delara newsDelaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH VOL 36 NUMBER 12
Ben Schwab, W8AXEDelaware County Emergency CoordinatorI first want to start this off by thanking Donn for his years of service as the county Emergency Coordinator, I truly hopes he enjoys his time with his family as it is well deserved. For anyone who does not know me I would like to give you all just a little bit of my background. My family has a little over 97 years in the fire service, and as stated in last mounts news letter, I do possess the training and certifications, both medical and fire, to be a professional firefighter in the state of Ohio. For the past six years, I have worked in telecommunications as a low voltage/ fiber-optics technician. I have no doubt that The combination of these two worlds has more then helped prepare me for this role, and I could not be more thankful to everyone in DELARA and DELARES for giving me this opportunity. In the coming year, I plan to bring as much training to DELARES as I can so we can better serve the community, not only in a disaster scenario, but also in our everyday events such as bike rides and parades. Although it's not a requirement to remain part of the group, I encourage everyone to complete the four NIMS courses (IS-100,200,700,800) as it has the potential to aid you in understating what is being done and why in an emergency event, and as well as training. You can find these FREE online courses at https://training.fema.gov/nims/ they are not difficult and are the perfect activity for when there is nothing good on T.V.I am also very excited to announce that the first meeting of 2018 will be a joint meeting between DELARA and DELARES. More on this will be talked about during the December ARES meeting at the Red Cross as well as in the next newsletter.
Latest in Delaware Fusion Digital
Just want to let C4FM/Fusion users know that the 443.550 repeater here in Delaware now defaults / returns into the Central-Ohio-Lnk room when not linked into other C4FM/Fusion Repeaters or Rooms. When connected to the Central-Ohio-Lnk it is connected with two other Fusion repeaters here in Central Ohio providing a nice coverage area. Stoutsville - 443.0625Columbus - 444.100You are encouraged to move the 443.550 into other Fusion rooms like America Link, MNwis, etc. When you disconnect from another place the repeater will automatically return to Central-Ohio-Lnk after about 30 seconds. Additionally, I have installed some scripts so the 443.550 will automatically connect into the MNWis Net at 8:15pm on Monday night, and into the America Link net on Saturday night at 8:30pm. -Gary, KE8O
Reminder: Statewide tornado drill December 5
Stan Broadway, N8BHLOhio Section Emergency CoordinatorHow does it all fit together? If you compile a list of specific modes, it will be rather long and very detailed. Starting with little teeny wavelengths (5 and 2.4 GHz) and MESH, our list will travel through 440, 2 meters, 6, HF and carry such variables as CW, SSB, FM, Fusion, DMR, D-Star, many digital data modes, Winlink and more. When ARES is activated, how’s an EC to decide?? What do we use for our networks? How do we do our job? The answer in print is simple…executing in real life, not so much. Use what works best in this situation. The Ohio Section Emergency Response Plan can be of some help. In most, if not all, ARES activations will come from the county EOC, where command decisions should be made. The common denominator is 2-meter/440 FM repeater communications. With all the new gadgets we have, our trusty repeaters are still the go-to devices. They provide reliable local and even regional communications which nearly every amateur is equipped to use. Remember simplex! With no repeaters, you might be surprised at how well you can communication using simplex. Use the frequencies that are in your District Plan to avoid conflicts with neighboring counties. Have your county’s frequencies (and your neighbors’) programmed into your handhelds before you need them! As the situation would require, you can also use fldigi and send digital messages on 440/2-meters. As situations escalate into wide regions or even statewide, it’s time to think about other basic platforms. We know that the Sarge (at the Ohio EOC) will be on HF- 3.902 primary. There’s a possibility we would be on the 40 meter frequency, but 80 is your first shot. So that would involve HF SSB for your county control station! On that frequency alone you can pass messages, status reports and requests by voice. Simple, maybe not as efficient, but again- your first try. There’s more to HF: the OHDEN (Ohio Digital Emergency network) on 3.585 +/- will be your second shot. With the ability to pass formal messages digitally (ensuring they’re correct and timely) is a requirement. Your County Control station operators should be able to handle fldigi software easily to make this happen. Inter-agency type messaging would be directed to these nets. But don’t forget the traffic system for more routine messages that are not time-sensitive. Now- with the basics covered, we can begin to apply other modes and technologies. The ability to “cluster” DMR repeaters presents an excellent opportunity to afford digital hand-held coverage across an entire region. Our go-to talk group will always be the Ohio group- so listen there first when you add digital to your comms. There are bridges for Fusion and D-star; check with your local people to see how you can bridge into the Ohio talk group. With Internet working, this is a dependable and flexible method of communicating. Will this replace your local repeater? Probably not although the two modes can work together to provide a wider range of communications. Once your basics are covered, it’s time to add in or even switch to other modes- such as Winlink. This offers a great and flexible platform. I am pressing all our regions to get involved with Winlink. Bryan Hoffman in Hamilton County can be your contact if you need information. They have a tremendous program in southwest Ohio. My suggestion is first, have a good understanding of what will most likely play out on the state and regional level. If, for example, your surrounding counties are all on FM simplex you would not be wise to isolate your own county on a different platform. Plan to play nicely with others, and cover the basics first. But be eager to embrace other modes that might help your operation.