The month of May has lived up to the severe weather averages as a number of tornadoes struck various areas of the Section. Unfortunately, several fatalities occurred in SW Missouri. There were 558 hours contributed this month by ARES members in SkyWarn Nets. Remember to consider your own safety when weather spotting and have an exit route planned ahead of time in case you suddenly find yourself in a severe weather area.
Planning continues on the ARES/SEMA statewide communications exercise to test the connectivity of the various sections to SEMA and intersection communications. HF voice will be the main means of communication along with various digital modes as alternatives.
District News Reported:
District A – Mike Bellinger, K0UAA
Benton Co. – The Benton County ARES had nets on each Sunday this previous month, along with an unofficial severe weather net on May 22nd. Starting on May 20th, the BC ARES pushed out information on RAVE and Smart911 to assist with the roll-out by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the BC MO EM. More info on that can be found at cmoem.com/rave.
Members of the BC ARES met every Friday this month to work on the Benton County Emergency Communications trailer. Members of the BC ARES taught the Emergency Communications portion of the BC MO CERT training class on May 4th and 5th, 2019. On May 11th, the BC ARES held their monthly meeting, where the ICS-213 form and ARRL Radiogram were explained. A member from another club joined the ARES members to learn how the BC ARES functions. On May 15th, a BC ARES member ran the Region A Healthcare Net with 28 check-ins. On May 16th, the BC ARES, SPARK, and WAARCI met to plan their tri-county tri-group effort for the upcoming ARRL Field Day event in Warrensburg, MO.
On May 21st, three members of the BC ARES attended the Region A Healthcare meeting and reported on the successful installation of amateur radio equipment in Royal Oaks Hospital in Windsor. Further equipment including digital capabilities will be installed in June. On May 22nd, nine BC ARES members participated in the unofficial severe weather net for the severe weather affecting Benton County. On May 24th, members of the BC ARES helped with maintenance on the 146.925 repeater and helped install a new remote controller. Installation and restoration of Echolink to the Benton County WB0EM 146.925 repeater is pending. On May 27th, members of the BC ARES met with members of the BC MO CERT to discuss how to help with traffic control for Warsaw Jubilee Days from June 6th to 8th, 2019.
Carroll Co. – Members participated in at least 16 regional nets during the reporting period including MO Traffic Nets, KCHEART, Region-A MOSWIN Health Care Net, Region-A VHF Health Care Net, FSQCall Nets and Carroll Co ARES Nets. EC attended WebEOC training at the Carrollton FD and the LEPC meeting on May 7. AEC participated in planning sessions and the operation of an “”Open POD”” exercise in support of the Carroll County Health Department on May 15. EC and AEC participated in multiple planning sessions for the upcoming ARES communications exercise scheduled for June 15. The exercise is a follow-up to the FEMA “”Shaken Fury”” earthquake exercise scheduled to run 5/29 – 6/7.
Amateur license testing was conducted resulting in one successful upgrade to General Class.
Jackson Co. – Two SKYWARN nets. ARES meeting canceled due to severe weather threat for second month in a row. SET planning begins.
Johnson Co. – VOIP phones are operational between the county EOC and the local hospital and other sites around the county using the Mesh network. Demo of phone system will be at the Warrensburg hamfest on 7-20-19
Lafayette Co. – One SKYWARN net.
Northland (Clay and Platte) – 5/11/2019: ARES members participated in a simplex test in the northland. The results provided the group with radio coverage information along with areas that would require additional station capabilities to function efficiently. 16 stations participated during the event.
FSQ-MO Digital operations, Thursday 10:00 AM 3.598 Mhz. FLdigi-FSQ mode for net roll call. A SEMA Conference bridge 573-693-7466 access code 2663 is provided by SEMA communications Mike Thayer KM0S/KM0EOC. May operations 5 sessions / Net time 37 hours.
May 28, 2019 Kansas/Missouri Tornado event
In the hours leading up to the Linwood, Kansas EF-4 tornado, ARES operators viewed WX Radar as well as NWS-CHAT information from Topeka & Pleasant Hill. 1600 hrs Northland ARES opened at Weather net to inform members that severe WX was rapidly developing. At 16:43 CDT NWS issued Tornado Watch 275. Reports from NWS-CHAT and news media confirmed that a large rain wrapped cell moving at 30 mph in a north-easterly direction. Confirmations of debris fields and a base approximately a mile wide and a track into Bonner Springs, Ks. put the extended path into Missouri near Parkville and Riverside, Mo. ARES operators in the path advised they now are heading to shelters. NCS duty was assumed by stations out of the path. Just as the rain-wrapped tornado approached the state line of Kansas & Missouri the cell lost energy. Feeling relieved operators took a breath and regained composure. Then at 20:00 hours a station reported rotation in a cell moving into Kearney, Mo. At 20:04 hrs the same station reported a wedge tornado near the Kearney High School area. This tornado continued on into the Excelsior Springs, Mo. area and on into Orrick in Ray County. The reports from NWS 24 hrs after the event indicated an EF-4 in Kansas and regained energy to EF-2 level in Missouri. Northland ARES WX net 16:00 To: 21:04 with 31 stations reporting during the 5-hour event. Thanks to all stations for concise reporting during the event. Thanks to NWS-CHAT for providing a place to receive and share up to the minute warning information.
District B – Dale Bagley, K0KY
Lots of Flooding, but there was no large scale requests for assistance by served agencies.
District C – Bill Grimsbo, N0PNP
Flooding in large parts of the Diatrict. No requests for ARES support.
District D – Cecil Higgins, AC0HA
Lots of water here
District F – J.D. Simmons, WA0BER
Tornado in District F. 4 hams responded on Jefferson City repeater immediately following the passing of the tornado.
District G – Ron Tost K0RGT
Douglas County Is reviewing ICS 100
The following are the activity hours for the Missouri Section:
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||MAY 2019||MONTH||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||0||0||-20||-6||7||0||0||0||0||-19|
|Public Svc Ops||3||1||3||31||0||1||4||0||0||43||200|
|Total Svc Hours||993||93.1||219||980||121||442||142||20||0||3009.3||12595.4|