Missouri Section October 2020 Activity Report

A number of groups held their SETs this year while dealing with Covid safety. Simulations were different situations where members didn’t have to deploy or get together in a group. The SET we held here in St. Charles County worked great as we exercised our Go-Kits and deployed to our driveways and/or garages for simulating deployment to shelters. It worked very well and everyone enjoyed the exercise.

Covid continues to be an issue with our ARES operations and individual safety is important, If deployed use common sense and keep yourself safe. As the holidays approach, I hope that each of you have a great but safe holiday.

District News:

District A: Richard Fretwell, WQ0KRF, DEC

Benton Co. – BC ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, KCHEART, and various club nets. KE0LMZ and KE0AVT ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 21st. There were 25 check-ins, with 14 from healthcare facilities. The Benton County SET occurred on 10/10/20. Further information for that will follow later.

Clay/Platte Co. – Simulated Emergency Test October 3, 2020. Northland ARES COVID-19 Virtual operations. In consideration of the Social Distancing guide lines the Scenario for the event focused on COVID-19 Testing station support. A Voice Net handled all ARES personal guidance into the operation. A Digital net handled Material requests from Testing stations to a Supply Depot. Testing station appointments/Personal management were shared via spreadsheets. Digital comm’s handled the personal recorded in a timely manner. At the conclusion of the event a local Hot wash provided the group with the area that require additional training. The overall results indicated a successful event. The October NLARES meeting the SET AAR was reviewed, members submitted the positives from the event. The areas for additional training were noted. Team leaders to provide the required training were listed.

October 2020 “MODES” The acronym stands for “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”. MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT. FIVE sessions QNI 49 QTC 5 19 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 D: Tom Simmons N0CSA, DEC

Jasper and Barton Counties coordinated with Crawford County, Kansas on bike ride. Covid has greatly affected our operations

District E: Larry Ford N0RIC, DEC

Dist E ARES 37 4 msg 9 sesions.Bootheel ARC 57 sesions 9

District F: J.D. Simmons WA0BER, DEC

ARES District F Great Shake-Out Exercise October 10, 2020. The premise of this exercise was an earthquake near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Various degrees of damage in Central Missouri were reported by exercise participants. The exercise produced 76 check-ins from the eight reporting venues. This total does not count the additional 12 Winlink replies to the original 6 Winlink messages. Therefore, at least 88 transactions occurred between StartEx at 1000L and EndEx at approximately 1030L. The exercise included multiple analog repeaters operating simultaneously, DMR repeaters on the MOARES talk group, and Winlink original/reply messages.

District H: Paul Hurla, KD0ZYA EC

SET exercise with Livingston Co ARES and Grundy Co CERT.

The following is a report of the hours donated by the Missouri Section volunteers:

Thanks for the support of our Section.

73,

Jeff Young, KB3HF

Missouri SEC