The year 2020 is almost over and I figure most of us can’t wait for it to end. It has been a very challenging year with COVID. You can’t eat out much and some store supplies are in short supply. The news that a vaccine has been approved is great, and hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel.
As far as good news, congratulations to Samantha Henley, KE0LMY for the great article on the Member Spotlight page of December QST. She’s quite involved in pubic service and amateur radio. If you haven’t spotted the article, take time to read it.
After a number of tests of the proposed MESN start times, it seems that Monday night at 1900 is not going to work due to poor propagation. Look for the Missouri Emergency Services Net to be called at 1400 hours on Sunday afternoons on 3.963 MHz.
District A: Richard Fretwell, W0KRF DEC
Benton Co. – BC ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, KCHEART, and various club nets. N0XIA ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 18th. There were 18 check-ins, with 6 from healthcare facilities. The BC ARES continues with their weekly ARES nets and monthly in-person meeting. They observe the CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and wearing masks during meetings. There is no December meeting, however the EC is putting together a WebEx training for January on CERT/ARES/FEMA paperwork used during large-scale emergencies. More information on that training will be posted on bentoncountyares.org as it becomes available. If you are interested in an invite (limited seating/access), please email EC Sam Henley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Clay/Platte Co. – NLARES November “ZOOM” meeting – host Dennis KA0SXY. Normal ARES business conducted / Presentation Author Keith Kaiser WA0TJT reviewed “Net Control Manager” https://net-control.us/ Keith gave members an in-depth look at the numerous features that provide the log operator with a quick entry of station data, individual comments section for detailed info. Net participants are encouraged to have NCM open to follow as the net operation is conducted. After a net has closed various reports are developed, each report may be retrieved for future reference. In addition, PDF’s retrieved to be attached to net reports that are forwarded to Served Agencies, Law Enforcement, etc.
NLARES meeting participants were interactive during the presentation and came away with a better understanding of the NCM’s various features.
NOVEMBER 2020 “MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”. MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CST. THREE sessions QNI 34 QTC 3 17 hours. No Op 11/26 “Happy Thanksgiving” Net requirements, FLdigi-FSQ for net interaction. New members are welcome. NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr.
Jackson Co. – SK Mike Bellinger K0UAA, EC for 30 years
Pettis Co. – EMA Meeting, EMA Siren test, SPARK-ARES NET, Winlink Training
District E: Larry Ford N0RIC DEC
Dist E 34 -3 9s. BARC 48 0 9s. New tower for Coms.
District F: J.D. Simmons WA0BER DEC
Boone Co. – Boone County ARES conducted SET and Winlink drills this month.
The following chart is a report on the volunteer operations and hours provided by Missouri Section ARES members:
As we approach the December holidays, I want to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas. Hopefully Santa will bring the new radios and accessories that have been on your lists.