Here we are in another new year. Covid has continued to refuse to let us get back to normal but is starting to show signs of waning. ARES activity continues to go on as represented in the report below, but many county groups are still not reporting any activity. I encourage ECs to send in reports even if you did not have an activity during the month. We need to keep a good count of ARES members in Missouri Section and we are probably under reporting membership.
Weekly ARES nets area way to keep in touch within the group and is a reportable activity. When sending your report to your DEC, show the number of nets held in that portion of the report and also count the number of nets in the training section of the report and the accumulated hours of those nets as part of the training hours report. Holding nets is good training for both operators and net control operators. It permits testing of your gear and equipment problems that show up can repaired.
For those groups that hold Field Day exercises, a notice has come out from Newington of new rule changes for 2022 Field Day. Transmitter power has been reduced, publicity bonus points requirements have changed and there are other changes that a noteworthy. Check the ARRL website for the changes.
The following are the news/ comments from the District DECs:
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 January. There were 16 check-ins with 6 being from Healthcare facilities. BC ARES had a joint virtual training session with the Camden County ARES.
- Johnson Co. – Johnson county ARES participated in a tabletop SET on the repeater. Logging has been done on Net control manager at http://net-control.us
- Clay/Platte – KC Northland ARES http://www.kcnorthares.org/ ARES members attended a planning meeting to setup programs for the 2022 season. The January program presented by N0JJA & KD0FUE covered “Crossband” operation for Events to increase the support coverage area. ARES Monthly Meeting February 24th 2022 Program will be: NLARES Weather Spotting & Radar Interpretation Smithville Fire Station 341 Park Drive Smithville MO. 64089 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Enter on the west side. KA0SXY Dennis EC Clay County
- “MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”. MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday Morning 10:00 am CST. FOUR sessions QNI 53 QTC 8 19 hours. ZOOM Mtg for Technical Discussion. NCS utilizes FSQcall triggers to expedite responses from participating stations. W0WTS has assembled a Net Control roster for February.
To view NCS roster along with additional “MODES” info go to: https://modes.groups.io/g/main/messages FLdigi-FSQ or FSQcall for net interaction. New members are welcome. NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr.
District B: Dale Bagley, K0KY DEC
- Lots of Snow and Cold, but there were no weather related incidents.
District F: J.D. Simmons, WA0BER DEC
- Boone Co. – ARES providing Winlink training.
- Callaway Co. – Held Winter Field Day
- Cole Co. – ARES held short-notice check in net
- Livingston Co. – We had 3 Traveler Watch Nets for Winter Storm Warnings. Joseph Dietrick KC0NOX
Here are the results of the activities and volunteer hours for the month of January:
- Total ECs in Section – 62
- Total ECs Reporting – 34
Missouri Section EC