Saturday, September 16, 2017

Section Emergency Coordinator's August Report

ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: August
Year: 2017
Total Number of ARES Members: 1809
Change since last month: 11
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 9
Number of ARES Nets active: 559
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ W8UY W8LLY N8TFD AI8P W8DLB N8SUZ W8FHF N8AUC
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 788
Person Hours: 5177
Number of Public Service Events this month: 78
Person Hours: 1851
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 22
Person Hours: 278
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 888
Total Person Hours: 7306
Comments: Several eclipse nets; Wood county donating trailer to be rebuilt for comms - working on donation of solar; Several deployed to TX for Harvey relief (other agencies); Assisted with a high altitude balloon run; NIMS classes are offered; Medina working on donated comms trailer. SEC involved heavily in Hurricane Watch Net.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com
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Ohio ARES Monthly Activity for August, 2017

District 1
Total figures include District 1 Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Nets and District 1 Skywarn Net. District 1 Traffic and Training net handled 99 pieces of traffic with 131 check ins for a total of 397 minutes in 31 sessions in the month of August.
Seneca County-EC Scott Rosenburger KE8JC Report submitted by AEC Steve Tarbert KC8ZKC  Seneca Co ARES had a busy August. We had 2 Skywarn Nets, a Solar Eclipse Net, and provided communications for the Seneca East Cross Country Classic.
Huron County-EC Craig Franklin KD8KWU 2 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Communications for Norwalk Triathlon Special Event Station, Marblehead Lighthouse.
Sandusky County-EC David Gierhart W8DAG  No Comment
Hancock County-EC Evan Hartman W8KJR  No Comment
Erie County-EC Edward Andres W8EJA  No Comment
Wood County-EC Eric Willman WD8LEI I've been counting net sessions wrong-corrected here Meeting with WCEMA director, programmed 30+ radios for EMA to include new frequencies coordinated in Wood County for EMA use. EMA director offered 12 UHF public safety radios to be reprogrammed for ham use during emergencies. EC will be reprogramming radios exclusively for ARES use per director. Continued support from BGSU-EMA director working together for ARES in disaster plans at BGSU. Continuous work with WC Sheriff to promote ARES. Amateur radio is now installed in county dispatch console for ham use and additional assets are being deployed at WCSO tower sites. EC added DMR in sheriff's (KB8BOI) cruiser and teaching new ham capabilities. Working with WC Commissioner LaHote to secure donation of solar panels from First Solar for ARES use. Still thinking though storage, transportation, and deployment issues. While not an ARES asset, EC has coordinated and deployed a networked DMR repeater for worldwide use during an emergency.
Lucas County-EC Lowell Kern KD8KXD  LCARES provided radio communications for the Sylvania SuperKids and the Sylvania Triathlon. We also took part in the National Great Lakes Museum First Responders Fest.
Ottawa County-EC James Garber KB8TTR  No Report Submitted
Wyandot County-EC Ron Wilch KE8PX The Wyandot County Hams met at the Wyandot Memorial Hospital Thursday evening August 10th. We discussed the Bucyrus Best Wurst Bicycle Tour on August 19th where we had two operators help with route safety communications. \"73\"
Hardin County-Craig Newland KC8FEL  No Comment
District 2
Defiance Co. ARC provided communications for the Annual Hot Air Balloon Fest. Van Wert Co. assisted the County Fair Board, EMA, and County Sheriff's Department. 
Paulding Co. is putting together a Tri- County Set with Defiance and Van Wert Counties using Black Swan 17 as a template.

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 295 Members (+2 change), 102 Total Events (63 Voice Net Sessions, 16 Digital Net Sessions, 18 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 5 Public Service Events and 0 Emergency Operations for 704 Total Man-Hours.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (19 members):  5 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other ARES events for a total of 6 events and 52 man-hours.
CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  4 weekly net sessions and 3 other ARES events for a total of 7 events and 54 man-hours.  
DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 0 other ARES events for a total of 4 events and 12 man-hours.
GREENE COUNTY:  (55 members):  20 weekly voice nets, 6 weekly digital nets, 2 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 7 other ARES related activities for a total of 35 events and 243 man-hours.  Comments: Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, OHFEN and OHDEN.  Other activities: Continuing Mesh and Winlink installations, demonstrations, testing & training; two served agency training and planning sessions; equipment maintenance and Section Conference.
LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other RACES activity for a total of 5 events and 20 man-hours.
MIAMI COUNTY:  (25 members, +1):  9 weekly voice nets, 4 weekly digital nets, 0 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES related activities for a total of 14 events and 73 man-hours.  Comments: MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-): 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 147.21(+): 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, Four Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23. The Miami County Club conducted it's first transmitter (fox/bunny) hunt to train new operators in how to use their HTs and directional antennas to locate a signal. Overall the hunt went very well with the new operators learning about trying to locate a transmitter and use of directional antenna along with determining directions based on signal reflections off of buildings.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (85 members, +1):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 2 other ARES related events for a total of 10 events and 62 man-hours.  Comments: Several members participated in a local CERT training exercise which incorporated APRS in tracking search crews. Two ARES Officers were deployed to Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. Mike Carter, W8BSI with the Ohio Task Force 1 and Gary Clark, KC8TND with the Dayton Chapter of the American Red Cross.
PREBLE COUNTY:  (15 members):  4 weekly net sessions, 2 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 2 other ARES events for a total of 8 events and 23 man-hours.  Comments: Quite a month.  Beginning to see more new calls on the weekly net.  Getting emails to ARES website expressing interest in ARES.  PCARES representative was present for a planning meeting for Wayne County Indiana EMA and ARES/RACES for upcoming communications drill in October. Preble County ARES provided information and advice for the event.
SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  4 weekly net sessions, 2 digital net sessions, 1 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES event for a total of 8 events and 144 man-hours.  Comments: 4 weekly Sunday evening voice nets, 2 Bi-monthly Digital nets, 1 Monthly meeting and training session Shelby County Relay for Life Aug. 4 & 5.
DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  5 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions for a total of 5 events and 22 man-hours.

District 4
Clinton County: E-ops hours were in support of the National Weather Service office at Wilmington.
Hamilton County: Provided support for the ARDF Championships; EMA "standby" duty for Cincinnati Black Family Reunion; "standby" duty for eclipse, and we assisted tracking a High Altitude Balloon launch during the eclipse. 
from the DEC: bikeMS and its 4 route options in 2 states and 4 ARES districts rode again in early August. Thank you to volunteers far and wide for your cooperation!

District 5
Summit County - Ken Dorsey - KA8OAD This month we ran communications for the Goodyear 1/2 Marathon and 10K. It was a great day for the race and we experienced no major incidents. Pictures of the event are included. If you look at the bottom right most picture, on the left side of the picture you will see a part of the original Goodyear blimp hangar at the Akron regional airport. 
Mahoning County - Dave Brett, KD8NZF Hosted DMR presentation by Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD, conducted 2nd FLDIGI class at Canfield Library, did interview with WKBN TV27 in support of Mahoning United Way Day of Caring/Red Cross Lake to River smoke detector installation project. 
Columbiana County- Donald Kemp, NN8B COLUMBIANA COUNTY ARES WORKS WITH THE EMA, CERT AND THE LEPC AND THE FAIR BOARD TO GIVE FAIRGOERS SAFETY AND SELF HELP INFORMATION. ARES MEMBERS WATCHED WEATHER RADAR FOR THE FAIR BOARD AND REPORTED TO SECURITY ON ANY WEATHER SITUATIONS. ARES HANDLED 2 FIRST AID EVENTS WITH INDIVIDUALS STOPPING BY OUR LOCATION BY CALLING FIRST AID ON THEIR RADIO CHANNEL. WE HAD MANY INDIVIDUALS STOP BY TO INQUIRE ABOUT AMATEUR RADIO AND WE GAVE THEM ARRL BROCHURES AND DISCUSSED HAM RADIO WITH THEM. MORSE CODE DEMONSTRATIONS WERE DONE AND MANY PEOPLE STOPPED BY WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MODE. THE NEW FT8 MODE WAS DEMONSTRATED AND SOME TRAINING WAS DONE FOR OPERATORS NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE MODE.
Stark County - Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark Co ARES completed 5 public service nets for the month of August that totaled 200 check-ins. August 5th concluded our summer public service event schedule with the Annual Pro football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Grand Parade. Over 30 volunteers provided 180 hours of community service during this event. Our volunteers provided support communications during multiple segments of the parade; float staging; medical support; route monitoring and demarshaling. This years event marks 27 years of communications support to this nationally televised parade. Parade Chairman Pete Trumper expressed his gratitude for our solid commitment to this event and our community. Complete details are covered on our website at www.wd8aye.org. 

District 6
No comments submitted
District 7
Delaware: No comments
Fairfield: Millersport sweet corn festival
Franklin: No comments
Knox: WEBEOC Training 1 person 4 nets with 48 total check-ins, the net controllers where Tom Evans KD8HSA William BradleyKC8BB Don Russell W8PEN Terry Windsor KE8ANS 
Licking: We had the Pelotonia roll through the county on the 5th, Bret KD8SCL was able to monitor the comms on MARCS and was relay between the check points and command/net control. We had 2 severe weather nets this month, thankfully no severe damage was reported. On a sad note, We lost one of our AECs on Saturday September 2, Jim Williams N8IBR passed away suddenly. Jim was an active member of several clubs here in Licking Co. as well as Knox Co. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and he will be sadly missed. 
Madison:
Marion:  Provided public service for the Marion County Fairgrounds Tractor show. Great opportunity to let the public see who we are and what we can do. Revisited and updated the current ARES roster including re-evaluated the special deputy roster with the Marion County Sheriff office.
Union: We had an uneventful month for August. We have been learning more about DMR and trying to remember to check into the Ohio DMR net on Wednesdays. We did have a 2 meter simplex net after the regular Thursday night net. It went well. Net participants were able to check the range of their radios. That was followed by a good discussion about antennas and what repeaters everyone was able to bring up and use from their locations. 
Pickaway: No comments

District 8
Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto EC comments: 
Athens: Put Athens County ARES members in standby mode in anticipation of possible heavy rains and flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey as they passed through the Ohio Valley. Fortunately, no call-up required. ACARA and SCARF will participate in Ohio State Parks on the Air under Field Day conditions. ACARA will activate Stroud\'s Run SP as W8UKE and Jackson Lake SP as N8SUZ. SCARF will activate Burr Oak Lake SP as KD8AAV and as a special event station to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Burr Oak Lake. The Buckeye Trail Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, October 7. 
Gallia: Hours include one activation of SKYWARN Net 08/22/2017 totaling 10.5 man hours. DMR is becoming more active in the area and one DMR repeater is working in Gallia county at this time.
Lawrence: We have joined with the Lawrence County EMA to offer classes in Basic NIMS, 100b, 200b, 700a, and 800b. First class is 9/9/17 and is open to the public. For more information contact us at: lawrencearesraces@gmail.com. 
Scioto: Continuing to plan a fall communications drill. Monitoring traffic from National Disaster Declaration for any health and welfare checks. DEC comments: Nice articles in Huntington, WV and Ironton, OH papers about appointment of new EC Eddie Jenkins. Several clubs activating for Ohio State Parks on the Air on September 9.

District 9
COSHOCTON CO: Along with the regular first Wednesday of each month digital net, which starts on the 145.23 pl71.9 ARES repeater, (see w8cca.org) we have another weekly digital net after the W8CCA club net which starts at 21h each Sunday on 147.045,pl,71.9. During the month the Club,W8CCA and ARES/Skywarn set up a table at the Newcomerstown ,Ohio community event at the high school. We were setup by Red Cross and EMS displays. 10 events, 47 hours. Steven Wheatcraft, AA8BN, EC
GUERNSEY CO: During the monthly ARES training meeting discussion was held as to what training and exercises to pursue. Also we had a discussion on how to encourage more participation in ARES. A training message was passed on the local VHF FM net with positive comments. The focus for the next two months is preparing for the SET. 5 events, 37 hours. Richard W. Wayt, WD8SDH, EC
MORGAN CO: The Morgan Amateur Radio Club participated in the Ohio QSO Party from a public park in McConnelsville. We ran the whole time on battery power, and ran radios on multiple bands. This was good training for setting up a field station and on air operations. 1 event, 60 hours. Russell Wilson, KD8RW, EC
NOBLE CO: No activates listed this month. No comments. Gary Oliver, KD8OSI, EC
TUSCARAWAS CO: 4 events 2 hours, No comments. Brent Gribble, N8BAG, EC
DEC: All active ARES counties reported this month. Thanks Guys. Morgan & Tuscarawas Counties are newly activated and are just starting their operations. This month I will be attending club meetings in Belmont, Muskingum, and Washington Counties in an effort to develop ARES programs in their counties. G. Sonny Alfman W8FHF, DEC-9.

District 10
Ashtabula County: No comments. 
Cuyahoga County: Assisted with active shooter drill at Cleveland State University. Also supported the Rock Hall Half Marathon. Additionally, ARES members participated in many other events including the MS150 bike ride and the Bellefaire Biathlon. 
Geauga County: Currently working the Geauga County Fair. This will carry over to September. 
Lake County: No comments submitted. 
Lorain County: No comments submitted. 
Medina County: Medina EOC Comm Unit is working on a Comm Trailer for the Medina EOC. It was used by other groups and left sitting until the EOC called it back and want to make it into a comm trailer. It will take a lot of work and in the end will have at least three operating positions, storage and a lounge/meeting space. It also has a generator and a/c. 

Ohio SEC: Visited Lorain County ARES. Worked with Matt on Black Swan exercise (Ohio SET). Heavily involved as a member of Hurricane Watch Net for Harvey into Texas, and set up for Irma/Jose/Katia. 

OES Report for August
Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
20
20
40
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
7
2
5
Bob
W8RWR
Franklin
7
0
0
1.5
David
NF8O
Medina
10
56.5
0
5.5

Friday, August 11, 2017

July 2017 Section Emergency Coordinator's Report

ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: July
Year: 2017
Total Number of ARES Members: 1748
Change since last month: 25
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 602
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ W8UY W8LLY N8TFD AI8P W8DLB N8KKW N8SUZ W8FHF N8AUC
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 788
Person Hours: 5177
Number of Public Service Events this month: 78
Person Hours: 1851
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 22
Person Hours: 278
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 888
Total Person Hours: 7306
Comments: Hocking County was activated with their new Ecom trailer after flood damage. Coshocton County was activated by the EMA for a haz-mat incident. Two counties were active for a search on the Ohio river, Plus Hamilton was activated for an EOC stand-by on a large public event.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com
Files to upload?:

July OES report
Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
20
10
60
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
5
5
4
Bob
W8RWR
Franklin
7
0
0
1.5
David
NF8O
Medina
10
40
0
6


Ohio ARES Activity Report
July,  2017

District 1
My self and Wood County EC Eric Willman WD8LEI met with the administrator for the Wood County Hospital to have amateur radio equipment installed in the hospital. Our meeting was successful and the equipment will be installed

District 2
Auglaize Co. operated a Skywarn Net during a severe storm warning. 
Van Wert Co. provided communications for a county bike ride and parade on July 4th.

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting:  293 Members (0 change), 101 Total Events (60 Voice Net Sessions, 12 Digital Net Sessions, 18 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 5 Public Service Events and 6 Emergency Operations for 695 Total Man-Hours.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (19 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions for a total of 4 events and 40 man-hours.
CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  4 weekly net sessions and 2 other ARES event for a total of 6 events and 39 man-hours.  
DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members):  5 weekly voice net sessions, 1 Public Service Event and 1 other ARES event for a total of 7 events and 60 man-hours.
GREENE COUNTY:  (55 members):  17 weekly voice nets (Greene County ARES Net, GCARES Mesh Net, BARC Net, UVARC Net), 4 GCARES weekly digital nets, 2 Public Service Events and 9 other ARES events (Greene County Emergency Preparedness meeting, GCARES/Miami Valley Mesh Alliance Meeting, several installation, testing, training sessions for Mesh, Winlink and Repeater projects, training and planning sessions with served agencies, OHDEN and Ohio ARES nets participation) for a total of 32 events and 173 man-hours.
LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions for a total of 4 events and 2 man-hours.
MIAMI COUNTY:  (24 members):  9 weekly voice net sessions, 5 weekly digital net sessions, 1 Emergency operation and 2 other ARES/RACES/MCARC events (2 VE Test Sessions) for a total of 17 events and 135 man-hours.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (84 members):  4 weekly voice nets, 3 weekly digital nets and 1 Officers Meeting for a total of 8 events and 25 man-hours.
PREBLE COUNTY:  (15 members):  4 weekly net sessions, 1 Public Service Event (Assisted Darke County ARES for parade and traffic control), 2 Emergency Operations (Weather Nets) and other ARES activity for a total of 8 events and 30 man-hours.
SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  5 weekly net sessions, 1 Public Service Event (supported Sidney 4th of July Fireworks event), 3 Emergency Operations (Skywarn Nets) and 2 other ARES events (SCARES monthly meeting and VE Test Session) for a total of 11 events and 125 man-hours. 
DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions for a total of 4 events and 26 man-hours.

District 4
***amended to include Highland County*** E-ops time was NWS support for Wilmington office (Clinton and Hamilton Counties) as well as an Ohio River search (standby), Cincy Music Fest CEMA support. Hamilton County was also active with: Ohio River search (standby), Winlink Wednesdays, ARDF Training for international contest in August, Test of final CFD Dist firehouse antennas, EOC operations training, HAB (high-altitude balloon) launch & SET planning.


District 5
Stark County - Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 3 public service training nets for the month of July that totaled 88 check-ins. July begins the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival here in Stark Co. Our first event was the Community Parade on Sunday, July 23rd. We provided both route support and medical communications during this event as well as packet radio digital relay of parade units from Staging to the TV Production Van. 12 operators provided 52 total hours to this event. Complete details are covered on our website at www.wd8aye.org. 
Columbiana County - Don Kemp, NN8B Columbiana County ARES is manning the EMA's communications trailer at the Columbiana County Fair. This will be from 31 July 2017 through 6 August 2017. ARES maintains communications with the fair security and first aid via public service radios. ARES watches weather radio and reports adverse weather conditions to security. ARES continuously demonstrates Amateur Radio with a public display of an active radio station outside the communications trailer. Amateur Radio information from the ARRL is available to anyone interested in Ham Radio. 
Mahoning County - David Brett, KD8NZF 7/9/17 Table at 20/9 Hamfest, 7/10/17 FLDIGI Class, 7/19/17 ARES/Red Cross meeting, 7/20/17 visit to Lisbon ARA, 7/22/17 visit to Col Co CERT 
Summit - Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD This month we worked communications for the Stow July 4th parade. Later this month myself and one other member spent two hours at Akron Children's Hospital checking the amateur radio equipment staged there for emergency use. After we completed our testing we sat down and discussed our role as backup emergency communications if it was necessary for us to be activated. The hospital staff was very impressed with our emergency plan and preparations and requested that from now on we plan on being included in all future yearly emergency drills held at the hospital. 

District 6
No comments
District 7
SADDENED TO REPORT PASSING OF FAIRFIELD CO EC ED CAMPBELL, WD8PGO, AND MARION CO ARES MEMBER DON FREEMAN, KD8BKT

Union: We had a busy July. We provided radio communications for the MS Central Ohio Challenge Bike Ride July 8th that goes from Dublin to Bellefontaine and back with only 2 weeks to get things organized. Many thanks to everyone that was able to help out with it. We had a total of 14 people help out with it from Union, Logan, Delaware, and Franklin Counties. We were able to have coverage at all the rest stops on the course and at the start and finish line at Coffman Park in Dublin. Scott N8JYF from Logan County was mobile on the bike course and logged 200 miles on his Prius. It was good having him mobile on the course. He was able to redirect riders at an intersection that was mismarked due to a road closure until it was able to be remarked. We used both the Marysville 145.35 repeater and the Bellefontaine 147.000 repeater for the event. We also helped out with parking cars with the Union County EMA at the Union County Fair when they expected a higher than usual attendance for a concert. We had our 3rd Monday monthly meeting and discussed how the bike ride went and what could be done to make it better for the next time. This time we only had 1 amateur radio operator riding with the situation leader SAG. It would be better to have an amateur radio operator riding with all the SAG vehicles to provide communication. I was able to help out with the Delaware ARES group with the Ironman event. I was at a run aid station. That was a well ran event and I was happy to be part of it. 

Knox: 5 ARES Sunday night nets conducted with a total of 52 contacts made. The net controllers were: Don Russell W8PEN Tom Evans KD8HSA Terry Windsor KE8ANS William Bradley KC8BB 

Franklin: no comments

Licking: Licking County: We had a busy month with 3 severe weather nets and 1 EOC activation. The EOC was activated due to the heavy rain & flooding in the county, the EC, Bret KD8SCL was activated to the EOC and the AEC\'s and members were placed on stand-by in case of activation. Bret was monitoring the repeater for flooding reports & road closures and also monitored the local radar, news outlets, helped to monitor 3 MARCS radios, reported important information to the EMA Director Sean Grady. There was significate property damage due to the flooding in the Buckeye Lake, Hebron & Heath areas. I-70 was closed for several hours in both directions with the traffic being rerouted to Rt.40. Thankfully there were no loss of life. 

Fairfield: Independence Day Parade Tour De Cause Lancaster Festival 

Marion: On July 12 we lost a vital member of our group. He will be greatly missed. Silent Key to KD8BKT Don Freeman. We managed to get through a couple of events that we provided a public service to, the Marion County Fair and we helped out Delaware County with the Bicycle portion of the 2017 Ironman Triathlon. RIP KD8BKT/SK 

Delaware: What a month for Delaware ARES. Working with our club DELARA, we wrapped up a difficult but successful Field Day weekend only to finalize planning and cover the Ironman 70.3 mile triathlon. Logging 330 hours for this event took manpower from our group, Marion County and Union County ARES to cover a 1.2mile swim, 56 mile bike ride running north of Marion and into Morrow County before finishing in Delaware County, Add to that a half-marathon of 13.1 miles and more than 2300 athletes, many of which were out there trying to better themselves. ARES has been part of the Ironman 70.3 Ohio since it came to Delaware in 2016, at their invitation. According to the Race Director, they\'ve had ARES operators at all of their events because we provide coverage and expertise they just can\'t hire. Our plans were coordinated directly with the event sponsors, police and sheriff\'s departments, and fire/EMS chiefs along with the EMA. We were the first and may be only ARES group in the nation to work MESH video coverage into our planning and efforts to make MESH a part of our emergency planning with permanent nodes being added and portable nodes in development. It is a work in progress and showing promise.

District 8
 Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto EC comments: 
Athens: Hybrid online/classroom session for ICS-200 held. Special event station K8R from 08/01 to 08/15 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio. Will repeat 11/01 to 11/15/2017

Gallia: Additional hours this month due to an ARES meeting held this month, plus the activation and re-activation of the Skywarn net. During the month of July, in addition to heavy rain and possible flooding, an EF0 tornado was confirmed in the Pomeroy Pike area of Meigs County. Our Skywarn group covered this event as our Skywarn net leader lives in the Meigs County area. The Skywarn net was active in the month of July. We have successfully launched a Skywarn Net as a service of ARES and the MOVARC here. The net meets each Thursday night at 8:00 PM local time on 442.650, 91.5 tone. We are averaging 13 check ins each session. 
Hocking: Hocking County ARES was called out on July 11 by our County EMA director. A severe thunderstorm had ripped through the Murray City area leaving them with no power, phone lines or cell service. We opened an Emergency Net at the county EOC and sent our new ECom trailer and several operators to Murray City. With some difficulty do the terrain we finally established communications but were released a short time later after a state EMA MARCS radio truck arrived on the scene and took over. The new ECom trailer performed very well and we learned some things about relaying signals out of a deep valley. We will be better prepared next time. 
Lawrence: Our membership is starting to reflect our true count of active members. We should still continue to increase.

Pike: EOC radio room being rebuilt, hopefully back on the air by end of August. EC made application for local LEPC. Several counties are planning on training practice during Ohio State Parks on the Air.

District 9
Coshocton Co: On July 19 the Coshocton County EMA called a little after 11AM and asked that ARES be placed on standby as we might be needed to man the EMA/EOC radio room. A letter had been received at Coshocton municipal Court, reported at 1040am contained anthrax and also mentioned a bomb in a vehicle. Both of these statements turned out to be a hoax! I was not in the county so KL7RF was acting EC. I was able to help by making calls to all using the calling tree. I notified and kept informed the SEC and DEC. Thanks for offering resources if needed. Fortunately the assistance was not needed. ARES was activated when the EMA director called KL7RF a little before 1pm that he needed ARES at the EMA/EOC. KL7RF and KL7IUC and KE8XM responded in a timely fashion. Additional ARES were available during the event if needed. Thank-you KB8PXM, KC8YXY, KC8WX. As the threat was determined to be a hoax , ARES was released from activation a little after 4pm. We have a good working relationship with our EMA and the Director appreciated our response. Thanks to Coshocton ARES for a good job. On a lighter note, Coshocton ARES net has been scheduling training in traffic handling each Monday using radiograms and 213 forms On the 29th the Coshocton Amateur Radio Association with ARES and SKYWARN setup a special event station at the West Lafayette Homecoming. Thanks to KC8WX for the idea. Club president NF8U , KE8HEC and myself manned the station. See the W8CCA.ORG web site for pictures. DMR, 2m using fldigi, ARES repeater, and the OSSBN was used to pass some traffic from the event. A fun event. As always, OHDEN, and W8SGT nets are in the log from the county by KL7RF, KC8PUW, KC8WX. 73, AA8BN Coshocton EC  
Tuscarawas Co.: I have 4 Hams working towards their 4 required FEMA Certifications but have not received confirmation of their completion yet. EC Brent Alan Gribble, N8BAG
DEC-9: Only two counties sent July reports. Sonny Alfman W8FHF..

District 10
 Ashtabula County: No comments. 
Cuyahoga County: While not an ARES event, many of our members worked 5 days straight driving down to Cincinnati and back to help out with supporting the American Cancer Society Pan Ohio Hope Ride 
Geauga County: No Comments Submitted. 
Lake County: No comments submitted. 
Lorain County: No comments submitted. 
Medina County: "Twin Sizzler" bike race went off well with only 2 minor accidents. The weather was very good this year. 



Sunday, July 9, 2017

June 2017 Section Emergency Coordinator's Report

ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: July
Year: 2017
Total Number of ARES Members: 1792
Change since last month: 9
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 657
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ W8UY W8LLY N8TFD AI8P W8DLB N8KKW N8SUZ W8FHF N8AUC
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 838
Person Hours: 11485
Number of Public Service Events this month: 229
Person Hours: 3924
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 23
Person Hours: 338
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 1090
Total Person Hours: 15747
Comments: ARES is busy with public service- some major marathons - and has been called for emergency duty in several important events including a verdict at University of Cincinnati police shooting trial. Very active for Field Day!
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: broadways@standi.com
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Everyone, we had some really impressive numbers for June!  Thanks for your energy, your time, and your enthusiasm!

OES hours for June:
Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
60
20
80
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
5
0
8
Bob
W8RWR
Franklin
7
0
0
1.5
David
NF8O
Medina
10
56
0
13.25

Ohio ARES Monthly Activity Report
June, 2017

District 1
Seneca County-EC Scott Rosenburger KE8JC  Report submitted by AEC Steve Tarbert KC8ZKC  Seneca County now has a DMR repeater courtesy of KD8QDL (444.825 CC1). It was put on the air in the last week of June. A new DMR net has been started on Wednesdays at 7:00p. the first net of the month is to be a formal net with a training topic and the following nets being more of a round table format. 2 Skywarn nets were held in June (1-Yellow & 1-Green)

Huron County-EC Craig Franklin KD8KWU  1 Severe Thunderstorm Warning Assisted Sandusky County ARES With the Camel Back Run, Fremont Hosted Field Day at the Huron County EMA Contacted COMEX ,Kentucky EMA on 40 Meters for their drill.

Sandusky County-EC David Gierhart W8DAG   Provided communications for the 39th annual 
Camelback Run in Fremont, Ohio.

Hancock County-EC Evan Hartman W8KJR  We had the pleasure of assisting with the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure as they started and ended in Findlay on the 18th and 24th respectively. Nearly 1,500 riders participated and passed thru our county. Both dates were met with some small challenges but I am thankful for our excellent group of volunteers and their service for this event.

Erie County-EC Edward Andres W8EJA  No Comment.

Wood County-EC Eric Willman WD8LEI  Field day events, Proclamation by Wood County Commissioners, GOBA bike event, new DMR repeater online in Bowling Green

Lucas County-EC Lowell Kern KD8KXD  LCARES provided radio communications for the Muddy Mini 1/2 Marathon on June 17th. Lucas County Skywarn was activated on June 22nd.

Ottawa County-EC James Garber KB8TTR  We had one Skywarn activation. No other changes

Wyandot County-EC Ron Wilch KE8PX  The Wyandot County Hams skipped Field Day activities this year due to lack of participation. Two of the County Hams visited the Mansfield Field Day site. We did take an active part in GOBA as they stayed in Upper Sandusky and as they went through 
Wyandot County.

Hardin County-Craig Newland KC8FEL  Hopefully I got everyone accounted for on the field day hours.

District 2
No comments submitted
District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting:  293 Members (+3) for 9 counties, 97 Total Events (57 Voice Net Sessions, 11 Digital Net Sessions, 24 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 3 Public Service Events and 2 Emergency Operations for 1879 Total Man-Hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  5 weekly voice net sessions and 21 ARES meeting for a total of 6 events and 138 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  3 weekly net sessions, 1 ARES meeting and 1 other ARES event for a total of 5 events and 39 man-hours. 

DARKE COUNTY:  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other ARES event for a total of 5 events and 35 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  16 weekly voice nets (GCARES, GCARES/MVMA, BARC, UVARC), 4 GCARES weekly digital nets, 1 Public Service Event plus 13 other ARES activities: GCARES Liaison Station to SEOC nets and OHDEN nets; 3 Field Day sites (BARC, UVARC, XWARN; Mesh Nodes installation, MVMA monthly meeting and training; GCARES Winlink UHF RMS Gateway installation completion & full activation; and several GCARES served agency training for a total of 34 events and 552 man-hours.

LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  5 weekly voice net sessions and 1 training session for a total of 6 events and 30 man-hours.

MIAMI COUNTY:  9 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 2 Public Service Events (Troy Strawberry Festival Bike Ride and West Milton Triathlon) and 3 other ARES/RACES/MCARC events (Field Day, a General Class license course and an exam session) for a total of 18 events and 450 man-hours.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  3 weekly voice nets, 3 weekly digital nets and 1 monthly meeting with training for a total of 7 events and 46 man-hours.
PREBLE COUNTY:  4 weekly net sessions, 1 Emergency Operation (mock industrial chemical spill) and Field Day (PCARES with Preble County ARC) for a total of 6 events and 262 man-hours..

SHELBY COUNTY:  4 weekly net sessions, 1 Emergency Operation (Skywarn Severe Thunderstorm Warning) and SCARES Field Day for a total of 6 events and 305 man-hours.
DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions for a total of 4 events and 22 man-hours.

District 4
Clinton County E-ops was National Weather Service support at the Wilmington office. Clinton County was also active in Field Day as part of a joint effort with Highland County and Fayette 
County (District 7).

Brown County was active at Grant ARC and OhKyIn ARES Field Day sites.

Hamilton County was active at multiple FD sites, the Tensing retrial, SkyWARN, a Hamilton County Health exercise, Tri-State Medical Reserve Corps Summit (training), ARES training session at meeting. Membership increasing.

District 5
District 5 EC Dennis Conklin, AI8P, visited all 13 Field Day sites within District 5, as well as an additional site out of the district where many Summit County ARES members were participating. Although the sites varied from a single radio in a tent, to EMA Comms trailers, to multi-tower arrays with beams and rotors, the common thread was a high level of enthusiasm and a true spirit of preparedness.

Donald Kemp, NN8B, for Columbiana County: Columbiana County ARES participated in a full scale LEPC drill. The state evaluated drill was a product spill and fire at the Utica East Ohio (UEO) processing plant in Kensington, OH. Communications were provided between the Salem Regional Medical Center and the EMA and from UEO and the and the EMA and also to an shelter at United High School in Hanoverton, OH set up by the Red Cross. Voice and digital comms were used. Six ARES members participated. Emergency power was used at both locations. Two ARES groups had a Field Day event; one in Calcutta, OH and the other in Lisbon OH. Both events used portable antennas for HF, 6M and VHF.

Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD, for Summit County: Great participation for the DMR codeplug class, thanks everyone for being there. And thanks also to Scott (N8SY) for recording video of it.
Terry Russ, N8ATZ, for Stark County: Stark Co ARES completed 4 public service training nets for the month of June that totaled 111 check-ins. There were no public service events during the month but 15 members of our ARES team participated in Field Day operations with the Massillon Amateur Radio Club by assisting with Section Traffic messages, logging and digital operations over the weekend. The annual Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival begins July 23rd with the Community Parade.

Dave Brett, KD8NZF, for Mahoning County: 6/2 meet w/CCARES, 6/3 Planting Day Comms, 6/4 Meet w/TC AEC, 6/5 MCARES Net, 6/13 WRARC Ofc Mtg, 6/15 Meet w/Rocky W8RKY possible new AEC, 6/19 MCCARES Net, 6/28 Meet w/Red Cross Director, 6/30 Meet w/TCARES AEC

District 6
Wayne-100 Mile Run Communications Where is runner #123? Has runner #456 passed the Hickory Ridge Aid station? These are examples that the Mohican 100 Mile Run net control station is asked each year. The successful 2017 Amateur Radio communications was provided by Amateur Radio operators from Wayne and Medina Counties. The 30 hour operation had a net control and radio operators at 5 aid stations. Communications was to support the run activities; but mainly to track runners. This was truly a test of emergency type of operation. Communications was through a portable repeater installed room atop of the fire tower in the Mohican Forest. A diamond dual band antenna is permanently mounted at the top of the fire tower. Electric power was provided by a generator at the base of the tower. This repeater was used a couple of weeks before in an EMA exercise in Loudonville. A 2m/440 antenna was installed at a RV unit that served as net control. Only one aid station had permanent electricity. The others had a generator for night operations. When the Wayne County group started providing radio coverage over 25 years ago, the information for the 60 - 70 runners was called in as they enter each aid station. Now with over 600 runners, calling all the information in was not possible. This year, a data base was used for keeping the runner information. FLDIGI was successfully used to send in the data from some of the locations. The runner information was entered in a spreadsheet that was then saved as a csv file and sent to the net control. At net control, the information was converted to an excel file and added to the main data base. The data base program allowed calling up a runner information by name or runner number. One operator who was located with good cellphone coverage photographed the runner log sheets and e-mailed them to net control. This cut the time to enter the information in half as compared to calling them into net control and then having net control confirm the information.

Crawford- Temperatures reached 90 degrees on the Bank thermometer and the sun glared through a mostly cloudless sky but the constant wind from the southwest and low humidity made for a surprisingly beautiful and comfortable day at the 2017 "Crusin with the Cops" car show in Bucyrus Ohio on Saturday June the 10. We planned for about 24 radio positions divided into 4 hour shifts and delivered sufficient coverage to call the event a great success. The venue was packed to near capacity and the warm pavement only served to amplify the barks and chirps that result when you add black rubber and massive horsepower into the mix. Six people showed up and they carried the load like veteran heroes! Some had it a little easier than others. Some did a lot! Due to the shortage of personnel I was assigned to each of the three fixed positions for long enough to see the differences. The south gate was a more laid back, southern atmosphere. The north gate was more like a busy New York City intersection. Mike Shuster KE8CZU was flying solo at this gate for several hours and his friendly and calm demeanor has certainly earned a big thank you from not only the leaders of the Crawford County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the FOP but the couple hundred participants who needed to 'slip out and back in' to get gas for the event. Another job that had to be hectic was the four or five rover positions that dwindled down to one that was skillfully handled by Josh Albright KD8GVI. Alongside an FOP officer he assisted in handling numerous calls including a traffic accident just outside the event perimeter, warning reckless operators, distributing supplies and cold water and returning personal items. Later he was assigned his own cart and continued to monitor traffic and perform regular checks with personnel at the north and south entry gates and monitoring of the numerous barriers on side streets that occasionally walked out of position, of course, on their own. The main man at the Main Station was none other than Tom Schluter KB8USX. His personal, professional and volunteer experience and his well thought out prospective made a lot of the parts of the machine work amazingly smoothly. Because of him the net had a sense of professionalism and radio problems were quickly diagnosed and rectified. Tom somehow coped with operating in the heart of a volcano of explosively crackling engine revving and tires squealing, smoke and noxious gases that did not appeal to my preferences, not to mention a nearby PA speaker with loud 50's thru 80's rock and roll music and regularly scheduled announcements and still he pulled off a "class act net". Al Phaler KB8RXY and his lovely wife Judy, as well as Ken Cook W8DZN took on various rolls at the south entry gate during the hottest and busiest parts of the day and flashed their friendly smiles whenever they got a chance. Thank you for your service. All in all the FOP and various car show board members seemed delighted at the outcome of the event and everyone's help. It was only a 23 hour day for me and that after only a couple of hours of sleep the night before courtesy of someone texting me at 4:40AM. Thank you to all who participated. Field day was a little different. Our original club site was flooded due to 3 inches of rain. David E. Landis W8DEL volunteered his back yard as a last minute alternative.

District 7
DELAWARE: Field Day 2017 is in the books with our group earning more than 9,000 points in 4F, a new category for us working form the Red Cross building where we relocated our Net Control and a club station. New location, new setup, new problems to overcome but our group is working on things to fix them now rather later. And in the middle of Field Day was a triathalon we've supported for several years. Somehow, we got it all done.

KNOX: 4 Nets with total of 40 check ins. The Net Controllers were; Tom Evans - KD8HSA, Terry Widsor - KE8ANS, William Bradley - KC8BB, Don Russell - W8PEN. ARES membership participated in the Field Day / ICS Interface Training. Topics; ICS 201 for Incident Summary, Objectives meeting, Strategy meeting, Demobilizing.

LICKING: Licking County had 3 clubs operating at 2 locations for field day this year and had a great turnout, fun, food and fellowship. We activated the Licking Co. Severe Weather only 1 time this month. Work on the EOC and tower is near completion. Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th. 

MADISON: We participated with the Red Cross, EMA, Madison County Hospital, Engineer's Office, and Public Health to perform a simulated emergency drill on June 17. ARES proved valuable as there was a miscommunication among the Red Cross members and the ARES group was able to communicate between the remote location and the EMA Office to get the communication back on line. We also had approximately 20 members who worked HF, UHF and Digital modes around the clock on Field Day at the Deer Creek Township building.

MARION: Once again we were asked to monitor the Marion County Hot Tamale Bike Ride. We were at various locations to ensure riders were on course and able to complete the ride safely. Thanks to KD8UUB and KE8AFF for the great job as NET controllers for this event and also our weekly voice NETS, they are both a great asset. FIELD DAY! We had 3 stations, CW, Phone and Digital, along with our GOTA station. We had help from some new members and also had a few people stop in and express interest in joining. I was informed that this year may have surpassed previous years in total contacts for our group. We had 368CW, 441Phone and 18Digi. Thanks to all and a few main operators like NR8I for CW, AC8XU for phone and the guys that logged all of the contacts. KD8KCH and KB6ZNS for making the logging network run smooth. We completed our CPR and AED training provided by 1st Consolidated Fire Department. Also a thanks to this fire department for allowing us to use their facility for Field Day and our monthly training. We truly do have a great group and community to work with. UNION: We had a couple nets this month that I did not get a count for. We had a good Field day. We also had an ARES meeting in June where Tony, KC8PZ went over the basics of a radio gram. Tony also agreed to be our NTS liaison. We discussed what we as an ARES group need to work on and what we want to work towards. I look forward to our next meeting on the 3rd Monday of the month. I also have been working on getting things coordinated with a MS Bike Ride to provide amateur radio support for it working with area amateur radio operators. The bike ride is July 8th. I appreciate everyone’s willingness to help out with it on such a short 2 week notice. 

District 8
Lawrence County change should have been minus 30 not plus 30 since he is reissuing memberships. Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto EC Comments:
Athens: ACARA operated Field Day from Athens County Fairgrounds - 1A on solar power. SCARF did not deploy this year but was invited to work with ACARA. ACARA held NIMS IS-100 training on Monday, June 24 with 3 participants and will hold IS-200 training on Monday July 11 at Athens Red Cross. Two ACARA members supported Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure in north central Ohio - Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ, GOBA Communications Director and Jan Slattery, KD8PUJ, Net Logger.
Gallia: *Public Service Event - communications for 5K run at Pomeroy, OH * FD operations for our group is included *I received 8 completed ARES registration forms today during our club's meeting. *We are working on a monthly digital net. We have an established DMR repeater for our area. *We will be operating a SKYWARN net as of 07/06

Hocking: Had a great Field Day event at the home of KB8GUN in southwestern Hocking County. Good participation from the club and made many contacts. Lawrence:
Change -30 The reason for the drop in membership is that I am having members complete up dated applications. The number will rise as more applications are completed. I am only listing members that can be alerted. We are implementing a new alert system that uses text messaging. Many of the applications were old and information was not correct. I'm not kicking anyone out!

Pike: Provided additional manpower for local Dogwood Pass 5k & 1/2 marathon run

Ross: Two members participated in communications support for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 

Scioto: Quarterly ARES Meeting saw planning for new tower location expansion for additional equipment. Field Days saw over 200 contacts and overnight operations at new tower site. Site is tallest hill in Scioto County.

DEC comments: Great cooperation with ACARA offering SCARF a chance to operate from their location. ACARA got great public media coverage with news articles appearing in both local newspapers - Athens Messenger and Athens News. Athens City Mayor Steve Patterson stopped in to read his proclamation for Amateur Radio Operators Appreciation Days. ACARA also received a written proclamation from the Athens County Commissioners. Athens is also working on getting ARES members with NIMS certification by offering hybrid online/classroom training. FYI Athens now has a new EMA Director with the appointment of former 9-1-1 Director Dan Pfeiffer. Dan is a great supporter of amateur radio for emergency operations communications support.

District 9  (SEC- maaan is it nice to have Sonny back again!!)
COSHOCTON COUNTY: Comments: ARES mtg had a DMR Mobile/Portable SharkRF OpenSPOT Demo in the Coshocton County EOC. It was presented by Warren KC8WX, followed by a Live working DMR Repeater Demo by Arlin KD8EVR. Great presentation, thank you. We had a super Field Day. Nearly a couple dozen attended with 15 ARES. Our EMA director was in attendance, thank you. Stations set up were: Phone, Digital, CW, and vhf/uhf. KB8PXM did a Demo of DMR and Winlink and sent Winlink mgs out from FD. KC8WX also showed DMR. Messages were sent out from FD using OSSBN. Thanks KL7RF. Thanks to CCARA for another field day and for the food prepared by KD8ZBR and KC8PUW.. Signature: Steve Wheatcraft, AA8BN EC ............

GUERNSEY COUNTY: Comments: 8 ARES members operated field day this month.. Signature: Richard W. Wayt, WD8SDH EC ............

DEC-9 Comments: I have returned from retirement as the DEC for district 9. This district has become very laxed since I stepped down over a year ago. So I have decided to return and try to get this district back into shape. I will be attending club meetings in most of my counties to get their ARES programs active. However three of my counties do not have an active club, and will require some special effort on my part. The ARES population in this district quite low and will take some time to get some of the counties active again. I need to get active ECs in eight counties and work with them to support ARES actives in their counties. Presently I only have two out of eleven counties with active ARES programs. However many of these counties have trained ARES members and just needs a functional EC. We will give it a try. Sonny Alfman W8FHF, DEC-9..

District 10
 Field Day was a blast, as usual. July is a busy month for public service events. Hope to see you at some of them!

Ashtabula County: No comments.

Cuyahoga County: Our members participated in several Field Day activities. Monthly training continues.

Geauga County: No Comments.

Lake County: June was full of ARES activity. First was the Sunday in June Bike ride, keeping track on over 800 plus riders. They rode three different routes ,a 25 mile ,40 mile, 65 mile or combined two for 105 miles. We coordinated with a Ham radio SAG team from Geauga Co. during this event. As always the big operating/ training service event in June is Field Day. We logged over 329 hours preparing for and operating during FD. The last day of the month was the Fairport Harbor annual Mardi Gras Parade. This was the 76th event parade that was for the first time was canceled because very stormy weather during the assembly stage.

Lorain County: ICS 213 Sent To OHDEN Via Field Day Site. Receipt Of ICS 213 Confirmed By OHDEN. Medina County: We had Field Day (4A with GOTA and digital), one station ran on solar power all the time. A half marathon. The bi-annual EMA Disaster Drill. At the local sewage plant a simulated chlorine leak was the scenario and we handled dispatch and other messages. Several cities took part. Something new was a members' drone used for the first time. 






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

May - 2017 Section Emergency Coordinators Report

ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: May
Year: 2017
Total Number of ARES Members: 1809
Change since last month: 29
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 663
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: 663
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ; W8UY; W8LLY; N8TFD; AI8P; W8DLB; N8KKW; N8SUZ; N8BHL; N8AUC
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 497
Person Hours: 1572.75
Number of Public Service Events this month: 41
Person Hours: 1534
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 159
Person Hours: 1376.2
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 1043
Total Person Hours: 6689
Comments:


The OES Report
Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
40
20
40
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
0
0
8
Bob
W8RWR
Franklin
7
0
0
2
David
NF8O
Medina
10
28.75
6
10.5
Matt
KD8TTE
Franklin
7
40
0
40


Ohio ARES Monthly Report for May, 2017

District 1
Bob Heim is retiring as the EC for Erie County. I want to thank Bob for all his years he has dedicated to ARES and amateur radio. He has been a great asset to Erie County and I know he will stay in the group as an AEC. I would also like to congratulate Edward Andres W8EJA on his appointment as the new EC for Erie County. I look forward to working with Edward as he takes over the reigns of EC. (From Brent, and I join him in giving  thanks to Bob!)

District 2
(No additional comment)
District 3
Eight of Nine Counties reporting:  290 Members (+2) for 9 counties, 111 Total Events (57 Voice Net Sessions, 13 Digital Net Sessions, 32 Meetings-Drills-Training- Tests, 2 Public Service Events, 7 Emergency Operations), for 866 Total Man-Hours.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 ARES meeting for a total of 5 events and 46 man-hours.
CLARK COUNTY:  3 weekly net sessions, 1 ARES meeting, 1 emergency operation and 1 other ARES event for a total of 6 events and 58 man-hours. 
DARKE COUNTY: 
GREENE COUNTY:  20 weekly voice nets (GCARES, GCARES/MVMA, BARC, UVARC), 5 GCARES weekly digital nets, 1 Public Service Event, 1 Skywarn emergency operation plus 12 other ARES activities: GCARES Liaison Station to SEOC nets and OHDENets, Hamvention Mesh Installation, MVMA/AREDN Hamvention (3 Days) Booth & Mesh Mini Training Sessions, MVMA Mesh vulnerability analysis, GCARES/MVMA Winlink Gateway installation, testing & training and several GCARES served agency open houses for a total of 39 events and 271 man-hours.
LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 training session for a total of 5 events and 10 man-hours.
MIAMI COUNTY:  8 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 1 Skywarn emergency operation with three (3) EF1 tornadoes touching down within Miami County and 12 other ARES/RACES events for a total of 25 events and 139 man-hours.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  5 weekly voice nets and 4 weekly digital nets for a total of 9 events and 28 man-hours.
PREBLE COUNTY:  4 weekly voice net sessions, 4 ARES events and 3 Skywarn emergency operations for a total of 11 events and 12 man-hours.
SHELBY COUNTY:  4 weekly net sessions, 1 Public Service event and 1 Skywarn emergency operation for tornado warning in adjacent Miami County for a total of 6 events and 270 man-hours.  SCARES also participated in Hamvention Emcomm Vehicles Display for 3 Days.
DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  5 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions for a total of 5 events and 27 man-hours.

District 4
A busy month in District 4. On the scheduled side of things was the Flying Pig Marathon weekend accounting for well over 300 man-hours. On the unscheduled side was National Weather Service support (Clinton County), a Hamilton County police \MDT" breakdown, Taste of Cincinnati, and a high-profile retrial. The DEC hopes to make it to as many Field Day sites as possible within 24 hours (less a nap).

District 5
Stark County EC Terry Russ N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 5 public service training nets for the month of May that totaled 146 check-ins. There were no public service events during the month. Preparations are in full swing for this year’s Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in late July and August. Communications coordinators are busy looking for volunteers to once again assist with this important community event.
District 6
)No additional comments)
District 7
DELAWARE: Things ramped up quickly as we head into summer with three events & exercises this month alone. More to come in June and July.
KNOX: 4 ARES nets with a total of 47 contact Net control Tom Evans KD8HSA Terry Windsor KE8ANS Don Russell W8PEN William Bradley KC8BB
LICKING: We had a busy month. We ended the month with a LEPC full scale exercise and had members at the EOC, Hospital, Red Cross Shelter and on the scene. A big thank you to Alan KD8TNS for coordinating the members. Thanks to the other members that helped out at the other locations as well. If it wasn't for our volunteers, our services would not be possible.
MARION: We were asked to provide aerial video of the Active shooter exercise at River Valley High School on May 10th. Thanks to Doug Denzer KD8RGV for his time and use of his drone. He filmed the entire event using his personnel drone and the coordinator of the exercise was very pleased with the footage taken. Along with that we were asked to be there as observers to provide feedback. This gave us the opportunity to get to know quite a few potential agencies that we may be of assistance to in the future. If fact the school is planning a total communication failure exercise and asked if we could provide communications during this exercise. We have been busy planning and preparing for the Hot Tamale Bike Ride in which we provide communication throughout the route and inform organizers with accurate accountability of riders and safety to riders. This will be held on June 3rd in Waldo. Thanks to W8MLL and KD8UUB for filling key positions of people who are not going to be able to attend. We had paramedics from the First Consolidated Fire Department train several of us on first aid, CPR and defibrillators this month. We will set up a follow up session to certify these people.
UNION: Some of the members went to Xenia for Dayton Hamvention. The Union County Amateur Radio Club and some of the ARES members with Arlin's help got a DMR repeater setup an operating at EMA Station 720 in Marysville. We need to get into the habit of checking into the Ohio state wide DMR net on Wed nights, which is when the weekly EMA meetings are. I did talk with Tony, KC8PZ about traffic handling and he can give us some instruction about using the radiogram and he also said he could be a NTS Liaison for our net if we decide to allow traffic to be passed on it. I will bring that up at the next Union County Amateur Radio Club Meeting for discussion
District 8
Counties reporting: Athens, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton EC comments: Athens: Provided support for the Lake Hope Bicycle Race sponsored by the Ohio University Cycling Club on Sunday, May 7. Athens County full scale LEPC drill on Saturday, June 10, Hocking College, Nelsonville. Field Day for ACARA at Athens County Fairgrounds and for SCARF at Burr Oak Lake campgrounds.
 Hocking: HVARC once again participated in the Hocking County Mock Disaster held on May 6th. This year was a full scale exercise on the Hocking County Fairgrounds and Keynes Mill located on Front Street in Logan. We had 6 operators who participated for the full four hours. Although it is not yet complete we were able to utilize our new ECom trailer which we located at the alternate EOC on the fairgrounds. It was a great exercise and we thank all of the Public Service agencies and the Hocking County EMA for including us in the exercise.
Lawrence: Busy month!
Pike: Helped provide radio communications for Southern Ohio Forest Rally (SOFR) at Zaleski State Forest and Scioto Trails State Park Scioto: Participated in Countywide EMA Exercise May 23 linking EOC to Haz Mat Command Site; Hospital Emergency Room and Red Cross Mock Shelter.
DEC comments: DEC will be conducting hybrid online/classroom classes for the first two NIMS courses at Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio, 100 South May Avenue, Athens, OH for Athens and surrounding county ARES members. IS-100 will be Monday, June 26 from 7 to 10 PM and IS-200 will be Monday, July 10 from 7 to 10 PM. Bring your own laptop with wireless network card if you have one.

District 9
Ohio ARES is thrilled to announce that Sonny Alfman, W8FHF, has agreed to return to his position as DEC for District 9!  Sonny will be looking for volunteers to step into some missing EC positions, and will be concentrating on breaking down barriers for a wider partnership within amateur radio. Scott and I both are so appreciative that Sonny has returned!
District 10
The ultimate ARES exercise is coming…Field Day! Don\'t miss out on the fun that is Field Day!
Ashtabula County: No comments.
Cuyahoga County: We were activated by Cleveland OEM and completed a very successful Cleveland Marathon as well as several other walks and runs. We also assisted with several Skywarn nets for severe weather events.
Geauga County: No Comments.
Lake County: No comments.
Lorain County: No Comments.
Medina County: Shares net from EOC as usual each month.