June was a busy month with flooding issues, statewide communications exercise and Field Day. The hours contributed are up this month due to these activities.
The communications exercise on Saturday, June 15th was the first statewide ARES exercise in a few years. There were 16 sites around the state that participated with 35 amateurs involved. The scenario was the tracking of the busing and individuals from the seismic zone in the eastern part of the state to reception centers in the western and northern areas of the state. The message traffic used voice and digital modes to sent and receive message injects that were provided beforehand by the exercise planning team. Conditions on HF were not helpful on that morning due to high noise levels from the various thunderstorms around the state, but messages were passed. Immediately following the exercise a hotwash was held via teleconference and the After Action Report was created, finalized by the exercise team. Many thanks to the exercise planning team of J.D. Simmon, WA0BER, Richard Kreiser, N0JBF, Mike Thayer KM0S, Bill McFarland N0AXZ, and Jim Lundsted, W0SUV for organizing the event. A copy of the After Action Report is available here: Mo-ARES Statewide Exercise 2019 AAR-IP – FINAL
The following is news and comments from the individual districts:
District A: Mike Bellinger, K0UAA
Benton Co. – Members of the BC ARES participated in weekly nets, the Region A Healthcare net, MTN, a weather net, and other area nets during the month of June.
The BC ARES had the opportunity to participate in Warsaw Jubilee Days, providing communications, traffic control, incident command, and more services over the course of the three-day celebration! The event provided the group an outlet to reach out to existing amateur radio operators and future operators while partnering with the BC MO CERT and the BC MO Emergency Management.
On June 12th, the BC ARES had the opportunity to activate a weather watch net (non-SKY-WARN) to provide communications to and from hams who lost power due to a sudden, severe storm which raced through Benton County. The net was attended by hams from all over the county, showing that the Warsaw Repeater (146.925 MHz.) is regularly monitored by numerous hams.
The BC MO CERT and BC MO Emergency Management hosted a tabletop exercise on flooding during June. BC ARES members were in attendance and participated, providing much needed information on staging amateur radio communications for Benton County should it be needed.
The EC Sam Henley and AEC Kellee Bell KM7BEL operated the Region A Healthcare net from Royal Oaks Hospital in Windsor this month. They had 33 check-ins, of which 12 came from healthcare facilities. The BC ARES continues to promote the net and assist the Mid-America Regional Council by installing equipment, assisting with training/testing classes for the healthcare facility employees, and working to gain more partners for the effort.
Three members (KE0LMY, KM7BEL, and KE0VCR) gained their ARRL Volunteer Examiner credentials to further the efforts to assist in gaining new amateur radio operators. Congratulations to them from the group!
Members provided Em Comm training to the very first Community Emergency Response Team training class which occurred in Ray County this month. As part of a joint effort with the Johnson County EMA and CERT, the BC MO CERT and BC ARES stepped up to provide this valuable service to promote the new Rural Region A CERT! Many of the new Ray County CERTs were already licensed amateur radio operators and were delighted to learn they could use their skills to assist the new team!
Members participated in Surviving Secondary Trauma training with the Lincoln, MO Police Department. During emergency situations, members could hear or see things that will traumatize them and this class gave vital information for looking out for warning signs in themselves and their team that signal emotional trauma and gave them tools and resources to use to help on the road to recovery from these traumas.
Work continued on the Benton County Emergency Communications trailer. It was pressed into service for ARRL Field Day to serve as the base of operations for the BC ARES team in the joint event with the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. and the Sedalia-Pettis Amateur Radio Klub. Numerous problems were discovered and quickly fixed by members of all three groups working together. More information on the event can be found here: https://www.bentoncountyares.org/2019-arrl-field-day-review/
Northland (Clay and Platte) – The ARES meeting had members sharing Field Day stories of CW vs Digital ops and great food… at the top of the list was the rough weather that caused many FD groups to adjust operating times.
FQS-MO Digital Net Thursday 10:00 AM 3.598 Mhz The use of digital “Video ID” has been added as a method of checking into the net. A SEMA Conference bridge 573-693-7466 access code 2663 is provided for stations to share ideas during the net op’s. June 4 sessions QNI 57 42 Op hrs total. Thanks to Mike Thayer KM0S/KM0EOC.
Jackson Co. – There was a meeting held to begin a draft of an MOU with a home healthcare agency. The first leadership meeting was held since March due to flooding and threatening weather in months between.
District B: Dale Bagley, K0KY
ARRL Field Day activities boosted the hours for ARES training
District F: J.D. Simmons, WA0BER
District F hosted and participated in Mo-ARES Statewide Communications Exercise. Six reporting counties participated in Field Day. DEC served as Exercise Director for above mentioned exercise.
District G: Ron Tost K0RGT
Carter County – Held Field Day 2019
Douglas County – Held Field Day in Squires
Ozark County – Field Day in Squires with DCAR Club 12 ham operators on site several tech books was taken.
Texas County – Field Day with 21 ham on site
Here are the activity hours contributed by ARES members statewide:
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||JUN 2019||MONTH||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||0||0||0||-22||0||-1||0||1||0||-22|
|Public Svc Ops||1||1||3||26||0||0||9||0||0||40||240|
|Total Svc Hours||834||306||202||970||118||1349||210||44||0||4033||16628|
Jeff Young, KB3HF
Section Emergency Coordinator