Greene County ARES net Change
  August 18th, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, August 25, 2020, the Greene County ARES (GCARES) Voice Net and Digital Training Net will move to the GCARES 440 repeater every fourth Tuesday of each month.

The nets will remain on the GCARES 2m repeater all other Tuesdays. This will allow us to train and test on the 440 repeater so that it is ready in an emergency.

Be sure to add the GCARES 440 repeater to your radios. (442.7250+ no tone)

John Westerkamp/W8LRJ
Greene County AEC for Administration

D3 ARES Net Training 5 August 20
  August 7th, 2020

DMR Nets
  August 4th, 2020

The Greene County DMR net meets every Tuesday at 8:30 pm local time on Talk Group 310557 on the N8NQH DMR repeater in Bellbrook, OH (444.8750+, CC: 13, TS 2).

This net is for the discussion of DMR in general and training in DMR net operation. This net is open to all amateurs. You do not need to be a member of any local or national organization or live in Greene County to participate.

There is also a list of DMR nets statewide on the Ohio ARES site (several are ARES nets)

Winlink Nets
  August 4th, 2020

Winlink is a digital mode used primarily as a store and forward messaging system. A station connects via RF to a VHF or HF node known as a Radio Message Server (RMS) Gateway. The RMS gateway forwards that message to one of two redundant Common Message Servers (CMS) via internet. When a receiving station connects to the system, the CMS sends the message to the RMS that the receiving station is logged in to. There are also Hybrid gateways that will relay messages when the internet is down.

This gives a valuable capability when internet is down in a local area, allowing stations to connect to HF gateways outside of the impacted area.

Winlink operates much as an E-mail program and has many standardized forms such as used by the Red Cross and Incident Command System (ICS) forms used by FEMA and local EMAs.

In addition to VHF and HF connections, there is a Telnet option that connects using the internet, providing an opportunity to learn the program prior to integrating it with your radio.

The Red Cross has incorporated Winlink into national exercises such as the one in May2020.

Two local Winlink nets are:

Greene County ARES Winlink net:

  • Send a Winlink message to W8LRJ via w8lrj@winlink.org either using the Winlink gateway at 445.01 MHz simplex, HF or via Winlink Telnet any time on Tuesday between 6 am and 9 pm. All messages will be acknowledged.
  • Net, please use the following format: Callsign, Name, City, County, ARES District, State, and How Connected (Frequency and Callsign of Winlink Gateway or Telnet). As an example, that would be W8LRJ, John Westerkamp, Beavercreek, Greene, D3, OH (via 445.01 W8GCA-10 Gateway)”
  • Please feel free to check-in using one of the Winlink Form Templates, e.g., the Winlink Check-In form under General or the ICS 213 form under ICS Forms.
  • Remember that a Winlink Net is NOT like a conventional net where all participants meet simultaneously. All messages will be acknowledged on Wednesday.

Ohio Winlink Net:

  • Send a Winlink message to K8EAF any time on Wednesday.
  • Just a one line with callsign, first name, city, county, state and via what mode (VHF, UHF, HF or Telnet. Because we want operators to get started using Winlink, the Telnet check-ins are excepted.
  • Enter K8EAF in the “To” field. Subject field “OH Winlink Net Check-in”. In the body field enter callsign, first name, city, county, state and via what mode.
  • Example: K8EAF, Ed, Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH (VHF)
  • All check-ins will be acknowledged, and a complete roster will be sent later in the week.
  • NOTE: They will accept the ICS213 forms and the new Winlink Check-in form found in the General_Forms folder. Test drive the forms!

Digital Training Nets
  August 4th, 2020

Various District 3 counties hold weekly Digital nets. These provide valuable training on using digital modes to pass traffic during an activation. They use sound card digital modes and the free FLDIGI software package.

FLDIGI is used in a keyboard to keyboard mode, either with two stations passing traffic to each other or for net operations with multiple stations. The companion FLMSG software allows use of standardized forms (such as American Red Cross of Incident Command System) to be passed.

Greene County:

  • Greene County ARES holds their digital net following their weekly voice nets on Tuesday evenings. The voice net begins at 21:00L.
  • It is held on the 146.910(-) W8GCA repeater on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday.
  • It is held on the 442.7250(+) W8GCA repeater on the 4th Tuesday.
  • The net uses the MT63 2000 Long (MT63-2KL) digital mode centered on 1500 Hz.

Montgomery County:

  • Montgomery Co. ARES holds their digital net following their weekly voice nets on Tuesday evenings. The voice net begins at 20:00L.
  • The first and third Tuesday of the month is on the 146.640(-) 123.0HZ tone K8MCA Repeater.
  • The second Tuesday of the month is held on the 444.250 (+) 123.0Hz tone K8MCA repeater.
  • (The fourth Tuesday is usually reserved for meetings, but during the COVID19 response a net on 146.640 is being held instead).
  • The net uses the MT63 2000 Long (MT63-2KL) digital mode centered on 1500 Hz.

If any other District 3 counties are holding Digital nets, please pass the information to ka0azs@arrl.net for posting here.

D3 ARES Net Training 29 July 20
  July 29th, 2020

N8QHV’s latest training was about the Did You Feel It program

See the complete training archive here.

D3 ARES Net Training 15 July 20
  July 16th, 2020

ARES E-Letter 15 July 2020
  July 16th, 2020

May 2020 Winlink Test Results
  June 16th, 2020

From the June 2020 ARES E-Letter, comments of Ohio SEC Stan Broadway, N8BHL:

Stan Broadway, N8BHL, Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator, reported “We did well for the Red Cross exercise on May 30; we had more Winlink activity than expected. So we need to increase the penetration and use of Winlink along with/as a part of the Ohio Digital Emergency Network (OHDEN), which principally supports the Ohio state EOC, and our traffic nets.”

Online Weather Spotter Training
  April 18th, 2020

If you can’t participate in the online spotter training offered by the Wilmington NWS office, here is an alternative source. This course is recognized by the National Weather Service and you can register your completion with the Wilmington office. Full details and instructions in this PDF.

If you attend the Wilmington Online session you do not need to take this course.

Course Description: The SKYWARN Spotter Training Course is being offered by the COMET® Program as part of its educational partnership with the NWS. Questions about the Spotter program need to be directed to your local Weather Forecast Office (WFO) and its Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM).

This course has been officially designated by the NWS as a nationally-uniform training course for all SKYWARN Spotters. This course can be taken as a supplement to the face-to-face SKYWARN Spotter training sessions held in every WFO. Check with your local WFO for any additional requirements or recommendations.

Supplemental local spotter training is at the discretion of your local NWS forecast office, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist and the Skywarn weather spotter focal point. There maybe supplemental training on additional local weather hazards, such heavy snow, ice storms, flooding, etc., and their reporting that you can only achieve through local spotter training. https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23