Happy New Year to all. I hope 2023 was a good year for you.
The year end statistics are in with the following results compared to 2022. Membership in the Section remained strong with 888 members compared to 892 in 2022. Training and Exercise Ops were down 242 ops and 2,463 hours less that 2022. Public Service Ops was down 30 ops and 877 hours compared to 2022. Unfortunately, Emergency Ops were up 26 ops and 101 hours compared to 2022 and Skywarn® Ops were up 57 ops and 924 hours compared to 2022. It looks like Missouri had a lot more weather and emergency ops that required our assistance this year. Total Missouri Section ARES operations for the year were 2,743 ops and 21,657 volunteer hours. Thanks to all of the membership for this commitment to service and hours contributed providing a valuable communications service to our communities.
District New 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. – Training conducted for WINLINK VARAFM, VARAHF, VARAAC AND FLDIGI to setup and utilize communication equipment. FREECONFERENCECALL presentation conducted face to face.
- Clay/Platte Cos. – The meeting for this month was a social gathering for the group with great food and greetings for all attending. The Sunday evening Digital Training net was on standby due to the Holidays.
- Johnson Co. – NTS training net every Wednesday on 146.88 repeater
District B: Dale Bagley, K0KY, DEC
- No significant incidents that required net activations in the district this month.
The following are the statistics for the month of December and year end for the Missouri Section. 39 Counties and 7 DECs reported this month.
Again, Happy New Year,