Missouri Section Activity Report – January 2017

January is now in the books and our ARES® activity continues to be strong with 2439 hours donated by the membership this month. The weather hasn’t been too much of a factor for us in January but the ice storm did create some problems. Speaking of weather, we are moving into the time of the year when Missouri experiences severe weather. Try to attend a Spotter Training Course in your area when it is offered. The seminar is extremely informative and teaches the principles of weather spotting and weather safety. Many ARES group support the Skywarn program sponsored by NWS. Weather radar is great but without trained weather spotters reporting ground truth to the local NWS office, some severe weather goes unreported. Weather facts to report to NWS include Hail Size, Wind Speed, Rain amounts and the time period of the rainfall, flash flooding, and snow depths. This data is compiled by NWS and used to help issue warnings if the criteria for a warning is met.

District News:

District A: Mike Bellinger DEC

Emergency Operation was due to an ice storm in Pettis County.

Northland (Platte & Clay) The Northland ARES activities have begun on a positive note. Clay County and Platte County Sheriff Departments along with input from Dennis Carpenter announce: “Advanced Spotter Talk with a Basic Radar Interpretation”  This training is for field storm spotters, ARES groups, and public safety officers to better aid them on storm spotting, safety in the field, and utilizing local radar to better position and know where to focus spotter’s attention during a storm.
Date:   February 25 9:00 AM – Noon   Location:   Central Region Headquarters 7220 NW 101st Terrace Kansas City, MO 64153

Digital operations report:
The FSQCall-Mo group has resumed work and training now the holidays are done.  The net is one year old this month. Both frequencies are being utilized, 7099 KHz. USB and 3598 KHz. USB. The group had an ongoing informal net January 13th,14th and 15th for the potential ice storm across Missouri. Stations participating:  K0VET, KM0S, K0OG, N0ZT, KA2FNK, WA0BER, K0KEX, KD0CNC, KD0QKK, KD0VMN, KB0EMB, KC0NWS, AND KA0OTL. There could have been more.A weekly net has been established on Thursday’s at 10am local. Mike, KM0S, operates from SEMA when he has the time. More stations are trying out FLDIGI-FLMSG in the ARQ mode for moving test traffic.  Traffic is moved at 700Hz on the waterfall. 73     Jeff Libby KA0OTL

Digital Learning Net:  Sunday evening 8:00 PM CST 147.330 repeater  sponsored by Northland ARES, W0KCN. The net format takes check-ins on voice for those who do not have digital capabilities. Additional check-ins using FSQcall with a short preamble to explain the net format. FLDIGI BPSK63 at 2000 Hz. is also utilized to provide access to the net.  All amateur operators are welcome to join in the Digital Learning Net. Net control is K0KEX

District B: Dale Bagley DEC

Nets were activated for an Ice Storm that struck the district.

District F: J.D. Simmons DEC

Camden County ARES collaborated with Camden County EOC during the January ice storm in Mid-Missouri. District I ARES and other districts provided sitreps to SEMA during the ice storm.

District G: Ron Tost DEC

Douglas County held a test session and we had 1 new tech, 1 upgrade to General and 1 renewed his license. Ozark County did one test session with Douglas County and set up for winter field day with 8 attending.

The following is the January statistics for the Missouri Section:

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :         JAN 2017       SECTION   YEAR
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTAL    
# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115    
# Reporting 6 6 6 12 9 6 4 0 4 53    
# Members 227 112 286 281 38 106 48 12 128 1238    
Plus / Minus 5 0 -1 30 2 0 -8 0 2 30    
# Training Drills 37 4 29 106 17 31 17 0 1 242   242
Hours 465 110.8 244 685 68.25 450.8 133.5 0 16 2173.29   2173.29
# Public Svc 0 2 1 17 0 0 1 0 0 21   21
Hours 0 7 2 193 2 0 20 0 0 224   224
# Emer Ops 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 6   6
Hours 8 4 0 28 2 0 0 0 0 42   42
# Total Ops 38 7 30 125 19 31 18 0 1 269   269
Total Hours 473 121.8 246 906 72.25 450.8 153.5 0 16 2439.29   2439.29

Thanks for all of the support in the month of January.

73,

Jeff Young, KB3HF

Missouri Section EC