The new year is here and I hope everyone had a great break at the holidays. As we look to the new year, we need to continue to develop local training and exercise programs. Practice can be boring sometimes, but getting a rhythm established that becomes automatic really helps when you are performing in an actual event. Support your local charities by offering communications support for their events. Most people think cellphone can do it all, but it’s hard for general information to be passed to multiple people on a single phone at one time..
Being prepared is what communications is all about. Dust off your grab-n-go kits and check the supplies for old or stale items. Check the gear to be sure it’s functioning correctly. Don’t forget a copy of the operating manual as you may need to reprogram the radio in the field and been a while since you had to do that. Let’s make 2018 another great year for the Missouri Section.
District News & Comments:
District A: Mike Bellinger K0UAA
Benton Co. – Between meetings, tabletop training, nets, FEMA courses, CERT training, Winter Field Days, and updating the website and Facebook pages, the members were hopping! We’re proud of our members!
The BC ARES had their monthly meeting at the Benton County Health Department. The weather and roads were terrible and most of our members were sick! They did, however, have KD0VMM, KE0LMY, and KE0LMZ on site and KY0O and KD0WXT monitoring the 146.925 repeater for the duration of the tabletop exercise and meeting. Their tabletop training exercise is posted here: http://www.bentoncountyares.org/tabletop-training-exercises/ and they will be rerunning it at the February monthly meeting. KD0CNC and the EC both attended the Region A Healthcare meeting representing the MESN and ARES, respectively. KD0CNC stressed the importance for the healthcare facilities to look into digital modes. The EC covered the Region A
Healthcare net numbers for the previous month, as well as ways to continue with outreach and education of healthcare facilities about the net.
The BC ARES had four nets for the month, with an average of 15 check-ins per week. The EC also ran the Region A Healthcare net on the third Wednesday of January, netting a total of 16 check-ins, about half of which were from healthcare and emergency management facilities.
KE0LMZ completed FEMA IS-130 in January. The EC began FEMA IS-317 in conjunction with CERT training, which she will be attending for another month. The EC completed and passed her ARRL EC-001 training this month. KE0LMZ completed the online Skywarn training courses.
KD0WXT and the EC participated in Winter Field Days, where they were hosted by the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. (WAARCI). Pictures and a write-up can be found here: http://www.bentoncountyares.org/winter-field-day-2018-2/ for those who would like further
The EC and AEC (W0YGH) continue to reach out to area clubs and groups to form affiliations and post them on the website, along with helpful links and resources for anyone who would like to find it all in one convenient place!
Carroll Co. – Participated in 19 regional nets during the reporting period including MO Traffic Net, MESN, Carroll Co ARES, KCHEART, Region-A MOSWIN Health Care Net, Region-A VHF Health Care Net, and FSQCall Net.
Continued coordination and record maintenance for Rural Region-A MOSWIN monthly net.
Supported CCMH on revisions to non-amateur radio systems.
Coordinated with Carrollton Fire Department to conduct Technician Training and Testing beginning in February.
Northland (Clay and Platte) – DMR operation has become an integral part of the Northland ARES. The installation of a 440 MHz DMR repeater by the BYRG team. Distribution of DMR hand held transceivers to ARES members along with operational training. 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, K0KY
District C: Bill Grimsbo, N0PNP
St. Francois moved their meetings to 2nd Monday at Bonne Terre Airport.
St. Louis Metro has 24/7 packet mailbox on the MEPN system.”
District F: J.D. Simmons, WA0BER
DEC identified two ARES members in Gasconade County and is trying to initiate meeting with area amateurs.
Added 7 new ARES members in January.”
District G: Ron Tost, K0RGT
Carter: The Current River Amateur Radio Club(CRARC) is in the process of moving the Van Buren 2-M repeater Equipment to a new location. March 5, 2018, the Carter County ARES will be Giving a Talk to the Van Buren Boy Scouts.
Douglas: DCAR-monthly meet W/CERT schooling
Oregon: Welcome to our new EC Richard Kowal
The following are stats for the month of January 2018 for the Missouri Section ARES activity:
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||JAN 2018||MONTH||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||0||0||2||0||10||7||3||0||2||24|
|Public Svc Ops||0||0||2||13||0||0||2||0||0||17||17|
|Total Svc Hours||691||74.6||247||699||51.8||323||202||50||0||2337.4||2337.35|
Jeff Young, KB3HF
Missouri Section EC