Missouri Section December 2020 Activity Report

2020 is now finished and most of us are glad that it is. It has been a challenging and medically dangerous year for us all. Hopefully, most of our section ARES members have stayed healthy. I can’t wait for us to be able to have face to face meetings and hamfests. I definitely need to transfer some of my equipment to someone else’s basement.

The FCC has issued the notice that new amateur licenses and renewals/changes will cost $35.00. I know a lot of hams are not happy with that change. Write your US congressman or senator as the change was required in the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.” Only through legislation can the fee be eliminated.

District News Items:

District A: Richard Fretwell, W0KRF DEC

Benton Co. – BC ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, and various club nets. N0XIA ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 16th. There were 11 check-ins, with 3 of month due to increased workload at healthcare facilities because of COVID-19. Along with the drop in net activities, the BC ARES did not have a December meeting. We have been working on two presentation/training programs which will be test run with the RATPAC on January 7 and January 14 and then rolled out to ARES and CERT groups in Benton and Camden Counties. There will be no in person meetings until March 2021. In the meantime, the virtual presentations will be provided to interested members.

Clay/Platte Co. – NLARES Meeting, hosted by KA0SXY Dennis. The December meeting is a social get together and was held using ZOOM. Holiday plans was the main topic along with “Wish Lists” that were shared between those present. Seasons greetings to all as the last meeting of 2020 came to a close. NetControl Manager NCM 3279. Net Control Manager http://net-control.us/. Author/Host WA0TJT. NCM is utilized it all NLARES functions. The live logging functions during net operations along with permanent records IC-214, IC-309 and notes recorded during the operation are maintained for reference in developing reports. NLARES Digital Training Net Sunday 8:00 PM 147.330 (151.4) W0KCN. Current events include File manipulation exercises. NCS sends an FLamp exercise to all stations. Those who participate in the exercise use the instructions to prepare a document. This info is then sent as a file during the traffic round. The net utilizes NBEMS software FLdigi, FLmsg & FLamp. All stations are welcome to the net. NCS K0KEX Rick

December 2020 “MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service” MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CST. FIVE sessions QNI 62 QTC 8 27 hours. ZOOM ops utilized/Technical support Net requirements, FLdigi-FSQ for net interaction. New members are welcome. NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr. NCM 3332

District B: Daly Bagley K0KY DEC

We have had few issues this month that required activation of the ARES units. The County ARES Nets seemed to have a bit of a boost in December.

District E: Larry Ford N0RIC DEC

Dist E: sessions – 9 Checkins – 33 Trafic – 5. BARC: Sessions – 8 Checkins – 47

The following is the report of activity for the Missouri Section for the month of December and the total year 2020:

I want to thank all of the section members and leadership for support a difficult year. May 2021 be a much better year for us and hopefully have a return to the many activities we enjoy and support.

Thank you and 73,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri SEC