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. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

March Section Emergency Coordinator's Report


ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: March
Year: 2018 Total Number of ARES Members: 1783
Change since last month: 22
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 560
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varied
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: (All)
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 785
Person Hours: 6216
Number of Public Service Events this month: 57
Person Hours: 2249
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 8
Person Hours: 114
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 850
Total Person Hours: 8579
Comments: Numerous nets were staged for the Ohio Tornado Awareness drill. Skywarn training is taking place all over the state.
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com
Files to upload?:

Hi all!  Thanks again for your enthusiastic support of our Ohio State ARES Conference!  It’s great to see so many attend, and I have head really good feedback so far. If there was something you thought should be changed, or if you have any ideas or suggestions for next years’ conference please don’t hold back!!  The whole idea is to provide information YOU can use.

Here is the activity report for March. I always used to enjoy reading them, and now I really like putting them together from your monthly reports. There are always little mentions that reveal a lot of work!  For instance, John mentions in a sentence or two that Franklin County worked the Arnold sporting event- this is the largest athletic event in the world, and all EMS is handled with a ham radio communicator as part of the many teams. Planning goes on the entire year. Well done!  District 1 has undertaken a large project in placing amateur radios into their regional hospitals. This, too, takes tons of planning and volunteer time. It’s worthy of note how many different ARES groups are involved with siren testing- it’s a great and simple way to assure your community’s safety and show off amateur radio.

Amateur radio was in service for Ohio River flooding, in several river areas it was “get ready here it comes!” as levels climbed. Fortunately, everything turned back around at the last moment with only a minimum of shelters.

And for all, Skywarn training is underway!  Remember to check into your local weather net!  It might be easier, but you can’t provide an accurate report from your couch. Get somewhere safe that provides a good view of oncoming systems. Remember proper net etiquette…the public is listening, and that’s just another reason we need to sound professional! Keep your transmissions short, and if you don’t ~need~ to say something, DON’T.  The most effective weather net is a quiet one- where only severe reports or other necessary traffic happens.  But the most important thing (next to keeping your family safe) is to PARTICIPATE!!


Be active, be safe, and be professional!!  We appreciate ALL you do!

 Ohio ARES Activity report for March, 2018

District 1
Totals include figures for Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net and District 1 Skywarn and ADEC and DEC hours. Work continues on obtaining hospital and non-hospital amateur radio to help facilities comply with new Federal Regulations concerning back up communications capabilities.

District 2
Paulding Co EC resigned.

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 294 Members (-1 change), 124 Total Events (65 Voice Net Sessions, 13 Digital Net Sessions, 46 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 0 Public Service Events and 0 Emergency Operations for 1092 Total Man-Hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (22 members, 0 change):  5 weekly voice net sessions and 1 other ARES events for a total of 4 events and 60 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  3 weekly net sessions and 4 other ARES events for a total of 7 events and 108 man-hours.

DARKE COUNTY:  (14 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 2 other ARES events for a total of 6 events and 26 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (55 members, 0 change):  20 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 16 other ARES related activities for a total of 40 events and 270 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, served agency training, CERT training.

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

     Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-): 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 147.21 (+): 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 Four Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23 on 2/4, 2/11, 2/189, 2/25. Held two nets using Wires X on 2/11, 2/25

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (81 members, -1 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 3 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 3 other ARES related events for a total of 10 events and 183 man-hours. 
     Comments: MoCo ARES held its Community Meeting on 2/27. Program was on FLDIGI and its various sub software. Several members brought in their radio go kits. March and April will be busy with Skywarn training and several PSE.

PREBLE COUNTY:  (15 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 12 other ARES events for a total of 16 events and 144 man-hours.
     Comments:  No Activity this month. Winter schedule.
 
SHELBY COUNTY:  (39 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 2 digital net sessions; 0 Public Service Event; 0 Emergency Operations and 5 other ARES event for a total of 11 events and 92 man-hours.
     Comments: Feb. 21 SCARES introduces Cub Scout Pack 355, Ft. Loramie, Ohio to amateur radio and Emer Comm Vehicle. Feb. 25 SCARES Monthly meeting and training. 4 weekly voice nets and 2 bi- monthly digital nets

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions and 1 District 3 EC Meeting for a total of 5 events and 120 man-hours.

District 4
Highland County: EC is very active on MARS (traffic count 97). Clinton County (and others) had many e-ops hours committed to NWS/Skywarn.

Butler County: Training continues toward obtaining tier 1 operator status. Continued participation with the EMA & 911 center monitoring the operation of the 68 severe weather sirens countywide. When the program started 4 years ago only 30% of the sirens actually worked. Now an average of 1 or 2 may be reported as not functional and only if we have had lightning in the area. We have discussed via email some lightning protection that could be added to better surge protect their equipment. Three sites that "normally" get struck have worked well after several severe storms. They are listening and taking our advice. We also record the paging sequences in case of problems. In the beginning we could hear background voices mixing with the digital sequence of tones that was traced to a faulty dispatch console module not silencing the operator’s headset.

Hamilton County: Ohio River flooding and WX incident hours. Operators checked into several local, state and national nets. Prep hours for Findley Market Parade (Reds) and Flying Pig 2018.

District 5
Summit County, Ken Dorsey KA8OAD Setup and manned an ARES table at the Summit County Skywarn Training session. We had radio demos as well as several ARRL handouts about, Amateur Radio, Amateur Radio in Emergencies and ARES. We had a lot of interest and many questions about ARES. Pictures attached.

Stark County, Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 4 public service nets for the month of March that totaled 110 check-ins. There were no public service events during the month. In conjunction with the Stark County EMA office we hosted our annual Skywarn Spotter training at Jackson High School with 85 attending. Additional operators have signed up for the ICS-200 training class on April 18th.


District 6
DMR Net is averaging 100 + checkins a week now and every District is represented thats great. yearly tornado siren test this month

District 7
Marion County: KE8AFF initiated a NET for the Statewide Tornado drill on March 20th. We had 7 members check in without prior notices. We hosted a Skywarn with the National Weather Service to educate local residents on what to watch for and report during severe weather. There were about 75 people in attendance. We conducted a test of the County Special Operations vehicle built and maintained by the First Consolidated Fire Department and the Marion County Sheriff which includes an Amateur Radio operator position and has UHF, VHF and DMR capability. We should have it at the Statewide Conference for display. Well wishes to members recovering at home: KD8CUU W8MLL KD8KCH Look forward to see you all April 7th at the Statewide !!!!

Licking County: We were invited by the EMA to help with the Tornado Siren Testing. This meant that we were calling in each individual siren to Licking County 911 Center and the plan was to operate out of the EOC but that quickly changed when we asked if we wanted to operate with MARCS radios and we jumped at the chance. This gave Licking Co. EMA a chance to see how well we are able operate these radios if called upon to do so. Bret KD8SCL got positive feedback from the EMA as well as the members that helped out, looking forward to next year. Our Weather Spotter Class is coming up next month.

Franklin County: In March ARES took part in the Arnold Sports Festival and NWS Skywarn Spotter Training accounting for significant man hours. Planned for April is additional on-hands training on public safety radio systems and NWS Skywarn Advanced Weather Spotter training sponsored by the Central Ohio Severe Weather Network and hosted at Mt. Carmel Hospital.

Union County: Amateur Radio Club finished up the technician class. We had 15 test, 1 person upgraded from tech to General and 2 people did not pass. There are a couple new amateurs that are interested in ARES. The weekly UCARC net was logged once this month so the net numbers are a little lower than usual. I am looking forward to the ARES Conference. We started going over material for the EC01. I am looking forward to hear about the changes that are being made to the ARES program. I still need to schedule a time for a simplex training traffic net with Tony, KC8PZ.

Fayette County: Welcome to the new EC James E Scott N8ORJ

Delaware County: Worked with county EMA on functional training Exercise and had great results.

District 8
Counties reporting: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto EC Comments:
Athens: Had a successful VE session at the conclusion of the ACARA Tech license classes. Gained two new Techs and Two new Generals. All started with no license and also joined as entry-level ARES members. EC/DEC attended FEMA training on bio-terrorism awareness at public events and BCI class on meth labs and fentanyl awareness. ACARA on standby for possible shelter opening for last flooding event.

Gallia: This is the first report I am sending in as EC for Gallia County. Any questions please let me know. Hope to see you at the Ohio EC Conference. A new net for ARES net and meeting will be happening soon. The meeting will be separate from the MOVARC club meetings. Any advice on what to start training this new group would be of appreciated. See you at Marion.

Lawrence: Tim Nicely, AC8VQ; Greg Henry, W8DUQ; Mike Hatten, N8JHJ; Fred Herr, W8DUQ; and Mike Love, WB8YKS attended the National Stop the Bleed Day and were awarded certificates from the American College of Surgeons.

Pike: Preparation is underway to support this year’s Southern Ohio Forest Rally (SOFR) in May along with the Scioto Valley Amateur Radio Club (SVARC). A temporary repeater and all radio equipment for operation will be set up in Zaleski State Forest and Tar Hollow State Forest. Plans are underway to also support the Dogwood Pass 5k & 10 mile run at Beaver, Ohio in June.

Ross: Completed class and test session for technicians.

Scioto: Sky Warn Spotters Network Training from NWS and EMA and additional security provisions added to tower site which is at the highest hill in Scioto County.
DEC comments: We have a new EC for Gallia County, Patrick O. Day, KC8OYQ. Thanks for taking this important position. Several PS events coming up - Iron Furnace Trail Run at Lake Hope on Saturday, April 7, Athens Marathon on Sunday, April 15, ACARA Athens Hamfest of Sunday, April 29, Lake Hope Bicycle Race, Saturday, May 5 and Thunderbunny 50 K on Saturday, May 12. Upcoming training available on Saturday, April 21 at Jackson Fire Department, Resources in Amateur Radio for EMA managers and public safety officials. SEC Stan Broadway will be one of the instructors.

District 9
COSHOCTON C0: County LEPC meeting attended by EC. We had participation of over a dozen in the statewide tornado siren test, with reports given to the EMA and Sheriff. We held a monthly ARES meeting, which is right before the club meeting the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the EOC.  Participation by several ARES in various national, state and county nets is good. Of note during March was Warren, WX8OH, who was on many nets: 4 W8SGT nets, 3 OHDEN, OSSBN 9 times, 3 Ohio 3139 DMR nets, 12 Saturn nets, 3 Saturn digital nets, net control station Wed. for Sunbelt service net, ISBN traffic net twice a week, 5 days a week on Southcars, 60m ARES net run out of TN. plus local nets. Good job! Steve,.AA8BN, EC .

GUERNSEY C0: The monthly ARES training covered Weather radios and the PBZ web site. A sky warn net was conducted to support the annual Weather siren test. The EC presented a program to the county Long Term Recovery committee on "What is Amateur Radio and How Can it Help Your Agency". EC Dick WD8SDH

WASHINGTON CO: Gave a 1 hour talk about ARES and handed out ARES Applications at Marietta Amateur Radio Club March Meeting also sent letter to Washington County EMA planning meeting with local EMA director later this summer per there schedule. Also looking into possibility of Field Day setup from Washington County EMA/EOC office. EC Joe W8JTW

District 10
District 10: NVIS Day coming up on April 28! Like a mini Field Day almost. Loads of fun! Don't forget the burgers!

Ashtabula County: No comments submitted.

Cuyahoga County: In March Cuyahoga County ARES sponsored a CPR/AED training. All members have been invited to attend the statewide ARES Conference on April 7th.

Geauga County: No comments submitted.

Lake County: No comments submitted.

Lorain County: No comments submitted.

Medina County: Five new hams licensed and one is eleven years old.



Monday, March 12, 2018

February Section Emergency Coordinator's Report


ARRL Ohio Section - FSD-96
Month: February
Year: 2018
Total Number of ARES Members: 1712
Change since last month: 25
Number of DEC's / EC's reporting this month: 10
Number of ARES Nets active: 598
Number of Nets active with NTS Liaisons: varies
Call-signs of DEC's / EC's reporting: WD8PNZ W8UY W8LLY N8TFD ASI8P W8DLB KB8YMN N8SUZ W8FHF N8AUC
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 762
Person Hours: 3795
Number of Public Service Events this month: 42
Person Hours: 307
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 5
Person Hours: 169
Total number of ARES/RACES Events this month: 810
Total Person Hours: 4271
Comments:
Submitted by and call-sign: Stan Broadway N8BHL
Email: stan@standi.com

Here’s the February Report for the OES’s..


Name
Call
County
District
PS Hours
EM Hours
Hours Net Participation
Scott
N8SY
Richland
6
40
20
40
Mark
KB8YMN
Franklin
7
9
0
4.6
Bob
W8RWR
Franklin
7
0
0
1.3
David
NF8O
Medina
10
7.5
0
8.25


Hi all!  Wow!  It’s great to see some really increased training numbers this month!   Excellent work to all!


We did have some of the flooding hours in this report, most will be in the March report, I’m sure. Again, many thanks to all of you who participated- either stand-by or by actually deploying. Each mode is vitally important. Another “Well Done!”

Please make your plans now to attend the Ohio ARES Conference April 7, at Marion Technical College/ OSU Marion. We’ll open doors around 8, and we’ll be done and out by 5!  In between will be some really valuable information you can take back to your counties. – What’s in store for ARES nationally? Come get an inside peek!  How are we going to participate as a BETA state in some of this activity?  How is it in the “real trenches?”- a report from George Reidel who deployed to St Marks, only to be caught in the second hurricane!

This is “Must Do” for EC’s, AEC’s and all ARES management team members- but it’s equally valuable for any amateur operator-  ALL ARE WELCOME!    Register on the arrl-ohio.org page to give us an idea of attendance. The room holds 150 comfortable (in the big cushy chairs) and more if needed in the pit. We’re not quite halfway full- so make your plans now!

NVIS Day is April 28!!  Get ready to have some fun!

Ohio ARES Monthly Activities
February, 2018

District 1
 Totals include figures from the Northwest Ohio Traffic and Training Net and District 1 Skywarn.

Distsrict 2
(No comments submitted)

District 3
DISTRICT 3 SUMMARY:  100% of Nine Counties reporting: 294 Members (-2 change), 99 Total Events (60 Voice Net Sessions, 13 Digital Net Sessions, 25 Meetings-Drills-Training-Tests, 1 Public Service Events and 0 Emergency Operations for 659 Total Man-Hours.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY:  (22 members, +1):  4 weekly voice net sessions and 2 other ARES events for a total of 4 events and 40 man-hours.

CLARK COUNTY:  (33 members):  3 weekly net sessions and 0 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 46 man-hours.

DARKE COUNTY:  (12 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES events for a total of 5 events and 37 man-hours.

GREENE COUNTY:  (55 members, -1 change):  20 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 15 other ARES related activities for a total of 39 events and 297 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, served agency training, CERT training.

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

MIAMI COUNTY:  (25 members):  10 weekly voice nets, 4 weekly digital nets, 0 Public Service, 0 Emergency Operations and 0 other ARES events for a total of 14 events and 44 man-hours.
Comments:  MCES ARES/RACES Net 145.23(-): 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 147.21 (+): 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 Four Digital nets using MT63-2KL on 145.23 on 2/4, 2/11, 2/189, 2/25. Held two nets using Wires X on 2/11, 2/25

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (82 members, -2 change):  3 weekly voice net sessions, 3 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 1 other ARES related events for a total of 7 events and 64 man-hours. 
Comments: MoCo ARES held its Community Meeting on 2/27. Program was on FLDIGI and its various sub software. Several members brought in their radio go kits. March and April will be busy with Skywarn training and several PSE.

PREBLE COUNTY:  (16 members):  4 weekly net sessions; 0 Public Service Event, 0 Emergency Operations and 4 other ARES events for a total of 8 events and 8 man-hours.
Comments:  No Activity this month. Winter schedule.

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 78 man-hours.
Comments: Feb. 21 SCARES introduces Cub Scout Pack 355, Ft. Loramie, Ohio to amateur radio and Emer Comm Vehicle. Feb. 25 SCARES Monthly meeting and training. 4 weekly voice nets and 2 bi- monthly digital nets

DISTRICT 3 ACTIVITIES:  4 District 3 ARES weekly voice net sessions for a total of 4 events and 28 man-hours.

District 4
Butler County tried to meet but was "weathered out" of their meeting location. A lot of "standby" in Brown and Hamilton Counties in response to flooding at the end of the month. Much of the time logged for this will be reflected in the March report. From Hamilton County: Exercise & training: POD Exercise; WARN spotter training, Simplex contest,ICs classes. Many local, state and national nets members checked into. POTUS/FLOTUS visit to the Cincinnati area. 

District 5
Summit County, Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD Covered ICS-200 at this months meeting for our members who have not yet completed their ICS courses.

Stark County, Terry Russ, N8ATZ Stark County ARES completed 4 public service nets for the month of February that totaled 104 check-ins. There were no public service activities during the month. We continue to revise our roster per the new guidelines as more members work to achieve Tier 1 status. Our county EMA office has scheduled an ICS-200 training class for April 18th. Additional training classes are pending.

District 6
no Crawford County Report

District 7
Licking County: Had a lot of rain fall in Licking Co, with some light flooding and the EC Bret KD8SCL was on stand by in case needed at the EOC, he also recorded 7.81" of rain at his QTH for the last 31 days. Updates on the roster continues. 2018 is looking to be a busy year with events and EOC move. Looking forward to the upcoming NWS Spotter Training coming up next month for Licking Co. and hope everyone is able to attend. DMR is really starting to take off here in the county with several members getting their ID and getting on the air and was able to check in to the Ohio ARES net, looking forward to get our own net going on DMR in the near future.

Franklin County: February training involved learning about the public safety radio system in Franklin County and the partnership with Ohio MARCS. Part two of this training will be hands-on with radio equipment in the Franklin County EMA and understanding radio templates.

The Union County EMA is going to be moving EMA Station 720 in the near future. We have been helping plan for the move into a different building which will also include moving 2 repeaters plus the HF and UHF/VHF amateur radio gear along with the EMA high band and marcs radios. We met at the new location last week to come up with a good layout/plan for the radio room. Many thanks to Stan, N8BHL for being there to help with that process. We have been doing our Monday night weekly training sessions. We did not meet the first Monday of the month and decided not to meet on the first Monday of the month for training. The Technician class the Union County Amateur Radio Club is putting on has been well attended. We are on our 5th class next week and should be ready for a test session soon. The class size has been 20 - 25 people for each one which is great! I am hoping to get some of the new hams from the class interested in weather spotting and participating in a skywarn net. 

The Central Ohio Severe Weather Network is going to give a talk/presentation at the Union County Amateur Radio Club meeting March 6th. I invited the technician class to the meeting. This will be followed by weather spotter training in Union County April 11th at 6:30pm at the Union County Services Building at 940 London Ave in Marysville. Our goal is to get a more active weather spotting group going here in Union County. The UCARC voice nets this month have not all been reported so that number is down some. Attached are some pictures of the technician class from Feb 28th 73, -Ed Comments: Madison County: We had SkyWarn training on 2/14 at the EMA office with about 30 people attending, including 5 ARES members. 

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

Athens: Several hams kept on standby for possible Red Cross shelter activation.

Gallia: Members are still working on NIMS - working on setting up a weekly ARES radio net. Also working to set up a monthly ARES meeting at a regular date. These items will be performed by our new ARES EC, Pat Day KC8YOQ.

Lawrence: Mike Love, WB8YKS, Mike Sullivan, KN4IMU, and Eddie Jenkins, N8URU helped EMA Director Mike Boster with Damage Assessments from the latest flood event. The group worked with the New Hope United Methodist Church, which was distributing flood clean up kits to disaster victims. Ross: Held two technician classes at the end of February-nine students!

Scioto: Scioto County Flood Emergency February 18-25th, 2018 Scioto EOC activation and Communications checks and relays. Scioto EMA/EOC recognized by Governor for proactive response for flooding emergency. ARES proud to be part of the operations. EMA said they were very appreciative of the team action for the emergency event.

Vinton : Nothing to report. DEC comments:D8 ECs were kept up to date regarding flood potential via NWS hazardous weather outlook and and advanced hydrology prediction service projections.

District 9
COSHOCTON CO: Monthly ARES meeting conducted.... EMA once again asked ARES for rain gauge reports. ..Thank you AEC, KC8PUW, Will, who went to Guernsey county ARES and demonstrated Fldigi and flmsg for that ARES group..... Thank the Coshocton County Sheriff Dept. for their extra support this month of our ARES group. EC: AA8BN, Coshocton Co........ .....

GUERENSEY CO: The monthly training was a presentation of digital modes by Will, KC8PUW of the Coshocton ARES group. AEC Mark,KC8SBB is working on updating the ARES members in the telephone notification system "RAVE". AEC Bruce, N8JMK attended a briefing at the EOC on Feb 23 concerning the flooding. The EC Dick, WD8SDH attended the county communications meeting on Feb 14. EC WD8SDH, Guernsey Co. .............

JEFFFERSON CO: Working with local EMA to develop better interaction during potential incidents (such as recent flooding), further enhancing our operations at EOC by installing packet equipment. Beginning training for traffic handling in March. EC: N8CUX, Jefferson Co...............

MORGAN CO: No comments. EC: KD8RW, Morgan Co..............

MUSKINGUM CO: No Comments. EC: KD8TNL, Muskingum Co..............

NOBLE CO: No Comments. EC: KD8OSI, Noble Co................

WASHINGTON CO: Monitored Rivers Levels along with DMR 3139 talk group during recent flooding. Despite higher predictions minimal flooding took place along Ohio River and Muskingum Rivers. Also looking into further developing ARES interest in Washington County. EC: W8JTW, Washington Co.

District 10
District 10: Save the date! Ohio ARES Conference April 7 in Marion. Be there or be square! NVIS Day coming up on April 28! Big fun! ***

Ashtabula County: No comments submitted. ***

Cuyahoga County: Activities included Winter Field Day and a training on HF antennas. ***

Geauga County: No comments submitted. ***

Lake County: No comments submitted. ***

Lorain County: No comments submitted. ***

Medina County: Adding tier one every couple months lately. Some comm unit people are working on mesh linked cameras for future use. Dave,NF8O has been putting in lots of hours at the EMA. 



  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

January's Section Emergency Coordinators Report


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

OHIO NVIS ANTENNA DAY  is April 28! 

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

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

Ohio ARES Activity report
January 2018

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

District 2
No comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  (84 members, 0 change):  4 weekly voice net sessions, 4 weekly digital net sessions, 0 Public Service Events, 0 Emergency Operations and 2 other ARES related events for a total of 10 events and 57 man-hours. 
Comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

District 6
No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEC: G.Sonny Alfman W8FHF

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

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

Geauga County: No comments submitted.

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

Lorain County: No comments submitted.

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