PSE: No Buts About It 5k 28 March
  February 19th, 2020

March 28, 2020
7:00 amto10:30 am

No Buts About It 5k (to raise awareness about Colon Cancer Screening)

Takes place Saturday, March 28.

Start/Finish is Welcome Stadium 1601 Edwin C Moses Blvd 45417. We have been asked to take an expanded role by acting as course marshals in addition to providing communications services.

We need to gather at 7:00 AM to support the 8:00 start. We expect to finish by 10:30 and it is traditional at this event for interested hams to meet for brunch afterward.

Volunteer shirts are offered to those who contact n8ado@arrl.net to volunteer by Feb 28. Be sure to state your shirt size.

Frequency plan and other details will be provided to volunteers as the event nears.

New DEC: Don Parker KB8PSL
  February 11th, 2020

Don Parker, KB8PSL, OH D3 DEC

As the newly appointed West Central Ohio ARES Emergency Coordinator for District 3, I want to thank Fred Stone for his assistance as I transition into this new position. It goes without saying; Fred’s guidance leading District 3 has benefited the organization moving it forward.

I want to introduce myself and provide some background. Many of you know me as a Dayton SkyWarn Coordinator assisting with the NWS/SkyWarn weather spotter classes, Hamvention Security Chairman, Montgomery County ARES – AEC Logistics/PIO, or Montgomery County EMA EMCOMM team leader/EOC staff.

I have over 40 years experience in Public Safety involved with a variety of emergency incidents, disasters, planning drill exercises, and instructing public safety courses.

Over the past years, I’ve been a first responder to the major emergency incidents in the Miami Valley region. I’ve been to the Xenia tornadoes 1974 and 2000, Miamisburg train phosphorous incident, blizzard of 1978, and many other incidents.

As an EMCOMM member, in 2019, I worked the water emergency, KKK rally, Tornado outbreak, and the mass shooting with the EMCOMM team/EOC staff members at the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.

I have years of experience organizing and participating in public service events as a net control operator for area ham clubs and organizations. I’ve been a ham radio operator for 27 years, I enjoy the hobby including being a Volunteer Examiner and experiencing the excitement of students receiving their Technician ham radio license or moving up to the next level.

My years of experience involved in the many aspects of ham radio communications, disasters, planning, and executing drills made my decision to apply for the District Emergency Coordinator.

I’m looking forward to working with everyone and moving ARES into the future. It takes the cooperation of team work to move forward.

Don Parker KB8PSL
District Emergency Coordinator
West Central Ohio District 3 ARES

CERT Class Forming: German Township
  February 11th, 2020

There will be a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class in German Township, Montgomery County during the month of March 2020.

This course is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using this training to save lives and protect property.

Subjects covered include disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical/first aid, light search and rescue, CERT organization, and disaster psychology, with a mock disaster on the final night.

This free 20 hour course will be taught by certified instructors and experienced emergency services personnel. The 2020 class will be held Monday-March 16, Thursday-March 19, Monday-March 23, Thursday-March 26, and Monday, March 30, from 6:00pm-10:00pm each night at the German Twp. building, 12102 State Route 725 West, German Township. Most topics are hands-on. Those attending the training will be supplied with a free CERT kit.

For more information and to sign up for the class, contact Laurie Rohrbach at the German Twp. Police Dept. at 855-7215 or by email at german_twp_pd@hotmail.com.

You can download a course flier in PDF format here.

D3 Net Callsign KD3WCO
  January 12th, 2020

Beginning with the 15 January 2020 net, the Net Control Operator for the weekly District 3 ARES net will be using the callsign of KD3WCO (K-District 3 West Central Ohio).

New FCC Registration System
  February 27th, 2019

If you are not aware the ULS CORE system is changing to an new system on 1 March 2019. These changes affect ALL licensees.
  1. You need to re register on the new system then associate your legacy FRN to the new account.
  2. You must have an email to complete the process.
If you have any questions please send Chris Jebens  kz8xu@yahoo.com or  myself an email with the subject:  CORES Question. We will get you an answer.
David A. Crawford, KF4KWW 
kf4kww@sbcglobal.net

Emil Constantine, KC8HYK, became a Silent Key on February 3rd, 2019

Emil served many years as a Net Control Operator for the Ohio District 3 ARES Net.

He was a long time member of the Kettering Medical Center Amateur Radio Association (KMCARA) and was a founding member of the West Central Ohio Amateur Radio Association (WCOARA) when it was formed from the KMCARA in 2000.  He served on the WCOARA Board of Directors, was Chairman of the Science and Education Committee and held several other positions.

He was also active in supporting Public Service Events as well as the Amateur Radio point of contact for the Kettering Medical Center.

A memorial service for Emil has been scheduled to occur at 4pm on Saturday, 2 March 2019, at the Centerville Seventh-Day Adventist Church,  456 W. Spring Valley Pike.

The International Radio Amateur Union (IARU)  Emergency Telecommunications Guide (1 September 2016) is available online.

You can download it as a PDF here.

Thanks to Fred, W8LLY and Jim, W8TSN for pointing out this link on the CQ Magazine website.

New District 3 DEC: Fred Stone W8LLY
  December 21st, 2016

Fred Stone, W8LLY,  has been appointed as the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) of Ohio District 3.

Fred has many years of ARES experience, having served as the Greene County EC and a Deputy DEC for District 3.

Fred’s contact information is listed on the DEC page.

Edited to Add: The following was published in the Xenia Daily Gazette on 20 Dec 16.

BELLBROOK — Bellbrook resident Fred Stone has been appointed the district emergency coordinator (DEC) for District 3 of the Ohio Section of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

Stone, whose amateur radio call sign is W8LLY, will coordinate ARES activities in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties.

Stone had served as an assistant district emergency coordinator under Bob Rhoades, whom he replaces. Rhoades, who had served in a variety of local, district and state emergency service positions, died in an automobile accident in November.

ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for auxiliary communication support in the public service when disaster strikes. District 3 has more than 300 active amateur radio operators participating in ARES. All ARES positions are strictly voluntary, complying with the FCC requirement that amateur radio operators not receive any pay for their services.

The DEC has responsibility for coordinating the training, organization and emergency participation of emergency coordinators in the nine county West Central Ohio district and the deployment of available amateurs radio personnel and equipment resources during a disaster or communication emergency.

Stone, who has served as Greene County ARES (GCARES) emergency coordinator, will resign on Feb. 1 after completing 20 years in the position. During that time, he has overseen the development of county-wide emergency communication plans and networks with assistance from the three county amateur radio clubs, Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club, Upper Valley (Fairborn) Amateur Radio Club and the Xenia Weather Amateur Radio Network. He also serves as EC for Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township.

He helped to establish memorandums of understanding with a number of Greene County public service agencies including police and fire departments, hospitals and the health department, the emergency management agency and served on the Greene County Emergency Preparedness Committee. A ham for 64 years, he was involved in several disaster incidents including the 1974 and 2000 Xenia tornadoes.

Content provided by Greene County Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

Bob Rhoades KC8WHK, SK

Robert E. “Bob” Rhoades, age 71, of Piqua, Ohio, and formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 3:47 PM in Darke County, Ohio, due to an automobile accident.

He was born on February 3, 1945 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Eugene Franklin Rhoades and Clara Florence & Robert (Mannix) Stauffer. Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret “Peggy” (Sedam) Rhoades whom he married on February 6, 1971; sons, Rob & Jeff Mullins of Dallas, TX, and Chris Rhoades of Greenville; sisters and brother in law, Sandra Hoying of Greenville and Debbie & Steve Brandt of Greenville; brother and sister in law, Tom & Angela Stauffer of Oldsmar, FL; brothers in law and sisters in law, Carol & Mike Gray of Houston, Ohio, Kay & George O’Neill of Hollywood, FL, and Rick & Karen Sedam of Piqua, OH; special friends, Corbin & Skylan Robison; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his father and mother in law, George & Joan Sedam.

Bob was a firefighter retiring from the Greenville Fire Department. He also was a former employee with the Ohio Department of Health working within the Hazmat Department. He was an amateur ham radio operator and loved all aspects of trains. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville and St. Boniface Catholic Church in Piqua.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to National Fallen Firefighter Association at <http://www.firehero.org/> www.firehero.org. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

MVPT Issue 24 August
  August 24th, 2016

Dayton SKYWARN issued an MVPT page when it was activated Thursday afternoon, the 24th at 1633.

There were a large number of bounce backs from users with AOL accounts.

It appears to be an issue with AOL.  I would suggest you check your mail settings and ensure your spam filters are not rejecting the messages.

One suggestion to ensure that the address that issues the MVPT messages is entered into your AOL contacts list: mvpt@bellbrookarc.org

If you have any questions on how  to take these steps please contact AOL.