Missouri Section December 2018 Activity Report

Missouri ARES finished a strong year in the 2018 with 33,658 hours reported activity. This is up from 32,404 hours reported in 2017. Thanks to all of the membership that contributed their time and talent to the serve Missouri residents and first responder agencies with communication support.

As I sit here posting this report, I am waiting for the big snowstorm to hit the St. Louis Metro area. The Weather Channel is reporting that Mike Siedel and Jim Cantore will be reporting from St. Louis. This usually means doom and gloom for the area. 🙂

For the ECs and DECs in the Section, I have not heard anything official from ARRL about the start of reporting by ARES Connect. At this writing, I would like to maintain the current form of reporting as well as using ARES Connect. If anything official comes out, I’ll let the DECs know and they can pass along the information.

District Notes:

District A – Mike Bellinger, K0UAA

Benton Co. – December brought projects and a new member for the BC ARES! Members participated in the following nets: MTN, MESN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, and various club nets. The EC attended the Region A Healthcare meeting on the 18th and ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 19th. There were 30 check-ins, with 15 of those coming from healthcare facilities in Region A. The Benton County Emergency Communication Trailer project is underway. Renderings and a floor plan can be found on the BC MO EM website. Installation of rubber flooring and an external power outlet were part of the first stage. Further updates can be found on bcmoem.com and bentoncountyares.org as the project progresses. Finally, the BC ARES welcomed a new member this month! Pam Olsen W0UHN has served as a weather spotter for the NWS Pleasant Hill office for years and has now come on board with the BC ARES to learn more about setting up emergency communications to assist her local fire department. We are excited to have her knowledge and experience added to the group!

Northland (Clay & Platte) – December ARES meeting: The December 11th meeting at Bravo Cucina Italiana. The ARES dinner meeting was well attended, good food & fellowship with lively conversations. FSQcall-MO Digital weekly nets conducted Thursday 10:00 AM CDT on 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 MHz. 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.

ARES 2018 in review indicates numerous achievements. Digital communications using NBEMS suite of programs: FLdigi, FLmsg, FLamp, etc. The establishment of the FSQcall-MO net operations. The weekly training in digital operations sponsored by KC North ARES. The future of digital operations indicates growth across the region & section.

[FSQcall-MO] 2018 Year End Review – The FSQcall-Mo digital net continues to meet Thursday’s at 10 am local time on 3598 MHz. usb, 1500 Hz. waterfall.
I want to take this time to thank all the stations who keep this net active. Some weeks have logged upwards of 15 stations from around the state. All stations sounding while unattended are logged. Thanks to Mike Thayer, KM0S at SEMA, a conference bridge is available during the net, 573-693-7466 pin 2663#. All are welcome to join. Net check in not required to join the bridge. Many discussions on equipment, antennas, procedures and possible exercises. Net manager Jeff Libby KA0OTL.

NET CONTROL MANAGER https://net-control.us/
Credit goes to Keith Kaiser WA0TJT for the development & support of this resource. Electronic records are created during the process of recording an activity. ICS forms are developed that may be attached to AAR reports for filing with state & county & served agencies.
Looking forward to a productive 2019 season.

District F – J.D . Simmons, WA0BER

Audrain-Boone-Callaway-Cooper-Howard ECs and DEC attended EC meeting in Columbia. Members from Boone County and DEC attended annual SEMA Amateur Radio Club meeting at SEMA. Plans are being made for district-wide simplex test in February.

District G – Ron Tost, K0RGT

Carter Co – The CRARC got the Van Buren 2-meter repeater up and running thanks to Tom Keane and Kevin Wiley(N0JDW). Also we have an active Echo Link system on the van Buren 2-Meter repeater. May you and yours have a Happy New Year.

The following is the December activity report along with the annual reported events and hours:

Total Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115
Total Reporting 6 7 5 10 7 7 5 1 0 48
Members 333 109 247 262 55 124 58 12 125 1325
Plus / Minus 0 2 0 57 17 0 0 0 0 76
Training Ops 48 22 14 73 13 42 13 1 0 226 2851
Svc Hours 448 74.2 118 525 20 265 179 112 0 1740.7 23217
Public Svc Ops 0 0 2 31 0 0 5 0 0 38 472
Svc Hours 0 0 12 556 0 0 10 0 0 578 8086
Emergency Ops 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 45
Svc Hours 0 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 276
Skywarn Ops 0 0 2 2 0 1 8 1 0 14 358
Svc Hours 0 0 12 6 0 2 30 12 0 62 2079
Total Operations 48 22 18 109 13 43 26 2 0 281 3780
Total Svc Hours 448 74.2 142 1110 20 267 219 124 0 2403.7 33658

73 and a Happy and Safe New Year,

Jeff Young, KB3HF

Missouri Section EC