delara newsDelaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH VOL 36 NUMBER 11
Ohio Section News
Scott Yonaly, N8SYOhio Section ManagerWow.. Time is really flying by quickly for sure. The grass is stillgrowing some, although it has slowed down some for the fall.Now with that in mind I have a little story to tell all of you. Assome of you know I live in a very small village, but ourproperties are more than average in size. I have about threequarters of an acre and my neighbor has about the same size lotas I do. So, as you can imagine, most of us on good weather days are out mowing the lawn or raking leaves.Not my neighbor! He’s got the most advance mower in the world. It mows the lawn for him! Yes, that’s right, he has a robot mowing the lawn. It’s actually a cute little bugger, but it is the epitome of laziness for sure. Now when they went to install this little robot they laid a small wire down like they do for those invisible fences for dogs. So, being the curious one in the neighborhood I went over to the guy laying the wire underground and started asking some basic questions about it. It seems that this little device runs until is finds the wire and then turns 120 degrees and starts mowing in that direction. It sounded pretty basic until he told me that it has a GPS tracker built into it, and with that it actually learns where the boundaries are as well as some immovable objects (trees, lawn objects,etc..) and learns not to run into them. That added some interest to this little gadget for sure. But, when he told me that it has some features that allow it to communicate to the outside world I really got interested. It seems that it uses some portion of the UHF spectrum to communicate to a control panel where he can select various options for this critter to do. Now, with my hamstation being somewhat close (within 30 meters) I asked if I would interfere with this robot. I was told that it was compliant with Part 15 and my ham radios wouldn’t affect it. So, all is good… Right? Now, you’re wondering how this is related to Amateur Radio, where here goes as Paul Harvey used to say… “The rest of the story”.I soon learned that what some folks consider compliant isn’t necessarily what others think it is. I accidentally discovered one day that the robot doesn’t seem to like Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) very well. In fact, every time I key up my hand-held, this little gadget it goes into a tizzy. A couple of times it started going round and round and round without any explanation and my neighbor had to go out and shut it down and reset the entireprogram on it. Another time I actually got it to crash into a tree! The little bugger just kept spinning its wheels and it finally dug a hole deep enough that it couldn’t turn around anymore and died right there.Now, so far I haven’t really told anyone that I can actually make the crazy thing do what it isn’t supposed to do. I have a screened-in gazebo in my back yard where we have a verycomfortable yard sofa, so on really nice days I go into thegazebo with my DMR handheld radio and have somefun!!So far, the technician has been out 3 times and still can’t figure out why it is doing these strange things.Oh, I did forget to mention that this little gadget even hasheadlights on it! Now, if you can imagine getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and have aset of headlights coming toward you where you know there’s no street, it’s frightening! Several times I’ve had the bejappers scared out of me by this little bugger.
Section training Coordinator
Jim Yoder, W8ERWWe have in recent weeks, seen disasters of unimaginableproportions in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.These incidents as a result of hurricanes have produced verylarge disruptions to utilities and property affecting the lives ofmany. The destruction has been enormous including the loss oflife and the ensuing chaos resulting from the disruption ofservices has brought Amateur Radio into a supporting rolethrough ARES deployments. Our hearts and prayers go out to allthose who are attempting to recover from the destruction andtrauma of these disasters.And if weather wasn’t enough, the situation in Las Vegas now has claimed additional lives. Although I am not aware of any ARES activity resulting from the horrendous loss of life and chaos, the news media is now reporting many of the details of the heroic and tremendous effort given by well-organized andeffective public service personnel and medical professionals. The response was an example of true dedication and selfless action by trained and organized teams of individuals doing everything possible to save and protect lives. The media hasinterviewed many of these heroes and asked them how they knew what to do. The answer given several times now during these interviews was ICS, the same NIMS training that we in ARES are now engaging. It works and as horrible as this disaster was, NIMS is the most effective and disciplined way to manage it. Again, our prayers go out to all who have suffered from this senseless and tragic loss of life.Ohio Amateurs continue to report successful completion of NIMS training and our numbers once again continue to grow as I write. Currently there are 778 members reporting training and 586 of those have completed all four NIMS courses. A total of 5,302 courses have been completed by Hams serving Ohio ARES. The exact number of hours attributed to all this training is unknown although a good estimate would be over 10,000 hours at 2 hours per course. This is a tremendous Amateur effort being applied to this project. There is and should be a great sense of pride throughout the Ohio Section because of these results.Ohio leads the country in pursuing NIMS training both in the numbers of Amateurs who have taken the training and our ability to document the training via the database that is being maintained. Completing NIMS training will equip you to properly and effectively respond to any disaster and deployment whether a local event or a disaster of the scale that we have recently experienced. NIMS outlines the structure and the esponsibilities that will be employed in the event of an incident of any size. Some of you may have reservations about the value of this training. This may be especially true if your personal circumstance prevents your own direct participation as a volunteer. However, NIMS provides a good understanding of what is going to happen and how resources would be deployed and utilized. The unknown is always a bit scary and the organization of the response to a disaster of any scale per NIMS is good information to have regardless of your own personal involvement. It may save your life and of those around you.Many may already have some experience with NIMS without realizing that is was. Employers very likely have included NIMS in their corporate disaster planning activities. NIMS design includes input from many sources including public service, first responders and corporate leaders. The base of input is large so as to leave no one or no need out of the loop. Understanding the basic concepts of NIMS allows everyone to participate in concert with one plan that has the flexibility to respond to any situation effectively and with the assurance that the mostappropriate response can be given.NIMS training is valuable knowledge whether you become an active resource and participant or you become personally affected by a disaster situation and need assistance rather than being able to assist. I encourage each of you to take a look at NIMS and engage this training that is free via the FEMA program online. There are four courses, ICS-100, 200, 700 and 800 to complete your NIS training. There are lessons for each comprised of several sections covering the relevant topics. At the end of the course there is a test of your knowledge. Completion for each course requires between 1 to 2 hours of online work. When you successfully complete a course, you will be given a certificate from FEMA. FEMA will send you an email with a link to print your certificate. Save this in .pdf format and forward to me and to your local Emergency Coordinator. Your training will be recorded in the ARES Training Database and a copy of your certificate will be filed documenting yourcompletion for future reference. When I receive all four required NIMS certificates, your status will be added to the report which is available on the arrlohio.org web site.Many of you have also taken courses locally, often associated with your work as first responders etc. These are fine and can qualify, depending on the course, as credit for one of the 4 required courses. These additional courses including those directly from FEMA and from your local organizations are appropriate to report and are welcomed.We cannot predict when disaster will strike. Being prepared beforehand is essential to an organized and effective response including the initial steps towards recovery. Without warning, we can be in the midst of disaster. We must train to be ready.Thanks to each of you who have taken the time to complete NIMS training. When you are called, you will be ready.Your comments, questions and concerns are always welcome. Your Ohio Section is here to serve your needs and to make Ohio the best place to be a Ham.
As I worked on this article news came in about the shooting of 500 pluspeople at a music festival in Las Vegas Nevada. It over shadows what I havewritten here but this information is still important and pertinent to every daydangers in our world today.Puerto Rico was nearly wiped out by hurricane Maria as it passed over theisland. Hurricane Harvey tried to drown the Huston area of Texas with manydays of relentless rain. The September 19th earthquake in Mexico wasfollowed by an even stronger magnitude 8.1 earthquake that struck thesouthern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, killing nearly 100 people. Theseevents all have something in common. Massive destruction followed by lackof food, water and necessities.No one, not the state or federal government, not FEMA and not the Red Cross is able to protect you in all times of danger and disasters. In Mexico and Puerto Rico many of the people are poor by your and mine standards and even though there were warnings for Puerto Rico many people had no protective shelter to go to and no food, water or survival supplies for after these events.If you read about being prepared you will find mention of 72 hours before help will arrive. As can be seen in the above disasters help was not available in many cases for several weeks. In spite of FEMA and Red Cross'svaliant efforts not everyone was able to be helped in 72 hours.So, what should we be doing to protect ourselves and our families. If you want to survive it will be up to you to provide sufficient food, water and emergency supplies to save yourself and your family. This must be doneprior to any emergency because one of the first things people will do is rush to the stores and buy out all of the food, water and supplies. By the time you get to a store the store shelves could be empty.So, what should you do. At the bare minimum you should prepare for enough to last 72 hours. Preferably you should have enough supplies to last for several weeks.Have a stock of water for emergencies. One gallon of water per personper day for at least three days or more, for drinking and sanitation.Have a supply of food on hand to last for several weeks. At least a threedaysupply of non-perishable food. Be aware that fresh fruit andvegetables probably will not keep for more than a few days withoutrefrigeration if the power is out. And don't forget to have a stock of emergency medical supplies.On to other things. By the time you read this SET 2017 will be history. Be sure to file you reports with the ARRL so Ohio get all the points we have earned. SET Guidelines, Net Manager report forms and the SET Score Card information can be found on the ARRL website at: http://www.arrl.org/public-service-fieldservices-formsCheck out these Ohio Section Traffic and Emergency Nets:SSB Ohio Single Sideband Net (OSSBN), 10:30 AM, 4:15 PM. and6:45 PM daily, 3.972.50 MHz, KC8WH manager http://ossbn.org/traffic_nets.htmlCW Buckeye Net (Early), BN-E, 6:45 PM daily, 3.580 MHz,WB8YLO managerBuckeye Net (Late), BN-L, 10:00 PM daily, 3.590 MHz,WB9LBI managerOhio Slow Net (OSN), 6:00 PM daily, 3.53535 MHz,W8OLO manageDigitalOhio Digital Emergency Net (OHDEN) meet on 3584.500 USB using Olivia 8-500 with 1500 Hz waterfall. The net meets each Tuesday at 7:45 PM local eastern time.Ohio Local NetsBurning River Traffic Net (BRTN), 9:30 PM daily, 147.150 MHz,W8DJG manager thebrtn (at) gmail dot comCentral Ohio Traffic Net (COTN), 7:15 PM (19:15), daily, 146.970 MHz (Columbus RPTR), KD8TTE manager www.cotn.usMiami Valley Traffic Net (MVTN), 7:00 PM Mon, Thurs, Sat, 146.640 MHz, KC8HTP managerNorthwest Ohio ARES Net (NWOHARES), 6:40 PM, daily, 146.940 MHz,PL 103.5, N8TNV managerTri-County Traffic Training Net (TCTTN), 9:30 PM Sun, Tues, Fri,147.015 MHz, KI8U manager http://www.tricountytraffic.net/Tri-State Amateur Traffic Net (TATN), 8:00 PM daily, 145.370 MHz,WG8Z manager http://www.tatn.org/STATION ACTIVITY REPORTSThose stations sending, receiving and delivering radiograms should report their activity each month. In Ohio the monthly Station Activity Reports are filed by radiogram with WA3EZN the Section Traffic Manager inHilliard OH within the first days of the next month. However, there are reporting and publishing deadlines.Plan on having the report received by the STM by the sixth of the following month. Traffic handling conducted on the non-amateur Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) frequencies are not to be counted in amateur radioactivity reports to the ARRL.The results of these reports will be tabulated and sent to the ARRL for publication in the QST. A simple three word text is all that is needed, October Traffic 10, with the 10 being the number of points earned for traffichandling for the month. I encourage all stations to file this month report. Here is an example report.1 Routine KD8XXX 3 ANYTOWN OHIO NOVEMBER 1Dave WA3EZNHilliard OhioBreakOCTOBER TRAFFIC 10BTYOUR SIGNATURE AND CALLSIGNAnother important report is the ARRL Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) report. At the end of each calendar month, just add up your qualifying points. If it reaches the 70-point level (or more), you've qualified for the Public Service Honor Roll! Report the good news with your call sign and monthly PSHR report to your ARRL Ohio Section Traffic Manager. Simply send a radiogram to David WA3EZN – Hilliard, Ohio – No address or phone number is needed. David will compile the report and send to the Section Manager and forward the report onto ARRL Headquarters so that Headquarters staff may prepare these for listing in the Field Organization Reports segment of QST.Your radiogram should look like this:2 Routine KD8XXX 10 Your town Ohio November 1DAVE WA3EZNHILLIARD OHIOBREAKOCTOBER PSHR 40 40 100 0 0 TOTAL 90BREAKYOUR SIGNATURE AND CALLSIGNNOTE: Of course you would use your call and city or town. Avoid adding addition words or information in the text as this simple format is what will be expected and adding additional words such as 73 can cause confusion.Have your report received by WA3EZN no later than the sixth of the month so he has time to compile the data and meet the ARRL QST deadline. If reports are not received in time by the Ohio Section Traffic Manager, the report will not appear on the ARRL Ohio Section website at http://arrl-ohio.org/ nor will they go to ARRL HQ for printing in QST Magazine.Here’s how to count your Public Service Honor Roll points.The six areas for rating are:Participating in a traffic or public service net, one point each net (max. 40)Handling formal messages (max. 40 points)Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position, 10 points each position (max. 30)Participating in a scheduled, short-term public service event, including off-the-air meetings (5 points per hour - no limit)Participating in an unplanned emergency response (5 points per hour - no limit) 6. Providing and maintaining an automated digital system handling ARRL radiogram-formatted messages or a web page e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service. (10 points per item) Brass Pounders League BPLNone of the above reports are BPL reports. To qualify for BPL you must have originated 100 radiograms or handled enough traffic to qualify for 500 points.DavidWA3EZNOhio Section Traffic ManagerYou can view the STM’s monthly report on the website.. http://arrl-ohio.org/stm/stm.html