Simulated Emergency Test (SET) – 2017

This year (2017) BCARES, in conjunction with the Boone County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), held the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 28 from 10:00 -12:00. NCS was operated from the new Boone County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) inside the Joint Communications Center (911-dispatch).

This was our first full exercise of our facility at the ECC, and it went very well, although not without one issue that was easily resolved.

A number of our CMRA members participated in this event.

Click here to view the full report. (Right click to save.)

2017 BCARES Repeater Run – Summary Results

On February 4, 2017 BCARES conducted the first annual Repeater Run for Boone County. This exercise consisted of checking in by roll call across a number of regional repeaters to evaluate our capabilities and insure proper programming of radios.

We included 9 VHF repeaters and 3 UHF repeaters which potentially could provide emergency communications in times of our need in Boone County.

Click here for further explanation of the event and to see the results.

CMRA Teams Up With Rock Bridge Elementary for ISS Contact

Students from Rock Bridge Elementary School, Columbia, MO, made contact with the International Space Station (ISS) with help from CMRA on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1400 UTC or 0800 CST. Several club members reported hearing portions of the astronaut’s transmissions on 145.800 MHz. as the station flew overhead.

A great deal of work and planning went into the event. Its success reflects the good job done by everyone involved. View an article written by Bill, N0AXZ, when you click here.

The event received favorable local press coverage as well. The Columbia Tribune featured an article entitled “Rock Bridge students talk to astronaut on International Space Station” which you can see when you click here. KOMU-TV covered the event as well, with an online story you can see when you click here.

Sarah Hill of Veterans United did a live broadcast on YouTube the morning of the contact, which you can view below.



CMRA Club Station Forced to Move

The American Red Cross on Worley advised us the first week of December 2013 that their building had been sold and they had to vacate by the end of the month, which means we did also. Several volunteers pitched in at various times throughout the month and did a great deal of hard work to pack up and move the equipment and other club property in the club station.

For the time being, there is no longer a CMRA club station. It is hoped one can be put back together in a location to be determined by the club at a later time.

This affects license testing as well. If you or someone you know needs to test or upgrade, contact AC0G so arrangements can be made. See the Public Service page for his contact info.

More to come as the situation develops.