delara newsDelaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH VOL 36 NUMBER 3
Jim Yoder, W8ERWfirstname.lastname@example.org
ARES Training Update
We are now at last feeling the warmer weather of spring and I am enjoying that a bunch. As many of you may know, I left Ohio for Texas late in 2015. Hopefully I will be back here in the great state of Ohio in time to take in the Dayton Hamvention in Xenia this year. I have been looking at real estate here in Fremont for the last month or so and as soon as I find the place I want, I will finish moving and with any luck, start putting my station and equipment back together. Texas, at least in the HOA area I have been in, is just is not conducive to any HF activity. The noise floor is awful and those HOA restrictions make it nearly impossible to erect a decent antenna for HF work. I am also anxious to return to my roots and the many relationships that I left behind in Ohio. Ohio and the Ohio Section make a wonderful combination to return to and all of you make that possible. I am also pleased to report your ARES training efforts are showing outstanding results and the numbers have continued to grow daily. We are now are over 700 members who have reported their NIMS courses and others to the database. Over 500 of those have completed all of the required courses. The total number of classes reported is now over 4,700. These are outstanding results and as I continue daily the logging of your training, I am amazed by the dedication and effort this represents. Keep up the good work. You are making Ohio look like the biggest and the best ARRL Section. Upkeep of the ARES Training Database is a frequent activity. Not only are the daily addition of members and training, but call sign changes and license upgrades are also being entered as I receive them. Each entry is verified with QRZ and I record an email address if one is available as well. As you may imagine, although your call is unique, names not always are. QRZ helps insure I get the right information. It does help a great deal when name, county and call are included when you send your training documents. There are approximately 20 of you who have completed 3 out of the 4 required NIMS courses and close to 30 who have reported 2 of the 4 courses. Now I will admit to being among these almost done it folks and I will finish up mine as soon as I get settled back in Ohio. So, let’s all get busy and get all 4 required NIMS courses completed and entered into the database. We have been fortunate for a long time now and have not had a widespread and devastating weather event. Other things are possible also and when something does happen, we must be prepared to respond. NIMS training will be required and it will give you the knowledge to provide communications support in the most effective manner. NIMS provides the structure and organization that insure everyone knows what to do and how. Past experiences show how important this becomes when the disaster overwhelms us. Again, I want to say Thank you for your effort. Training and being prepared is a lot of work and is never finished. The dedication of Ohio Amateurs through ARES is a significant part of what we as Hams can and often do to support our communities. I am fortunate to be able to see all of this grow and it is a real pleasure to be able to do so. Thanks to each of you.As always, your questions and concerns are welcome. Drop me an email at any time, email@example.com.