Saturday, February 10, 2018

January's Section Emergency Coordinators Report


ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: January
Year: 2018
Total Number of ARES Members: 1792
Change since last month: 66
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 535
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: VARIES
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ, W8UY, W8LLY, N8TFD, AI8P, W8DLB, KB8YMN, N8SUZ, W8FHF, N8AUC
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 673
Person Hours: 3903
Number of Public Service Events this month: 56
Person Hours: 304
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 2
Person Hours: 42
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 731
Total Person Hours: 4249
Comments: Lots of training. Coshocton county was activated for rain guage reports and to staff the EOC during an ice jam which resulted in flood damage in several small towns. ARES was also prepared for shelter comms if needed.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com
Files to upload?:


OES Report for January
Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
20
1
10
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
2
0
5
Bob
W8RWR
Franklin
7
0
0
2
David
NF8O
Medina
10
9
0
6
Matt
KD8TTE
Franklin
7
44
0
24


Hi all!  I hope you have the chance to see that NBC video on emergency ham radio in Hawaii, being circulated on the Internet. It was a fairly good presentation, I thought.   You know it can get pretty stale around this part of the country, without hurricanes, wildfires, impending nuclear missile attacks and other major disasters. I suppose as a resident, it’s a good thing. As a communicator, it’s a tad slow. But that’s no reason for us to relax our training or readiness!

For example, District 9 stations in Coshocton County were activated when an ice jam backed up flooding which damaged several smaller towns and threatened a larger area. Our communicators provided rain gauge readings, staffed the EOC, and were manned and ready in the likely event that shelters were needed. Fortunately, the situation dissipated before that took place. But it was a short-fuse situation that required our people to be ready!

Are your volunteers ready?  We skated [ see what I did there? ] on what could have been a large event even this weekend, with initial forecasts for heavy ice sending up warning flags for a while. Training, readiness, and the ability to set up stations on the fly (ice can mangle antennas!) are all reasons amateur radio gets the call.

OHIO ARES STATE CONFERENCE:  APRIL 7,  MARION TECH / MARION OSU HEALTH LECTURE HALL

We’ve got a solid date, and are putting a slate of informative speakers together for this year’s conference.  Our keynote speaker is Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK. Dale was chair of the committee at League which has come up with major changes to the ARES program across the country. The report was approved by the League Board this month. Formal report won’t be out until Staff revision, but Dale can tell us what we can look for as ARES catches up with the rest of the public service world standards. Ohio is part of the BETA program, so we will all be involved!  We’ll be talking training, digital nets, and more!  The meeting is open to all,  to get an idea of attendance we would appreciate if you’d pre-register on the ARRL-Ohio page: http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/form.html

BTW- if you’re looking for some training material, I’d recommend Matt Curtin’s HIPAA training from last year’s conference. Video is on the Ohio Section website.

OHIO NVIS ANTENNA DAY  is April 28! 

This is a fun event! Get a group together, have a nice BBQ lunch ready, and play with antennas!  The NVIS concept is a low-altitude “Cloud burner” antenna which radiates mostly upward. That gives a better chance to communication within a 400 mile radius- just what we need for a statewide or regional emergency.  It’s ~always~ fun to play with antennas!  NVIS day runs 10-4,  on 40 and 80 meters.  This year, we want to do 40 meters first (if we can catch it before going long) then switch over to 80.  It’s not all that structured, simply a matter of making contacts with as many stations as possible, to plot where your best coverage is with that antenna. Try several!

I’ve attached the activity report for January. THANK YOU for all your time, energy and work!  We’re here to serve our neighbors and our community!

Ohio ARES Activity report
January 2018

District 1
Totals include hours from the Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net and District 1 Skywarn if activated.

District 2
No comments

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 298 Members (+3 change), 99 Total Events (61 Voice Net Sessions, 15 Digital Net Sessions, 23 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 0 Public Service Events and 0 Emergency Operations for 788 Total Man-Hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (21 members, +2):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 46 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  3 weekly net sessions and 2 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 16 man-hours.

DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members, +1 change):  5 weekly voice net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 0 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 7 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (56 members):  19 weekly voice net sessions, 5 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 11 other ARES related activities for a total of 35 events and 188 man-hours.
Comments:  Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, OHDEN,& OH EM. PREP, D3. Other activity: Continuing Mesh and Winlink maintenance, demonstrations, testing & training. One served agency safety training, CERT training.

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):  8 weekly voice nets, 4 weekly digital nets, 0 Public Service, 0 Emergency Operations and 0 other ARES events for a total of 12 events and 46 man-hours.
Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-):1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 - 147.21(+): 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, Four Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23 on 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (84 members, 0 change):  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 57 man-hours. 
Comments:

PREBLE COUNTY:  (16 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 4 other ARES events for a total of 8 events and 18 man-hours.
Comments:  Local ARES conference meeting planned for February 2018. Planned training and discussion of high priority projects.

SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 2 digital net sessions; 0 Public Service Event; 0 Emergency Operations and 4 other ARES event for a total of 8 events and 342 man-hours.
Comments: 1-13-18 Ohio ARES Simplex contest, 1-27-18 Winter Field Day, 1-28-18 Winter Field Day, 1-28-18 VEC Testing session, 1-28-18 Monthly Meeting
DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  5 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions for a total of 5 events and 48 man-hours.

District 4
Butler County: No monthly siren test due to extreme cold. Key staff attended LEPC meeting to debrief a drill.

Brown County: EC Bobby Revis (KD8TPU) is handing the reigns to Rick Coburn (NV8C), a former county EC.

Hamilton County: No monthly net due to it falling on 1/1. More "POD" sessions and WebEOC training for members. Preplanning for an event at University of Cincinnati in March. Members participated in Winter Field Day and Ohio ARES VHF Simplex exercise.

District 5
Summit County - Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD We had our first meeting of the year and covered ICS-100 for our members that have not yet completed their ICS courses. I also gave a presentation about ARES to our local CERT group and after the presentation I was asked by the police officer in charge of the group if I would be willing to put on a licensing class for all 30+ members in the CERT group.

Stark County - Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark Co ARES completed 5 public service nets for the month of January that totaled 117 check-ins. There were no public service activities during the month. We continue to revise and update our ARES roster per the new guidelines and currently have 10 Tier 1 status members and 22 total members. Additional ARES applications are pending. Our county EMA office has offered to provide ICS training to any of our ARES membership to boost Tier 1 status membership.

District 6
No Comments

District 7
Franklin County: January FCOH ARES spent time trouble shooting & testing antennas at the EMA office along with identifying antenna lines. Some radios were moved to provide acoustic isolation between console positions. We continue to prepare for the Arnold Sports Festival that is held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Licking County: We are in the process of updating our member roster information. Bret KD8SCL, EC Licking Co. and Greg KD8SSJ, EC Fairfield Co. have been working together to bring the 2 counties together in the event of an emergency. We (Licking Co.) have several events on the 2018 calendar and are planning a couple more. Thanks to Kevin AC8GI, Licking Co. now has 2 DMR repeaters (VHF & UHF) and they have great coverage for the county and beyond. We are in the planning stages of the possibility of creating a DMR net for Licking Co. more details to come if & when we get details narrowed down.

Marion County: Start of a new year and new changes. About 60% of members are Tier I. Working to get more. Planning for another busy first half to the year. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Ohio ARES Conference.

Union County: ARES group met weekly for training and covered information in the ARES Field Resources Manual. One evening of training was canceled due to weather. This past Monday when we covered radiograms and message handling in the field resource manual our NTS Liaison Tony, KC8PZ joined us. We also had 3 ARES members, John, KA8LVZ, Rob, KD8GPG, and myself go through a 4 evening, 16 hour CERT training program the Logan County EMA put on. The Union County Amateur Radio Club is putting on a 6 week long technician license class that starts Feb 7th. After the tech class in March we are planning training classes for the FEMA 100, 200, 700, & 800 courses for our ARES group members and Union County EMA members that need them. I want to thank Clifford, KB8WNO for the work he has been putting into the training sessions. We had 1 member, Gregg, KB8BBS decided to become inactive due to health issues. I would like to welcome a new member, Ron, KE8CMG, to our group that joined us this month. 73, -Ed, KE8ANU Union County ARES EC

District 8
Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton
EC Comments: Athens: ACARA is currently conducting a technician license class. Testing will be March 12, 7:00 PM at Athens Red Cross. ARRL VEC.

Gallia: More effort is being made within the group regarding the NIMS basic courses. I am awaiting my results from 700 and 800. I plan to establish a simplex net here among the members on 2 meters. I hope to be operating on digital modes within the group by mid-year.

District 9
COSHOCTON CO: In addition to the ARES net and digital nets locally, ARES also participated at the LEPC mtg, OHDEN nets, DMR nets..... On Jan 11 we were requested by the EMA to send them rain gauge reports. Kl7RF, WX8OH, AA8BN, KE8WIP, KC8YYF. Responded with measurements for the following 24hr. Jan 11-12..... On Jan 12 ,early afternoon ,the EMA requested ARES to the EMA radios. AA8BN was at EMA. An Ice Jam and flooding near Nellie, Warsaw was in effect. Used called tree, informed Dec, Net called up and run by ke8wip. 10 checkins (8 ARES members) on the net. After a couple hours ARES was released from EMA . We remained on call up however should we be needed manning a shelter and a return to EMA was possible. At 630 pm ARES was deactivated from event by EMA. Water level lower, and Red Cross sheltered a few people in hotel. A long term shelter was not needed. 40hr ARES. Thanks to wx8oh, kl7rf, ke8wip,kb8vip, kc8yxy, kb8hea, wn8rgw for being on net and ready..... Simplex event was worked by 6 ARES for about 19hr. Fun time. .... Steve, AA8BN Coshocton EC

GUERENSEY CO: A critical review of our ARES roster shows a more accurate number of active ares members. Four ares members participated in the VHF exercise. Several counties were contacted and total of 7 hours was spent on the air. All the contacts were 2 meter FM simplex. The Sarge was contacted by one of the county ares stations. The Jan training was a radio programming party and the local ares frequencies were reviewed. The EC and one AEC attended the Local Emergency Planning committee meeting. One AEC attended the county Planning, Training, and Exercise committee meeting. EC Richard W. Wayt., WD8SDH

JEFFERSON CO: Held Group sessions held at EMA to help volunteer\'s complete required NIMS classes. EC, Robert M Carson Jr., N8CUX

DEC: G.Sonny Alfman W8FHF

District 10
District 10: Save the date! Ohio ARES Conference April 7 in Marion. Be there or be square! *** Ashtabula County: No comments submitted.

Cuyahoga County: Several members purged from roster for inactivity during annual review.

Geauga County: No comments submitted.

Lake County: Annual Repeater report to EMA Manager per his request. Up graded exterior lighting on Emergency operations trailer

Lorain County: No comments submitted.

Medina County: Amanda Panchumarti passed all four required courses to become tier one.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

December Section Emergency Coordinator's Report now posted

ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: December
Year: 2017
Total Number of ARES Members: 1824
Change since last month: 12
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 491
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ W8UY W8LLY N8TFD ASI8P W8DLB KB8YMN N8SUZ W8FHF N8AUC
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 628
Person Hours: 2778
Number of Public Service Events this month: 16
Person Hours: 1044
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 1
Person Hours: 20
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 645
Total Person Hours: 3842
Comments: Three counties are involved in EOC moves; several license classes are starting; Ed KE8ANU in Union received an EMA award; Lancaster club approved funding to upgrade stations at fire stations, hospitals and Red Cross. Fairfield EOC, Med Center, Red Cross and Fire Stations have tested interop.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: broadways@standi.com
Files to upload?:

Ohio ARES monthly activity report
December, 2017

District 1
 I would like to welcome Dan Stahl KC8PBU as the new ADEC for Disrict 1. Dan brings his experience in the emergency management area and will be a great asset to the District in Emergency Communications. This month’s totals include the Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net figures. This net handled 153 pieces of traffic in 491 minutes with a total of 210 check ins in the month of December. Totals also include my time attending the NWS meeting in Huron County as well as attendance at a EMA Sector meeting in Seneca County. Also I was able to obtain funding for a new repeater and antenna for the 147.375 repeater that is a high profile repeater used by District 1 for many of its communications activity.

District 2
(No comments)

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 295 Members (+1 change), 88 Total Events (54 Voice Net Sessions, 13 Digital Net Sessions, 20 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 1 Public Service Events and 0 Emergency Operations for 512 Total Man-Hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (19 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 45 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  2 weekly net sessions and 2 other ARES events for a total of 4 events and 22 man-hours.

DARKE COUNTY:  (13 members, +1 change):  3 weekly voice net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES events for a total of 4 events and 17 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (56 members):  17 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 1 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 11 other ARES related activities for a total of 33 events and 154 man-hours.

Comments:  Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, OHDEN,& OH EM. PREP, D3. Other activity: Continuing Mesh and Winlink maintenance, demonstrations, testing & training. One served agency training. DMR training. One Public Service Event (Beavercreek Annual Resolution 5K Run) including a VE Test Session.

LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other RACES activity for a total of 4 events and 2 man-hours.

MIAMI COUNTY:  (25 members):  7 weekly voice nets, 3 weekly digital nets, 0 Public Service, 0 Emergency Operations and 0 other ARES events for a total of 10 events and 33 man-hours.
Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-): 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/31, 147.21(+): 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, Three Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23 on 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (84 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 0 other ARES related events for a total of 8 events and 21 man-hours.
Comments:
PREBLE COUNTY:  (16 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 4 other ARES events for a total of 8 events and 5 man-hours.
Comments:  Holiday Schedule. No activities to report.

SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  5 weekly net sessions; 2 digital net sessions; 0 Public Service Event; 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES event for a total of 8 events and 189 man-hours.
Comments: 5 Sunday night nets 146.835 Rptr, 2 Digital nets MT-63 2KL 443.200 Rptr, 1 Christmas Dinner / Meeting. Filed all ARRL Forms A, B & C and resubmitted SET AAR to DEC, SEC, SM & ARRL :-)

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions for a total of 4 events and 26 man-hours.

District 4

Butler County: MONTHLY OBSERVATION OF MONTHLY TESTED OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS. DUAL STATEWIDE SEVERE WEATHER DRILL WITH THE BUTLER COUNTY EMA WITH COMMUNICATIONS TO THE EOC & SIMCELL. 4 OVER THE AIR TRAINING SESSIONS.

Hamilton County: Members participated in both local, state and regional nets on VHF and HF bands. Backup Cincy for 911 upgrade. A quiet EmComm activation month. Happy New Year!
DEC: It was a quiet month, which is how December typically goes here. Personally, I finally have a random wire up in the yard and having pretty good luck with it!

District 5

Stark County, Terry Russ N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 4 public service nets for the month of December that totaled 136 check-ins. There were no additional public service activities held during the month. We have started the process of establishing the Tier 1 Certified ARES volunteers that have completed the four required NIMS courses as well as revising our master list of all remaining registered ARES volunteers. This process should be completed by the end of January. We hope to qualify additional volunteers during the first quarter of this year.

District 6
 (No comments)

District 7

FAIRFIELD County: We are ongoing with efforts to increase our membership. The Lancaster and Fairfield County Amateur Radio Club has approved an ARES budget to begin the replacement of Emergency antennas and upgrade/installation of fully functional Emergency Stations at Fairfield County Fire Stations. The installation and functional testing of the Emergency Station in place at the American Red Cross in Lancaster is complete. The first phase of current Emergency capabilities and interoperability of ARES/LFCARC is complete, providing communications with operators, the Fairfield County EOC, Fairfield County Medical Center, The American Red Cross, and Fire Stations throughout Fairfield County. Additionally, the implementation of Phase II will provide the advantage of HT coverage countywide. The equipment upgrade and installation at our north site has given us complete HT coverage throughout the Buckeye Lake region. Procurement and logistics of ARES Safety vests are in process. NIMS certifications for all members is ongoing, approximately 75% complete. Current Status: During an event/emergency or training/testing, 7 ARES members can provide sustained off grid operation capabilities on either a base or go station without the use of a generator.

Licking County : December was a slow month for us. We will be gearing up for the EOC move in 2018 date to be determined. Welcome new member Paul KD8LEJ who moved into the county. We are looking forward to 2018 to be a busy and productive year.

Franklin County: December was a very quiet month in Franklin County. We spent additional time in our Emergency Communications Readiness Program. We're preparing for training and upcoming events in February and March. In our January 2018 meeting we will be recognizing those that contributed time and effort in 2017.

Union County: We are getting ready to meet weekly for training sessions beginning January 8th. Starting out we are going to go over the ARES handbook and work towards getting everyone to obtain the required NIMS/ICS courses required for ARES level 1. Some of the voice nets didn't get reported this month, 1 out or 4 was reported. Ed, KE8ANU received a leadership award from the

Union County EMA .

District 8

Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton EC
Athens: ACARA begins Tech license classes on Monday, January 8, 7-9 PM at Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio, 100 South May Avenue, Athens, OH 45701. Ends March 12 with VE session. SCARFfest (Nelsonville Hamfest) will be Sunday, January 14 8 AM to noon at Tri-County Career Center, SR 691, Nelsonville, OH 45764. ARRL-VEC VE session at 10 AM, Fee $15. Walk-ins welcome.

Gallia: Held our December ARES meeting on 12/19. Set aims and goals for 2018 to include finalizing NIMS training. Held 2 hour digital modes training for two members. Continued to check in with Ohio State-Wide DMR Net.

Hocking: HVARC handled the lineup of the Logan, Ohio Christmas parade this year. Great parade with 100 entries and a great ARES event. We want to wish all Hams every where a great New Year!
Lawrence: Total check ins for 2017 on the Ohio Valley ARES-RACES Net is 569.
Pike: Still waiting for completion of radio room construction to begin training for ncs and digital VHF & HF operations.

Vinton: I have attempted to contact local amateurs in Vinton County from the previous (currently non active) club. Very few appear to be active or interested. Those who are active are affiliated with Jackson County ARES. It may be wise to have the Jackson County EC take over for Vinton County as well, due to the lack of members and resources.

District 9
(no comments- computer failure)

District 10
Best wishes to all for a safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!

Ashtabula County: No comments submitted.

Cuyahoga County: Meetings and nets suspended for the holiday months of November and December.

Geauga County: Everything was or had wrapped up for the year and everyone spending time with their families.

Lake County: No Comments submitted.

Lorain County: No comments submitted.

Medina County: No comments submitted.



Sunday, December 31, 2017

Section Emergency Coordinator's "Year-End Report - 2017"

Ohio ARES Year-End Report 2017
(December 24, 2017)

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program was alive and well for 2017!  Several important steps were taken to help us certify to our agencies that we are trained and capable.

Here are the calculated results for our activity.
Please note that we for 2017 are including net sessions and net operating hours in with training/drills in order to give volunteers credit for their time spent in ARES activity.  This is increased our hours and events significantly.

Our emergency events were significantly down from last year, yet the number of hours was much higher.

Public service events and the hours required to cover them were about the same as last year.

                                                            2017                     2016                       Inc/Dec             
Training/Drill events 
7068
1566
(See note above)
Training hours
47619
19530

Public Service events
1076
1133
(-57)
Public Service hours
21275
18202
3073
Emergency events
380
1668
( - 1288)
Emergency hours
4395
1923
( -2472)

Here are some highlights:

January:  Hamilton launched an informal Winlink net. Many counties participated in the ARES VHF Simplex contest. Knox distributed a new training manual.  In Marion, the ARES mobile tower was again erected downtown to support the New Year’s ball drop.  There were tabletops, WebEOC and NIMS training events all around.

February:  Work continued in Northwest Ohio where over 50 amateur rigs were purchased to place in regional hospitals.  There were actually thunderstorm related Skywarn activities. Coshocton operating manuals were updated.

March: The month entered with a bout of severe weather, several nets were active. There were many EMA drills and tabletops. Amateur radio shone again as a part of the medical team for the Arnold Classic in Columbus.

April: Our state conference was well attended.  Severe weather continued to present some spotty problems. Public service coverage started in northeast Ohio.   NVIS Day was a success!

May:  ARES covered the Flying Pig marathon. ARES was in the background to assist with MDT system failure in Cincinnati, as well as a high-profile retrial.  Most counties ramped up into a busy month of events.

June:  Runs, rides, GOBA, thunderstorms, and the Mohican 100-mile run were all parts of a very busy month. Crawford County hams got to watch some hot metal on a hot day for “Cruisin with the Cops” car show. Of course the big event was Field Day!

July:  More progress was reported on placing amateur radios in Northwest Ohio hospitals- permission was granted for the installation.  Hamilton County was activated for a search along the Ohio River. Tornadoes were reported in several Ohio counties. In Hocking County, ARES was called with their trailer after severe thunderstorm and winds severely damaged Murray City.  Comms were established and held until the state could put a portable MARCS truck in position. Terrain is everything!  Coshocton was activated for a threat.

August: Several were up and running for the eclipse; there was the typical array of storms and events. Summit was busy with the Goodyear marathon. The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame parade was one of our events.

September: Susan G Komen in Hancock County;  Green and others worked the US Air Force Marathon. The Akron marathon had 4500 runners.  Several groups operated Ohio Parks on the Air. Throughout fair season many groups provided comms and weather observations.

October:  “Black Swan 2017” was staged with many counties participating. Those which did activate were very busy, and operated longer periods than before.  Preble staged units for antique cars passed through the county’s many covered bridges.  Lake County dealt with 900 runners in the Northern Ohio Health marathon. Medina worked a “Home Depot Safety Day” setting up portable stations.

November:  Skywarn activities continued into November. Fairfield worked an “active shooter” session. Coshocton participated with the Board of Elections to monitor voting sites.  Lorain County worked elections as well.

December: (Reports are not filed yet)

Major developments in ARES for 2017
Overshadowing our year is the restructuring of Ohio ARES into a two-tiered system.  With continuing pressure from leadership for all members to complete the four NIMS courses (100. 200. 700. 800) our changes continue to welcome non-trained members yet provide an incentive for them to complete the courses. Tier One members (with NIMS) will be on the activation lists for working with served agencies. Tier Two (without the training) are welcomed to participate in public service events and training.  So far, well over 600 members have completed the four courses, according to our Ohio training database. Many thanks to Jim, W8ERW, for his hard work to keep this thing updated and under control!

We will be working over the winter season to create more training events and other opportunities for ARES members to successfully take these courses.

One important service of ARES is the state’s RACES amateur radio station at the Ohio EOC. “The Sarge” (W8SGT) has been installed in new space directly off the main EOC, with all new HF rigs and full power amplifiers! Another addition is a DMR radio, so we can make use of the Ohio Channel and regional clusters as emergencies dictate.

We made a few changes to the Ohio Section Emergency Response Plan to include the use of DMR radio if the conditions warrant.  We also confirmed the HF 75 meter frequency at 3902 +/-.

Ohio ARES has been an active participant in FEMA Region 5 preparations, participating as we can in a 60-meter net and numerous conference call meetings. This promotes a good regional operating environment and good communication with FEMA.





Sunday, December 10, 2017

November Section Emergency Coordinator's Report

ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: November
Year: 2017
Total Number of ARES Members: 1858
Change since last month: 16
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 502
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ W8UY KC8WHK WF8B AI8P KB8STK N8KKW N8SUZ W8FHF N8AUC
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 642
Person Hours: 3114
Number of Public Service Events this month: 78
Person Hours: 881
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 26
Person Hours: 358
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 746
Total Person Hours: 4353
Comments: An outbreak of tornadoes across Ohio activated many counties.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: broadways@standi.com

Here are the OES numbers for the month:

Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
40
20
60
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
33
0
16
Bob
W8RWR
Franklin
7
0
0
2
David
NF8O
Medina
10
10.5
8.5
12.5



ARES Activity November, 2017

District 1
Congratulations to James Hershberger KE8ERN for his appointment as EC for Seneca County. Totals include hours for the NW Ohio Traffic and Training Net, District 1 Skywarn Net and the District 1 DEC hours involved in Public Service Events. District 1 had 2 confirmed tornado's on November 5 which caused damage as well as damage from straight line winds.

District 2
Severe weather net, Monthly Hospital Council Net in cooperation with W8HHF-Lucas Co. ARES

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 294 Members (-3 change), 101 Total Events (58 Voice Net Sessions, 12 Digital Net Sessions, 23 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 4 Public Service Events and 4 Emergency Operations for 501 Total Man-Hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (19 members):  5 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other ARES events for a total of 6 events and 55 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  4 weekly net sessions and 1 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 30 man-hours.

DARKE COUNTY:  (12 members, -2 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 1 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES events for a total of 6 events and 28 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (56 members):  16 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 1 Public Service Event, 2 Emergency Operations and 12 other ARES related activities for a total of 35 events and 150 man-hours.

    Comments:  Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, OHDEN, & OH ARES HF Net, D3 Net.  Other activity: Continuing Mesh and Winlink installations, demonstrations, testing & training.  One served agency training. Tech, General & Extra Class sessions.  VE Test Session, Two Weather Nets.

LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other RACES activity for a total of 5 events and 17 man-hours.


    Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-): 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 147.21(+): 11/2, 11/9, 11/19, 11/23, 11/30, Three Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23.  The Miami County Amateur Radio club held a one day tech level class on Nov 4th with 22-24 people signing up but with only 12 actually showing up on the day of the class.  Of those 12 who sat thru the training and took the tech license exam later in the day, 6 passed.  The club also held a Social Meeting on Nov 8th for two hours answering questions for newly licensed tech and generals about the use of repeaters, repeater time delay, repeater coverage, etc.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (84 members, -1 change):  3 weekly voice net sessions, 3 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES related events for a total of 7 events and 23 man-hours.

     Comments: Dayton Section Skywarn activated their nets on 11/5 & 11/18 for severe weather that was in the Miami Valley.

PREBLE COUNTY:  (16 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 1 Public Service Event, 1 Emergency Operations and 4 other ARES events for a total of 11 events and 122 man-hours.

     Comments:  One net for SKYWARN. Activity with Darke Co. canceled due to weather alert. Members were put on standby before cancellation.

SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 2 digital net sessions; 1 Public Service Event; 1 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES event for a total of 9 events and 102 man-hours.

     Comments: 4 Weekly ARES Sunday nets, 2 Shelby Co. ARES Digital Nets, November 17 Sidney Winter Wonderland Parade, November 18 Severe TS Watch, Wind Advisory, Flood Watch/Warning.

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  5 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions for a total of 5 events and 28 man-hours.

District 4
E-ops time includes SkyWARN related activity in Clinton and Hamilton Counties.
Hamilton County has installed one of the local club's repeaters at a Delhi Township firehouse (backup power, etc.) The ARES team is also mourning the loss of one of its members.

Butler County is providing real-time feedback during county siren testing (28 participants in November) and activated a station for an NWS/tri-state severe weather drill.

District 5
Summit County, Ken Dorsey KA8OAD Several of our members assisted with the "Homerun for the Homeless " run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. The temperature at the start of the race was a balmy 28 degrees....and it stayed there for the duration of the event. My call that morning was KA8OADDDDDD hihi

Stark County, Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 4 public service nets for the month of November that totaled 145 check-ins. The Massillon ARC completed their final public service event of the year by assisting with the Annual Massillon Holiday Parade on November 29th. 14 volunteers provided safety and support communications as well as assembling the over 80 units that made up this years parade. This event provided 42 community service hours. 

District 6
No comments

District 7
Delaware County No Comment
Fairfield County LANCASTER - FAIRFIELD COUNTY CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY PARADE. ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING.

Franklin County Franklin County is beginning to roll out a new web site (fcohares.org) this month. We're transitioning to a database for member skills, training and equipment capability. We continue to test antennas & radio systems at various facilities in the county and provide a written report to the respective emergency coordinator.

Knox County 4 Nets November. The net controllers were; Don Russell W8PEN, William Bradley KC8BB, Thomas Evans KD8HSA and Terry Windsor KE8ANS with a total of 49 check-ins.

Licking County: We were invited to participate in an exercise at a retirement complex The Kendal at Granville, Bret KD8SCL, Steve N8WL & Connie WD8ODC participated and I received an awesome report from Steve N8WL a member that lives there. Steve was given the go to put up a modest directional VHF/UHF antenna at their cottage and an HT in the main building to be maintained by Steve N8WL and the possibility of installing a base station with an outdoor antenna. Steve & Connie are thinking about starting a club. The good news is that Kendal management is now taking amateur radio seriously! Thank you Steve & Connie for your hard work and efforts. Work at the EOC has come to a screeching halt with the confirmation that the EOC will be moving to a new location with the 911 center. The move date has not yet been determined. We also had a couple of members help out with the annual Court House Lighting.

Madison County No comments

Marion County We had a uneventful month. We did bring up a NET for severe weather on the 5th. Seems the bad stuff went around us, counties to the east, north and west did had some activity. 

Pickaway County No Comments

Union County No Comments 

District 8
Revised for late report Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton EC comments:

Athens: Supported Bobcat Trail Marathon at Burr Oak Lake on November 4.

Gallia: Another ARES member completed his NIMS on-line training this month. Certificates will be forwarded to Jeff Slattery. A December 2017 wrap up meeting will be held for our ARES group.

Hocking: HVARC once again provided communications and assisted with the setup of the Veterans Day parade. A great honor!

Lawrence: Congratulations to our new PIO, Mike Love, WB8YKS. Congratulations to the Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association for becoming the newest ARRL affiliated club in Ohio.
DEC comments: DEC attended the Southern Ohio ARA (SOARA) Holiday Party on November 20 with SM Scott Yonally, N8SY also in attendance. Scott presented the certificate from ARRL recognizing that SOARA is now an ARRL affiliated club. DEC Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ presented outgoing PIO Ken Massie, WN8F with a certificate in recognition of his many years as SOARA/Lawrence County ARES PIO.

District 9
COSHOCTON CO: ARES was asked by Board of Elections and County EMA to assist in communications from 2 polling places and at Board of elections/EOC. All went well using fldigi mt63 2kl and voice. We handled traffic for a few hours in the morning and evening..... We also had communications on 60m with MARS stations during their interoperability SET in Nov.. N8MXX and WX8OH operated. .....Ohio 3139 DMR nets were also checked into from Coshocton. Thanks WX8OH for providing ARES group with an Open Spot . We are setup to use DMR from Coshocton Co. EOC and mobile If needed. .... ARES was involved with the County Health Dept functional table top exercise. At the same time the Hospital was also manned by Coshocton Co. ARES for their exercise. N8MXX manned the hospital station and was set up for communications. ...... The special event for the month was having the SM N8SY , SEC N8BHL, DEC W8FHF and ASM N8IMW at our Monthly ARES meeting. This was a joint mtg with the Coshocton County Amateur Radio Association. During the Oct ARRL SET I thought the local OTS group did an excellent job in handling traffic. Lead OTS was KL8RF, AEC, who coordinated OTS and did a great job. He also is very involved with OHDEN, OSSBN, w8sgt , etc nets. The SM agreed and presented Randy the OHIO Section Managers, special recognition award during the meeting. Congrats Randy. Scott and Stan offered us lots of great information during the meeting and answered our questions. Thanks for coming to Coshocton. Sonny and Lyn also had comments for the full house group at the EOC. Thanks for making the trip for the ARES/CCARA mtg. ...Coshocton County EC AA8BC
GUERNSEY CO: Nov 25 ARES members assisted with the annual Byesville Halloween parade and annual Cambridge Christmas parade. EC WD8SDH

MORGAN CO: No comments. EC

MUSKINGUM CO: Had round table meeting with myself and AECs and members I know will be productively involved to discuss getting other hams involved. We also discussed potential EC

NOBLE C0: On November 30th 3 members assisted the Noble County EMA in rearranging their radios and office space which is also the NC8OH clubhouse. The EMA has moved their day office to the Noble County Sheriff's Office and the plans are to install some amateur radio at the Sheriff's Office for emergency operations. Plans are also in the makings by the EMA to have some Web EOC training for us ARES members sometime in February. EC KD8OSI.

District 10
District 10: To all the ARES volunteers, thank you for everything you do for ARES, and your communities! Best wishes to all for safe and joyous holidays!

Ashtabula County: No comments submitted.

Cuyahoga County: Meetings and nets suspended for the holiday months of November and December.

Geauga County: No comments submitted.

Lake County: No Comments submitted.

Lorain County: Office of Lorain County EMA / Homeland Security requested Comm assistance for November elections. We complied with request.

Medina County: After the storm went thru northern Medina County/Southern Cuyahoga County the EMA called out our Comm Unit and CERT to do damage assessment. Three Teams of hams and CERT people went out to do the survey. Two hams manned the radio room and maintained contact with them. Working from 10 AM until it started to get dark. One old lady was upset because her fire alarms were sounding with no fire. Fire department informed and helped her. Our teams checked back with her to verify all was well. There was a lot of tree damage and power outages in a band along the northern edge of Medina County. Retirement communities were the first to be evaluated. 





Sunday, November 12, 2017

October Section Emergency Coordinators Report

ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: October
Year: 2017
Total Number of ARES Members: 1783
Change since last month: 9
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 540
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: 689
Person Hours: 4955
Number of Public Service Events this month: 81
Person Hours: 1580
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 2
Person Hours: 188
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 992
Total Person Hours: 6723
Comments: Many stations were involved in SET \"Black Swan 2017\" which involved cross-service communication on 60 meters, multi-state operation as well as intense county-level activity.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com
Files to upload?:

Official Emergency Station Report for October

Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
40
10
60
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
18
0
8
David
NF8O
Medina
10
34
0
9
Matt
KD8TTE
Franklin
7
106
0
46


 Hi everyone!  We had a great series of reports for October. Thank you all for doing the paperwork- and a special thanks to a big group of new EC’s for their first reports. Well done!

There are some ideas for your county activities here.

  1. Contact your board of elections, see if they are interested in ARES operators as communication and poll watchers.  Makes for a long day; GREAT PR.
  2. Pumpkin Patrol. Lorain works with OSP and local law to station observers on bridges over the Turnpike, 3 nights over Halloween weekend. Might be an idea for your area?
  3. Perhaps it’s time to refresh on your hospital radio situation

Thank you for your positive input on our decision to create a two-tiered system in Ohio ARES. I appreciate your feedback always (and you’ll note it brought a solid compromise in our recent discussions!) Please don’t hesitate, I’m always available by email or phone.   I’ll also be very happy to visit your ARES meeting- just send me a note!

Thank you all for your intense activity so far this year! I think that will result in growth and better participation. 

 Ohio ARES Activity Report
October, 2017

District 1
The Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net handled 133 pieces of traffic in 35 sessions and had 212 checkins in a total of 515 minutes. District 1 continues to assist the Hospital Council Of Northwest Ohio in implementing amateur radio as a viable back up communications tool to area non-hospital partners. HCNO has purchased 50 Kenwood 2m radios to distribute as well as related equipment such as antennas and power supplies. We will be putting equipment at the MaGruder Hospital in Ottawa County in the near future. This is a work in progress. 

District 2
(no comments)

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 297 Members (0 change), 132 Total Events (64 Voice Net Sessions, 16 Digital Net Sessions, 46 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 6 Public Service Events and 0 Emergency Operations for 1,033 Total Man-Hours.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (19 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 2 other ARES events for a total of 6 events and 55 man-hours.
CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  4 weekly net sessions and 1 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 50 man-hours.
    Comments: Clark County ARES held it's SET on 21 Oct 2017.  A separate report will follow.
DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members):  5 weekly voice net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES events for a total of 6 events and 21 man-hours.
GREENE COUNTY:  (56 members, +1 change):  20 weekly voice net sessions, 0 Emergency Operations and 31 other ARES related activities for a total of 57 events and 255 man-hours.
     Comments:  Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, OHDEN,& OH EM. PREP, D3. Other activity: SET,Continuing Mesh and Winlink installations, demonstrations, testing & training. Two served agency training and planning sessions. Tech, General & Extra Class sessions. Greene County Emergency Preparedness Meeting.
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.
     Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-): 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 147.21(+): 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/29, Four Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23. Ten members provided communication support for the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest Regional Cross Country Meet held in Troy, Ohio on Oct 28th.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (85 members, -1 change):  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 143 man-hours.
     Comments: Had a very good turnout for the annual simulated emergency test which was held on October 7th. MoCo ARES operated for a total of 3 hours and had 35 stations/operators check into the net. Several of our served agencies and hospitals did participate this year. In our General MoCo ARES Meeting, Glenn Gombert KD8TSR did a presentation on APRS.
PREBLE COUNTY:  (16 members, +1 change):  4 weekly net sessions; 3 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 4 other ARES events for a total of 11 events and 122 man-hours.
     Comments:  October is traditionally one of the busiest months of the year for us. This month we were involved with our monthly ARES meeting, BLACK SWAN SET and provided security on a FRI/SAT, two nights (7pm-7am) for the West Alexandria Oktoberfest festival, then immediately provided public service communications Sunday after being up all-night Saturday. This is the 39th year that Preble county has provided communications for the antique car run covered bridge rally that provided time and participants car number as the old-time cars passed through one of the famous Preble county covered bridges. Preble also hosted a training session with Wayne county Indiana RACES for digital communications where FLDIGI was taught and the various modes were demonstrated and discussed. We had the pleasure of being visited by former Ohio ARES DISTRICT 3 DEC Al Stone, KB8RPO on a visit from his new QTH in New Hampshire. He discussed with the training group on the state of digital in his new role as N.H ASEC. We welcome Chuck Wright, KE8HWK as our newest ARES member. He has been licensed for many years, recently moved into the area. His interest are HF operation and public service. I want to compliment the ARES members of Preble County for achieving a difficult month with little rest, showing great professionalism, pride and dedication. De NJ8BB, Gary, Preble EC
SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  5 weekly net sessions; 3 digital net sessions; 1 Public Service Event; 0 Emergency Operations and 3 other ARES events for a total of 12 events and 187 man-hours.
     Comments: 10-7-17 Simulated Emergency Test, 10-22-17 VEC Testing SCARES Meeting,
10-31-17 Witch Watch
DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions, 1 District 3 ARES SET Tactical Voice net, 1 District 3 ARES SET Tactical Digital net and 1 District 3 EC Meeting for a total of 6 events and 128 man-hours.
     Comments:  District 3 ADEC John Probst KA8RVI currently deployed to Puerto Rico with
Ohio-5 DMAT during part of October.

District 4
The DEC was out of the district quite a bit this month. "The show must go on" and the numerous scheduled events that happen in October did just that. Fortunately there were no "unscheduled" ones in the district. Hours are logged for all ECs counties this month, thank you!

District 5
Columbiana County, Don Kemp, NN8B Columbiana County ARES provided radio communications for the Columbiana County Parks District 5K run in Lisbon, Ohio.
Summit County, Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD This month we participated in the Black Swan SET and helped with the Susan G Komen 5K run/walk in downtown Akron
Mahoning County, David Brett, KD8NZF AEC Dottie O'Neil Meleski spoke at Trumbull LEPC meeting
Stark County, Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 5 public service nets for the month of October that totaled 183 check-ins. There were no public service events during the month. ARES did have an information table at the annual Massillon Hamfest that included an equipment display and handouts provided by the county EMA. 

District 6
RICHLAND COUNTY HAD A COUNTY DRILL ON OCTOBER 4TH 2017

District 7
 Marion County: We had four members complete the 4 required ICS courses, added to the database. These four members were also awarded special deputy with the Marion County Sheriff.
Franklin County: SET, Columbus Marathon, CropWalk, Antenna Testing
Union County: We had a pretty good turnout for our SET event. We worked with the Union County EMA to test out their high band radio coverage to the fire stations in the county after the high band antenna at EMA station 720 was replaced.
Fairfield County: FAIRFIELD COUNTY EMA TENT, FAIRFIELD COUNTY FAIR
Licking County: Things have slowed down a little, we had a good outcome for the SET and "Thanks" to those who were able to help. We had the EOC open and operating but was unable to work HF due to work continues to get everything set up. With things slowing down for the time being, now would be a great time to get caught up on training.
Knox County: 6 Nets and SET in October. The net controllers were; Don Russell W8PEN, William Bradley KC8BB and Terry Windsor KE8ANS with a total of 69 check-ins. The local SET exercise was, "Tornado in Knox County" the objectives were; Notification, Severe Weather, Activation, County Control Activation, ICS Forms 

District 8
 Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton EC comments: Athens: Provided comm support for the Buckeye Trail Marathon in Shawnee on October 7 and the Komen Athens Race for the Cure on October 15. Next event will be the Bobcat Trail Marathon on November 4.
Ross: Still waiting on email confirmation for some members to verify current membership list. Once verified, I'll work to start obtaining NIMS certificates for members (since I have no records from the former EC).
Vinton: Currently still in the process of searching for members in Vinton County. Little progress has been made... Plan in the works in conjunction with the VCEMA to hold an amateur radio class with a few locals involved with public service to gain ARES members.
DEC comments: The district is pleased to announce that Lawrence County/Southeast Ohio Amateur Radio Association (SOARA) has been accepted as an ARRL affiliated club.

District 9
COSHOCTON CO:  Thanks to our ARES team for a job well done during the SET. We had about 10hr on Oct 7 with over a dozen ARES involved manning the EMA, Sheriff, and hospital stations. We simulated a shelter and Red Cross. We placed our NCS on a hill with good coverage when simplex was used. We also had a terrific OTS station group: KL7RF as leader, with KC8PUW, KC8WX and N8MXX. This group was on 60m, OSSBN, OHDEN, W8SGT and communicated with Coshocton EOC. They used a simplex freq to coordinate among the group. We participated for the 15 days sending a message most days and monitoring 60, etc.  During Oct 7 many messages were sent and received through local agencies and outside the county with OSSBN, OHDEN, W8SGT, and 60m .  On another subject ,Coshocton ARES will aid the board of elections with communications from a couple polling places soon. EC: Steve Wheatcraft, AA8BN
GUERNSEY CO: While we only had 7 members participate in the SET this year we still had a very successful SET. There were several tactical traffic messages from several locations in the county reporting on various "training emergency" incidents. 60 meters was monitored and a few nets were heard but we were not able to check into any of them. Also 9 radiograms were generated and input into the NTS. On Oct 31 8 members assisted with the Byesville Halloween parade. EC Richard W. Wayt, WD8SDH
JEFFERSON CO: Just appointed, meeting with 911 Director, EMA contact, and working with local ham groups to spark interest in ARES. EC: Robert M Carson Jr. N8CUX
MORGAN CO: No Comments. EC: Russell Wilson, KD8RW
MUSKINGUM CO: Comments: Just getting started as the EC, has been less than a month. Making plans and getting things up and running. EC: Ronnie Phipps, KD8TNL
NOBLE CO:  No Comments. EC: Gary J Oliver,KD8OSI
TUSCARAWAS CO: No Comments. EC Brent Gribble, N8RAG
DEC-9: Comments: I gave an ARES presentation to the Washington Co. Amateur Radio Club, in an attempt to develop an active ARES program in their county. DEC Sonny Alfman W8FHF..

District 10
October was pretty busy, but things are winding down as we head into the holidays. Best wishes to all for safe and joyous holidays!
Ashtabula County: No comments.
Cuyahoga County: Meetings and nets have stopped for the holidays. We will resume in January 2018.
Geauga County: No comments submitted.
Lake County: 12 Volunteers worked the Northern Ohio Lake Health Marathon. Monitoring the progress of 900 plus runner on two routes of 12mi and 26mi. We assisted three runners back to the finish line at Headlands State Park. Amateur radio linked with Three Police and Fire Departments through the Lake County Comm Van. The Marathon went through the Village of Grand River, City of Mentor and Wiloughby Ohio
Lorain County: Total hours include Black Swan 17Ohio SET Worked Buildup week to BS17 BS17 weekend BS17 week after. Lorain County Pumpkin Patrol. 55th year working with Ohio State Patrol, watching key bridges over Turnpike RT2 over Halloween weekend. 3 nights.
Medina County: Home Depot Safety Day had K8FHs trailer set up and working the SET exercise as well as the EOC station. Several people took part in both operations.