Missouri Section March 2018 Activity Report

J.D. Simmons, WA0BER, and DEC for District F, contacted me and asked if I would distribute information regarding FSQCall from the Missouri FSQCall group. The purpose of this request is to generate statewide interest in FSQ a unique and viable digital mode for Emcomm and for encouraging statewide participation in the weekly FSQ net. Links to assist ARES members in setting up and optimizing their equipment for FSQ are included this document. FSQ Digital Mode for ARES – Final 3-30-2018 The FSQCall-MO group is in the preliminary stages of developing and FSQ exercise in the near future. Members wishing to contact the FSQCall-MO group may use the contact tab at their website of http://www.pcarg.org/fsqcall-kc/.

FSQCall is one of the tools in our communications bag to pass traffic. I hope that the membership will look at this mode as another method of supporting our served agencies.

District News:

District A – Mike Bellinger K0UAA

Benton Co. – The EC has completed CERT training with Camden County this month. W0YQG has also completed CERT training with Benton County and has been appointed as a communications liaison for the group if they need access to amateur radio in an emergency. Several members of the group participated in the Statewide Tornado Drill on the SKYWARN net on March 6, 2018. They included: KC0OXO, KD0WXT, KE0LMY, and KE0LMZ. At the March meeting, the EC awarded certificates to W0YQG and KE0LMZ to commemorate the first time they have each run the BC ARES Net. KE0LMZ also ran her first regional net on March 21, 2018, when she ran the Region A Healthcare Net. This net is also growing on a monthly basis. It takes place on the third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM on the WAARCI repeater, 146.880. The EC continues her efforts to gain new members by checking into area nets, starting a letter mailing campaign, updating the bentoncountyares.org website, and the FB page @bentoncountyares.

Carroll Co. – Participated in 20 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, FSQCall Net. Conducted a 4-hour evening training session and testing for prospective Technician Class license candidates at Carrollton Fire Department. Four new Technician licenses were issued. In addition, testing and one upgrade to Amateur Extra was issued in Carrollton on March 17. Classes and Testing was also conducted in Ray County on Saturdays, March 24 and 31. Eight new Technician licenses were issued from these efforts.

Cass Co. – Six people from Cass ARES attended the NWS Storm Spotter Training on March 6th. A Cass ARES HF exercise was held Saturday, March 26. Communications on 20, 40, and 80 meters was attempted utilizing vertical, horizontal, and loop antennas.

Jackson Co. – The FM voice net has moved to the 146.82 MHz. repeater. The digital training net tested on that repeater, but will remain operating on the 146.97 MHz. repeater. Storm spotter activity will use the 146.82 MHz repeater. ARES took part in the Missouri State Tornado Drill. Members attended training at the NWS Severe Weather Symposium and the Severe Weather Workshop. The EC and various AECs attended 4 meetings during the month. Annual SET planning started in March.

Johnson Co. – Participated in the statewide tornado drill and members attended the NWS weather spotter training.

Northland (Clay and Platte) – Community event: Liberty Hospital Marathon/5K. NorthLand ARES DMR NET operation 16:45 CDT, prior to ARES voice net. Info on net times posted on www.kcnorthares.org. FSQ-MO net operation Thursday 10:00 AM 3.598 MHz 4 nets 49 Hrs FLdigi-FSQ or FSQcall utilized. Net control broadcasts net info beginning 15 minutes prior to start of net. SEMA conference bridge 573 693 7466 PIN 2663 All stations invited to join the conference call during the net activity.

Saline Co. – Community event was a home school group event.

District G – Ron Tost K0RGT

Carter Co. – We had 45 check-ins to the Current River Amateur Radio Club’s Carter County ARES Traffic Net, One Red Cross Fire, Moved and checked out the 2-M CRARC Repeater, and gave one General Class License Test.

Douglas Co. – Held a Tech Class and KC0OKP-gave weather advisories

The following is the March statistics of the activity reported in the Missouri Section ARES:

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : MAR 2018 MONTH YEAR
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTALS
Total Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115
Total Reporting 9 7 6 12 8 8 6 1 3 60
Members 323 108 268 243 43 126 59 12 125 1307
Plus / Minus 2 0 14 2 2 2 3 0 2 27
Training Ops 90 5 11 72 17 52 7 1 1 256 620
Svc Hours 1031 72.24 216.5 627 94 324.4 157.5 60 11 2593.59 6439.63
Public Svc Ops 2 0 0 13 1 0 1 0 0 17 55
Svc Hours 207 0 0 170 4 0 4 0 0 385 1214
Emergency Ops 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 9 13
Svc Hours 0 0 0 22 20 0 0 0 0 42 62
Skywarn Ops 4 0 0 5 0 1 10 0 0 20 52
Svc Hours 38 0 0 15 0 2 55 0 0 110 412
Total Operations 96 5 11 95 22 53 18 1 1 302 794
Total Svc Hours 1276 72.24 216.5 834 118 326.4 216.5 60 11 3130.59 8127.63

As April begins we are entering severe weather season for Missouri. Be sure you are prepared with your equipment and family planning for any such emergency.

73 and Stay Safe,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri SEC