Another year has now passed and the Missouri Section ARES membership has contributed a huge amount of their time, talent and equipment to support local charitable organizations, governmental served agencies and the citizens of Missouri. With the December numbers now in for this year, the record shows that we attended/supported 3,141 events with 32,404 man-hours. At a value of $10.00 per hour, that’s $324,040 in payroll. Thank you to all of the ARES members for your generous support of the ARES organization.
I also want to thank all of the Missouri ARES ECs and DECs that faithfully record and report your group’s activity each month. I know that is extra work for you but I believe that it’s important information to have to show the value of your organization to your local entities that you may want to partner with. When consolidated with all of the Section reports, it also shows the statewide commitment of radio amateurs to the community. You never know when that demonstration of commitment of time and equipment will be rewarded.
As we begin 2018, it looks like some changes are coming from ARRL headquarters regarding the ARES organization. At this point, I have no other information other than the email I received from the ARRL and distributed to the DECs. The DECs have passed this email on to their ECs, and each EC and DEC should go ahead a register on the website as described in the email. I assume more information is forthcoming and I will pass it on as soon as I receive it.
District A: Mike Bellinger K0UAA
Benton Co. – At the December Benton County ARES meeting Kelly Stanfield, WØYQG was presented with an HF transceiver. The events covered by the local paper http://www.bentoncountyares.org/bcentrunsstory/, on Amateur Radio Newsline, shared to the Dayton Hamfest page and is showcased on the Benton County ARES website http://www.bentoncountyares.org/kellys-surprise/. During the Christmas meeting Renee, KEØLMZ and the EC handed out handmade gifts to the members in attendance. The meeting emphasized a need for everyone to complete FEMA training as well as the first tabletop training exercise of 2018 which will occur at the January meeting, among other topics.
Rick Harkins, WØYGH and the EC worked hard throughout the month on the website and Facebook page to make sure ARES members and potential members are kept up to date with activities and nets Without Harkin’s help the EC feels she would quickly become overwhelmed by the responsibilities of ARES leadership. He is an invaluable member of the team. Harkins and EC attended the Region A Healthcare meeting for December in Warrensburg. People at the meeting very happy to learn new things about Amateur Radio and very excited to get the Region A Healthcare Net up and going again. EC printed out copies of the new script for the net as well as flyers the EC created which the hospitals and other healthcare facilities could post in windows to expand awareness of the net to people and hams in their area in a grassroots effort to begin advertising such an important emergency service. On December 20, 2017, EC ran the Region A Healthcare with almost double the number of check-ins from previous month. The ratio of people checking in at healthcare facilities more than. The advertising appears very effective. Planing to continue working to improve the number of healthcare centers involved by continuing with the creation of the “Get comfortable talking on the radio” training program EC and Harkins are working on.
EC attended the 2017 Show Me Partnerships Conference at the Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach. The EC met many people during the two day conference, most of whom were excited to meet and work with ARES, if they didn’t already know about us EC hopes to build great partnerships through those contacts. More about that can be found in the EC Blog (http://www.bentoncountyares.org/about-ares/emergency-coordinator-blog/ ).
Many members are actively taking their FEMA training. EC is engaged in ARRL EC-001.
EC hadd two meetings with Emergency Manager for Benton County, in regards to working out ARES role in their Emergency Plan. He has asked EC to also take over the role of managing the Benton County Emergency Management Facebook page, after reviewing the direction of the ARES Facebook page and website have taken in the last few months. It is a very open, cooperative, communicative partnership and the EC looks forward to building on and learning from the experience of the Emergency Manager.
Johnson Co. – EC attended the 2017 Show Me Partnerships Conference where he was presented the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2017. Congratulations to Rick. The AREDN Mesh system is still operating with 4 cameras now operating to view weather around Johnson County.
Northland (Clay and Platte) – DMR operation has become an integral part of the Northland ARES. The installation of a 440 Mhz DMR repeater came with help from the Back Yard Repeater Group. Distribution of DMR hand-held transceivers to ARES members along with operational training has been part of the process. A weekly net was established to test coverage and usability of the system. FSQcall MO net operation weekly Thursday 10:00 AM 3.598 MHz. primary / 7.099 MHz. is monitored for check-ins. In December a QNI of 44 with 12 hours of net operation.
District B: Dale Bagley
Dale reports it’s just cold and windy this month. (I don’t think he was alone.)
District F: J.D. Simmons WA0BER
J.D. reports that Cooper Co. has an new EC this month. Congratulations to Dwight Meyer, N0QOK.
District G: Ron Tost K0RGT
Carter County: The Van Buren 2 Meter Repeater will have to move it’s equipment to a new location due to the sale of the building it is in. CRARC is in the process of making plans for the relocation. Also the Current River Amateur Radio Club (CRARC) is working on setting up a portable emergency communication trailer for Carter County.
Douglas County: Will be starting CERT Training in January.
The following chart displays the activity for the Missouri Section in December. Also, the year totals are in the last column.
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||Dec 2017||SECTION||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||0||-1||1||-28||4||0||0||0||-3||-27|
|# Training Drills||43||5||10||36||17||41||13||20||8||193||2516|
|# Public Svc||0||0||1||4||0||0||9||0||0||14||320|
|# Emer Ops||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||171|
|# Skywarn Ops||0||0||0||5||0||0||6||0||0||11||134|
|# Total Ops||43||5||11||46||17||41||28||20||8||219||3141|
Jeff Young, KB3HF
Missouri Section EC