Another year in the books and another year with Covid interrupting all kinds of activities. Looking at our stats for the year, we improved our operations from 1,994 ops in 2020 to 2,550 ops in 2021. Donated volunteer hours were 23,962 in 2021 vs. 19,279 in 2020. Great work by all the membership in the section despite the Covid problems.
Severe weather kicked in late December with a tornado outbreak in Missouri. In St. Charles Co. there was one fatality and a few million dollars in damage in the southern part of the county. The bootheel also had numerous tornados. The western and northwestern parts of the section had high wind damage. See Clay/Platte Counties comments below for more details.
The Skywarn Weather nets logged 290 hours of operations in December. Weather spotting is a very important service our hobby can support and I encourage everyone to attend a weather spotting course. Check your location NWS office for training times and locations in 2022.
Hopefully, we will have improved medical conditions in 2022 and allow us to resume more of our activities and operations.
District A: Richard Fretwel, W0KRF, DEC
BC ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, and various club nets for a total of 9 nets. KR1STL ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 15th. There were 23 check-ins, with 9 from healthcare facilities.
Under new leadership of EC KF6DRH and AEC KE0LMZ, inactive members of the group have been removed from the member count. Plans are currently underway to revitalize the group in 2022.
Northland ARES Storm event https://net-control.us/#5367
On December 15, 2021, a large-scale weather event rolled through the Central Plains and Upper Midwest bringing tornadoes, dust storms, wildfires, and snow across several central and northern states. Record high temperatures were set across the region including Kansas City, with the Kansas City International Airport tying its all-time December high temperature.
Non-convective winds both ahead and behind the thunderstorms were quite strong. Several locations around the area reported wind gusts above 50 MPH with Lees Summit peaking at 53 MPH, St. Joseph reached 52 MPH, and Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, KS reached 60 MPH. Once the line of storms arrived, several areas reported winds in excess of 75 MPH. The Kansas City Downtown Airport reached a peak gust of 77 MPH. This resulted in the roof damage to a few airport buildings. Numerous trees and power poles fell across much of eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Areas in far northwest Missouri observed winds of 80-90 MPH as the thunderstorms moved through. Several homes and buildings were damaged across northern Missouri including missing shingles, peeled siding, and blown out windows.
Damage reported by the author, a Rohn tower & 6m Yagi, 80m ZEPP, & G5RV. The recovery has went well with 80 percent back together. Rick Smith k0kex
4 Weekly Communications Exercises
1 Tornado Warning
1 Skywarn ie. Tornado Warning
2 New ARES personnel, KE0QYA-Richard Cammirand (Sedalia) and KF0GSX-Brad Campbell Syracuse, MO
“MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”.
3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT.
THREE sessions QNI 68 QTC 10 34 hours. ZOOM Mtg for Technical Disscusion.
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.
2021 Final Report on Section Operations and Volunteer Hours:
Happy New Year and best wishes to all for a great 2022.
Jeff Young KB3HF