The end of April and the beginning of May saw many areas of the state facing a deluge of rain and the subsquent flooding of many streams and rivers. Some ARES® activiations occurred to help with communications in the areas affected. SEMA opened their radio room for any incoming traffic and a new SEMA contact form was issued and placed on this website. I hope none of the membership experienced any damage to their personal property.
A statewide comm drill was held on April 24th using digital communications techniques. Apparently, propagation on the HF band limited communications. A report of the activity follows in the District A comments.
Comments by District from Around the Section:
District A: Mike Bellinger K0UAA
Carroll Co. – Carroll County ARES members participated or attempted to participate in twenty-four regular regional net sessions during April including the MTN, MESN, KCHEART, DHS Health Net, Regional HF Health Net, FSQCall-MO and the Carroll County ARES nets.The CC ARES Nets have seen good participation. The Regional HF Health Net (trials) have seen minimal participation, so far. The KCHEART nets continued to be problematic due to linking problems between the VA repeater and the Warrensburg repeater. The EC and AEC attended the MARC Northern District Health Care Emergency Planning Committee meeting at Ray County Hospital on April 13. Two members participated in City/County planning meetings on April 20 for the upcoming 8/01 Total Eclipse. The Carroll County EC and AEC offered FSQCall basic training and demonstration for the Lafayette County ARES on Thursday, April 20, and for the Livingston County ARES on Saturday, April 29.
Henry Co. – The EC has left for Texas to attend Air Force basic training. The DEC no longer has contact with Henry County ARES.
Jackson Co. – Several members attended the NWS Advanced Storm Spotter Training. SET planning began.
Johnson Co. – Several members attended the NWS Advanced Storm Spotter Training.
Northland (Clay and Platte) – FSQCall-MO Exercise After Action Report 4-22-2017. The following stations participated.
K0KEX, K0OG, KM0S, KF4MXF, KG0L, KA0YJE, N0SAX/H Carroll County Hospital, W0WTS, AB0DK, WA0BER, KA9PDK, KD0RSX
4 successful arq transfers K0OG, KA0OTL, AB0DK, W0WTS
1 successful non arq tx W0WTS
3 partial arq failed due to band conditions KA0YJE(2) K0KEX.
Comments from K0OG:
Band conditions were barely useable early, 8:00 AM time frame, but quickly deteriorated due to a geomagnetic storm condition. This is a good situation to demonstrate that sometimes our best backup methods (ham radio simplex communications on HF) will not work, and we must consider holding traffic for another time of day when propagation will allow the passing of traffic. Patience here is indeed a virtue! It is worth considering if 40m might be useable now (early-mid afternoon), or if traffic should be held and passed at or just after sunset on 80m when propagation will improve there.
District F: J.D. Simmons WA0BER
KA0RFO ARES/Skywarn repeater at Laurie (Lake of Ozarks) not linked to Springfield WX Service and other repeaters in the SW Missouri/Arkansas areas. DEC attend Audrain County Emergency Communications ham radio meeting to discuss ARES procedures and operations.
District G: Ron Tost K0RGT
Douglas County: 6 AES Member attended weather training in Douglas County total 12 hours.
District H: Trevor Black KC0QLU
Livingston ARES put on an FSQCALL seminar.
Clinton Co ARES attended ECLIPSE 2017 planning mtg.
The following are the statistics for the month of April for activity in the Section:
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||APR||2017||SECTION||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||2||0||5||7||0||1||9||11||-4||31|
|# Training Drills||59||7||9||63||11||31||18||6||1||205||857|
|# Public Svc||0||0||2||12||0||1||2||2||0||19||87|
|# Emer Ops||0||0||3||27||8||1||7||0||0||46||82|
|# Skywarn Ops||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|# Total Ops||59||7||14||102||19||33||27||8||1||270||1026|
Thanks again for all of the support to ARES as evidenced with another 2,752.29 hours reported served by the membership. Remember, Field Day 2017 is coming and if it is an ARES activity for your group, report the hours as training.