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.

ARES Net Back Up Repeater
  June 15th, 2016

If the 145.110 is not available, the designated backup repeater is the Montgomery County ARES 146.640 MHz with a 123.0 Hz tone.

If Dayton SKYWARN is active and the 146.640 is in use, the net will be moved as determined by the DEC or NM  and Net Control operators.

As a final option, listen on 145.11 simplex for any announcements as to where the net has moved.

Updated Preble County Information
  February 17th, 2016

Preble County ARES has a new web site at:

www.k8yr.com/

Contact information for the EC , Gary, NJ8BB, has also been updated

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