November was an interesting month with some surprise severe weather in certain portions of the Section. Skywarn nets will held to watch for the severe weather. With Christmas approaching and the New Year about on us, there will be changes in the ARES reporting structures after the holidays. At this time, the ARES Connect system is to go online January 1st. If anything changes, I will advise the DECs of the latest information.
District A – Mike Bellinger, K0UAA, DEC
Benton Co. – November brought an outreach opportunity and two new members for Benton County ARES! Members participated in the following nets: MTN, MESN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, and various club nets. On November 17th, members of the Benton County ARES (as well as the BC EMA and BC MO CERT) traveled to Warrensburg to participate as “”victims”” for Johnson County CERT’s final disaster scenario. Members of the Johnson County ARES were also in attendance. Though only FRS frequencies were used during the exercise, the ARES groups were able to provide guidance on radio communications that helped the new CERT class use their equipment more efficiently! It was another shining example of the cooperation and outreach volunteer groups can offer when they pull together! For more information on the exercise, please visit http://www.bentoncountyares.org/volunteer-groups-participate-in-regional-exercise/. The EC attended the Region A Healthcare meeting on the 16th and ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 17th. There were 25 check-ins, with 9 of those coming from healthcare facilities in Region A. Planning and fulfillment has begun for the Emergency Communications trailer for Benton County. It is headed by the Benton County EMA and members of the Benton County ARES are spearheading the project. Updates can be found on bcmoem.com and bentoncountyares.org as the project progresses. Finally, the BC ARES welcomed two new members to the fold this month! Kellee Bell KM7BEL and John Bell KI7CMV spend part of their time in Missouri and part in Texas, where they are active members of their local amateur radio club. They bring a wealth of digital experience and knowledge to the group and we look forward to working with and learning from them!
Jackson Co. – The digital training net has a web page at https://thejacksoncountymissouridigita.godaddysites.com/?fbclid=IwAR0MnQIf1KQ3GrNgDvNN4EauzaQNf3j7tOp_hQmAQDMoPXGlI0uZOmXrMB8
Johnson Co. – There will be no meeting in December due to the holidays.
Lafayette Co. – the EC attempted to send me a report, but it didn’t arrive.
Northland (Platte & Clay Co.) – November ARES meeting: 2018 review of events and operations planning for 2019. The December 11th meeting will be at BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA in Zona Rosa. Reservations are for 6:30 PM on Tuesday evening. 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 net report: Four sessions 49 participants 26 Hours total. The Digital Training Sunday @ 20:00 hrs on the 147.330 repeater continues to attract new digital operators. FLdigi – FLmsg & FLamp are utilized. The net opens with voice check-ins followed by digital modes. All stations are welcome.
Pettis Co. – Paul Withers, KD0ETL replaces Mark Jackson, N0OWZ as EC. Mark’s service has been appreciated.
Saline Co. – Had a testing session. The EC has been having difficulty with his e-mail and could not send in his monthly reports for a while.
District B – Dale Bagley, K0KY DEC
Boone Co. – Boone County SET conducted in November. Other counties participated in the SET.
District H – Mike Council, WU0G, EC
Preparation of EMCOMM Exercise to communicate with Primary Emergency Agencies without using phone, internet, local repeaters or gov’t radios in the county. Exercise is to be held 12/6/18 from 1000 to 1900 local using SHARES HF, Winlink Express, FSQ net, 2 mtr simplex to adjacent county repeaters and sneaker net among any other methods available.
The following are the stats for the Missouri Section in November:
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||NOV 2018||MONTH||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||4||0||0||17||-16||0||25||0||0||30|
|Public Svc Ops||1||1||0||23||0||0||1||0||0||26||434|
|Total Svc Hours||509||116||155||1075||86.4||267||195||50||0||2453.4||31254.5|
I hope that everyone has a Merry and Joyous Christmas followed by a Happy New Year. May Santa bring you some nice additions yo your shack.
Jeff Young, KB3HF
Missouri Section EC