Missouri Section November Activity Report

The month of November has been a relatively quiet month for ARES. Our activity level for the year has been great with a lot of volunteer hours contributed by the ARES membership. I attended a course yesterday that was a presentation for for what Amateur Radio can do for Emergency Management. The capabilities of amateur radio gives emergency managers a lot of flexibility and backup for communications when other systems are down or overloaded. The ARES groups that have active relationships with Emergency Management, congratulations. Those that have been unable to establish relationships, do not give up. Have your group participate in as many public service events as possible. Local parades, bike and run events are venues where your can demonstrate your capabilities and professionalism in communications. Invite your emergency manager to your Field Day event. Show that the word “amateur” in amateur radio does not mean your are not proficient and technically able to accomplish a coordinated and professional communications scenario. Amateur Radio and ARES have tremendous communication capabilities.

District Comments:

District A: Mike Bellinger K0UAA

Benton Co. – Samantha Henley, KEØLMY has succeeded Rick Wade, KDØCNC as EC in Benton County. I wish to thank Rick for his years of dedication, hard work and financial support of Benton County ARES. EC attended the Region A Healthcare meeting on 11/21/17 and was asked to be point of contact for the southern part of Region A for the monthly nets. EC discussed rolling out a training program for the hospital and healthcare facilities to help them become more familiar with, and comfortable speaking, on the radios. WØYGH and EC are currently working on creating that training program..

Northland (Clay and Platte) – Digital communications ongoing in the Metro region, 145.760 MHz. FM simplex and 52.790 MHz. FM simplex utilizing FLdigi-FLmsg for message/image transfer between active stations. FSQcall MO net operation weekly Thursday 10:00 AM 3.598 MHz. primary / 7.099 MHz. is monitored for check-ins. Active stations from Carrollton, Jefferson City (SEMA), Rolla, and and others as well as the Kansas City area. FSQ digital communication include message traffic that can include digital images. All stations interested in digital communications are invited to participate in net activities. Additional information at kcnorthares.org select FSQ-CALL. A weekly ARES DMR net experiments with digital voice technology.

District G: Ron Tost, K0RGT

Carter: Co. – At the last month’s Current River Amateur Radio Club Meeting (Nov. 11,2017), We talk about putting together an emergency Ham Radio portable station to be used for Field Days, special events, and ARES emergencies. Much like the one the Poplar Bluff Ham Radio Club has.

Douglas Co. – DCAR ham club & election of officers, Nixa-hamfest

Below are the statistics for the month of November for Missouri ARES:

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : NOV 2017 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 7 7 6 9 7 7 5 0 4 52
# Members 299 109 263 282 29 115 61 12 128 1298
Plus / Minus 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 3 11
# Training Drills 67 5 4 68 13 41 20 0 1 219 2323
Hours 879 74.05 257 371 16.25 292 144.5 0 11 2044.8 22716.84
# Public Svc 0 1 0 39 0 1 2 0 0 43 306
Hours 0 12 0 410 0 10 4 0 0 436 4738.95
# Emer Ops 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 7 170
Hours 0 0 5 40 0 0 0 0 0 45 1674.1
# Skywarn Ops 0 0 0 3 1 4 7 0 0 15 123
Hours 0 0 0 24 1.25 12 21.5 0 0 58.75 1370.75
# Total Ops 67 6 5 116 14 46 29 0 1 284 2922
Total Hours 879 86.05 262 845 17.5 314 170 0 11 2584.55 30500.64

Thanks again for all of the time and effort that you put into the ARES program. As the end of the year approaches and the Holidays are upon us, I hope that they are a safe and joyous time for your families.

73 & Merry Christmas,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri Section EC