Severe weather continues to happen in Missouri with many severe thunderstorms and some tornados this month. Skywarn® operations this month reported a total of 44 operations with 494.3 hours of service spotting the weather for our neighbors. Skywarn ops combined with all of our other reported activities for July resulted in a total of 209 operations and 1640.5 hours of volunteer time. This is great service provided to the citizens of Missouri.
October is fast approaching and the annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET) for your groups should be in the planning stages. This is a great time of the year to hold a communications exercise to practice your radio skills. Working with your served agencies can result a fruitful exercise that can show how your amateur radio skills and support of the agency can be utilized in an emergency.
District News and Comments:
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.
- Cass Co. – Met with Cass County Emergency Management committee, held CCMOARES meeting CCM0ARES Pamphlets produced for handouts to donation supporter.
- Clay/Platte Cos. – JULY 2023 NL ARES “Northland ARES” WX Net activations. The weather during JULY was keynote among the ARES activities. June 30, Friday evening, severe WX entered the Platte City area around 9:45 PM. With the numerous Independence Day celebrations happening, alerting the various groups of the Lightning potential was the goal. July 14, in the afternoon a strong storm formed in northeast Kansas and eventually transformed into a strong squall line that impacted far eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Winds recorded 89 mph as the line moved across the KC Metro. At one point nearly 200,000 people across the Kansas City metro lost power. July 29 Saturday morning as Platte County ARG members were attending the monthly meeting in Platte City were alerted to severe WX with High winds, Hail, with Tornadoes possible. The NL ARES WX net received reports of wind gusts 60/70 mph. Reports of large trees blocking roads north of 92 Highway. Reports to NWS-Chat and Platte County Sheriff via NL ARES – NCS> July 30, Sunday evening 7:30 PM while preparing for the weekly Digital Training Net at 8:00 PM NCS was alerted to the approaching WX. The NL ARES opened a Weather Net at 7:43 PM. The Digital Training was cancelled, to allow attendees to report WX details directly into the NL ARES NCS.
- JULY 2023 “MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service” MODES 3.598 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT. FOUR sessions QNI 67 QTC 10 41 hours. Additional testing on 7.085 Mhz during Daylight hours provided communications info for future net operations for Primary/Secondary frequencies. ZOOM Mtg concurrently for Technical Discussion. NCS utilizes FSQcall triggers to expedite responses from participating stations.
District B: Dale Bagley, K0KY, DEC
- We had a few Rain Storms go through the area last weekend. We had 5 inches of rain in the City of Macon and a wide spread area.
- Livingston Co. – Meeting: VarAC use for EmComm.
The following are the details of the activities and volunteer hours reported by the Section for the month of July. 41 county ECs reported out of a possible 65 counties and all 7 DECs reported.
Missouri Section Emergency Coordinator