Missouri Section April Activity Report

SEC Comments:

As many of our members have noted, our current EOP and Communications Plans are outdated. These plans were originally constructed as long as 17 years ago and many technological changes have occurred since then. I have now updated and revised both the Missouri Section ARES Emergency Operations Plan and the Missouri Section ARES VHF/UHF Interoperability Plan. We have added two new plans that include the Missouri Section ARES Digital Data Guide and the Missouri Section ARES Digital Data Net Plan.

The Missouri Section ARES Digital Data Guide and the Missouri Section ARES Digital Data Net Plan were written by the following individuals that volunteered to be part of the Digital Data Committee that was formed early in January of this year. These two documents represent many hours of conference calls and research to develop a comprehensive plan for digital data communications in our Section.

I personally want to recognize and thank the following amateurs for serving on the committee and spending many hours to formulate these two new digital communications documents.

Committee Members:

  • Cecil Higgins, AC0HA, SM, Ex Officio
  • Jeff Young, KB3HF, SEC, Ex Officio
  • J.D. Simmons, WA0BER, DEC, District F, Chairman
  • Mike Council, WU0G, EC, Livingston County
  • Larry Ford, N0RIC, DEC, District E
  • Richard Kreiser, N0JBF, District F
  • Jeff Libby, KA0OTL, District A
  • Bill McFarland, N0AXZ, EC, Boone County
  • Tom Simmons, N0CSA, DEC, District D
  • Mike Thayer, KM0S, SEMA, District F
  • Don Vary, KD0HHN, ADEC, District B
  • Steve Wooten, KC0QMU, ADEC, District C

Contributing Technical Advisors:

  • Joseph Counsil, K0OG, EC, Phelps County
  • Tom Eagle, K0JPR, District A
  • Corey Mesenbrink, KC0YNS, AEC, Boone County

Please go to the Plans section of this website to view and download the new plans. Read them and plan your stations as necessary, so when needed, the plans can be implemented as conveniently as possible.

District News:

District A: Mike Bellinger, K0UAA

Jackson Co. – ARES would have normally conducted an information booth or table at the Ararat Shrine Hambash, but since that hamfest was cancelled, there was not that public service operation this month.

Northland (Clay & Platte Cos.) – April 18 “SHELTER IN PLACE” operation. The first event took place at 9:00 AM on the 146.79 MHz. repeater. Platte County Sheriff Department alerted ARES members using Text Caster. Stations reporting into the net were requested to move to a 2M simplex frequency where the NCS confirmed location & specified station information. Twenty-three stations from the original net were logged. Simplex operations NCS used omni-directional antennas along with Yagi’s for distant stations. The second event, a digital simplex net began at 13:00 on 145.760MHz. BPSK-63 mode. Thirteen stations were logged and specific info requests were confirmed from each station.

The three net operations were logged using “Net Control manager,” ICS 214 reports for the operation were forwarded to Platte County Sheriff Department, M. O’neal to be included with annual activity reports. Credit goes to Dennis Carpenter KA0SXY for putting this event together and to all of the ARES members that helped make this a great exercise…. QNI 63 QTC 36.67 man-hours were logged

April ARES Virtual Meeting held using ZOOM. Twenty-four members attended the on-line event. Positive comments from participants. Thanks to Dennis Carpenter for hosting the event.

“MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”.
Participation continues to grow, members in surrounding counties are working together to develop digital mode standards based on message content and band conditions.
The correct choice assures that the traffic will be received by the majority of receiving stations. Jeff, NCS for the operation has refined the net check-in process using the FSQ mode and relay stations to assure all stations are heard. MODES operation 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT. 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. April report five sessions QNI 88 QTC 10 54 hours. New members are welcome. NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr.

District B: Dale Bagley, K0KY

No big storms, flooding, or earthquakes this month, only a submicroscopic virus. 😉

District F: J.D. Simmons, WA0BER

Added 14 new members thru sign up at Cole Co Mid-Mo ARC meeting this month. DEC and two other Cole Co members worked on Digital Addendum Rewrite (now renamed).

Monthly Activity Report:

The following is the volunteer hours reported for the Missouri Section. Reporting is down showing the effect of the COVID-19 restrictions.

Thanks to all of the members for the support contributed to the Missouri Section.

Jeff Young, KB3HF