Missouri Section Activity Report – March 2017

Storm season has arrived in Missouri with numerous tornadoes occuring in the section this month. Weather spotting is an integral part of our ARES® activity and support of served agencies. Remember always to have an exit plan or a safe place to retreat to in servere weather when spotting in the field. Our job is to observe and report. Leave the chasing to the pros.

April 22,2017 HF Exerccise

The FSQCall-MO HF digital group will be conducting an exercise Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10AM CDT, lasting no more than an hour and a half. The purpose is to practice sending traffic,(ICS-213) Please include Exercise and / or Drill in a brief text of message and include the county your station represents.

KA0OTL will be NCS on 3598 and 7073. Note 7073 will be utilized to avoid ACDS sub band interference. 7099 will not be monitored.
KM0S will be the receiving station for traffic at SEMA on 3598.
WA0BER, subject to availability, will be receiving station Jefferson City on 7073.

Stations can practice sending test traffic on 700Hz prior to exercise, to K0OG, KG0L, K0KEX, and KA0OTL on 80 meters (3598) and KA0OTL on 40 meters. (7099). The net uses fldigi/flmsg ARQ mode for sending all traffic.

Conference bridge will be active 573 693 7466 pin 2663# for exercise.

Check out K0OG repository at FSQCall-MO Document Repository gor technical information. htttp://www.rollanet.org/~counsil/fsqcall/MO_FSQcall_Traffic_Procedure_edit9.pdf

District News

District A: Mike Bellinger K0UAA DEC

Carroll County — ARES members participated or attempted to participate in sixteen regular regional net sessions during March including the MTN, MESN, KCHEART, Johnson County Health Care Net, Region A HF Health Net, FSQCall-MO and the Carroll County ARES nets. The KCHEART nets continued to be problematic due to linking problems between the VA repeater and the Warrensburg repeater. The Carroll County ARES net has resumed with an expanded schedule and format. Nets are now held every Monday evening at 1900 Hrs on the N0SAX vhf repeater in Carrollton. Carroll County ARES has established a Facebook Group page. The EC attended the MARC Northern District Health Care Emergency Planning Committee meeting at I-70 Hospital on March 9. Test sessions were conducted in Richmond on March 4 and in Carrollton on March 18 resulting in three upgrades to General Class licenses. On March 22, the EC and AEC presented a program on “Amateur Radio and ARES” at the March luncheon and meeting of the Lion’s Club in Carrollton was a public service event.

Jackson County — Members attended the National Weather Service spotters training. ARES staffed an information table for a public service event where registrations were taken, photo IDs were processed then distributed and handouts offered.

Johnson County — Members attended the National Weather Service spotters training.

Northland (Clay & Platte) — Provided communications support for the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon/5k. Had a great time with a bunch of new younger hams. We’re happy to see them in action at their first public event.

Tornado outbreak – On March 6th, a line of severe thunderstorms developed ahead of a cold front, marching through eastern Kansas and across Missouri, causing multiple paths of damage. Ahead of this encroaching squall line, several supercells formed, which caused large hail up to the size of baseballs, along with several tornadoes. The most significant of these tornadoes was an EF-3 tornado, which hit Oak Grove, Missouri, and an EF-2 tornado that impacted the Smithville Lake area just north of Kansas City. By the end of the night, there would be at least a dozen tornadoes, mostly EF-0 and EF-1, and numerous reports of large hail and damaging winds. March 29 Tornado watch #99 Flooding across the northland, the result of one inch/hour rainfall kept ARES spotters on alert for 1 ½ hours before the line of storms exited the area moving into counties to the east of the KC metro area.

District B: Dale Bagley K0KY DEC

ARES nets activated for storms early in March

District D: Cecil Higgins AC0HA DEC

Developing an ARES Group for Hickory County. Also working with other Hams to get a digital network established for District D

District G: Ron Tost K0RGT DEC

Carter County – Contacted Curt Majors (new Carter County Emergency Management Director), Ralph Case(N0IBV) and myself Tto set-up a meeting to discuss how the Carter County ARES could support the Carter County Emergency Management Director and invited Curt to the April 8, 2017 Current River Amateur Radio Club’s Monthly meeting.

Douglas County – DCAR Meeting

Oregon County – Still working on recruit members and looking for help on installing HF antenna.

Our thoughts and Prayers for the Family of Ken Baremore.

The following is the activity statistics for the month of March:

# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115
# Reporting 7 7 6 11 5 6 6 1 4 53
# Members 289 112 287 275 29 97 46 9 129 1273
Plus / Minus 7 0 1 -6 0 0 -12 -3 1 -12
# Training Drills 50 7 18 85 5 39 14 3 1 222 652
Hours 695.3 147.4 396.5 799 7 306 79 11 12 2453.22 6672.12
# Public Svc 3 0 6 15 0 0 2 0 0 26 68
Hours 52 0 85 71 0 0 22 0 0 230 627
# Emer Ops 3 3 0 14 2 2 0 0 0 24 36
Hours 78.6 19 0 114 16.25 40.5 0 0 0 268.35 398.35
# Total Ops 56 10 24 114 7 41 16 3 1 272 756
Total Hours 825.9 166.4 481.5 984 23.25 346.5 101 11 12 2951.57 7697.47

Another terrific month of participatation. 2,951 hours of training and service by our section. Thanks to all for the suppoort the Missouri Section ARES.


Jeff Young, KB3Hf

Missouri Section EC