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The 2018 Ironman is now in the books and the more than 2,000 athletes have left Delaware and are home or still driving home.  Yes, you read that right, as many came from out of state to compete here in Delaware. We were most fortunate to have about 30 ham radio operators from the Delaware and Marion ARES groups cover the 70.3 mile swim, bike and run course from start to finish to the medical tent for those too tired to go any further.   It was a great event and all our hams seemed to enjoy the experience and opportunity to help. Ironman 70.3 Ohio is already scheduled for July 28, 2019 and the Delaware and Marion ARES groups have been asked to help again.  You don't have to be a member of ARES to be part of our group so we'd like to see you there next summer. Next up is the All Horse Parade, a 30 plus year tradition exclusive to Delaware, Sunday Sept. 9 at 3 p.m.  Since its always a great parade with several hundred horses and riders I'm taking reservations now for your favorite place to observe and help with safety as a radio operator.  This is a DELARA event so all are welcome to join in.  Look the map below to see the route and pick your spot so you can see it all. Donn K8AOK  
Reminder: Statewide tornado drill September 5

Ohio ARES 

Stan Broadway, N8BHL

Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator

Keep ‘em Coming! This is August, and amateur radio continues to serve communities by providing free communications support for any number of events and activities!  Over the past month, I’ve heard some really good operating and net controls - several large marathons around Central Ohio, Pan Ohio Ride, GOBA, Ironman, and any number of events large and small.  The benefit to participating can be seen on several levels. First, obvious, is the service we provide to our communities. Many events still depend on amateurs to make their event run smoothly.  In addition to the routine operational stuff we these days have another larger responsibility- to watch for anything unusual and notify authorities. “See something, say something” starts with us. Has your ARES group trained with safety officials to study behaviors and actions that raise suspicion?  We are effective as eyes and ears, but we can multiply our effectiveness with a little training.  Second, also obvious, is our ability to practice for real emergency situations. Will your radios work? Will the repeater actually cover that area? Can your net controls actually drive the net? One of the larger benefits is just to recognize each other on the radio. I have to admit to out-thinking myself on the issue of ‘professional net conduct’.  When I’m on the Hurricane Watch Net, for example, it’s ~all~ about terse, proper prowords, proper procedures. No messing around. That’s how we envision any emergency net to operate, and this is where we’re supposed to get our practice with that. It’s also how we set a good example to safety agencies and the scanning public! But you know, for many events that aren’t world-class, sometimes I find it just as effective to be a little more relaxed. For an event with a half dozen operators, we can still operate on a first-name basis and get the job done. It is completely OK to have fun and enjoy our service. So we just have to use good judgement when it comes to what tone and pace we use…but we always must be ready to snap to ‘full-on professional’ should something happen. Either approach relies on one thing: YOUR participation!!! We can’t serve if we can’t get people out there with radios. We depend on YOU. The Changing Times in ARES The ARES “Strategic Plan” and associated changes (including the release of ARES Connect) were stalled at the July ARRL Board meeting.  It won’t be reconsidered until at least January. There is some backlash from some of the sections. Some are miffed because it was sprung as a surprise. Some are just reacting to change. Some are reacting before reading the plan itself. A few are still in the antiquated mindset of, “I have a ham license, I don’t need none of that NIMS training!!”  I truthfully am a little appalled by that type of response. That is an attitude which will seal the fate of amateur radio in public service… they simply won’t call any more. The truth is we’re playing on ~their~ field, with their rules and we simply have to prove ourselves worthy to be teammates. That means NIMS. That means IS-213 and other message forms. We in Ohio proved how that works back in 2016 for the RNC/Red Cross/NAACP where we sat at the table with some ~very~ highly placed Homeland people. I am convinced we would NOT have been in that game without proven evidence that we were credentialed and certified to play!  So please if you haven’t already, do these things for me: 1. Take the four basic NIMS courses. Register them with the Ohio training database and your EC. 2. PARTICIPATE!  We must keep routine training and activities If we’re going to do this right! 3. Talk up ARES with your ham friends! Remind them they are important to us as well. EC’s- register your county in ARES Connect!!  Let’s make it work- it should prove to make our lives easier!