The calendar has changed and we are now in 2021 looking forward to a better year this year. Good riddance to 2020. Things are looking up for the Covid Pandemic as effective vaccines are now being distributed to the population. If you have not signed up with your county health department or medical sites to get on a list for the vaccine, you should consider doing it as soon as you can.
We have had some new DEC appointments for the Section. Richard Fretwell, W0KRF, has been appointed DEC for District A replacing Mike Bellinger, K0UAA who became a SK. Harold Hoffman, KA0SAB has be appointed DEC for District G replacing Ron Tost, K0RGT who also became a SK.
MESN – Missouri Emergency Services Net
The restart of the Missouri Emergency Services Net (MESN) has been doing well. Steve Wooten submitted the following update on the net operation.
The Missouri Emergency Services Net (MESN) is a weekly Sunday Afternoon HF net at 2 pm. The operating frequency will be 3.963 MHz +/- with a backup of 7.263 MHz +/- depending on favorable band conditions. Everyone with HF capabilities are welcome to join the net as often as you can on Sunday afternoons.
Bringing up the MESN when needed:
The Missouri Emergency Services Net (MESN) stands up when required for HF Statewide communications when there is a state declared emergency or disaster or when the emergency or disaster covers more than one county. The MESN frequencies are: 3963.0 kHz / 7263.0 kHz. HF operations are needed for wide-area nets once emergency operations have begun and it is apparent that the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be involved, or that there will be more than one (1) county involved, an HF station should be included in the operation of the County Control Station (CCS). The CCS can provide a link to the State EOC and allow inter-county communications and the coordination of manpower and assistance from other areas. This also allows the DEC and SEC to communicate directly with the area(s) involved.
District A: Ricard Fretwell W0KRF DEC
Benton Co. – BC ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, KCHEART, and various club nets for a total of 25 nets.
KE0LMZ ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 20th. There were 18 check-ins, with 10 from healthcare facilities. BC ARES members participated in communications efforts for the Lincoln 5k run on January 16. They also took part in BC ARES/BC MO CERT/CC MO CERT FEMA Paperwork training on January 13. They took part in a RATPAC presentation on Working ARES in Rural Jurisdictions on January 7.
Northland ARES – NLARES Meeting, hosted by KA0SXY Dennis. The January meeting held using ZOOM A review of 2020 accomplishments. Plans for 2021 include a “New operator Mentoring Group” A team of skilled operators have come together to provide New operators with information on Equipment, methods, and general guidance into the world of “Ham” radio.
RE: NCM 3462 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 ** “Superbowl Sunday” Digital net will operate as usual ** 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 rounds. The net utilizes NBEMS software FLdigi, FLmsg & FLamp. All stations are welcome to the net. <NCS K0KEX Rick
Missouri Digital Emergency Service JANUARY 2021 MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CST. FLdigi-FSQ for net roll call and station interaction. FOUR sessions QNI 54 QTC 8 26 hours. ZOOM Mtg is utilized to discussTechnical support and Net requirements. New members are welcome. NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr.”
District C: William Grimsbo N0PNP DEC
St. Louis Metro – Weekly 2 meter voice nets: The weekly ARES® 2 meter voice net operates on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM Central Time. The net is on the W0SRC repeater, frequency 146.850 (-) MHz, tone 141.3 Hz. All amateur operators are invited to participate. Next net is Wednesday, Feburary 3, 2021, 7:30 PM. Immediately following the regular voice net is the weekly ARES® practice message / traffic net. A test message is read over the air to give you an opportunity to practice copying down formal traffic.
Weekly Winlink net: St. Louis Metro ARES holds a weekly Winlink training and practice net each Wednesday evening after the voice nets have concluded. Participants have until the weekend to check for and respond to the weekly assignment. Participants may use any Winlink mode and band they wish. Contact George at KD0PMW@Winlink.net to be included in the net group.”
District F: J.D. Simmons WA0BER DEC
The Missouri Section ARES District F Winter Operational Readiness Exercise was conducted on January 30, 2021. The Audrain (County) Amateur Radio Club (AARC), hosted and controlled the event from their emergency communications trailer deployed near Mexico, Missouri. Players from across the district were asked to establish voice and/or data communications with the AARC emergency communications trailer and to provide specific check-in information. The various modes were scheduled in 30 minute segments for check-ins. Voice and Winlink Ardop P2P, pactor and packet digital modes were utilized in VHF/UHF, 80 meters and 40 meters. Echolink was also utilized in one instance. Approximately 70 checkins were logged during the exercise.
The following are the activities and hours contributed by the members of the Missouri Section for the month of January:
Jeff Young, KB3HF
Missouri Section EC