Upcoming Public Service Event, Drills and On Air Activities

The following events are excellent ways to practice net procedures and operating in a remote situation.

Nebraska State High School Track Meet  – May 18th and 19th
Beat the Heat Race – July 8th
Major Accident Response Exercise (MARE) – July 28th
Offutt Air Show – August 11th
Corporate Cup – September 9th
Market-to-Market Relay  – October 6th

HF events that ARES members are encouraged to participate in:
Nebraska QSO Party – April 21st &  22nd
Museum Ships Weekend – June 2nd & June 3rd
ARRL Field Day – June 23rd & June 24th
ARRL Sweepstakes (CW) – November 3rd & 4th
ARRL Sweepstakes (SSB) – November 17th & 18th
SKYWARN Recognition Day – December 1st
Winter Field Day  – January 26th (2019)



SKYWARN Spotter Training

The annual severe weather spotter training session for Douglas County will be held on Tuesday March 27, at the Elkhorn South High School.  The session will start at 7:00 pm.

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Everyone is welcome to attend this training.  All Amateur Radio operators are strongly encouraged to attend this program.

This training session is conducted by the National Weather Service.


In addition to the Storm Spotter lecture, these two courses are also recommended.


Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics Online Training Module

Role of the Skywarn Spotter Online Training Module

Red Cross is Back on the Air

WØEQU is operational from the Heartland Chapterhouse, thanks to the hard work of AI7Q, NØUP, KAØVNY, KØCTU and NØTRK.  These folks have been working to get the Red Cross amateur radio station back on the air after the feed lines between the tower and the building were unfortunately removed several years ago.  This required the replacement of the lightning arresters on the tower.

The HF antenna has an improved mounting system which will not put stress on the balun or resistor that are critical to its operation, and it is also now on a pulley system to allow it to be lowered for servicing.

The group worked to confirm that the VHF/UHF antennas are still good operating condition.     The group also have packet back on the air and added a AREDN mesh node as well.    They also have acquired a couple of computers for use at the station.   AI7Q and the group are working on a wish list for the station.

Currently the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club, a long time support of ARES working with the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross, has loaned a complete Kenwood TS-570D station to be used until the equipment can be updated.     The antenna and radio were working well.  KØCTU heard a station that he worked many times during National Parks on the Air.   K7CAR was camped in Nevada and was coming in 59 to Omaha.

While the radios are working again, there is still a lot of work to do in the radio room itself, so it will be a while before there will be any organized non-Red Cross or emergency operations from the site.

Weekly SATERN Nets

The International SATERN SSB Voice net is on  14.265.0 MHz – Monday – Saturday at 10:00 am Central Time

The International SATERN Digital net is on 14.065.0 MHz  on Saturday at 12:00 noon Central Time

The Central Territory  SATERN SSB Voice net is  on 7.265.0 MHz on Saturday at 9:30 am Central Time

Omaha SATERN should check into the Douglas County ARES FM Voice net 146.940(-) MHz on Sunday at 9:00 pm CDT