It’s a new year and changes are coming. We wait to see the final copy of the ARES Strategic plan. Information obtained from the ARRL Board meeting minutes indicate that the requirements are changing from the original proposed plan. ICS 300 & 400 are optional and the costs related to taking the EmComm courses has been eliminated. Stay tuned and I will distribute the final plan when I receive a copy.
ARES Connect continues to experience issues and reporting is to be continued as before along with the use of ARES Connect. Try to use and exercise ARES Connect as much as you can and we will see how it eventually evolves.
District A – Mike Bellinger K0UAA
Benton Co. – Benton County 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 15th and ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 16th. There were 30 check-ins, with 11 of those coming from healthcare facilities in Region A. The Benton County emergency communications trailer project was stalled due to the weather. Benton County ARES welcomed a new AEC, Mr. Ken Vining KE0QAL and will be overhauling their Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Action Plan and Member Roster. Physical letters have been mailed to “existing” Benton County ARES members to determine their interest in continuing with and their level of participation with the group. Group numbers will be updated in the coming months.
Jackson Co. – Cabinet meeting cancelled due to weather concerns.
Northland (Clay and Platte) – January meeting. Dennis KA0SXY reviewed 2018 operation along with 2019 goals. Patrick KE0RFE made a table top of Repeater coverage with reference to equipment capabilities vs location.
FSQcall-MO Digital net operation Thursday 10:00 AM Local 3.598 Mhz. FLdigi-FSQ or FSQcall modes are utilized for check-in. A SEMA Conference bridge call running simultaneous allows net participants to share and update information. 573-693-7466 access code 2663. Our thanks to KM0S/KM0EOC Mike Thayer for this service.
Saline Co. – EC attended the annual Kansas City Hospital Emergency Amateur Radio Team meeting.
District F – J.D. Simmons WA0BER
Callaway County participated in Winter Field Day with 14 hams and one guest. 72 hours worked.
District G – Ron Tost K0RGT
Carter Co. – The Van Buren Echo Link and Repeater up and running. Tested 4 people for new ham Licenses this month.
Douglas Co. – No meeting in January due to weather moving to new location for meetings at the Ava Area Ambulance District Training Center.
Here are the activity numbers report for January 2019:
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||JAN 2019||MONTH||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||0||0||-38||49||-8||0||0||0||2||5|
|Public Svc Ops||0||0||2||40||0||1||0||1||0||44||44|
|Total Svc Hours||411||61.9||228||975||139||405||168||15||0||2402.7||2402.66|
Missouri Section EC