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. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

September Section Emergency Coordinator's Report



ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: September
Year: 2017
Total Number of ARES Members: 1648
Change since last month: 30
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 487
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: Varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ W8UY W8LLY n8tfd ai8p w8dlb n8kkw n8suzw8fhf 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:
Submitted by and call-sign: N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com
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 September OES Report
Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
100
5
80
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
2
0
3
Bob
W8RWR
Franklin
7
0
0
1.5
David
NF8O
Medina
10
24.5
0
6.75

Ohio ARES Monthly Activity Report
September, 2017

District 1
Seneca County-Temporary EC Dan Stahl KC8PBU  Report submitted by AEC Steve Tarbert KC8ZKC
Another busy month considering there were no Skywarn Nets. Our members helped provide communications for the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival as well as assisted with the Heritage Festival parade line-up. A special net was held as a JOTA Preparation net. Scot Rosenberger, who was our county EC, resigned his position at our Sept meeting. A replacement has not been named as of this date.

Huron County-EC Craig Franklin KD8KWU 
No Comment

Sandusky County-EC David Gierhart W8DAG
 No Comment

Hancock County-EC Evan Hartman W8KJR
A Solid month in Hancock County. Were again able to play an integral role in safety, coordination and communication for the Susan G Komen Race in Findlay. We had an increase in demand for ham volunteers from previous years and with some effort we were able volunteers out on Race Day. The staff was more than pleased with our contributions.

Erie County-EC Edward Andres W8EJA
No Comment

Wood County-EC Eric Willman WD8LEI
Re-programmed 30 EMA VHF radios with updated configs for EMA use. WCEMA has donated/allotted 12 new UHF radios for ARES programming and use as cache available to hams during an emergency. Will be programming soon for ham use. Worked with EMA director to begin purchase of dispatch consoles for EOC use from SO comm center. Console included ham connection now. Continued training with Wood Co Sheriff on DMR

Lucas County-EC Lowell Kern KD8KXD
Lucas County Skywarn was activated on September 4th due to severe weather in the area.

Ottawa County-EC James Garber KB8TTR
Nothing to report.

Wyandot County-EC Ron Wilch KE8PX
The Wyandot County Hams held their monthly meeting at the Wyandot Memorial Hospital conference rooms. They also took part in the monthly Wyandot County emergency siren drill. This is where we start up a net when we hear the sirens. We have recently had some new hams check into our weekly net which is really exciting."73"

Hardin County-Craig Newland KC8FEL
No Comment

District 2
 Defiance Co. provided support for Sept. 11 \"tunnel to Tower\" 5k Run. Van Wert Co. provided support for the local county fair.

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 297 Members (+2 change), 108 Total Events (55 Voice Net Sessions, 11 Digital Net Sessions, 33 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 9 Public Service Events and 0 Emergency Operations for 1,347 Total Man-Hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (19 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 43 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  3 weekly net sessions and 3 other ARES events for a total of 6 events and 43 man-hours. 

DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 1 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES events for a total of 6 events and 41 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (56 members, +1 change):  16 weekly voice net sessions (GCARES, GCARES-MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC; 4 weekly GCARES digital net sessions; 3 Public Service Events (US Air Force Marathon; Bike MS Ride; Beavercreek Popcorn Festival), 0 Emergency Operations and 16 other ARES related activities (Tech, General & Extra Class License courses (12 sessions) jointly sponsored by the three Greene County amateur radio clubs and GCARES; continuing Mesh and Winlink installations-demonstrations-testing-training; two served agency training and planning sessions; equipment maintenance; the Ohio Section Conference; one Greene County ARES Meeting and GCARES participation in OHFEN and OHDEN) for a total of 39 events and 675 man-hours.

LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 2 other RACES activity for a total of 6 events and 20 man-hours.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (86 members, +1 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 3 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 2 other ARES related events for a total of 9 events and 60 man-hours.  Comments: Preparations underway for the upcoming SET in October.  District 3 EC meeting was attended by several members of MoCo ARES on September 23rd.  On the same date, NWS Wilmington had their Skywarn Coordinator's Meeting.

PREBLE COUNTY:  (15 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 2 Public Service Event (Preble provided communications and traffic control for Preble County Pork Festival for 15th year.  Darke County ARES contributed significantly to manpower and operations.  A big thanks to Darke County for we couldn't have done it without them this year!), 0 Emergency Operations and 3 other ARES events (repair & maintenance of local repeater phone patch system; attended District 3 EC meeting; troubleshooting and maintenance of backup battery system) for a total of 9 events and 129 man-hours.

SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 2 digital net sessions; 1 Public Service Event (Sidney/Shelby YMCA 5K); 0 Emergency Operations and 3 other ARES events (Shelby County ARES monthly meeting and training session; OSPOTA; D3 EC Meeting) for a total of 10 events and 158 man-hours.

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions and 1 District 3 EC Meeting for a total of 5 events and 117 man-hours.  Note:  District 3 ADEC John Probst KA5RVI currently deployed with Ohio-5 DMAT.

District 5
Mahoning County - Dave Brett, KD8NZF Provided Communications for Red Cross Smoke Alarm installation morning program, participated in 6 county 2 meter interoperability test.

Summit County - Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD This month we had our large event, The Akron Marathon that had over 4500 runners. This was the 15th year for the marathon and, unlike previous years, for late September the temperatures were in the upper 80's by the middle of the race which made it a very dangerous day for the runners. At our pre-race meetings everyone shared concerns about the forecast weather conditions for race day and extra measures were added in preparation to handle what might be a larger than normal amount of runners with heat related problems. Those concerns were warranted and unfortunately were spot on as we had a large amount of runners with heat related troubles during the race, needless to say it was a busy day for everyone involved. At one point of the race there were 6 AFD Paramedic Squads transporting "victims" to local hospitals. We maintained the best possible communications during the race and our help was invaluable to the race officials. I have included some pictures from the race and the race operations center (GIC).

Columbiana County - Donald Kemp, NN8B Provided Weather watch and emcomm for the Columbiana Street Fair. Provided communications for the Johnny Appleseed 5K run in Lisbon, OH. Provided a special events station and emcomm capability for the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lisbon, OH.

Stark County - Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 4 public service nets for the month of September that totaled 140 check-ins. There were no public service events during the month however several events are scheduled before the end of the year. 

District 6
No comments

District 7
 KNOX:  4 nets with a total of 32 check in the net controllers were Frank Counts KC8EVS William Bradley KC8BB Don Russell W8PEN Terry Windsor KE8ANS 2 Hour Black Swan Workshop 12 Participants  

LICKING:  We helped out with an annual event called River Round-up sponsored by the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District. The object is to clean up various rivers and streams in the county. We provided back up comms for the team at Black Hand Gorge State Park with 5 members in the park, and 2 members at the EOC operating NCS. We were able to test our EOC equipment for simplex and repeater comms from the gorge which is bad for public service comms and we were successful. There have been several emergencies in the gorge where emergency comms were marginal if that. Looking forward to October. 

MARION:  Silent Key Mike Floyd W8HAT. Popcorn Festival kept us busy for a few days. Training- we all made roll up dual band 2m and 70cm antennas using information from March 2007 QST. 

DISTRICT 7:  This is my final report at DC7 EC. I have appreciated getting to work with Stan, Scott and everyone in District 7. My best wishes to the new DEC. 

District 8:
Counties reporting: Athens, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton. EC comments:
Athens: ACARA and SCARF together activated 3 parks for Ohio State Parks on the Air with SCARF also activating a special event station for the weekend as a World Wide Flora and Fauna park KFF-1939 at Burr Oak Lake. ACARA/N8SUZ activated Stroud's Run and Jackson Lake State Parks. Athens County will be unable to participate in SET due to supporting the Buckeye Trail Marathon on October 7. ACARA/SCARF will also be supporting the Komen Athens Race for the Cure on October 15th and the Bobcat Trail Marathon at Burr Oak Lake on November 4.

Hocking: HVARC has been quite busy in the month of September. On Sept. 9th we set up our ECom trailer at Lake Logan and participated in the Ohio State Parks on the air (24 op hrs) in addition to providing radio communications for a Teamcolumbus Event Triathlon which was also held at Lake Logan that morning (15 op hrs). The week of Sept. 10 - 16th we operated a special events station from our ECom trailer at the Hocking County Fair (69 op hrs). And on Saturday the 16th we ran communications for the 39th annual Hocking Hills Indian Run (54 op hrs). It was a lot of fun but a very busy month with a lot of very good exposure for our local club and amateur radio in general. My thanks to all of the operators who participated and volunteered their time to serve our community. Including weekly nets and our monthly meeting we had 193 hours of operator time this month.
Jackson: This is my first (partial) month doing this report. I'm not sure of the old membership numbers and I'm still working on contacting members to get them on the new list.

Pike: Preparing to participate in the 33rd Annual Beaver Oktoberfest with Pike County EMA, Oct 5th-8th.Will be operating 2 meter vhf, 10 meter hf and DMR if all equipment cooperates.

Ross: Ross county ARES is in the process of developing a severe weather net protocol.

Vinton: Currently, I am still in the process of startup. I have had several positive discussions with the County EMA Director. DEC comments: Lawrence County PIO Ken Massie, WN8F has decided to step back to Assistant PIO for Lawrence County ARES/SOARA. Mike Love. WB8YKS has agreed to attempt to fill Ken's big shoes. Mike is a former Lawrence EC so we are sure he will do a fine job. 

District 9
COSTOCTON CO: Preparing for SET with various nets. Contacting agencies and posting on newspaper and local radio station about SET. We have a small display at county Fair on EMA table. AA8BN Coshocton Co EC

GUERENSEY CO: Radiograms were the training subject for the month. A training message was sent on the local FM monthly net. A power program on how to fill out a radiogram was emailed to all members. Several members participated In OSPOTA by activating Blue Rock State park. The EC attended the long term recovery committee meeting at the EMA. Richard Wayt, Guernsey Co EC

MORGAN CO: No Comments. Russell Wilson, Morgan Co EC

District 10
River Run Half Marathon went well. Nice to see everyone at the Cleveland Hamfest!  

Ashtabula County: No comments.  

Cuyahoga County: One last public service event remains. We will not hold meetings or nets during the months of November and December to allow members to focus on holidays, family, and anything else they have going on.  

Geauga County: From August 31-Sept 4, Geauga County ARES volunteered at the 195th Great Geauga County Fair - Ohio's oldest fair. We worked with the Geauga County Sheriff's Office to dispatch and drive golf cart shuttles to help people get to and from the parking lot, as well as to various destinations within the fairgrounds. This requires so many volunteers that we used County 800MHz simplex frequencies - this allowed us to use about 5 non-ham volunteers as well, who are now interested in becoming licensed. We also had people walking the fairgrounds to be extra sets of eyes and ears for the Sheriff's Office and the Firefighters Association. In previous years, we have been able to locate and reunite lost children and parents - fortunately, we did not need to this year! The ARES leadership has direct radio contact with Sheriff's Office and fire dispatch, which allowed us to contact each other quickly when a need arose. This effort totaled 1284 man hours and 60 volunteers over a five-day period. This is a big event! This year, we added additional IT infrastructure: we used 5.1/5.8GHz microwave networking to connect four locations: our command trailer, the two sheriff's office buildings, and a remote IP camera on top of a portable light post located at a major intersection - so the Sheriff's Office could monitor traffic flow and send deputies there to direct traffic when needed. Like last year, we also had IP phones at all locations and had the system connected to the analog PBX on the fairgrounds. We also wrote custom dispatch software for tracking and logging this year. It is web-based and ran on a local server, so it could be accessed at any of the locations we had connected on the fairgrounds. This proved to be a big success - it eased the burden on the dispatchers and allowed us to create detailed reports for the sheriff's office. We also provided wi-fi access to our network at each of those locations so users could view the camera and access the dispatch/logging software with their smart phones and laptops. The Sheriff's Office was so impressed that they have asked us if we could provide additional cameras next year. It should also be noted that the deputy that we reported to, as well as one of the SO dispatchers at the fair, are hams. Also note that we did not use any kind of mesh networking due to its inherent complexities and inefficiencies. Last year, we used HSMM-MESH and were only able to achieve mediocre performance. Questions about what we did and how we did it can be sent to Dave, KD8TWG - kd8twg@arrl.net.  

Lake County: Lake ARES operated two stations in the OSPOTA event at Headlands Beach St. Pk. We deployed our ECOMM trailer and one RV in the beach parking lot #3, operating on 40&20 m. Eight members operated the stations for six hours. It was a good field test and attracted a number of visitors.  

Lorain County: No comments submitted. 


Medina County: Four hours spent working on EOC communications trailer by two people. 








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.