delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 36 NUMBER 10

Ohio Section News

Scott Yonaly, N8SY Ohio Section Manager It was really great to visit with the folks at the Germantown Amateur Radio Society (GARS) last night. It was even more exciting to be able to present them with their Special Service Club Certificate and a Special Section Manager’s Recognition Award for becoming a Special Service Club. Thanks so much for the hospitality, I really had a lot of fun! This upcoming weekend is the Great Lakes Division Convention weekend. Are you going to the Great Lakes HamCon? It’s a 2-day affair at none other than the Michigan International Speedway! That alone ought to bring out all you motor-heads for some real fun for sure! Our own Affiliated Clubs Coordinator will be one of the many forum speakers. There’s also going to be a Wouff Hong presentation at the end of the Awards Banquet that will be held on Saturday night. If you’ve never done it, you’ve gotta’ put this on your “Bucket List” to do. Here’s a link for more information: http://arrlgreatlakes.org/wh_form.html The winner of the Joseph J. Phillips, K8QOE Newsletter Award will be announced. Want to see the newsletters in contention? Here’s a link: http://arrl-greatlakes.org/newsletter/index.html  Oh, by the way, the winners of the George S. Wilson III W4OYI Lifetime Achievement, Great Lakes Division Amateur of the Year, Technical Achievement, and Young Amateur of the Year will be just some of the awards announced there. There’s going to be a lot to see and do there for sure. So, “be there, or be square” as the saying goes!! Want more information about the Great Lakes HamCon? Here’s a link: http://glhamcon.org/ As many of you know, Jim Yoder, W8ERW wasn’t available to come to he Ohio Section Conference back in August for me to personally present him with the Allan Severson Award, BUT… we finally did catch up with him at the Findlay Hamfest and did the presentation there for all to see. Thanks so much Jim for all that you do for the Ohio Section!! 

Section training Coordinator

Jim Yoder, W8ERW Wasn’t the Findlay Hamfest great this year? It’s always nice to have a good Hamfest close to home. Findlay is less than an hour from Fremont and always attracts a crowd from all over Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. It was also nice to meet up with many old friends again this year and share some of the happenings from the past year. Training submissions have begun to pick up again after the summer break. Many of you are also participating in the Ohio Responds program. If you have not yet taken a look at this, the attractive feature in addition to the program itself is the liability issue that could cause a Ham difficulty when responding to an emergency or disaster situation. Being registered with Ohio Responds enables your credentials to be quickly verified and offers protection from liability while engaged in public service when the activity is requested officially by the program. When you submit your training, the information is maintained for quick access via the list posted on the arrlohio.org web page. Your data is also maintained here with me and I regularly update our SM N8SY with the most current information. So keep those training submissions coming. The numbers continue to grow and Ohio is leading the nation in getting our ARES volunteers trained and providing a database from reference when needed to verify credentials. Currently there are 787 members, 774 active members, 580 members trained in all four NIMS required courses and a total of 5,204 classes taken and registered. There have been more than  675 additional classed submitted to the database since the beginning of this year. The largest groups are in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas and Montgomery counties as would be expected by the larger populations of Ohio’s largest cities and counties. All license classes are represented with the exception of Novice. Most of you have submitted the four required NIMS courses while a few have sent certificates and training transcripts for over 100 classes and NIMS courses. This is all great work and evidence of the commitment Ohio Hams and ARES members have shown in support of our mission to support our public service agencies when they need us most. There is also some good news coming from Seneca County. The Sentinel Vocational Center which has a public service training program to prepare students for jobs as Firefighters, Police Officers, EMS and related occupations, has asked the Seneca County EMA to participate with them and is establishing an EOC training facility. This new facility on the Sentinel campus will be equipped with dispatching and communications facilities including Amateur Radio with the intent of giving students real world training and exposure to these activities. This is a wide- open opportunity for us as Amateurs to promote our hobby through ARES and to train these future public service members and get them into our hobby. Thanks to EMA Director Dan Stahl KC8PBU and Asst Director Mike Klaiss KC8BUJ for recognizing the great opportunity we have here and for their continued support of the Amateur Radio community. Those wishing to verify NIMS training submissions can do so on the arrlohio.org webpage. SM N8SY maintains the list and I often update the list daily as new and additional training submissions are received. I can also provide a report to the local county EC’s, DEC’s and individuals detailing the training on record. If you have any questions regarding training submissions, I would be happy to answer them. Training is organized and kept by the County you reside in. There are additional fields for the county you are serving in and your personal contact information. The report available on the  arrlohio.org page is kept by serving county. Obviously too, your information is kept and organized by Call. If you change your call, please let us now so that your records and be updated. Other changes regarding your location or the ARES group you are associating with should be submitted so that we can find you and report your training to the correct organization. Many of you have been submitting additional local training outside of the online FEMA NIMS program. This is certainly acceptable and welcomed. Many of these courses do qualify for required NIMS training and also represent additional skill sets that may be needed in an emergency. I am happy to record these along with your other training. Please submit your training documents, Certificates and or Transcripts to your local Emergency Coordinator. Your EC will then forward the information on to me for inclusion in the training database. The Certificates and Transcripts are stored as .pdf documents and if possible, should be submitted in that format, Example: W8ERW-IS-00100.b.pdf which is the file naming format I use. We all save a lot of stuff on our PC’s and if you have lost or cannot locate your original .pdf file(s) from FEMA, you can scan the hard copy and save again as .pdf documents. However, this is not always possible in which case, send what you have available and we will file what we receive. You can also request a Transcript from FEMA. Each certificate or transcript is stored as an individual document. If you are scanning hard copies to submit, please send them as individual files rather than one. This makes the lookup process much easier when the time comes and we need to document your training. Your hard work and dedication as ARES members is appreciated. The numbers I am proud to report each month are a worthy example of the effort being given by Ohio Section Hams and the level of knowledge we possess in order to support and work alongside our public service agencies. Ohio does it best. Take a bow for your dedication and training. Your Ohio Section Officials are here to serve you. We welcome your comments, suggestions and input. Supporting the Amateur Radio Community, “You” is what we are all about. Feel free to contact any of us at any time. We would be glad to hear from you.
SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST What if suddenly, disaster struck and all normal means of communications failed? Without organized communications, coordination efforts of even the most highly skilled and trained emergency response teams would be dramatically impacted. There are however emergency communications services that are dedicated to providing communications both locally and nationally during these critical moments. ARES (the Amateur Radio Emergency Service), NTS (National Traffic System) and RRI (Radio Relay International) are comprised of organized volunteer based teams of Ham Radio operators that are trained and recognized nationwide by agencies from the Red Cross to FEMA. In times of communications interruption, ARES, NTS and RRI teams are standing by and ready to make sure the message is delivered. Volunteer are always welcome. However, training is needed to become efficient operators for these groups. After disaster strikes it is too late for training. If disaster struck you home town right now, would you know what to do? If an inattentive backhoe operator cut the telephone trunk lines to your local hospital, could you be of service? In either case, you won't be of much help from your home. You and other hams will have to go to the places where communications are needed. You will probably need to bring your own radio gear. Is all the equipment that you would need ready to go right now? Are your batteries charged? Could you get on the air quickly and effectively from a disaster site or a damaged facility? What agencies and institutions will you be able to help? What will they expect of you? With whom will these agencies want to communicate? What radio paths will you use to contact or send messages to the people that they need to reach? Simply put, if you haven't put some serious thought and effort into answering questions like this in advance, then you are not yet ready to be an emergency communicator. You might become one of the scores of hams who will get on the air to talk to each other about the disaster, but you won't provide any real support to the citizens of your community. You won't be a vital resource, you'll be a wasted resource. On Saturday, October 7th, Amateur radio operators across our region, state, and nation will participate in a annual training exercise known as SET (Simulated Emergency Test). SET, the largest nationwide exercise in emergency communications, provides Amateur radio operators the unique opportunity to focus on strengths and weaknesses, in order to and enhance overall emergency communications capabilities within each community. This exercise attempts to "overload" the network and provides a real-life scenario type 'hands-on'” training opportunity for the less experienced members. This year's exercises, includes scenarios ranging from severe weather events to threats to homeland security will be extremely fast paced in nature. The dynamic nature of these drill will provide an extremely accurate feel of what communications in an 'actual' emergency would consist of. So, what will Ohio's 2017 SET scenario be? Simple answer is BLACK SWAN 2017. Matt KD8TTE Ohio Assistant SEC is the director of BLACK SWAN 17 which for the upcoming Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is set to take place in October. Matt has been working hard on developing a scenario for SET which will be a derecho over many states in a wide area. In Matt's own words the BLACK SWAN 17 Communications Exercise (COMEX) purpose is to test the ability for volunteer, NGO, and government agencies to communicate across services in emergency conditions through amateur radio. The exercise will serve as the annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET) for the Ohio Section of the American Radio Relay League. Controllers will remain active for the first fifteen days of October, allowing any ARES or traffic organization to operate in the period of "intense activity" of October 7-8, or during any other 48-hour period convenient for the organization. SYNOPSIS Strong and occasionally severe weather in the Iowa-Illinois-Indiana-Ohio region in the first week of October causes some localized damage and response. The situation intensifies during the weekend of 7-8 October, leading to full activation of emergency management partners. EOCs regain normal function as the week of 9 October begins, and throughout the week, normal service is restored to the area, leading to gradual stand-down of participating forces. A critical element of the exercise is that during the high-intensity period, there will be injects to the scenario from sim cells in the area, bringing traffic,  bulletins, and other information from responding agencies and  organizations—including interaction with federal stations on 60M. RATIONALE Amateur Radio, and especially the various services within it (e.g., ARES, NTS/RRI) are not islands. Amateur Radio fulfills its public service mandate only to the degree that it actually is able to support the public and the agencies that support the public in times of emergency. This exercise is designed to exercise emergency communications function in and related to amateur radio. We want ARES, RACES, and Traffic Handlers all to participate, and want for a master scenario to provide the superstructure for participants to have local activities complement the activities of other participants in the area. Scenario injects and traffic will be brought to the system from simcells that are working in the master scenario, including traffic from government agencies and NGOs. Further, by having a two-week period of exercise activity, we'll be able to simulate the development of a situation, and to address response that includes providing an outlet for Welfare traffic. Using this period of time should also allow more to participate, even if they cannot during the high-intensity period where most activity will take place. We specifically want this to be more than activating ARES stations who go to various EOCs, stand up a net, and exchange signal reports with everyone, then go home and proclaim victory. The ExPlan will include specific and measurable objectives against which we'll assess performance. (Hence the need for planners, controllers, and evaluators who are not players.) There is further information available at https://sites.google.com/view/blackswan/2017 I do not know anything further at this time as to the involvement of the OSSBN, NTS or local VHF traffic nets. I expect a lot of traffic for the nets and I am asking that the local nets that meet once a week during the week to discuss the possible need for weekend nets specifically for SET to assist with delivery incoming traffic. What can you do to be prepared? Contact you Net Manager, local ARES organization or RRI and start training now. There is a proper procedure for working with these groups and a proper protocol for receiving and sending radiogram traffic and messages. A well trained operator will pass traffic quickly and efficiently. Are you really ready? Remember, when the disaster strikes, it's too late to start planning and training. ARES - SEC - Stan Broadway, N8BHL http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/default.html Our most popular appointment is those who serve the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Most of our 88 counties have an Emergency Coordinator appointed to operate ARES programs in that county. The Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) runs this program. NTS Even in the days of E-mail and other electronic means of communication, the National Traffic System (sending messages by radio) continues to operate. Ohio has one statewide phone net - the Ohio Single-Side Band Net (OSSBN) and three CW statewide nets. These are listed in each month's edition of Section News. In addition all our major metropolitan areas have nets on VHF and UHF repeaters. Ohio's traffic nets are among the best in the US Section Traffic Manager David Maynard, WA3EZN E-mail: wa3ezn(at)arrl.net Ohio Section Traffic Nets SSB Ohio Single Sideband Net (OSSBN), 10:30 AM, 4:15 PM. and 6:45 PM daily, 3.972.50 MHz, KC8WH manager http://ossbn.org/traffic_nets.html CW Buckeye Net (Early), BN-E, 6:45 PM daily, 3.580 MHz, WB8YLO manager Buckeye Net (Late), BN-L, 10:00 PM daily, 3.590 MHz, WB9LBI manager Ohio Slow Net (OSN), 6:00 PM daily, 3.53535 MHz, W8OLO manage Ohio Local Nets Burning River Traffic Net (BRTN), 9:30 PM daily, 147.150 MHz, W8DJG manager thebrtn (at) gmail dot com Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN), 7:15 PM (19:15), daily, 146.970 MHz  (Columbus RPTR), KD8TTE manager www.cotn.us Miami Valley Traffic Net (MVTN), 7:00 PM Mon, Thurs, Sat, 146.640 MHz, KC8HTP manager Northwest Ohio ARES Net (NWOHARES), 6:40 PM, daily, 146.940 MHz, PL 103.5, N8TNV manager  Tri-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/ KD8TTE VIDEOS BLACKSWAN17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJEzSgp1x-8&feature=youtu.be Handling Traffic by Voice on the National Traffic System https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcUYE1FGXSU Using a Radiogram to Receive NTS Traffic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHyG2YBhqEI See you on the air!!

From the Section Traffic Manager

Dave Octobernard, WA3EZN Section Traffic Manager
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