SEC – Jeff Young KB3HF
August has ended and we are about to enter the fall of the year which means the Simulated Emergency Test season is coming. Hopefully, your local ARES group is planning a SET to exercise your skills and improve your EmComm skills. The SET doesn’t have to be elaborate. It could be just a net called on your local repeater and perhaps having everyone in a roundtable describe their Go-Kits and other other deployable equipment. Here is St. Charles County, our EC is working a a tornado strike event and having traffic related to doing Windshield Damage Assessments. There is a possibility that we may also have a statewide SET be that is still in the planning stages. Stay tuned for further information.
District A – Richard Fretwell W0KRF DEC
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 August with KE9AVT acting as a relay station There were 25 check-ins, with 13 being from Healthcare Facilities.
During the monthly ARES meeting, 8/13, visitors were given a tour and a demonstration of the Benton County MCOM trailer
AUGUST 2021 “MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”.
MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT.
FOUR sessions QNI 60 QTC 8 15 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 Severe Weather events
August 10, 8:00 AM CDT https://net-control.us/4375
The Northland morning coffee was interrupted by a cluster of storms that entered the western portion of Platte County. First to be affected was Weatherby Lake with reports of Power outages from High winds, large trees down blocking roads. As the storm moved east reports from Waukomis Lake . NLARES spotters indicated damage to large trees causing numerous Power outages and blocked roads. NLARES spotters in Liberty, Mo entered similar reports of major trees down and power outages across the city. An Evergy report at 08:50 indicated 7000 customers w/o power, a figure that would continue to grow as the moved into Ray County. At 10:00 am damage assessment was in full swing with reports confirming the extensive damage in Platte & Clay counties.
August 12, 15:29 CDT
NLARES spotter KA0OTL announced NWS “Severe Storm Warning” on 147.33. NCM WX net https://net-control.us/4396 opened and the net moved to 146.79 /SOP for the northland. Gust front reports over 30 mph along with Temp drops of 22 degs F from 90 degs plus. Rainfall rates of an Inch/hour were received. Evergy outage reports were again extensive over the northland. The WX event duration was just over two hours. Thanks to all NLARES spotters that joined in.
August 20, 20:35 CDT https://net-control.us/#4460
KA0OTL: 8:35 PM 147.33 KA0OTL NWSchat WX information advisory announced. The usual suspects confirmed and were in monitoring mode. KA0OTL: 9:41 PM EAX issues STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL IMPACT PORTIONS OF WYANDOTTE, LEAVENWORTH, SOUTHEASTERN ATCHISON, CLAY, CLINTON, PLATTE, SOUTHERN DEKALB, AND NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTIES THRU 10:30 PM CDT. Due to the extensive power outages and the logistics of changing VHF frequencies during the height of the WX event the net remained on 147.33. Complete details may be reviewed at the Net Control Manager link listed. I would like to thank ALL NLARES operators that are consistent supporters of events that happen in the Platte/Clay counties.
I believe everyone is looking forward to a Quiet September “Ready if Needed”
Rick Smith EC Platte County
Northland ARES Monthly Meeting August 27. Fire Station #2
After a brief business meeting a “Field exercise” was conducted. ARES operators with assignments move into the surrounding areas of Smithville. NCS operated from the EOC as Field operators provided required assignment information. Operators reported their position using the What3Words resource. Using a specific W3W indicator a location may be pinpointed to 10 Square feet. This is extremely useful during Disaster Assessment, Field searches, or if you are lost and need to be found.
The use of Handheld radios provided operators with valuable coverage info for future operations.
An event “Hot wash” provided positive feedback along with areas for improvement. Additional exercises of this type are being planned.
AUGUST 2021 “MODES” – “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”.
Net operations weekly 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT. FLdigi-FSQ or FSQcall @ 1500 Hz USB Alternate 7.099 Mhz
NCS utilizes FSQ triggers “#” / “@” to expedite responses from participating net stations. Net control manager is utilized to log & record net activities. https://net-control.us/
Additional “MODES” info at https://modes.groups.io/g/main/topics
A ZOOM meeting operates simultaneously to provide a forum for Technical Discussions. New members are welcome.
August activities: FOUR sessions QNI 60 QTC 8 14 hours.
Net manager, Jeff KA0OTL
NLARES Digital Training Net Sunday 8:00 PM CDT 147.330 (pl 151.4)
NBEMS FLdigi, FLamp, FLmsg – Winlink Express/Easyterm
For additional info contact: Rick – K0KEX firstname.lastname@example.org
All stations are welcome
AEC, James Blair N0AJI has resigned from the Leadership Team. We thank Jim for his years of service.
Traffic control for Trenton Fair with EOC established.
The following are the volunteer hours and activities for the month of August 2021 – 36 Counties Reporting
Jeff Young KB3HF