Spring has finally gotten here and that means severe weather. Review your reporting criteria for severe weather and check into the many Skywarn nets that are called throughout the section.
As we finally get our vaccinations, consider meeting again using the guidelines for spacing and masks. Our group in St. Charles County will meet in person in May for the first time in a long time. I am certainly looking forward to personal interactions again the the prospect of Hamfests opening again.
District A: Richard Fretwell, W0KRF DEC
Benton County – BC ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, KCHEART, and various club nets for a total of 22 nets. NX0IA ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 17th. There were 9 check-ins, with 5 from healthcare facilities. On the 17th, three members of the BC ARES (KE0LMY, KE0LMZ, and KE0YGT) presented information to the LOARC/Camden County ARES about how ARES works with rural EMA’s. The BC ARES will be assisting the Camden County ARES in reactivating their membership and learning to work with EMA’s and CERT groups for the foreseeable future. Throughout the month of March, members of ARES/CERT assisted the Benton County Health Department with vaccination/mass vax events with the Missouri National Guard for the effort in delivering COVID-19 vaccinations. The ARES members were responsible for the observation of patients and relaying information for the EOC. The Benton County Health Department and Benton County EMA have expressed their deep appreciation for the volunteer efforts!
Northland – MISSOURI Statewide Tornado Drill 2021. KC Northland ARES opened a Primary net on 146.79 to gather reports as “Siren” activations. A Secondary net was held on 147.33 to handle the incoming reports. National Weather Service Laision via NWS-Chat.Stations utilized “What3Words” to provide accurate position reports. “Net Control Manager” was utilized to record the event details. KC Northland ARES March Meeting. NLARES continues to meet via ZOOM, KA0SXY, Dennis hosted the event. The focus was on a “Shelter in Place” exercise to be held onApril 17. This year’s exercise will be a follow-up to the 2020 exercise. Further details will be posted on the web site. NLARES Digital Training Net – Sunday 20:00 hrs. 147.330 (151.4) The use of FLdigi – FSQ mode along with the ZL2AFP program
FSQcall https://www.qsl.net/zl1bpu/MFSK/FSQweb.htm are the current topics. The use of these modes using RF Simplex to demonstrate the purpose. The “MODES” net utilizes FSQ.
MARCH 2021 “MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”. FOUR sessions QNI 67 QTC 12 26 hours. ZOOM Mtg for Technical Discussion.
NCS W0WTS utilized FSQcall trigger “#” to expedite response from participating stations. Additional “MODES” info at https://modes.groups.io/g/main/topicsFLdigi-FSQ or FSQcall for net interaction. New members are welcome. NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr.
District B: Dale Bagley, K0KY DEC
More ARES groups are getting together in person in this District.
The following are the reported activities for the month on March:
Missouri Section EC