ARES E-Letter 20 January 16
  January 20th, 2016

Advanced NWS Spotter Training
  January 20th, 2016

In additon to the basic Spotter training (see this article), NWS Wilmington is offering Advanced Spotter training again this year.

WHEN:     Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE:     Mercy West Hospital Auditorium
3300 Mercy Health Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45211

Full details on the NWS Wilmington website

2016 Skywarn Spotter Training
  January 18th, 2016

The 2016 Skywarn Spotter Training Schedule from the US National Weather Service Wilmington, Ohio has been released. Click on the link below to find a class in your county or the one the nearest to you!

http://www.weather.gov/iln/spottertrainingschedule

Also, the Ohio Statewide Tornado Drill is Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Like, Share, or Get Notifications from the Dayton Skywarn Facebook Page for the latest Weather Bulletins and Reminders for upcoming Storm Spotter Training at https://www.facebook.com/dayton.skywarn

PSE: GOBA 18-25 June 2016
  December 30th, 2015

June 18, 2016toJune 25, 2016

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) will be routed through Southwest Ohio this year in Butler, Hamilton, Preble, Darke and Montgomery counties.

More details to follow, but there is always a need for operators, especially during weekdays as this event moves through the area. GOBA will be coordinating with county ECs and they will have more information as we get closer to the event.

New Miami County EC
  September 4th, 2015

There is a New ARRL Emergency Coordinator appointed for Miami County ARES.

DAVID B STEIN, KC9NVP

2920 Hickory Wood Drive Troy, OH 45373

davidb1stein@gmail.com

Thank you for your support of ARES, I have enjoyed serving as your Miami County EC the past 8 years. Please give David your full support and cooperation.

73S,

David E. Robinson WB8PMG

MVPT Update
  May 1st, 2015

After over 10 years of being hosted on the febo.com servers through the kind generosity of John Ackerman, N8UR, the Miami Valley Priority Traffic (MVPT) list is transitioning to a new server. A hearty thank you to John for developing the MVPT list and his support of it over the years.

The Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) has graciously agreed to be the new home of the MVPT list. Special thanks to Don Parker, KB8PSL and Russ Roysden, N8NPT for making this happen.

Anyone that was subscribed to the old MVPT server has been transferred to the new server and you should have received a subscribe notification message. No action is required on your part to continue receiving messages.

The new site to subscribe or manage your subscriptions is:

http://mail.bellbrookarc.org/mailman/listinfo/mvpt_bellbrookarc.org

Notifications will now be coming from mvpt@bellbrookarc.org. Please update any spam filters you may have to accept these messages.

Our first test of the new system will be during the District 3 ARES Net Wednesday, May 6th at 8:00PM Local.

Hi Gang,

Just wanted to let you all know that we now have a new Section
Emergency Coordinator..

I want to introduce you to Stan Broadway, N8BHL. Stan has an extensive
background in Emergency Services and ARES. He is currently also the
Emergency Coordinator for Delaware County.

Here’s just a “short list” of what Stan has been up to over his
years of “service..” to the public

EMERGENCY SKILLSET
Police –
• Deputy Sheriff
• Patrol
• Jail
• Dispatch

Fire / EMS
• Volunteer firefighter, EMT/Bridged (30 years)
• Technician level Haz Mat
• Incident Command, long list of FEMA courses
• Extensive training creation and delivery (tabletop, incident, and
classroom)
• Grant development
• Planning

Communications
• Certified APCO Comm Center Manager
• Technical experience developing repeater-based systems
• FCC Amateur Radio “Extra” class license (highest possible)
• Built and configured console system in the early days of the
Tornado Spotter Net at National

Weather Service, Columbus
• Over 20 years experience as police/fire dispatcher in busy Columbus
suburban departments
• Familiar with newest mobile technology in radio/RF/IT/dispatching
• Webmaster, fire and emergency sites

Disaster / Tornado
• Control Operator for 14 years, member of management team Central

Ohio Severe Weather Spotters Network (N.W.S. National Recognition)
• Developed, wrote, and presented training seminars across Ohio
• Xenia, OH Tornado outbreak (34 fatalities) established EOC and
worked on management team with

National Guard
• Later consulted with Columbus on findings and results
• Several other large-scale tornado outbreaks with damage and injury
• Blizzard of ’78 experience
• Member, Port Columbus Air Crash committee (two years)

Management
• 18 years managing, training and budgeting computer operations and
groups
• Extensive national awards for journalism and web applications
• Extensive planning experience (1,5 and 10 year planning)

As you can see, Stan is extremely qualified to take the reins as
Section Emergency Coordinator..

I’m very proud to have Stan join the Section Cabinet as our SEC..

Stan can be reached at:    broadways@standi.com

Please welcome Stan as the new Section Emergency Coordinator for the
Ohio Section..

73,

Scott..

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ARRL Ohio Section
Section Manager: Scott D Yonally, N8SY
n8sy@arrl.org

Montgomery County ARES Digital Net

This net will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, at the conclusion of the weekly voice net on 444.250 MHz, + offset, and a 123.0 Hz tone.

 Net control for both nets will be WE8R

 The mode will be MT63 2KL, centered on 1500 in the waterfall.

We will start out with just basic check ins, until we get all participating amateurs equipment and software up and running.

 Check in information will consist of the following:

 CALL

LOCATION

NAME

VERSION OF FLDIGI

If you want to make a macro in fldigi with your check in information, it should look something like this…… (Right click on one of the macro buttons to edit the information…. Don’t forget to name the macro tab and save the macro information once you are finished.)

<TX>

<MYCALL>

<MYQTH>

<MYNAME>

<VER>

<RX>

If you have entered your information in the info in the Fldigi “Configure” “Operator” boxes, when the macro button is pressed, it should transmit the following:   (Note: this is my info)

WE8R

KETTERING, OH

ROBERT

Fldigi 3.21.81     (version of Fldigi you are using)

If anyone would like to check their equipment, or needs help with the software, let me know and I will be glad to work with you.     WE8R@mocoares.org

73, Robert WE8R

Robert Rosenfelder / WE8R

Montgomery County ARES

AEC South

With public service events filling the calendar, I wanted to focus on two very important topics.  I ask that you please read this carefully. The first point is personal safety. Your personal safety should be your top priority while volunteering. While we should be looking out for one another, it’s important to know that only you can look out for number one.  Personal safety begins with awareness.  Stay alert of your surroundings.  Trust your instincts.  Maintain a 360 degree mindset.  As you know the world is not linear so be sure to look up down and all around.While many amateur radio operators volunteer for the fun of it, it’s important to remember they are also an important asset to public service event staff and participants. We provide situational awareness by using our training, skills, and equipment.  It’s often said we are the eyes and ears of the event.  So something to keep in mind is a casual public service event can turn into a tragic incident without warning.  I reference the 2013 Boston Marathon where there were 3 fatalities and at least 264 wounded. Take a look at the Boston Marathon Terror Attack Fast Facts.  http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/us/boston-marathon-terror-attack-fast-facts/

I’d like to point your attention to the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center website and read the 8 signs of terrorism. http://www.neorfc.us/en-US/signs-terrorism.aspx.
I also encourage you to watch an 8 minute video titled Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism – The Cell.  It can be found on YouTube with over 92,000 views.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHjI6mj1jOA 

Homeland Security begins with Hometown Security.  Check out the “If you see something, say something” campaign.
http://www.dhs.gov/if-you-see-something-say-something%E2%84%A2-campaign

We cannot volunteer with blinders on regardless if it’s a parade, 1/2 marathon, 5K/10K run, 100 mile bicycle ride, or walk-a-thon.  Meaning, we cannot be volunteering thinking, “It won’t happen to us”.  This is called complacency.  Just last year, during the 2013 Pan Ohio Hope Ride…one of the water stops was evacuated and the cyclists rerouted because of a bomb threat.  It won’t happen to us?  It just did!I am not telling you this question whether or not to volunteer.  I am telling you this because every trained volunteer is needed.  Volunteers who use their eyes and ears, training, and equipment have the potential of saving lives.  But let me be clear, super heroes need not apply.  If you’re volunteering to get your name in the paper or be Captain America, then you’re politely asked to just stay home.

The take away from this is every volunteer is needed.  Learn the signs.  Be safe out there.
Don’t look back tomorrow and say you could’ve done more!”  From TV show Chicago Fire.
73 de Matt W8DEC
Matthew Welch W8DEC
Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator
ARRL – The national association for AMATEUR RADIO™
w8dec@arrl.net
440-585-7388

KC8NYH/WC8OH repeater linking ends
  February 26th, 2014

For the past 5 months, Shane, KC8NYH as been linking his 443.125+ repeater in Clark county with WC8OH 145.11- repeater system during the weekly District 3 ARES Net.

This was to help Clark county stations check into the net if they were having difficulty getting in on 2 meters.

Apparently, this is not needed as only a total  5 stations have checked in to the net through the 440 repeater during the 5 months it has been active.

Therefore, we will cease to link the repeaters during the net immediately.

Many thanks to Shane for willing to do the work of setting up the links each week and volunteering his repeater for this experiment.