Not much to comment on this month as the Covid problem continues to reduce activities and organization meetings. Our ARES group here in St. Charles Co. held our June meeting outside in the parking lot of the County EOC. It was BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) and the weather was great. One way that your group might consider meeting and getting back to in person meetings while still safely social distancing.
Field Day is coming in two weeks. Be sure to check the latest rules changes as the ARRL has made provisions for groups to still participate as a group without gathering in one place as usual. Home stations on commercial power and/or emergency power can report their individual scores and list their club/group on the report. The scores will be combined for the annual report in QST under the group/club name.
Even though the activities are down, the local nets are still a viable way to maintain contact and do short exercises. EC reporting has been lax lately, so please report your activities to your DEC. Radio nets and meetings still count as hours volunteered. Even if you don’t have many hours to report, we still need to show our membership levels, so turn in your monthly reports.
District A: DEC – Mike Bellinger, K0UAA
Benton Co. – Benton County ARES members participated in the following nets: MTN, KCHEART, Region A Healthcare, ARES, and various club nets this month. The Region A Healthcare Net took place on May 20 and had 21 check-ins, 9 were from healthcare facilities. Due to the death of the EC’s father on May 21st and the continued COVID 19 restrictions, ARES activity was down. The Benton County ARES will resume regular meetings in June, as well as planned participation in Field Day. They will also be back to work on the county’s Emergency Communications trailer.
Jackson Co. – Executed a signed MOU with Kindred at Home. Other area ECs are welcome to use the template for MOU with Kindred at Home. No ARES leadership meeting this month. Planned with Red Cross Disaster Technology at the Greater Red Cross Chapter a messaging radio exercise. The exercise was subsequently carried out and a report was written with distribution to participating parties and leadership.
Johnson Co. – No meeting due to COVID
Members installed 1 tower and several antennas at the Johnson County Emergency Management office. Plans to install a new base and tower and remaining antennas to begin soon.
Northland (Clay and Platte) – With continued Covid-19 social distancing the May meeting was conducted using ZOOM. Hosted by Dennis KA0SXY, Among the topics, The “Shelter in Place” exercise AAR. Deputy Mike O’neal, Platte County Sheriff Department requested information on the positive aspects, as well as the lessons learned, during the two part voice and digital operation using simplex VHF. Other subjects discussed: Additional use of VHF simplex for net operations. The Net Control Manager https://net-control.us/ Log 2333
MAY 2020 “MODES” The acronym stands for “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”. MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT. Four sessions, QNI 64, QTC 5 42 hours. Net operations 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 manager.
District D: DEC – Tom Simmons, N0CSA
Greene County participated in the Red Cross Exercise.
District F: DEC – J.D. Simmons, WA0BER
Boone Co ARES and District F DEC participated in Red Cross Simulation
Below are the statistics for Missouri Section during the month of May:
That’s all for this month. Stay safe and have fun on the air.