URGENT: Please Help a Fellow Ham

Please Help KE0IKM and FamilyWhen disaster strikes, we amateur radio operators always step up to help others in need throughout our local and regional areas. This holiday season, tragedy struck within our own community of hams, and now is the time for us to come together and help one of our fellow operators and his family.

On the morning of Friday, December 16, 2016, Chris Hahn, the 19-year-old grandson of one of our Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn Spotters and Polk County, Missouri A.R.E.S. participants, Dan Hahn, KE0IKM, was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Highway 54 in Camden County. Chris survived and was rushed to University Hospital in Columbia. That afternoon, Chris’s parents (including the son of Dan Hahn, KE0IKM) were both killed in a separate head-on collision while en route to visit their son in the hospital. In just a few hours and just days before Christmas, the entire life of one of our fellow hams was turned completely upside down.

Following a few days in a medically-induced coma, Chris Hahn is now listed in fair condition. He is awake, but he continues to recover from a severe concussion which includes his skull having been fractured in three places. He can barely walk, and his road to physical recovery will take at least a year. There’s no telling how long it will take for Chris’s emotional wounds to heal from all of this.

“My son was my best friend. We spoke everyday – sometimes for hours,” said Dan Hahn, KE0IKM. Dan says he and his wife are leaning heavily on their faith during this difficult time. Their pastor and their church have been instrumental in helping them to begin picking up the pieces.

As the Hahn family continues to recover from this horrible tragedy, it is our hope that we, as a community of hams, can reach out and help in any way we can. Chris Hahn’s co-workers at the Camdenton, MO Wal-Mart have set up a GoFundMe Fundraising Campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/34dvkrs . As of the writing of this article, over $14, 000 dollars has been raised. Much, much more is needed to cover the medical expenses and the funeral expenses the Hahn Family is facing.

Please, click the GoFundMe link and help at any amount that you can.

In the meantime, please continue to keep Dan, KE0IKM, his wife, their grandson Chris and the rest of the Hahn family in your thoughts and prayers.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn

All of us at Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
We thank you for your ongoing gift of volunteer service which allows us to continue our mission to protect lives and property throughout Southwest Missouri.

Youth: Win a HF Ham Radio Station!

update: This contest is now over.  Entry deadline was Friday, December 23, 2016.    We are leaving this news item up for archival reference.

Win This Ham Radio Station!Announcing the “Win-a-Station Essay Contest for Youth!

The Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) is announcing an exciting essay contest for young amateurs. Due to the generosity of the 2016 raffle winner Paul Ewing N6PSE and the co-founders of the YDXA, one amateur radio station is being awarded to the winner of this essay contest.

The Prize: Alinco SR8T HF Transeiver, Jetstream 12 Volt 30amp Power Supply (or equivalent), Jetstream JTV 680 80 meter through 6 meter no radial vertical antenna (or equivalent), and 100 feet of coax antenna line with PL-259 connections.

Eligibility: Limited to 12-18 year old Technician class or above US licensed amateurs residing in the 48 contiguous United States. (due to export rules for the equipment and shipping costs). Additional rules apply. Entries by email or snail mail must be postmarked or electronically dated not later than December 23, 2016.

Details: In 500 words or less submit an essay on your involvement in, personal future plans and importance of amateur radio. Please submit in pdf format if submitted by email. All entries must be postmarked (system dated for emails) by midnight December 23, 2016.  Winner to be announced not later than January 31, 2017. Entry form must accompany essay.  Please place name on essay. Submission of entries on the official entry form is requested but not required.  However, all entries must contain ALL the information that is on the official entry form.

Rules and an entry form may be downloaded by clicking here: Rules and Entry Form