Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator News

Dennis Gedeon, KB0NHW, notified me that he is resigning his position as ASEC for the Missouri Section, effective July 31st. Dennis recently retired from FEMA and is now planning to move to Idaho for his retirement. Dennis served many years as SEC and ASEC for the Missouri Section. I appreciate the assistance that Dennis provided handling the leadership appointments with the ARRL office. I wish Dennis a great retirement, although I hope he likes cold weather as he told me he will be 30 miles from the Canadian Border. Good luck, Dennis.

I am pleased to announce that Cecil Higgins, AC0HA is replacing Dennis as ASEC. Cecil has agreed to accept the position and the appointment is effective as of the 7th of August. Cecil has been a longtime member of ARES and is currently serving as DEC for District D. Cecil has been involved in a number of large scale emergencies and is well suited for the position. Please continue to support Cecil in his additional position as ASEC for the Missouri Section.

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri Section EC

Missouri Section Activity Report – July 2015

The severe weather has given us a break this month but torrential rains have caused flash flooding in some areas of the state and amateur radio was there assisting. Hopefully, August will just besummer without all of the excitement.

District News:

District A:  Carroll County EC, Bill Sweeney W0WTS participated as an exercise team member at the Carroll Co. Hospital tabletop exercise – 2015 Spring Tornado. Bill also completed IC-300. Congratulations. Cass County reports having two Skywarn activations during the month, Jackson County had one activation, Lafayette County had two activations, and Pettis County reported one activation for severe weather. Northland provided communications for the WIN KC Women’s Triathlon. Storms and flooding leading up to the event might have caused cancellation but the Smithville Lake receded enough to allow the  event to continue. Clay County had to deal with four tornadoes on July 6th along  with flash flooding and hail. 24 operators participated in the two weather nets.

District D reports a quieter month for a change.

District G: Carter County now has Echolink available for use on the Van Buren Repeater. They have used it on their weekly nets to aid in distant checkins. Good tool now for emergencies, also. Douglas County held their first functional communications exercise on July 1st. Radio traffic was passed from remote locations, the command post and net control. A hot wash was held afterwards to discuss what worked and improvements needed.

District I: Amateur radio provided communications and other assistance at the Laclede County Fair.

Below is the activity report for the month of July. 2397 hours were reported for the Section.

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : JUL 2015 SECTION YEAR
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTAL TOTAL
# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115
# Reporting 8 7 6 9 8 0 3 2 4 47
# Members 306 107 294 230 73 70 47 29 129 1285
Plus / Minus 0 0 -1 -2 2 6 0 0 0 5
# Training Drills 40 22 37 66 17 4 11 9 8 214 1776
Hours 487 74.46 327.3 641 13 50.7 75 27 15 1710.46 15942.81
# Public Svc 2 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 19 168
Hours 143 0 0 101 0 0 0 0 0 244 3324
# Emer Ops 10 1 5 19 2 0 0 0 0 37 153
Hours 266 5 45 112 15 0 0 0 0 443 1790.3
# Total Ops 52 23 42 102 19 4 11 9 8 270 2097
Total Hours 896 79.46 372.3 854 28 50.7 75 27 15 2397.46 21057.11

Thanks again to all who have participated in the various severe weather activations and public service events. You continued dedication to ARES is a vital help to many served agencies.

Have a great August. and 73,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri Section EC

Missouri Section Activity Report – June 2015

Severe weather and copious amounts of rain continued to fall on Missouri in June as can be evidenced by the number of emergency operations reported this month. Most of the Districts reported activation for severe weather support. As the July heat arrives now, remember to plan for extra water and appropriate clothing when working outside with radio activities. I hope everyone who held Field Day had a rewarding and educational event as we participated in the annual national exercise for setting up our communications equipment if the field. I look forward to the December issue of QST to review the results.

District News:

District A:

Benton Co. ARES provided communications for a mountain bike race. Benton, Lafayette, Northland, and Pettis Co. ARES groups reported activations for storm watches.

District B:

Storm watch operations were held for storms and flooding around Hannibal.

District C:

8 storms activations were called during the month for storm and flooding communications. Arthur Ellegood, N0CYF was appointed EC for Jefferson County, replacing Bill Wallace, W0WHW, who has retired from the position. Thank you, Bill, for your hard work as Jefferson Co. EC.

District D:

19 emergency operations for storm related activities. Many lakes in the region are at critical flood levels.

District E:

Ernie Chiles, W0RMS, has been appointed EC, along with Barry Doyle, AC0WL, appointed AEC for Bollinger Co. These positions were established in order to provide leadership to start an ARES group in Bollinger Co. Please support Ernie and Barry in their endeavor to improve ARES is District E.

District F:

Cole Co. ARES supported the MS 5K Walk//Run.

District G:

Carter Co. reported all is well, no incidents this month requiring communications. SOmething different for a change. Douglas Co. held a Special Event for the county hams and public.

District I:

Dave Boucher reports not as band as last month. Not sure what that means but improvement in conditions is a welcome event.

Thanks to all of the Districts that submitted comments for the month.

 

Below is the report for the Section for this month. 5600 hours of amateur activity reported. This was a busy month.

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : JUN 2015 SECTION YEAR
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTAL TOTAL
# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115  
# Reporting 8 7 6 9 7 4 3 2 4 50  
# Members 306 107 300 237 71 89 47 29 129 1315  
Plus / Minus 0 0 6 1 0 3 0 2 -1 11  
# Training Drills 25 25 45 143 16 12 13 13 10 302 1562
Hours 531 489 458 1573 81 499 52 40 17 3739 14232
# Public Svc 2 0 0 45 0 1 3 2 0 53 149
Hours 68 0 0 1091 0 15 47 67 0 1288 3080
# Emer Ops 8 2 8 19 0 6 0 0 2 45 116
Hours 76 9 100 314 0 62 0 0 16 577 1347
# Total Ops 35 27 53 207 16 19 16 15 12 400 1827
Total Hours 675 498 558 2978 81 576 99 107 33 5604 18660

 

I hope everyone had a safe and great 4th of July.

73,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri Section EC

Missouri Section Activity Report – May 2015

It looks like the spring severe weather season has finally hit our state after a somewhat quiet April. ARES activity in the form of weather spotting and flood evacuation activity was reported this month.

In a cooperative endeavor, Missouri ARES, Mo. Traffic Net, and MESN have been working with SEMA to develop a resource request form that is compatible with the WebEOC system that is now the standard reporting and resource request/ tracking system deployed by SEMA. The form is an HTML form that editable with any browser and is designed to be used with fldigi forms program “flmsg”. Resource requests from county EOCs to SEMA that have to be passed by radio if the internet is down in their area should use fldigi and flmsg to submit the request to SEMA. The current form – RReqv1.1.0.html – is available on the Forms page under SEMA Resouce Request forms on this website. A PowerPoint presentation is also included to explain the use of the form. Only version 1.1.0 should be used. The older version forms are beta versions and are needed only for those in the beta test group to open and read/demonstrate the request form.

I am also pleased to announce that J.D. Simmons, WA0BER has been appointed DEC for District F. J.D. is the Interoperable Communications Specialist for the Missouri Department of Public Safety. J.D has extensive experience in amateur and public service radio services. Please welcome J.D. to the leadership of District F.

District News:

District A: Cass, Jackson, and Pettis Counties reported storm spotter nets operated during the month. Northland supported law enforcement during the flood evacuation of Mosby on May 18th and 19th. Carroll County ARES worked with amateurs in Ray County to man a booth during the Richmond Mushroom festival to demonstrate amateur radio.

District B: Severe storm activations and weather spotting nets were held during severe weather events in the district.

District F: A tornado spotting net was convened on May 15th.

District G: Carter County reported 2 new Technician Class and 3 new General Class amateur from testing on May 21st. ARES applications are expected from the new hams.

District I: District I  reported a stormy and wet month with 5 activations for severe weather nets.

Below is the operations and manhours spent in support of ARES activity for the month.

 

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : MAY 2015 SECTION YR to DATE
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTAL  
# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115  
# Reporting 7 6 5 9 6 3 3 2 4 45  
# Members 306 107 294 236 71 86 47 37 130 1314  
Plus / Minus 0 0 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 17  
# Training Drills 41 21 41 98 29 3 10 11 8 262 1260
Hours 538 61.55 399 972 42 75 53 25 15 2180.55 10493.42
# Public Svc 1 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 18 96
Hours 6 20 0 121 0 0 0 0 0 147 1792
# Emer Ops 4 2 0 14 0 12 0 0 5 37 71
Hours 87 18 0 237 0 8 0 0 73 423 770.5
# Total Ops 46 24 41 128 29 15 10 11 13 317 1427
Total Hours 631 99.55 399 1330 42 83 53 25 88 2750.55 13055.92

 

Thanks again to all of the Section members for their support and time freely given to serve the communities around us. The capabilities that amateur radio can provide is a valuable asset to any community. Keep up the good work and the relationships that we have developed with the various served agencies we work with.

73,

Jeff KB3HF

Section EC