Archive for category Missouri ARES

Missouri Section Activity Report – May 2015

It looks like the spring severe weather season has finally hit our state after a somewhat quiet April. ARES activity in the form of weather spotting and flood evacuation activity was reported this month.

In a cooperative endeavor, Missouri ARES, Mo. Traffic Net, and MESN have been working with SEMA to develop a resource request form that is compatible with the WebEOC system that is now the standard reporting and resource request/ tracking system deployed by SEMA. The form is an HTML form that editable with any browser and is designed to be used with fldigi forms program “flmsg”. Resource requests from county EOCs to SEMA that have to be passed by radio if the internet is down in their area should use fldigi and flmsg to submit the request to SEMA. The current form – RReqv1.1.0.html – is available on the Forms page under SEMA Resouce Request forms on this website. A PowerPoint presentation is also included to explain the use of the form. Only version 1.1.0 should be used. The older version forms are beta versions and are needed only for those in the beta test group to open and read/demonstrate the request form.

I am also pleased to announce that J.D. Simmons, WA0BER has been appointed DEC for District F. J.D. is the Interoperable Communications Specialist for the Missouri Department of Public Safety. J.D has extensive experience in amateur and public service radio services. Please welcome J.D. to the leadership of District F.

District News:

District A: Cass, Jackson, and Pettis Counties reported storm spotter nets operated during the month. Northland supported law enforcement during the flood evacuation of Mosby on May 18th and 19th. Carroll County ARES worked with amateurs in Ray County to man a booth during the Richmond Mushroom festival to demonstrate amateur radio.

District B: Severe storm activations and weather spotting nets were held during severe weather events in the district.

District F: A tornado spotting net was convened on May 15th.

District G: Carter County reported 2 new Technician Class and 3 new General Class amateur from testing on May 21st. ARES applications are expected from the new hams.

District I: District I  reported a stormy and wet month with 5 activations for severe weather nets.

Below is the operations and manhours spent in support of ARES activity for the month.

 

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : MAY 2015 SECTION YR to DATE
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTAL  
# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115  
# Reporting 7 6 5 9 6 3 3 2 4 45  
# Members 306 107 294 236 71 86 47 37 130 1314  
Plus / Minus 0 0 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 17  
# Training Drills 41 21 41 98 29 3 10 11 8 262 1260
Hours 538 61.55 399 972 42 75 53 25 15 2180.55 10493.42
# Public Svc 1 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 18 96
Hours 6 20 0 121 0 0 0 0 0 147 1792
# Emer Ops 4 2 0 14 0 12 0 0 5 37 71
Hours 87 18 0 237 0 8 0 0 73 423 770.5
# Total Ops 46 24 41 128 29 15 10 11 13 317 1427
Total Hours 631 99.55 399 1330 42 83 53 25 88 2750.55 13055.92

 

Thanks again to all of the Section members for their support and time freely given to serve the communities around us. The capabilities that amateur radio can provide is a valuable asset to any community. Keep up the good work and the relationships that we have developed with the various served agencies we work with.

73,

Jeff KB3HF

Section EC

Missouri Section Activity Report – April 2015

April is the start of severe weather season. There have been a number of storm spotting sessions throughout the month. Remember to be aware of your surroundings and have a safe place to move to if the storm suddenly arrives at your location.

District News:

District A:

Carroll & Livingston Counties – ARES members joined forces to provide Technician Class training and examination session at the Chillicothe FD with 9 new Technicians and 3 new General Class Amateurs.

Jackson County: ARES leadership staffed an ARES Information Booth at the Aratat Shrine ARC Hambash.

Pettis County: ARES members provided communications for the Trails End Parade.

 

Monthly Reported Activity report follows:

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :         APR 2015       SECTION   YR to DATE
DISTRICT

A

B C D E F G H I TOTAL

 
# Counties

13

16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6

115

   
# Reporting

8

7 6 9 6 3 2 2 4

47

   
# Members

306

107 293 241 71 86 47 37 130

1318

   
Plus / Minus

0

0 4 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3  

 

# Training Drills

44

19 41 75 28 1 5 11 11 235  

998

Hours

572

91.93 341.4 708 29 37 31.5 131.5 20 1962.33   8312.87
# Public Svc

9

0 0 10 0 0 0 0 1 20  

78

Hours

84

0 0 23 0 0 0 0 18 125  

1645

# Emer Ops

5

0 0 9 1 1 0 0 1 17  

34

Hours

48

0 0 86 14 1 0 0 8 157  

347.5

# Total Ops

58

19 41 94 29 2 5 11 13 272  

1110

Total Hours

704

91.93 341.4 817 43 38 31.5 131.5 46 2244.33   10305.37

73,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri Section EC

Missouri Section Activity Report – March 2015

Winter has finally left us here in Missouri and Spring has shown us that it still can have a bite. Severe weather has hit numerous areas of the state with huge hail and tornadoes. From the information provided by the DECs this month many ARES organizations attended Spotter Training from the NWS. The statewide tornado drill was also exercised early in March to remind everyone that its severe weather time. Remember, when you are spotting, always have a safe place for shelter or a quick exit.

District News:

District A: Carroll County continues to work on the MOSWIN service and now has re-titled the user guide as the “EZ-OP USER GUIDE”. ARES members also attended spotter training during the month. Cass County members also attended spotter training and then did an exercise to test  communications both through their repeater and also simplex. Jackson County had 40 members attend spotter training and staffed a public table to disseminate ARRL/ARES materials to gain new members. Johnson County participated in NWS training and the statewide tornado drill. Northland conducted a seminar for newly licensed hams which include numerous presentation on ham organizations and net training. A video excerpt can by viewed at https://vimeo.com/122215762.

District F: Boone County ARES provided communications for Froze Toes Race and held a demo session in Cosmo Park to demonstrate go-kits and portable antennas.

District G: Carter County participated in two public service events, Carter County COAD and the 5th Annual Current River Outdoor Show where ARES materials and info were presented. Douglas County held a severe weather drill and attended storm spotting class.

Great job by everyone to keep up the training. We may be Amateur Operators but we are definitely skilled communicators.

Activity definitely increased in the month of March as shown below in the activity report.

 

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : MAR 2015 SECTION YR to DATE
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTAL  
# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115  
# Reporting 8 6 4 11 8 3 3 2 4 49  
# Members 306 107 289 241 72 86 47 37 130 1315  
Plus / Minus 0 0 -1 16 1 0 0 6 0 22  
# Training Drills 57 18 44 81 37 1 14 15 10 277 763
Hours 744 128.5 351 874 39 39 72.5 51.5 16 2315.52 6350.54
# Public Svc 2 0 0 23 0 2 2 0 0 29 58
Hours 372 0 0 497 0 92 28 0 0 989 1520
# Emer Ops 0 0 0 5 2 0 1 0 2 10 17
Hours 0 0 0 58 17 0 3 0 36 114 190.5
# Total Ops 59 18 44 109 39 3 17 15 12 316 838
Total Hours 1116 128.5 351 1429 56 131 103.5 51.5 52 3418.52 8061.04

73,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri Section EC

Missouri Section Activity Report -February 2015

February continued as an active month as winter shows us that it was not done yet. Hopefully with spring upon us now, we are in for some better weather. Remember though, spring means severe weather time for us in Missouri. Take the winter items out of your go kits and replace them with season appropriate gear. Be aware of the weather and if you are spotting, do so from safe areas where you have cover or a quick exit route. Weather spotting is a valuable resource for the National Weather Service. Be safe.

District News –

District A: Carroll County completed the “How-To” quick reference guide for MOSWIN  in a “pre-release” condition and presented to health care organizations in the rural counties of Troop A. District A hospitals participated in a quarterly test with DHSS utilizing MOSWIN. Carroll County ARES has contacted Livingston County ARES for participation in joint training and testing in Livingston County. Northland ARES reports they have partnered with KC Hamlink for another Ham 101. Ray County is discussing ways to improve their repeater communications and is planning to visit the newly elected Presiding ommisioner on how ARES can help develop a county disaster response plan.

District E: Dave, K4WWV reports a solid uptick in interest with legacy packet, WinLink and repeater linking in the district. District E is now exploring the SEMA WebEOC Amateur Radio Boards with authorized users in three counties.

District F: Howard and Boone Counties were planning on participating in the “Froze Toes” event but it was postponed.

District G: Carter County had to postpone their Technician Class due to the winter weather. Carter County ARES and the Current River ARC are reprsenting amateur radio in the 5th Annual Current River Outdoor show.

Here is the activity report for the month of February for the Section:

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : FEB 2015 SECTION YR to DATE
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTAL  
# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115  
# Reporting 8 6 6 11 7 2 3 1 0 44  
# Members 306 107 290 225 71 86 47 31 0 1163  
Plus / Minus 27 0 0 -16 -1 0 0 0 0 10  
# Training Drills 48 17 48 85 30 5 9 2 0 244 486
Hours 449 66.35 410.2 761 46 42 42 7 0 1823.55 4035.02
# Public Svc 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 10 29
Hours 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 2 0 35 531
# Emer Ops 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 7
Hours 14 0 0 28 0 0 0 0 0 42 76.5
# Total Ops 49 17 48 96 30 5 9 3 0 257 522
Total Hours 463 66.35 410.2 822 46 42 42 9 0 1900.55 4642.52

73,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri Section EC