The summer is upon us and somewhere was spring. Not sure where it was but we are now dealing with high daytime temperatures and humidity. If you are supporting outdoor events and activities be sure to keep yourself hydrated and protected from the sun. From the reports received for May, Skywarn activity is up with the change of the seasons. As we move into June and July, severe weather is more prevalent. When weather spotting be aware of your surroundings and have a path to safety if needed.
Field Day will be here in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, your group’s planning is proceeding. Don’t forget that a message to the Section Manager, Cecil Higgins or to me, the Section Emergency Coordinator is worth 100 bonus points. The message must come from your Field Day site via RF. Propagation permitting, I will try to be on the Saturday evening 3963 kHz net and also can receive messages via Winlink. My Winlink address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck in Field Day, it’s a great time from training and socializing.
District A – Mike Bellinger, K0UAA
Benton Co. – Benton County, MO ARES has been busy preparing for ARRL Field Day, including making flyers and graphics for the three groups to use on-site at Field Day. We are part of a Tri-Group effort with the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club and the Sedalia Pettis Amateur Radio Klub. We have also been running our weekly nets, emergency nets, and the Region A Healthcare Net, alongside setting up our monthly meeting. In the Benton County EMA, the EC and AEC (KC0OXO) have gotten the radio room set up and ready for operation. The EC has also been designing new graphics, walkthroughs, etc., for the website. The EC has put up a post regarding her need for Assistant Emergency Coordinators. The EC has also reached out to the Northside Amateur Radio Club in hopes of them becoming affiliates. News of the affiliation status will come after their June 5 meeting. The EC, AEC, and other group members are completing the formation of the Emergency Action Plan for the group, which will be incorporated into the Local Emergency Operation Plan for Benton County under Communications and Warning (Annex B).
Carroll Co. – Members participated in at least 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. EC participated in MARC Northern District Health Care Advisory Committee Meeting in Richmond on May 10, Region-A EMA Advisory Group Meeting in Warrensburg on May 14 and Ray County Health Care Coalition Meeting in Richmond on May 17. Planning is in progress for Field Day events scheduled for June 23 at the Carrollton City Park. Congratulations to Catey, KE0RXZ, who successfully passed the Element 2 exam and received her Technician license.
Jackson Co. – had one SKYWARN operation
Johnson Co. – had one SKYWARN operation.
Northland (Clay & Platte Co.) – had 2 SKYWARN operations. The ARES meeting included training in NTS traffic handling. Bill Gerle provided the group with information to develop a Radiogram that could be entered into the NTS system. Teams were formed after the presentation to create individual messages. The groups then interacted with a net control team to handle the messages and discuss each section of the message in depth. At the end of the exercise each team had a better understanding of the message handling process. This was done in a local controlled environment, the June meeting will continue with this exercise using vhf/uhf with teams deployed to various locations. FSQcall-MO Digital weekly nets conducted Thursday 10:00 AM CDT 3.598 MHz. Fldigi-FSQ mode or FSQcall to check-in. Net control sends announcements beginning 09:45 AM check-in protocol, Call districts, & etc included. Net control will announce a SEMA hosted Conference server number. Net participants share updates, signal reports, Missouri Digital activities. New participants are welcome.
FSQcall-MO April net report: Four sessions 44 participants 17 Hours total.
Pettis Co. – had 4 SKYWARN operations.
Saline Co. – The Saline County EC is ni Conneticut working on a ministerial team for a few weeks.
District F – J. D. Simmons, WA0BER
Audrain Co. assisted NWS tracking storms.
Callaway Co. held fox hunt and has installed alternate repeater (147.315 but negative offset, no tone).
Howard Co. presented topic at Kirksville & attended SEMA Region F quarterly meeting.
Montgomery Co. participated in Audrain Co Skywarn net.
Cooper Co. attended SEMA Region F quarterly meeting.
DEC attended SEMA Region F quarterly meeting.
District G – Ron Tost, K0RGT
Carter Co. – The Carter County ARES and the Current River Amateur Radio Club is still working on getting an ARES Emergency Communication Van for Carter County. We are also working on getting the Carter County Sheriff’s personnel Amateur Radio Licenses to use the Carter County 2-meter amateur radio repeater in case of an emergency requirement is needed.
Douglas Co. – Held Test Session new Tech and General. ARES sponsored Spotter Class Refresher was held by Teresa Tost OES, for the rural fire departments with 13 attending the class. After the class 2 ham radio class was set up for July and August.
The following is the activity data for the Missouri Section in May:
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||MAY 2018||MONTH||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||4||0||-6||0||0||-2||14||0||0||10|
|Public Svc Ops||3||1||2||30||9||0||4||0||0||49||123|
|Total Svc Hours||789||103||327||877||80.2||368||198||20||0||2762.2||13662.7|
Thanks again for all of the support for Missouri ARES and have a great Field Day 2018.
Jeff Young, KB3HF
Missouri Section EC