

WØSOC

Frequency: 147.135 MHz

Offset: +0.6 MHz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Located on the KRVN-FM stand=by tower South of Lexington.

Nets

ARES Net

Held on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM

Frequency: 147.315 MHz

Offset: +0.6 Mhz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Net Control Station Jan Parker, WAØLST

ARAN Net

Held on Mondays at 8:30 PM

Frequency: 146.82 MHz

Offset: -0.6 Mhz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Net Control Station Gary Blauvelt, NØSJM

HARA Net

Held on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM

Frequency: 147.135 MHz

Offset: +0.6 MHz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Heartland Amateur Radio Association weekly net

ARAN Net

Held on Thursdays at 8:30 PM

Frequency: 146.82 MHz

Offset: -0.6 MHz

Tone: 123.0

Notes: Net Control Station John Schudel, NØWJS

Nebraska D-STAR Net

Held on Thursdays at 9:00 PM

Frequency: 147.030 MHz

Offset: +0.6 MHz

Notes: Held on REF002C, which can be accessed locally via KDØPBW repeater.

Calendar

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Download in ICS format: ICS Format

ARES

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is committed to helping the surrounding communities. We assist the community with:

  • Weather monitoring
  • Traffic control for area police and fire calls
  • Transmitting information
  • Working with local groups

ARES Leadership

  • Emergency Coordinator (EC) - Jan Parker
  • Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) - Lyle Jacobsen
  • AEC/Net Manager - Henry Angle

Net control operators are BUSY with several radios, radar etc. Talk to us! -- but please: be brief---be concise---be calm---be SAFE

  1. Know WHERE you are all the time---watch the signs on intersections---be AWARE !!
  2. Life safety comes first!! Always report any "people" issues (you or others) immediately.
  3. Tornado on ground---funnel cloud w/debris high winds (remember wind speed rules)
  4. Hail: say size---use money, "balls" or inches
  5. PLEASE don't report the following: "I'm at and it's raining here"--unless it's heavy and could cause impassable roads or flooding.
  6. State the apparent storm's direction of travel. Advise net control to have EM sound sirens in a specific town if necessary (per Darrin)

Weather Watch Operations: Storm Spotters will be called out via:

  1. BUFFALOWATCH.NET (ALERT SYSTEM)-- a function of Buffalo Co. EMG. MGT.

Other disaster operations call out:

  1. BUFFALOWATCH.NET
  2. 2 meter radio (see freq list)

Operations (other than Wx.):

  1. The Emergency Coordinator will determine who is available to respond and with what equipment.
  2. The EC will then contact the Kearney/Buffalo Co. Emergency Operations Center and find out where/ when ARES services are needed.
  3. If ARES services are requested the following information will be given to Emergency Management:
    1. How many volunteers available.
    2. Hams with vehicles (2x4 or 4x4) available
    3. Additional equipment available
  4. Buffalo County Emergency Management will make assignments for ARES to carry out.
  5. Operations of the Hospital Amateur Radio will be at the discretion of the EC and Hospital Emergency Personnel.
  6. All emergency operations of ARES will be coordinated by Buffalo Co. Emergency Management and the EC (AEC)

NON -Disaster (parades, etc.):

  1. Operations will be coordinated by any member for the club (with club's approval) and event staff.

In the event of wide spread loss of communications:

  1. Members will be instructed by the ECIAEC to set up communications where needed.
  2. When the EOC has been activated, the ECIAEC will be there to manage activities.
  3. Kearney fire station(s) will be provided a ham operator if needed.
  4. Good Sam Hospital Base Station could be activated, and could be used as Net Control Site if needed.
  5. All active members should be trained in:
    1. Weather spotting
    2. Traffic handling (taking messages on paper reports)
    3. NEMA courses
    4. Traffic control for parade and fire scenes
    5. Setting up emergency communications in shelters
  6. ARES members should have radio(s) and some sort of "GO KIT" ready at all times. Suggested contents include:
    1. Extra batteries, magnetic antenna and coax
    2. Proper ID: County or ARES card
    3. Message forms, paper, and pencil/pen
    4. Flashlight, 2 or 3 D cell, extra batteries.
    5. Red traffic control wand or flag.
    6. Appropriate dress for venue. (I.e. rain gear, boots, and coveralls, hardhat as needed)
    7. High visibility vest or shirt
    8. Water and snacks and a small amount of money.
    9. Minimal small hand tools: 4-6 way screwdriver, cutter pliers, and black tape, ect.
  7. Glossary
    1. ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
    2. EOC - Emergency Operations Center, (Buffalo County Jail basement)
    3. EM - Emergency Manager (county employee)
    4. NWS - National Weather Service.
    5. EC - Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator.
    6. AEC - Assistant Emergency Coordinator.
    7. High Speed Notification - County operated system used to alert certain individuals quickly.

D-STAR

D-STAR repeater owned by Buffalo County. Normally linked to REF002C, but all are welcome to use the repeater and link elsewhere. Please remember to follow D-STAR etiquette!

  • Callsign: KDØPBW
  • Frequency: 147.030 MHz
  • Offset: +0.6 MHz
  • Status

If you would like to be registered on the D-STAR system, instructions can be found here. For assistance, please contact Brian Schmidt NIØP.

For more information about D-STAR in Nebraska, visit the Nebraska D-STAR website.

To learn more about D-STAR in general, or how to use it, visit the D-STAR Info website.

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