We are fast approaching the holiday season for 2019. I hope this year has be good for you. Our training and service time in the section has continued to be strong but slightly short of last years total contributed time to ARES. Have a great holiday season and prepare for the cold weather coming in the next few months. Adjust the Go Kits for the season.
District News submitted by the DECs:
District A – Mike Belliner K0UAA
Benton Co. – BC ARES members took part in numerous local, regional, and statewide nets this month including the weekly nets, MTN, KCHEART Net, and Region A Healthcare Net. The Region A Healthcare Net had 25 check-ins in the month of November. Of those, 16 were from healthcare facilities. Members continue to work with the Mid-America Regional Council to provide classes, testing sessions, and resources to assist healthcare facilities to install amateur radio equipment.
Members of D.A.R.K./BC ARES are also intent on providing more Technician classes in Benton County in 2020. We will post information on bentoncountyares.org and damark.org regarding the classes as soon as they are set.
KE0LMY and KF6DRH traveled to Johnson County on November 2 to provide Emergency Communications Training to the Johnson County CERT members. This training has been very successful in Benton and Camden Counties, so we were happy to offer it to our partners in Region A. Thank you to Johnson County Emergency Management Agency for hosting us at their facility!
Carroll Co. – Once again, this report incorporates many activities and achievements realized throughout the North-Eastern Region-A counties of Saline, Lafayette, Ray and Carroll.
Members participated in at least 14 regular 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.
The EC participated in the MARC Northern District Health Care Coalition Meeting at Fitzgibbon Hospital on November 7.
In preparation for the MARC Northern District Exercise scheduled for 11/20 (based on loss of most normal communications capabilities) maintenance and renovation of radio systems continued at LRHC and the County Health Department in Lafayette County. Digital systems operations training also continued at both facilities.
The EC and AEC coordinated the Northern District Exercise conducted on 11/20 which invited participation of hospitals, county lpha’s and ema’s in the 4-county area as well as MO SEMA and numerous individual operators. Operation of the various non-ham “systems” as well as the amateur stations was generally quite good using both VHF and HF. The ability to demonstrate both voice and digital message handling capability was successful. “Net control” and general operating capabilities using digital modes needs further development and is expected to be the focus of training in 2020.
Lafayette Co. – Have a rehab 1 trailer, which they use to work with fire/EMS. They bring fireman in to check them over to make sure they are fine to return to active service. ARES uses their radios for our communications. That activity constitutes the two emergency call outs on line 8.
Northland (Clay and Platte Cos.) – FSQ-MO net 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT. Five sessions QNI 63 QTC 4 32 hours 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 G – Ron Tost K0RGT
Douglas County Tech Class to start in January 2020 weather permitting.
The following are the activities and volunteer hours contributed in the month of November:
73 & Merry Christmas to all,
Jeff Young, KB3HF
Missouri Section EC