Missouri Section February 2018 Activity Report

Section Comments:

The annual ARES report has been issued by ARRL. The Missouri Section is number 5 out of the 70 ARRL Sections in the Nation with total reported membership of 1,298 amateurs. We are 4th in Total ARES Events supported of 3,141 events and 5th again in the ARRL Sections with Total Volunteer Value Provided of $782,304.00.

Once again, we rank in the top 5 of the ARRL ARES Sections for activity and support to the citizens of Missouri. This a record to be proud of. I hope that 2018 will continue to be as productive as 2017 was for Missouri ARES. The complete 2017 ARES Annual report can be viewed on this link “ARRL ARES 2017 Report” or on the ARRL website under ARES Reporting.

District EC Comments:

District A – Mike Bellinger K0UAA

Saline County: Saline now has an EC. It is Patrick Ryan KDØPR.

Benton Co.: Reports ARES Connect ID received. February has been an extremely active month for the EC, as well as other members of the Benton County ARES! They’ve had new group members, new net controllers, storm spotter training, “Getting Comfortable Speaking on the Radio” training, CERT training, FEMA courses, and planning for the upcoming Summer Field Day event. The EC would like to welcome W0OES, KE0FNI, and KE0FNM to their group. The EC would also like to thank their two new net control stations, W0YQG and KE0LMZ, for taking a chance and running nets! Both ladies did a fantastic job and they look forward to hearing them as net control again! The BC ARES and area ham radio operators were invited to attend Tactical Storm Spotter training earlier this month. The post can be found here: http://www.bentoncountyares.org/tactical-storm-spotter-training-a-huge-success/. One of the projects the EC and members of the BC ARES have undertaken in recent months has been to form a training class called, “Getting Comfortable Speaking on the Radio” for the Region A Healthcare coalition. That blog post can be found here: http://www.bentoncountyares.org/training-class-success/. The EC continues her CERT training and has completed FEMA courses 120 and 230 this month. She also completed the two online SKYWARN courses to go with her in-seat storm spotter training.The BC ARES is partnering with WAARCI (Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc.) and SPARK (Sedalia Pettis Amateur Radio Klub) to take part in Summer Field Day 2018 at the WAARCI site up near Woods in Warrensburg as part of their efforts to build relationships with other radio clubs and amateurs in surrounding areas. The EC has also received a strong push to have a group of BC ARES members operate in various areas around Benton County that day as well. That will be determined at the upcoming March meeting.

Carroll Co.: Reports ARES Connect ID not yet received. Participated in 21 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 three 4-hour evening training sessions for prospective Technician Class license candidates at Carrollton Fire Department. This will continue into March. Six members of CC ARES successfully completed training and testing for ARRL EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communication Course. Certificates have been awarded. We are proud to announce the appointment and the presentation of the Certificate to CC ARES member Patrick Ryan as the new EC for Saline County MO.

Cass Co.: Reports ARES Connect ID received.

Jackson Co.: Reports ARES Connect ID received.

Johnson Co.: Reports ARES Connect ID not yet received. Will be participating in the state wide tornado drill on 3-6-18 at 10 AM and also planning a practice net at 6:30 pm on 146.88 MHz. repeater.

Northland (Clay & Platte): DMR NET operation 16:45 CST 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.

Ray Co.: Had not yet applied for the ARES Connect ID. EC was Net Control in Carroll County ARES Net. EC met with Saline County EM (Tony Day) a. Set-up access to the EOC b. Will work with Saline Emergency Management of CERT Training c. Setup future licensing classes. EC completed EC-001 training. EC met with Slater Ministerial Alliance and Fire Chief to promote ARES.

District B – Dale Bagley, K0KY

National Weather Service Spotter Training going on Feb and Mar.

District C – Bill Grimsbo, N0PNP

Members attended Skywarn Training Sessions.

District F – J.D. Simmons WA0BER

2 new members in Cooper County. Several ECs, AECs, DEC and members from District F attended ARRL16 hour EC-001 course in Columbia. Members from District A also attended.

District G – Ron Tost K0RGT

Carter Co.: The Current River Amateur Radio Club is now in the process of moving the 2-meter Club repeater Equipment into the same building that the Carter County sheriff repeater is now located. We had 30 check-ins to the Monday evening Carter County ARES Net.

Douglas Co.: Will be starting a Tech Class in March. All meetings are at the Ava Lion Club.”

The following are the events and hours reported for the month of February. 67 out of 82 ECs and DECs reporting:

Total Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115
Total Reporting 10 7 6 11 7 8 6 1 3 59
Members 321 108 254 241 41 124 56 12 123 1280
Plus / Minus 27 0 -12 12 -3 2 -7 -9 -5 5
Training Ops 85 5 4 40 14 53 0 4 1 206 364
Svc Hours 756 130 152 365 79.3 362 122 50 11 2027.2 3846.04
Public Svc Ops 1 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 21 38
Svc Hours 2 0 0 372 0 0 0 0 0 374 829
Emergency Ops 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 4
Svc Hours 0 0 0 11 9 0 0 0 0 20 20
Skywarn Ops 0 0 2 6 0 0 7 0 0 15 32
Svc Hours 0 0 21 188 0 0 29.5 0 0 238.5 302
Total Operations 86 5 6 68 16 53 8 4 1 247 492
Total Svc Hours 758 130 173 936 88.3 362 152 50 11 2659.7 4997.04

Thanks again for all of the support for Missouri Section ARES.


Jeff Young, KB3HF

Missouri Section EC