Friday, August 10, 2018

July's Section Emergency Coordinators Report


ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: July
Year: 2018
Total Number of ARES Members: 1709
Change since last month: 59
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 8
Number of ARES Nets active: 543
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: all
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: all
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 687
Person Hours: 3105
Number of Public Service Events this month: 91
Person Hours: 3029
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 17
Person Hours: 182
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 795
Total Person Hours: 6316
Comments:
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com
Files to upload?:

ARES monthly activity report for July, 2018

District 1
Totals include figures from the Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net and District 1 Skywarn. For the month of July the Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net had 232 check ins, took 127 pieces of traffic in 408 minutes in 31 sessions. Work continues in cooperation with the Hospital Council Of Northwest Ohio and the amateur radio installation project. A few of the medical facilities have finished the installation process and we have visited those facilities and tested the antenna and radio for operational status. We will continue working this project as requests for equipment keep coming in.

District 2
1.) Van Wert ARC assisted Van Wert Historical Society Bike Tour with communications. 2.) K8VON Repeater 147.090 has been moved to a new location and is undergoing testing. 

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 300 Members (+2 change); (67 Voice Net Sessions, 23 Digital Net Sessions (90 total Net Events & 431 Net man-hours); 19 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests (111 man-hours); 4 Public Service Events (149 man-hrs) and 3 Emergency Operations (35 man-hrs); for 116 Total Events and 725 Total man-hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (22 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions (40 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 0 other ARES events (0 man-hours) for a total of 4 events and 40 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  5 weekly net sessions (25 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 2 other ARES events (6 man-hours) for a total of 7 events and 31 man-hours.

DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members, 0 change):  5 weekly voice net sessions (9 Net man-hours); 1 Public Service Event (75 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 1 other ARES event (11 man-hours ) for a total of 7 events and 95 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (57 members, +2 change):  20 weekly voice net sessions, 10 weekly digital net sessions (190 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Events (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours); and 5 other ARES related activities (43 man-hours) for a total of 35events and 233 man-hours.
     Comments:  Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, Dayton East Emergency Response Net (DEER), OHDEN,& OH Emergency Preparedness Net, D3. Other activity: Continuing Mesh and Winlink maintenance, demonstrations, testing & training, served agency training, served agency meetings. 

LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions (2 man-hours); and 0 other RACES activity (0 man-hours) for a total of 4 events and 2 man-hours.
     Comments:  We took July off.

     Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-) held each Sunday evening at 2100hrs, 147.21 (+) held each Thursday at 2000hrs, Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23 held each Sunday at 1900hrs & Wires X net on Sunday at 1800hrs. The club conducted a Tech in a Day class with 6 attempts resulting in 4 new tech lic and one upgrade. The club also held a bunny hunt with 11 operators taking part in finding a hidden transmitter. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (86 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions (21 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Events (0 man-hours); 1 Emergency Operations (33 man-hours); and 2 other ARES related events (16 man-hours) for a total of 11 events and 69 man-hours. 
     Comments:  Dayton Skywarn was activated on July 20th for Tornado Watch #290. On July 18th, MoCo ARES attended the quarterly meeting of the Montgomery County COAD.

PREBLE COUNTY:  (14 members):  4 weekly net sessions (2 Net man-hours); 1 Public Service Event (10 man-hours); 2 Emergency Operations (2 man-hours); and 4 other ARES events (8 man-hours) for a total of 1 events and 22 man-hours.
     Comments:  Preble responded to a call from Darke County for operators for the annual Annie Oakley parade. Manned barricades for local LEO. Two Skywarn nets conducted for potential destructive weather. No responders were called..
 
SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  5 weekly net sessions; 4 digital net sessions (58 man-hours); 2 Public Service Event (64 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours); and 4 other ARES events (16 man-hours); for a total of 15 events and 22 man-hours.
     Comments:  5 Sunday SCARES voice nets & 4 C4FM check-ins July 4 - Sidney, Ohio Fireworks 12 x 3 = 36 July 21 - Sidney YMCA 4 Mile Run 7 x 4 = 28 July 22 - VEC Testing 3 x 2 = 6 July 24 - SCARES Meeting / Training 5 x 2 = 10.

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  3 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions (19 Net man-hours); and 0 other District 3 activities (0 Net man-hours); for a total of 3 events and 19 man-hours.
     Comments:  District 3 ARES registered for ARES-CONNECT.
  
District 4
Brown: 5 weekly A.R.E.S/R.A.C.E.S NETS

Butler: Summer meetings at Butler Tech have been suspended due to on going construction in the building. AIRMAIL server recently updated to new computer and Windows 10 re-establishing the user database 145.0100 N8TVU-10.

Clinton:  called out by served agency - NWS 12.5 hr.

Hamilton SkyWARN, Cin Music Fest, Pride Parade, CF Bike Ride, Paddlefest planning.

Highland: ran 74 messages on the mars nets yes highland county is still here making noise 

District 5
Stark County - Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 5 public service nets for the month of July that totaled 105 check-ins. We provided support communications for the Hall of Fame Community Parade on July 22nd with eleven volunteers participating. Packet Radio was again used to relay parade lineup details to the TV production truck. We continue to encourage our team members to register their training efforts in the new Ohio ARES Connect database.

Summit County - Ken Dorsey KA8OAD This month we helped with the Stow July 4th Parade. We assisted the parade officials keeping track of the parade lineup and along the route keeping the units in the parade moving at a reasonable pace.

District 6
Ashland: No comment

Crawford: No comment

Richland: No comment

Morrow: No comment

Wayne: No comment

District 7
MARION COUNTY: We provided our services to the Marion County Fair this year by monitoring the fair grandstands for each main event ensuring the safety, comfort and easy access of fair goers and participants. We also were a visible link between the public to law enforcement and medical services. Ironman 2018 was another success. We were able to assist Delaware County by covering the bicycle race through about 50 miles of Marion and Morrow Counties. We provided vital information about the riders and support staff to Delaware ARES which they relayed to race officials. Delaware ARES provided us will the information we needed to make this such a success.

UNION COUNTY: July 7th was the Central Ohio Challenge, a bike ride spanned from Dublin to Bellefontaine and back to make up the longest 100 mile loop. Bike riders started in Dublin at 7am and the last one made it back to Dublin around 5:30pm. The help for it was greatly appreciated. We had a total of 18 amateur radio operators help out with communications for the event from Franklin, Delaware, Union, and Licking counties, covering all 7 rest stop locations, the start/finish point in Dublin, and 3 mobile operators out on the bike course. We used the N8IG 2 meter repeater and the W8FTV 2 meter repeater in Bellefontaine to cover the course. I was also able to help operate the special event station for the Steam Threshers Show in Plain City. We got the antenna strung up in the trees at Pastime Park Friday evening and got everything ready for operating on Saturday July 14th. That was a lot of fun and also a good experience especially when after calling CQ getting a few stations responding at the same time with their call signs. It was also challenging hearing the radio when the tractors would drive by. We ended up making 100 contacts, the farthest one away was in Italy operating on 40 meters. Joe, K8JWL and myself helped out with the Trifit Challenge in Columbus on the 21st. That event went well. The intersection I was at had an Upper Arlington Police officer there to stop traffic while the bike riders went through it. The new location for EMA station 720 is still progressing. The tile and carpet were installed over this past week. The details are still being worked out for the new tower which is expected to be setup tentatively in October. I have been trying to get everyone to sign up on ARES Connect. I have been having a very limited success doing that. I would like to hear how everyone's experience has been getting ARES members signed up for it and using it to track everyone's time for all the training nets and other events I see listed on there. 73, -Ed, KE8ANU

DELAWARE COUNTY: Ironman ,as always, was a huge event and another success for DELARES since they will be coming back next year. One member of DELARES put in over 40 hours of planning, pre-event meetings, organizing and recruiting. Marion County was a huge asset and had 13 volunteers. we couldn\'t have done this without them. LICKING COUNTY: Licking County, Had a busy month, August and September is gearing up to be a busy months with planning for several exercises. Plans are also being made for CPR and AED training through one of the local Fire Departments. New EOC planning continues with some major changes and looking at moving the radio set up at the local hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to 2 members and their families for the loss of their XYL's.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY: Successful: 4th of July Parade Tour De Cause Lancaster Fest event 1 Lancaster Fest event 2 Lancaster Fest event 3 Testing Training.

FAYETTE COUNTY: assisted in security for July 3rd Fire in the Sky fireworks Display in Washington Court House.

FRANKLIN COUNTY: This month the FCEM&HS office presented the risks that Franklin County faces and how ARES fits into responding to water shortages, power outages, flooding, hazmat, earthquakes, cyber threats and more. We had a good turnout and learn quite a bit. We covered a July 4th parade and the annual OSU Ross Hospital Tri-Fit. In August the FBI has been invited to speak to us about hazards they deal with and things we may see when we provide communication at public service events. 

District 8
Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto EC comments:
Athens: ACARA plans to activate Blackwood covered bridge for Ohio Covered Bridge event on August 18 using call N8SUZ.

Scioto: New Weather Station at Tower Site on highest hill in county operational now
DEC comments: Several district clubs plan to activate parks for Ohio State Parks on the Air on September 8.

District 9
COSHOCTON CO: ARES at the lepc mtg .... Coshocton County Amateur radio Association with ARES skywarn display at the Coshocton public library for the month....... Ares and Coshocton Co amateur radio assoc with a working display at the West Lafayette homecoming. Passed some Radiogram with fldigi , had hf, UHF vhf radios. ..... AA8BN EC

District 10
Public Service Event season is in full swing, and July was a busy month!

Ashtabula County: No comments submitted.

Cuyahoga County: Our events for this month were the Pan Ohio Hope Ride and the Cleveland Triathalon.

Geauga County: No comments submitted.

Lake County: On July 4th we helped assemble and provide communications for the Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras Parade. This is a tough day to get volunteers to come out, with everyone having family events on the holiday. We did manage to get five operator to come out and got the job done. The next event was the Civil War Encampment at the James A. Garfield Home. We set up a Telegraph Demo just outside the telegraph office on the grounds. We use the Civil War telegraph sounders and keys. Those that stopped by were impressed.

Lorain County: No comments submitted.

Medina County: Twin Sizzler bike race on July four went off better than expected with no accidents and finishing just about on time. Usually we have stragglers that extend things about an hour. 




Sunday, July 15, 2018

June Section Emergency Coordinator's Report


ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: June
Year: 2018
Total Number of ARES Members: 1708
Change since last month: 14
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 545
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: (all)
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 754
Person Hours: 9190
Number of Public Service Events this month: 82
Person Hours: 2702
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 10
Person Hours: 64
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 846
Total Person Hours: 11956
Comments: Northwest Ohio groups are working on installing radios in area hospitals. District 2 repeater runs on solar, up for 2 months. We\'re in the middle of \"bicycle season\" supporting runs and rides across the state. Field Day was active everywhere!
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com

ARES Monthly Activity Report – June, 2018


SEC
With Scott working on promoting the ARES Connect system. It’s good to see those already registering! Keep it up- Ohio is a large test for this system- our input will help make it work for all.  I have been working with Richard KD8PHG on the Sarge’s facilities- we’re mainly concerned with antennas. We are also in discussion with the state about RACES Sarge is technically a RACES station, etc.  I agree with the FEMA motion toward gathering ~all~ volunteer communications modes under an “Auxcomm” umbrella. It doesn’t matter as much which hat we wear, as long as amateur radio is involved and vital as it always has been.  If you know my “Canned Ham” story, you’ll understand that I’m really interested in several communication trailer projects going on around the state. Marion, Medina and others are creating vehicles which will be useful for event coverage and Field Day, but will also be vital if/when there is a larger-scale emergency requiring our communication abilities. Well done to you all!

Your ASEC’s have been busy- Matt KD8TTE is working on Black Swan 2018. We are in discussion about staging our own 300/400/Auxcomm courses. We have had a qualified instructor volunteer, if we can find the space and time. What a great opportunity that would be!  Mark KD8YMN has been working closely with his counties where new EC’s have been appointed. Mark is good at relationship building with agency directors.

We all appreciate your time and energy! Just in June our people put in nearly 12,000 hours…think of that!  Thank you all- I’m guessing you all found that time to be fun, and worthwhile.

District 1
The District 1 Traffic and Training Net had 253 checkins, handled 134 pieces of traffic in 455 minutes in 30 sessions. The District 1 DEC and both ADEC;s and EC’s made numerous hospital and non-hospital site visits for inspections to place amateur radio equipment in these facilities with the assistance of the Hospital Council Of Northwest Ohio who is providing the equipment through grants.

Seneca County-EC James Hershberger KE8ERN  Report submitted by AEC Steve Tarbert KC8ZKC
No Comment

Huron County-EC Craig Franklin KD8KWU Attended Tabletop Haz Mat Spill at the Huron County EMA

Hancock County-EC Evan Hartman W8KJR
 Net involvement was down a bit this month; but we did have our first informal roundtable on DMR with the hams in our county. People are starting to warm up to the mode here and I think it can be a very useful tool for our ARES group.

Sandusky County-EC David Gierhart W8DAG   No Report Filed

Erie County-EC Edward Andres W8EJA   No Comment

Wood County-EC Eric Willman WD8LEI No Report Filed

Lucas County-EC Lowell Kern KD8KXD Lucas County ARES radio operators provided radio communications for the Muddy Mini 1/2 Marathon.

Ottawa County-EC James Garber KB8TT  No Report Filed

Wyandot County-EC Ron Wilch KE8PX  The Wyandot County Hams prepared and completed Field Day at Wharton Community Park this year. We worked hard but had a great time. We only got 4 contacts on one of our stations and we worked on it all weekend. Finally we found that the vertical antenna being used had a bad coil and could only be used on 10 meters. Quite a learning experience. The other two radios worked great! We had a pot luck cook out which everyone enjoyed. We also had our monthly meeting and monthly emergency siren test net. A good month for Amateur Radio!

Hardin County-Craig Newland KC8FEL No Comment

District 2
Our primary repeater 147.090 still running on solar/battery power 2 months now, We are actively seeking a different tower site. Back-up repeater is down for lack of adequate power. Repeaters KT8EMA and Williams Co ARC are being utilized as backup. Williams Co. - Through tri-county mutual agreement offered access to to Williams Co. ARC repeater for emergency operations. VAn Wert - Assisted Local police and Peony Parade officials along parade route. 

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 300 Members (0 change); (64 Voice Net Sessions, 18 Digital Net Sessions (82 total Net Events & 312 Net man-hours); 28 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests (1919 man-hours); 4 Public Service Events (492 man-hrs) and 3 Emergency Operations (10 man-hrs); for 117 Total Events and 2733 Total man-hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY(22 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions (40 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 1 other ARES events (5 man-hours) for a total of 5 events and 45 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY(33 members):  3 weekly net sessions (11 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 1 other ARES events (10 man-hours) for a total of 4 events and 21 man-hours.

DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions (7 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 2 other ARES event (80 man-hours ) for a total of 6 events and 87 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (55 members, 0 change):  20 weekly voice net sessions, 8 weekly digital net sessions (109 Net man-hours); 1 Public Service Events (20 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours); and 15 other ARES related activities (938 man-hours) for a total of 44 events and 1067 man-hours.

Comments:  Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, Dayton East Emergency Response Net (DEER), OHDEN & OH EM. PREP, D3.  Other activity: Continuing Mesh and Winlink maintenance, demonstrations, testing & training, GOBA coverage, served agency training, three Greene County clubs’ field day events. 

LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions (2 man-hours); and 1 other RACES activity (38 man-hours) for a total of 5 events and 40 man-hours.


CommentsMCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-) held each Sunday evening at 2100hrs, 147.21 (+) held each Thursday at 2000hrs, Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23 held each Sunday at 1900hrs & Wires X net on Sunday at 1800hrs. The club supported several events during June resulting in a busy month, starting off with bike rides covering two different during the Troy Strawberry festival with 20 operators, Field Day operation was well supported with several members making their first HF contacts and several non-ham making their first HF contacts under the guidance of a license operators. The West Milton Triathlon on the 16 of June was supported with 17 operators. To round out the month, the club held another 1 day Tech training class resulting in 7 students taking the test, with 6 passing. Three additional hams attempted to upgrade their license, resulting two upgrading to General and one attempting to gain Extra, but not passing. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (86 members, 0 change):  3 weekly voice net sessions, 3 weekly digital net sessions (11 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Events (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours); and 1 other ARES related events (24 man-hours) for a total of 7 events and 35 man-hours. 

Comments:  MoCo ARES held its Community Meeting on June 26th. Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT did a presentation on Digital Mobile Radio. Still trying to get all MoCo ARES members to complete their profile in ARES Connect.

PREBLE COUNTY:  (16 members):  4 weekly net sessions (8 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 3 Emergency Operations (10 man-hours); and 5 other ARES events (490 man-hours) for a total of 12 events and 508 man-hours.

Comments:  PrebleARES participated in field day as class 2F. We had 12 operators for the period. New HF antenna for the county EMA office was installed and tested with great success. This antenna was a replacement from Black Swan test that was so disappointing. SSB, CW and GOTA antenna were installed. Some in band and out of band, close proximity interference was noticed. Use of homebrew shorting stubs and bandpass filters minimized most of the interference. New plans were made to minimize interference in future field days. The clubs 70’ portable crank up tower was deployed with a tri band yagi installed. Certainly made a difference on the higher bands. The GOTA station was a real hit this year. Newer hams and less experienced hams made many contacts, more so than any other year records show. This years field day was to promote training and operation rather than points. The K8YR repeater transmitter power output upgrade continued. Additional testing of equipment required purchase of a new higher capacity power supply and other equipment. This was purchased to be installed at a later date. Skywarn was activated several times for storm watches. No severe weather related problems noted. Several members assisted in the modification and installation of parts on the portable 70’ tower. The equipment box was professionally painted and looks really nice. We note the passing of long time ARES member Don Foreman, AB8OS. He was active with the group and was very inventive on projects and a valued CW operator for field day. We will miss him greatly.
 
SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 2 digital net sessions (43 man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours); and 1 other ARES events (322 man-hours); for a total of 7 events and 365 man-hours.

Comments:  4 SCARES Sunday Nets, 2 Digital Nets (1 MT63-2KL, 1 C4FM), June 23 Field Day June 24 Field Day and SCARES Meeting.

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions (24 Net man-hours); and 0 other District 3 activities for a total of 4 events and 24 man-hours.

District 4
E-ops time was to support the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. Highland County EC Harley Maines (K8HM) continues to be active with MARS. Much time committed to Field Day operations in several counties.

Butler County: Monthly meetings are suspended due to construction at the school where we meet. We have established a VHF AIRMAIL node with traffic averages of 2 users per day every day. There are a total of 6 call signs that normally pass traffic through the AIRMAIL node, including the Hamilton County Regional Operations Center of the Emergency Management Agency. 

District 5
District 5 EC Dennis Conklin, AI8P visited 13 Field Day sites within or immediately adjacent to the District 5 Counties. These included Portage County ARS (K8BF), Mahoning Valley ARA (W8QLY), 20/9 Club (K8KTA), Lisbon ARA (K8GQB), Triangle ARC (K8BLP), Alliance ARC (W8AL), Tusco ARC (W8ZX), Massillon ARC (W8NP), Cuyahoga Falls ARC (W8VPV), Northern Ohio DX (W8DXA), Silvercreek ARA (W8WKY), and Medina 2M group (W8EOC) Stark County - Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 4 public service nets for the month of June that totaled 101 check-ins. There we no public service events this month but 10 ARES members participated in Field Day operating with the Massillon Amateur Radio Club. We have completed registration with the new ARES Connect system and are encouraging our members to populate the database. This is expected to take several months to complete. 

District 6
No comments submitted

District 7
MARION COUNTY: At the beginning of the month we provided radio communications for the Hot Tamale bike riders. They had 300+ riders and covered 8, 16, 32, and 64 mile route throughout Marion County. We provided the organizers with information such as if riders needed assistance and location of riders. Field Day was another success! Still working on total numbers. We continue to organize our newly acquired ARES trailer.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY: Successful: GOBA, Field Day, Fire Alarm installation and testing.
FAYEYYE COUNTY: Activated the Fayette County EOC for Field Day Mark Griggs KB8YMN participated in the EMA/LEPC meeting in my absence.

FRANKLIN COUNTY: This month the Franklin County Coroner's Office provided training on operations and how ARES supports their mission in mass casualty events. We had an opportunity to review 7 cases to decide the cause of death. Next month Franklin County EMA will be discussing the integration of public & private resources during an emergency and how ARES is impacted.

DELAWARE COUNTY: Field day bought out a very large turnout as it normally does for Delaware county.

LICKING COUNTY: We had a busy month with GOBA, Field Day, Pataskala Fireworks to name a few. A big Thank you to the GOBA hams as they were professional on our repeater and I had received several comments from local ARES members and hams about their professionalism. Thank you to those that were willing and able to take the time for the long hours for Field Day, we had 3 clubs operating in various parts of the county and the EC Bret KD8SCL was able to visit 2 of the FD sites. Licking County LEPC held a Tabletop Exercise which involved a ruptured pipeline that runs through the county and about an hour later an auto accident involving an over turned tanker truck carrying chlorine which also ruptured in the same area of the pipeline rupture . It was interesting to see how the various agencies would respond to and handle both accidents.

UNION COUNTY: We had some public service activity this month. I ( Ed, KE8ANU) helped out with the Hot Tamale Bike Ride in Waldo on June 2nd.The time for that did not get included in this report since I assume the Marion County ARES group will have it in their report. A big thank you goes out to the following for helping out with GOBA. Gayle, W8KWG helped out with net control on the Marysville Repeater for GOBA on Fathers Day. John, K8LVZ and also Stan, N8BHL were available as back up net control operators monitoring the repeater and filling in when needed. I also put some time into getting ready for the Central Ohio Challenge July 7th. That bike ride goes from Dublin to Bellefontaine and back and has 4 loops, a 30 mile loop, 55 mile loop, 80 mile loop, and a 100 mile loop. It starts in Franklin County, goes through Union County, part of Madison County by Plain City, part of Champaign County, and in to Logan County. We are fortunate to have 2 repeaters that can cover that large of an area to use, the Marysville N8IG 145.35 repeater sponsored by the Union County EMA and the W8FTV 147.000 repeater that the Champaign Logan Amateur Radio Club operates. I also have permission to use the Urbana WB8UCD repeater in Champaign County/Urbana as a back up if needed. It has good coverage around the middle part of the bike ride route. We had a great Field Day with the Union County Amateur Radio Club. We had around 40 people sign in for field day total, including club members, visitors, and en elected official. We also had quite a few youth participate on the GOTA station. We attempted to make a satellite contact but we were unsuccessful. Tony, KC8PZ participated on the Ohio Single Side band HF traffic net on Sunday from Field Day. He relayed several radio grams to others that were on the net as well as passed a radiogram to our Section Manager. Attached are a few of pictures from Field Day.

KNOX COUNTY: We had a very successful Field Day. As usual it rained. 

District 8
Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto. EC comments:
Athens: Athens County ARA operated Field Day from Athens County Fairgrounds. Sunday Creek ARF joined with the rejuvenated Morgan County club on a ridge in Morgan County. DEC Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ and YL Jan Slattery, KD8PUJ provided week-long communications support and net control for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure in central Ohio. After GOBA N8SUZ operated made some phone contacts from the ACARA FD site. Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist Dave Bradley visited both sites. ACARA obtained FD proclamations from the Athens City Mayor who opened FD by reading his proclamation and from the Athens County Commissioners.

Gallia: We were held a station building exercise at the friday Field Day setup for MOVARC. Where they acted as a group to construct a station out of debris. Hocking: HVARC assisted with setup of the Washboard Festival parade on June16th. HVARC once again held our field day at the home of Ray KB8GUN and Mary KC8GUN Webb in southern Hocking County. We had a good turn out with 19 operators in and out during the contest and many other family members as well. We utilized the emergency response trailer and a couple of HF rigs in the old barn. It was a great time with several lessons learned.

Ross: Two hams (KD8UND and K9RIA) participated in week-long communications for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure Scioto: 5 Operators with over 60 hours for Field Days Event 

District 9
COSHOCTON CO: Field day was the big event with 18 ARES members over the 2 days. We sent out our messages from field day via voice and fldigi. The county OTS was KL7RF sending them on to SM,SEC, DEC, surrounding county ECs, etc.....aa8bn Coshocton County EC
GUERNSEY CO: The monthly training session covered how to be a NCS and 10 quiz covering various ARES subjects. ARES members participated in field day with 14 ARES members and 13 other amateur operators over two days operating four stations as 4A, modes CW, SSB, PSK31, & FT8. This resulted in 187 man hours for the event. Three messages for field day were sent via two meters

MORGAN CO: We had a great turn out for Field Day this year, including our local EMA Director and the regional Red Cross Disaster Services person.
Dec: Only counties with comments, 3.

District 10
District 10: I hope you all had as much fun at Field Day as I did! Lots of public service events coming up. They're not only good practice for field operations, they\'re big fun too!

Ashtabula County: No comments submitted.

Cuyahoga County: Members participated at numerous Field Day sites.

Geauga County: This includes Field Day.

Lake County: Sunday in June Bike Started off wet and rainy and remained that way on and off all day. There were no major issues and all 385 riders returned to the barn safe sound. Field Day started off with heavy shower in the morning here in the northeast. It cleared up in the afternoon making the rest of FD a very enjoyable operation.

Lorain County: No comments submitted.

Medina County: The EOC radio trailer is now operational on vhf/uhf and has one EOC radio. Work to be done is to add an hf radio and a TV that can be used as a display. 


Monday, June 11, 2018

May Section Emergency Coordinator's Report


ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: May
Year: 2018
Total Number of ARES Members: 1653
Change since last month: 15
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 489
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: (all)
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 651
Person Hours: 4171
Number of Public Service Events this month: 76
Person Hours: 1793
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 48
Person Hours: 606
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 776
Total Person Hours: 6132
Comments: Akron-Canton airport drill. Auxcomm class prior to Hamvention. This REPLACES earlier filed report, didn\'t have all of D9 included.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com


May ARES activity report


District 1
Totals include figures from the Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net and District 1 Skywarn. Work continues on installation projects in coordination with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio with amateur radio equipment in various hospital partner facilities that will be required to have backup communications capabilities.

District 2
Defiance Co- Had 4 Skywarn event nets this month. Our primary repeater is currently running on battery/Solar power. We will test this system using normal weekly net and Skywarn operations next. 

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 300 Members (+1 change); (68 Voice Net Sessions, 18 Digital Net Sessions (86 total Net Events & 375 Net man-hours); 18 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests (260 man-hours); 4 Public Service Events (179 man-hrs) and 9 Emergency Operations (70 man-hrs); for 117 Total Events and 884 Total man-hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (22 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions (40 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 1 other ARES events (5 man-hours) for a total of 5 events and 45 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  2 weekly net sessions (26 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 2 Emergency Operations (10 man-hours) and 0 other ARES events (0 man-hours) for a total of 4 events and 36 man-hours.
Comments:  Wx Nets 5/22 and 5/30.

DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions (8 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 0 other ARES event (0 man-hours ) for a total of 4 events and 8 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (55 members, 0 change):  23 weekly voice net sessions, 9 weekly digital net sessions (128 Net man-hours); 1 Public Service Events (19 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours); and 11 other ARES related activities (103 man-hours) for a total of 44 events and 250 man-hours.
    
   Comments:  Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, Dayton East Emergency Response Net (DEER), OHDEN,& OH EM. PREP, D3. Other activity: Continuing Mesh and Winlink maintenance, demonstrations, testing & training, race coverage, served agency training, Homeland Security AuxComm Training, Hamvention EmComm forums.  

LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions (2 man-hours); and 1 other RACES activity (25 man-hours) for a total of 5 events and 27 man-hours.

MIAMI COUNTY:  (25 members):  13 weekly voice nets, 4 weekly digital nets (58 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours); and 0 other ARES events (0 man-hours) for a total of 17 events and 58 man-hours.
     Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-) held each Sunday evening at 2100hrs, 147.21 (+) held each Thursday at 2000hrs, Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23 held each Sunday at 1900hrs & Wires X net on Sunday at 1800hrs.  

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (86 members, +1 change):  5 weekly voice net sessions, 3 weekly digital net sessions (21 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Events (0 man-hours); 3 Emergency Operations (32 man-hours); and 3 other ARES related events (96 man-hours) for a total of 14 events and 149 man-hours.  
     
   Comments: Dayton Skywarn was activated on 5/21, 5/22 & 5/31 for Severe Thunderstorm Watches that were issued for the area. Four Montgomery County ARES members, Shawna Collins - N2TUJ, Robert Flory - KA5RUC, Gary Clark - KC8TND, Glenn Gombert - KD8TSR and Tim Kemerley - KD8UQI completed the Department of Homeland Security Auxcomm course for three days prior to HamVention.

PREBLE COUNTY:  (16 members):  4 weekly net sessions (8 Net man-hours); 2 Public Service Event (98 man-hours); 3 Emergency Operations (21 man-hours); and 2 other ARES events (31 man-hours) for a total of 11 events and 158 man-hours.
     
     Comments:  Preble held monthly meeting, monthly net training, Skywarn activations, transport, setup and man Emcomm display for Hamvention. Club technicians maintained 2meter repeater and planned power amplifier upgrade.

SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 2 digital net sessions (43 man-hours); 1 Public Service Event (62 man-hours); 1 Emergency Operations (7 man-hours); and 0 other ARES events (0 man-hours); for a total of 8 events and 112 man-hours.
     
      Comments: 5-4-2018 Skywarn Net STS Warning, 5-18 thru 5-20 EmComm Display Dayton Hamvention.

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  5 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions (41 Net man-hours);and 0 other District 3 activities for a total of 5 events and 41 man-hours.

District 4
 E-ops time was to support NWS office in Wilmington (Hamilton, Clinton, Highland Counties). from Butler County: Monthly Siren Test - on going Hamilton OH - Memorial Day Parade lineup & route On going training to achieve Ohio Tier 1 operator status for team. from Hamilton County: Hamvention classes; AuxComm; Flying Pig; Taste of Cincy; Tour De Cure meetings; Red Cross smoke alarms; SkyWARN activation. 

District 5
Summit County - Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD This month we ran communications for the MS Akron Walk and assisted Stark County ARES with the Akron Canton Airport Disaster Drill. A collage of the airport activity during the drill is attached. 

Columbiana County - Don Kemp, NN8B The drills for May were the dry runs for the Nuclear power plant drill in June. 

Stark County - Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 5 public service nets for the month of May that totaled 97 check-ins. On Tuesday, May 15th, members of the Stark County ARES provided support communications for the Akron-Canton Airport Drill. This Exercise was a full scale Disaster Drill to help test and improve emergency procedures and preparedness. Our role in this drill was to provide communications support at multiple hospitals including Altman and Alliance General. Operators also staffed multiple transport busses used for volunteer/victim transport to the crash site and area hospitals, Finally we provided tactical communications between the Airport Command Post and hospitals & crash site. Finally we provided tactical communications between the Airport Command Post and EMA. A portable communications Go-Box was used at the Command Center while portable handhelds were used on the busses. As expected, communications with the busses proved difficult even using external antennas to provide better range. Constant communications was maintained between the busses, hospitals and the command center throughout the exercise providing vital information on the status of all volunteers/victims. This would provide critical information should this had been an actual disaster site. Multiple local repeaters were utilized as well as simplex frequencies for this drill. Summit County ARES also assisted with this event providing communications for several Summit County Hospitals. 9 operators provided over 50 hours of community service for this exercise. 



District 6
No comments

District 7
UNION County: Myself and Clifford, KB8WNO attended the auxcomm training in Beaver Creek the week of Hamvention. We learned a lot from the course. I would recommend taking it if you haven't done so already. While I was at Hamvention I also attended the homeland security forum. It was pretty good. If you weren't there, you can find the video online at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/115003238  They talked a little about some changes in the works for the ICS structure that may take place in the future sometime and had Oscar from Puerto Rico do a presentation and a someone from Texas. Both talked about their experience during the hurricanes last year. We had 3 meetings/training sessions this month. We only had 2 net control stations fill out the net report form for the local UCARC net this month. So the net numbers are down a little. 73, Edmund Liddle, KE8ANU 

LICKING County: May was an unusal month this year, with the high temperatures brought pop up thunderstorms. We had only 2 severe weather nets and thankfully no one was hurt and the damage was light. Is this an indication of whats yet to come for the rest of the year? We are gearing up for several events in June and planning continues for other exercises and events for the rest of the year. Work continues between Fairfield Co. and Licking Co. to bring the 2 counties together for better comms in the Buckeye Lake area. 

Madison County: The Madison County Amateur Radio Club will be conducting Field Day events, but the ARES group will not be in charge of it. All Madison County ARES members are a part of MCARC. 

Franklin County: This month at our in-person meeting we discussed improving simplex communication throughout Franklin County. To make this happen we engaged the Franklin County GIS support person who produced maps with ARES member locations plotted with ground elevation (AGL) noted. We will begin a multi-month process of gathering data so we can determine the best station location in each of four quadrants in the county. Each station will provide the profile of their station as a starting point with antenna elevation and antenna gain along with station reception and signal strength. We also displayed our eight mobile APRS devices that have tinyTracker 4 units installed inside a Motorola MaxTrack (25w) mobile radio. Plug in the antennas (GPS and 2m mag mount) add power via an accessory outlet and you're ready to track SAG or other support vehicles. All eight units fit inside a road case with wheels making it easy to store and deploy. Our public service event for the month was Komen Race For The Cure. We had 22 stations on course for 3 hours. This race garners 21,600 participants with a crowd estimated at 50,000. 

District 8
Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton EC comments:
 Athens: ACARA and SCARF supported the Lake Hope Bicycle Race and Athens Thunderbunny 50K races. 

Gallia: Talked about training on filed day. Have talked to EM about 300 and 400 training. 

Hocking: Sorry a little late, due to new job. 

Lawrence: In addition to 3 training events this month we also provided communications for the 150 annual Ironton Memorial Day Parade. There were 22 ham from 3 states involved in the event. There were some challenges including a failed power supply at net control, a city power failure that forced the repeater onto backup power and two lost children. The problems were quickly overcome and the children were reunited with their families. Thanks to all the amateur operators that displayed the best in professional performance. 

Pike: Had a lot of fun at the 2nd Annual SOFR (Southern Ohio Forest Rally). Portable repeater and antenna system worked well as planned. System worked well on batteries and solar backup. Already looking forward to next year. 

Scioto: On-going work on ARES Tower Site per usual, always upgrading. :) 
Vinton: Nothing new to report for Vinton County. Amateur activity is scarce. My apologies for missing last months report, a 9-1-1project took up most of my time. DMR tower activities will once again start with the good weather, finally. We are hoping for an Athens and Ironton repeater soon. W8JDA 

    DEC comments: Pending completed application and ARRL appointment, we hope to welcome Johnnie McCloud, KC8YXU as new EC for Jackson County very soon. He has been working with Jackson County EMA director Bob Czechlewski who has given his support for the appointment. Most counties are gearing up for Field Day activities. DEC is preparing to spend the week of June 16-23 with Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure in central Ohio.

District 9
Coshocton:  Lepc meetings attended... Monthly Ares meeting.... Skywarn net with 10 check-ins. May 22.... Several nets checked into by Ares members KL7RF, KB8VIP, WX8OH. .... 60m, OHDEN, W8SGT, DMR 3902, Satern, OSSBN.... Preparing for field day and using W8CCA club call.......AA8BN Coshocton EC

Guernsey - The monthly triaining covered 2 meter simplex and repeater operations. The EC attended the county emergency table top excercise at the EOC. Five ARES members provided communication support for the Senior Center for thier annual picnic. 

Tuscarawas -  4 voice nets with 57 participating; 2 ARES weather nets with 5 participating in each weather net; monthly club meeting.

Washington -  Briefly met with Sonny W8FHF and Scott N8SY at Dayton Hamvention in Xenia.

District 10
District 10: Field Day is coming! Big fun! Make sure to participate June 23-24! 
*** Ashtabula County: No comments submitted. 

*** Cuyahoga County: One of our served agencies, the City of Cleveland, activated ARES for the Cleveland Marathon as and the affiliated 5K/8K run. 

*** Geauga County: No comments submitted. 

*** Lake County: Five members assisted at the Lake County History Center Civil War Encampment. 

*** Lorain County: No comments submitted. 

***Medina County: Medina Half Marathon went on with only one person being sagged in. The weather was good for runners. Not so many walking at the tail end. As usual only a few (two) runners were way ahead of the pack. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

April Section Emergency Coordinator's Report

ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: April
Year: 2018
Total Number of ARES Members: 1793
Change since last month: 23
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 567
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: All 10 DEC\'s
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 761
Person Hours: 5537
Number of Public Service Events this month: 81
Person Hours: 1558
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 11
Person Hours: 282
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 853
Total Person Hours: 7377
Comments: Many stations participated in Ohio\'s NVIS Antenna Day. Northwest Ohio is working on expanding hospital ham radio. Miami County ARES was activated for severe weather and loss of 911. Summit County co-sponsored a \"Stop the Bleed\" class. Union County continues to work on a new facility with EMA. River counties were open for flood monitoring.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com




Hi all! Hey, these were some great numbers for April!  Congrats on all your efforts!
Total members: 1793  (23 change)
Total nets: 567  (79 were digital) with 2588 hours
Training:  761 with 5537 hours
Public Service: 81 with 1558 hours
Emergencies: 11 with 282 hours

Thanks for all the nice comments about our state conference- it was a lot of fun!  We are WIDE OPEN to your suggestions and ideas for next year, so whip an email my direction when you get an idea!  I’ll be glad to hear them.

Attached is the county detail report- there’s a LOT of good stuff going on all across Ohio.

I’ll have “Canned Ham II” on display at Dayton Friday and Saturday, so stop in and say hello!   We’ll also be presenting at the ARRL complex Friday at 1. Hope to see you there (among 16000 of our closest friends!)

Ohio ARES Monthly Activity Report – April 2018



District 1
Totals include figures from the Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net. For the month of April they had 177 check ins, passed 129 pieces of traffic in 429 minutes in 30 sessions. Totals also reflect my time and ADEC Dan Stahl KC8PBU with attendance of the ARES conference in Marion Ohio, Skywarn meetings and work related to the NORC-2 project. We have begun work on this project which is in partnership with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio (HCNO). We have already visited 2 facilities that have requested amateur radios for backup communications. Along with DEC 2 Terry Habegger W8UY we have been given radios, antennas, coax, power supplies and other equipment to dispense to facilities with agreements through the HCNO. We also worked and got MOU\'s approved through the ARRL to enable these facilities to work with their local ARES group. We will visit these facilities with the local EC if possible and suggest locations for the radio and antenna based on our prior experience in this area. This is just the beginning of this project and it will on going for quite some time. We were also able to get a grant for a replacement antenna and repeater for a local repeater which will be used for district wide communications in the near future. The comments from individual County's is in a separate Microsoft Work document. 

District 2
No comments

District 3
100% of Nine Counties reporting: 299 Members (+4 change); (71 Voice Net sessions, 15 Digital Net Sessions (86 total Net Events & 388 Net man-hours); 26 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests (339 man-hours); 17 Public Service Events (361 man-hrs) and 5 Emergency Operations (211 man-hrs); for 134 Total Events and 1298 Total man-hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (22 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions (40 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 1 other ARES events (10 man-hours) for a total of 5 events and 50 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  5 weekly net sessions (16 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 1 other ARES events (8 man-hours) for a total of 6 events and 24 man-hours.

DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members, 0 change):  5 weekly voice net sessions (7 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours) and 1 other ARES event (10 man-hours ) for a total of 6 events and 17 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (55 members, 0 change):  22 weekly voice net sessions, 6 weekly digital net sessions (151 Net man-hours); 2 Public Service Events (36 man-hours); 1 Emergency Operations (47 man-hours); and 13 other ARES related activities (144 man-hours) for a total of 44 events and 377 man-hours.

Comments:  Weekly Net participation: GCARES, GCARES/MVMA Mesh Discussion, BARC, UVARC, GCARES Digital, Dayton East Emergency Response Net (DEER), OHDEN & OH EM. PREP, D3. Other activity: Continuing Mesh and Winlink maintenance, demonstrations, testing & training, license classes, license exams, served agency safety training, Section ARES Meeting, severe weather net. 

LOGAN COUNTY (RACES UNIT):  (10 members):  4 weekly voice net sessions (2 man-hours); and 1 other RACES activity (18 man-hours) for a total of 5 events and 20 man-hours.

MIAMI COUNTY:  (25 members):  15 weekly voice nets, 5 weekly digital nets (61 Net man-hours); 0 Public Service (0 man-hours); 0 Emergency Operations (0 man-hours); and 1 other ARES events (67 man-hours) for a total of 21 events and 128 man-hours.

Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-) held each Sunday evening at 2100hrs, 147.21 (+) held each Thursday at 2000hrs, Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23 held each Sunday at 1900hrs & Wires X net on Sunday at 1800hrs. Miami County Weather Net was activated at the request of the National Weather Service on 4/3/2018 with 19 operators reporting in as weather spotters. The Miami County 911 Center loss their primary emergency phone lines and had to utilize an older back up system till repairs were completed the following day. During the storm on 4/3, several Miami County RACES members staffed the 911 center to support the 911 operators. The Bike 4 Tikes event scheduled for earlier in the month was canceled due to flooding of the bike path in several counties the group was planning to ride thru.  

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (85 members, +4 change):  3 weekly voice net sessions, 2 weekly digital net sessions (23 Net man-hours); 8 Public Service Events (122 man-hours); 1 Emergency Operations (21 man-hours); and 2 other ARES related events (62 man-hours) for a total of 16 events and 228 man-hours.  

Comments: Dayton Skywarn was activated on 4/3 for severe thunderstorms in the region. Five tornadoes were confirmed in Ohio on the 44th anniversary of the April 3, 1974 Xenia tornado. Montgomery County ARES Members participated in several public service events during the month of April. Make a Difference,,,Save A Life 5k for Suicide Prevention on 4/7; Channel 16 Great TV Auction 4/16-4/21; Autism Society of Dayton Annual Autism Awareness 5k on 4/28. Three members of the MoCo ARES staff attended the Ohio ARES Conference on 4/7.

PREBLE COUNTY:  (16 members):  4 weekly net sessions (2 Net man-hours); 7 Public Service Event (203 man-hours); 1 Emergency Operations (70 man-hours); and 4 other ARES events (12 man-hours) for a total of 16 events and 287 man-hours.

Comments:  Activities for April -OHDEN PROGRAM PREP 3HRS -STATE ARES CONFERENCE 12HRS -HAMVENTION PREP 4HRS -CLUB PORTABLE TOWER WORK 171HRS -ARES MEETING/TRAINING 10HR -WEEKLY NET 2.5 HRS WX ACTIVATION/FLOODING 70HR.

SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  5 weekly net sessions; 2 digital net sessions (44 man-hours); 0 Public Service Event (0 man-hours); 1 Emergency Operations (7 man-hours); and 3 other ARES events (75 man-hours); for a total of 11 events and 126 man-hours.

Comments: 4-3-18 Dayton Skywarn activated, SCARES informal net; 4-22-18 VEC testing:    4-22-18 SCARES Meeting; 4-28-18 NVIS Antenna Day.

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions (42 Net man-hours);and 0 other District 3 activities for a total of 4 events and 42 man-hours.

District 4
Butler County: 4 WEEKLY TRAINING NETS, 1 WEATHER NET ACTIVATION, FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH SIREN TEST REPORTING, MONTHLY MEETING-TRAINING TO BECOME TIER 1 OPERATORS 

Clinton County: E-ops time was to support the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. Training time was NVIS Antenna Day. 

Hamilton County: Local nets. TMRC Summit. OKHYIN workshop sessions. OH ARES Conference. Reds Findlay Market Parade. NVIS. SkyWARN. Flying Pig 20 planning.

District 5
Stark County - Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark Co ARES completed 4 public service nets for the month of April that totaled 102 check-ins. Three members of Stark Co ARES attended the ARES Conference on Saturday, April 7th. Our county EMA sponsored an ICS-200 training class with four ARES members participating. We continue preparing for the Akron-Canton Airport Drill that will be held on Tuesday, May 15th. 

Summit County - Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD This month, as part of our continuing focus on training, Summit County ARES partnered with Cleveland Clinic AGMC to provide a free "Stop the Bleed" class for any interested amateurs from any area. We had 23 people attend the training session and everyone thought the training was excellent and very informative. Portage County - James Andrews KD8VT Appointed as EC for Portage County on 4-17-2018. Working on recruiting ARES members. 

District 6
No comments

District 7
Union County: Comments: We had a good turnout for NVIS Day. The net control stations did a better job reporting the UCARC net checkins. We have been working with the Union County EMA helping with getting the building at the new location ready and planning how the radio room Will be set up and repeaters will be located in the new location. The EMA is still working the details out with the township on where the new tower will be located at the new location. The building is coming along well so far. I also started participating in the Marion County ARES simplex Digi net. I am able to participate from my qth in Marysville. I also have been encouraging the Union County ARES group members to see if they can check in to it or listen to it with FLDIGI. I have been using the android version of FLdigi AndFlmsg which can be downloaded from the FLDigi source forge page. I have been using acoustic coupling using my phone's microphone to recieve the digital transmission and the phone speaker with the radio mic to transmit messages. 73, Ed. KE8ANU 
Fayette County: comments: Meeting with Fayette County EMA Manager Melissa Havens on April 10 with Dist 7 SEC KB8YMN 

Franklin County: comments: We completed part 2 of our public safety radio training. This month we re-installed roof top antennas on the Franklin County EMA after roof replacement. We performed a simplex communications test for participating members which worked out well. Relay stations were assigned to service those not able to contact net control. We anticipate enhancing this test in the future. Several members took part in the Advanced Weather Spotter training this year. FCOH ARES had a presence for those interested in amateur radio licenses. 65% of ~200 attending were not licensed. 

Knox County: Comments: NVIS day was cold and windy but all 8 people stayed for the whole event. We made 26 contacts with 20 counties, We used 2 different antennas. 

Licking County: Thanks to Marion Co. for sponsoring the ARES Conference for 2018 and for your hard work to make it happen. The Licking Co. Weather Spotter had about 80 people in attendance this year, Thanks to COTC for the use of the auditorium. We had a good turn out to the NVIS Day, Thanks to those who worked hard to make it happen this year. May looks to be a busy month and we are looking forward to the upcoming events and exercises. Work continues to improve the DMR system in Licking Co. and a big thank you to the repeater owner Kevin AC8GI. 

Fairfield County: Comments: 5K Run After School Program Fundraiser Soldering Training Class. 

Marion County: Comments: Once again Marion was proud to host the statewide ARES conference. Great turnout and excellent information. We provided our services to the National Robotics Competition. We helped by selling admission and controlling the flow of people in and out of the event. We also assisted as needed with other issues as they arose. NVIS was another successful test of our ability to setup and operate radio at any given time. The weather didn't help but we had a small group and enjoyed the experience. 

District 8
Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton EC comments: 

Athens: Good operator turnout for Iron Furnace Trail Run and Athens Marathon. APRS leader and tail light tracking worked great. Next event Lake Hope Bicycle Race Sunday, May 6. 

Gallia: First Meeting was held this month and I.D. cards passed out. Participation was held in the NVIS Day. The data is being looked over for best antenna to use in our area. 

Lawrence: Bad news. We will be losing some of ARES members next month. Good news. Boyd County Kentucky has organized an ARES program and the folks we lose are moving to the new organization. They will still be members in Lawrence County, but will be counted in Boyd County. 
We look forward to some new ARES members in the area! 

Pike: Portable repeater testing for SOFR May 18 & 19 in Zaleski and Tar Hollow State Forests was successful. Ongoing effort to prepare radio equipment for deployment underway. Participated in ARES NVIS Day with inconclusive results between antennas tested. Multiple contacts made. 

Scioto: Boomed into EOC Sgt Control Station at State for NVIS Day with plus 9. 

Vinton: Nothing new to report. My apologies for missing last months report. We are currently working to add more features and reliability to the DMR Network. Also, installing a fairly high profile voted VHF analog repeater system for Jackson and surrounding counties. 

DEC comments: DEC attended FEMA course on Amateur Radio Resources for Emergency Management in Jackson, April 19. Several upcoming, multi-county events coming up in May: Lake Hope Bicycle Race, May 6, Southern Ohio Forest Run, May 19-20, and TOSRV, May 19-20. Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure will be in central Ohio counties the week of June 16-23 - host cities: Delaware, London, Circleville, Lancaster, Newark.

District 9
COSHOCTON CO: Attended ARES conf. Great information,tu....... EMA EOC was used by AA8BN in Coshocton for Ohio nvis. Had 23 counties in log with 37 contacts. Great signal out of W8SGT. WX8OH and KB8VIP worked stations from their homes as well. While at EMA/EOC, tested DMR which went well .......On the 25th the National Weather Service Pittsburgh was in our EOC with an advanced skywarn training. Good turn out with Hams and general public......... Continuing to practice message handling on ARES nets. ...... I want to thank AB8RR, Eric, for hosting Echolink on the ARES repeater for several years. ... Steve Wheatcraft AA8BN,EC.............. 

GUERENSEY CO: The county EC and both AECs attended the State ARES conference. The monthly ARES training was a presentation on CERT. ARES members set a 40 meter station at the Zane Grey days and operated a special event. Richard W. Wayt WD8SDH..............

JEFFERSON CO: NO report........... 

MORGAN CO: No comments..........

MUSKINGUM CO: No comments........... 

NOBLE CO: No comments.............. 

TUSCARAWAS CO: NO Report ............. 

WASHINGTON CO: : April 5th 2018 Checked in with Washington County EMA due to opening of EOC for flooding assessment and monitoring, as a result of the Ohio River reaching 35ft in Marietta Impacts were limited to localized road flooding. No ARES activation needed. Also talked with Washington County EMA about possibility of Operating Field day from Washington County EMA Parking lot plans are underway for that event. Several Washington County Hams participated in NVIS day contact was made with W8SGT and other counties. Washington County ARES members increased to 6. Joseph Wigal W8JTW EC. DEC Sonny Alfman W8FHF

District 10
District 10: NVIS Day was big fun, as always. Public service event season will be ramping up soon. Get your equipment ready to roll! *** 

Ashtabula County: No report submitted. *** 

Cuyahoga County: Our meeting focused on APRS this month. SkyWarn Spotter Training had more than 100 people in attendance. NVIS Day went very well. *** 

Geauga County: No comments submitted. *** 

Lake County: WOW, April was a very busy month for Lake Co. ARES. WB8ZGH And KB8BKE attended the ARES Conference in Marion. It was one of the best and well attended. Next up was the 20/10 mile Drop Run from Chardon to Fairport Harbor on Lake Erie. A cold Wet rainy day, low temps in the 30s/40s day of the run. A 122 ran from Chardon and 258 started from Concord Twns ( 10 mi). A special thanks to AA8OY and KD8QEI who dressed in rain gear and rode their bikes to track the last runners. A total of 13 braved the cold wet weather to man the event. Next up was the National Parks week event. We put the Pres. James A. Garfield Home on the air. Free admission had the parking lot full all day. The ARES Trailer was in full view as we operated on 40 & 20m. Some visitors stopped by the operation. A 100 plus contacts were made over the 6 hours of operation. Then there was the NVIS day at the Lake Co. E.O. C. This provided a chance to test the radios and antenna systems for the coming Perry Nuke Power Plant drill in September. We made contact with the Columbus and other E. O. C. s around the State. . Finished the month with Skywarn training at Lakeland Collage. Five members renewed their training. *** 

Lorain County: No comments submitted. ***

Medina County: No comments submitted.