For those you have not heard, Paul Gilbert has resigned his position as Director of Emergency Management at Headquarters. This leaves ARES without an overall leader for EmComm and ARES. Ken Bailey is picking up the ARES support for now.
There has been a change again in the way that SECs are to report their section activity to Newington. New categories have been added that I feel are overlapping and redundant reporting areas. As such, Missouri Section will continue to report as we have been. This is most expedient way to report without creating confusion on the definitions of the categories.
ARES is a sponsored by a national organization but begins at the local level. All emergencies start as a local event. Depending on the extent of the local event, it could expand to a district wide event or even a statewide disaster depending on the scope of the event. Local (County) ARES groups should be training to support their local served agencies. ARES has basic training requirements of EC-001 EmComm and NIMS 100, 200 700, 800 online courses as the minimum training for deployment, but local served agencies can require more or less training in order to have volunteers support of their agency. The days before 9-11 are gone and volunteers must have a basic understanding of NIMS and how to use various methods of communications. This not only includes amateur radio but could also require use of public service radios, phones and any other methods for supporting your served agency. Knowledge of digital modes such as WinLink and others can be very valuable in passing important or technical lists of supplies or other logistical requirements. Build training into each of your ARES meetings. There are so many facets of amateur radio communications that training programs for your meetings should not be a problem for subject matter. Ask your local “experts” to present programs.
The following are reports from the Districts:
District A: Richard Fretwell, W0KRF DEC
Benton Co. –
BC ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, MESN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, and various club nets. KE0LMZ ran the Region A Healthcare Net in July. There were 21 checkins, with 9 being from Healthcare Facilities. Four members of the Benton County ARES were onsite to provide radio communications on July 3 for the Lincoln Antique Car/Tractor Parade, KE0LMY, KE0LMZ, KE0YGT and KF6DRH. The work on the Benton County MCOM trailer is continuing.
Clay/Platte Co. –
North Land ARES Monthly Meeting July 22nd was an in person at Smithville Fire Station #2 Smithville Missouri
A program on WinLink Express operation was presented by Rick K0KEX and a support team from the group Keith WA0TJT “Net Control Manager” developer shared New features that have recently been added to NCM. For complete details check out: https://net-control.us/
WIN 4 KC Event July 31 2021 https://www.sportkc.org/win-for-kc. Northland ARES provided communications support for the WIN 4 KC which required detailed positional feedback. The first priority being “Participant Safety” followed with progress reports for each section of Swimming, Bicycling, and Running that covered a large area of the Smithville Lake – Sailboat Cove area. The Clay County Sheriff Dept. “Mobile Command” unit, was utilized for Staging and NCS 0perations. Sixteen operators were required to cover the area. “Net Control Manager” was utilized to record the details providing ICS-205A, ICS-214 forms and other information for future reference. https://net-control.us/#4312
JULY 2021 “MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”.
MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT.
FIVE sessions QNI 79 QTC 7 27 hours. ZOOM Mtg for Technical Discussion.
NCS utilized FSQcall trigger “#” / “@” to expedite responses from participating
stations. Additional “MODES” info at https://modes.groups.io/g/main/topics
FLdigi-FSQ or FSQcall for net interaction. New members are welcome.
NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr.
NLARES Digital Training Net Sunday 8:00 PM CDT 147.330 (pl 151.4)
NBEMS FLdigi, FLamp, FLmsg Winlink Express
For additional info contact: Rick K0KEX rosmith1 at hotmail.com
Pettis Co. –
EMA Meeting: 3 Hours. EMA Siren Test: 2 Hours. MESN Net: 1 Hour. SPARK-ARES Net: 8 Hours. WinLink Training: 4 Hours.
Here are the stats for the July activities in the Missouri Section:
Jeff Young , KB3HF