August was a quiet month around the Section with far fewer emergency and Skywarn operations during the month. Hours work were down 300+ from last month.
As September is halfway through now, we are approaching Simulated Emergency Test time in October. Here in St. Charles County, we have our SET planned as an activation of all of the equipment in our communications trailer. This includes setting up all antenna, radio and computer systems and test to be sure they are fully functional. You never know what has happened to various pieces of equipment since they were last used and stored away.
District News from around the Section:
District A – Mike Bellinger K0UAA
Benton Co. – Throughout the month, the Benton County ARES had 4 nets with a total of 60 check-ins. The Emergency Coordinator also ran the Region A Healthcare Net on August 21st with 31 check-ins. Members of the group participated in area, regional, and statewide nets to promote the blue-sky partnerships they are building and maintaining.
The BC ARES, Sedalia Pettis Amateur Radio Klub, and the Mid-America Regional Council put forth a joint effort to provide a class for the healthcare facilities to have some of their personnel trained in amateur radio. We are so very grateful to the members of the SPARK training and VE Team! We hope this is the beginning of a long running partnership to encourage even more cooperation in the amateur radio community in Region A!
The biggest event the BC ARES focused on this month was Benton County’s Active Shooter Full Scale Exercise! This is the first year that our county has its own Em Comm trailer and we’re intent on using it! Overall, everything went well. We experienced some technical issues, but our members performed at the top of their game. We are so excited to have such supportive volunteers. If you are interested in more information, you can find it here: https://www.bentoncountyares.org/bc-ares-active-shooter-exercise/andew/ and here: https://bcmoem.com/2019/09/02/the-bc-mo-em-as-fse-review/
Finally, on the VERY last day of August, EchoLink was restored to the Benton County repeater. We would like to thank James Adkins KB0NHX of the Missouri Repeater Council and Jason Wood KC0KWL of the Northside Amateur Radio Club for assisting Sam with the effort it took to restore this great resource! You can find the information for our EchoLink node here: https://www.bentoncountyares.org/echolink/
Jackson Co. – On-the air training began in preparation for the SET.
Northland (Clay and Platte Co.) – FSQ-MO net 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT. Five sessions QNI 54 QTC 7 Net ops include a SEMA supported conference number (573) 693-7466 Access #2663 members share current Sit Rep’s with the net participants. Net requirements, FLdigi-FSQ for net interaction. New members are welcome. NCS: KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr.
District B – Dale Bagley K0KY
No Major weather events this month.
District G – Ron Tost K0RGT
The Carter County AREAS Net has been move to Wednesday Night at 7:30 P. M. Starting August 7. 2019.
DCAR Club received a grant for purchase of books and items for new hams.
The following are the reported hours of service for Missouri Section ARES:
Jeff Young, KB3HF
Missouri Section EC