Missouri Section January 2024 Activity Report

It’s a new year and I wonder what it will bring. VOTA has ended and if you are looking for things to work to keep up your HF skills, try Parks on the Air (POTA). You can be a hunter or an activator of a park. Being an activator is like a mini field day where you use your portable equipment and antennas to work at a park of your choice. See the POTA website for more information.

It looks like we will be having an early spring which means severe weather season is approaching. If you have have the opportunity, attend a spotter class or go to the NWS website and refresh yourself on spotting techniques and safety practices while spotting. Skywarn® is one of our most active functions for supporting NWS with ground truth for severe storms.

District News & 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. – Meeting for January was a zoom meeting due to weather. A review of Winlink VARAFM and VARAHF was conducted. Operational training on Winlink for stations having questions or setup problems was performed. Antenna work on members stations was performed.
  • CLAY/PLATTE Cos. – NL ARES Meeting The plans for 2024 were outlined. Members present shared ideas that were helpful in finalizing functions to be accomplished this year. NL ARES Digital Net The net resumed operations January 7th, 2024 at 8:00 PM CST. The repeater info for net ops, 147.330 ( 151.4 ) NBEMS programs, FLdigi, FLamp, & FLmsg are the focus of training. New operators with an interest in Digital communications are welcome to join the training.

District B:, Dale Bagley, K0KY, Dec

  • Dale reports that January was his favorite kind of month – no weather catastrophes.

District D: Tim Ryder, N5STR, DEC

  • MO District D SET was a huge success. We had 8 counties, 4 OEM’s, 3 hospitals / health departments and our SEMA region REP joined in at the end with some over the air comments and recommendations.

District F: J.D. Simmons, WA0BER, DEC

  • Callaway County held Winter Field Day. 14 hams logged 92 hours.

The following are the statistics for the month of January:


Jeff KB3HF

Missouri SEC