dullara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 4
Reminder: Statewide tornado drill April 5

Ohio ARES 

Stan Broadway, N8BHL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator The New face of ARES A lot of changes are coming for ARES, not only in Ohio but across this great land.   Some of these changes are being outlined by Division Director Dale Williams. They include some sweeping changes to the training sequence. In order to “put our money where our mouth is” it has become necessary for ARES members to prove they are worthy of a call.  There has been great study devoted to the ‘aging’ membership, yet with that age comes additional experience.  One of the major committee report’s suggestions is one which will really solidify our ability to perform when activated.  Much as back in the day, the draft put young men into the military service producing well-trained, physically fit fighting men. These men were able to recognize a ‘chain of command’, follow orders, and be responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Now don’t get nervous- although there was discussion about re-enlisting ARES members for the military boot camp of their choice (most Air Force slots are already spoken for…) it was finally recognized that the typical ARES member exceeds the age limits for service. It was also discussed that insurance and medical premiums covering such physical activity might exceed the net worth of a small Arab nation. So the decision was made to conscript all ARES members into service at their neighborhood “Aging Service Centers”.  There, ARES members will join exercises in the pool, in the workout rooms, and on the track. There will be a specific agenda to follow- Outdoor activities: Guessing the length of a rolled-out spool of wire, and calculating the resonant frequency it would carry if formed as a dipole. Estimating the height of a tree, a tower, and a building from a standing position 100’ away from the object. Walking from one end of an 80 meter dipole to the other without becoming winded (or breaking wind.) Walking out a 500’ roll of coiled LMR-400 coax without becoming entangled. Carrying 2 different size and weight Pelican cases for a distance of ¼ mile. The competitor must accomplish this within an 8 hour period. Indoor activities: Maintain a friendly and supportive attitude in front of 4 elderly ladies on the Senior Shooting Team who’ve been told you intend to take their AR’s away. Set up a working amateur station on a card table next to the exterior door, to include finding an acceptable path to the outside for coax, and supplying sufficient power to operate for 10 minutes. Walk a distance between ¼ and ½ mile on a treadmill. Speed may be adjusted to prevent cardiac emergency. Create and maintain a “Go Bag” after digging through the leftovers from the prior days’ lunch. Adapt to the following situation: Your medications are left at home. Secure replacement (any approach is acceptable, including rummaging shower lockers). Survive. You have been instructed to make a generator operational. It is military surplus, and has not been started for 5 years. You were told it “ran when parked” and had a full tank of gas at the time. The entire class will be expected to 1) build an operating station using hamfest-quality equipment, 2) make 5 local contacts, 3) operate for 3 hours without scratching each others eyes out. We think this will create an active cadre of ARES operators (made up of at least 4 surviving operators) with whom we can serve our Ohio Section.