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Ohio Section News

Scott Yonaly, N8SY Ohio Section Manager Allan Severson Memorial Award Given Out On Saturday, August 4th the latest recipient of the Allan Severson Memorial Award was announced. The Allan Severson Memorial Award is bestowed on an amateur radio operator in the Ohio Section who has demonstrated a continuing dedication to the advancement of amateur radio and to the Ohio Section. Usually one Ohio Section member is awarded per year and usually at the Ohio Section Conference in September. The award had been established in 1992 and was named "Ohio Ham of the Year" until 1999. That year it was renamed after Allan, of Lakewood, Ohio, who had become a silent key in 1997. The award winners listed here are all hams who, like Allan Severson, have dedicated themselves to the advancement of the American Radio Relay League in Ohio. Although Allan had served the Section as Section Manager and went on to a distinguished career as Great Lakes Division Director on the ARRL National Board of Directors, the annual award announcement only mentions one sentence about him which is part of every memorial award certificate. That sentence quickly demonstrates the reason for the renaming of this award. "Allan's devotion to serve amateur radio inspired a whole generation of Ohio Section leadership." This years recipient has worked hard behind the scenes for many years. He’s the wizzard behind Black Swan here in the Ohio Section. He’s worked tirelessly on many different projects, but his big goal was to see that the Ohio Section leads the nation in our ARES program. I feel he has really shown everyone that we can do that for sure! Last year the Ohio Section was third in the nation for ARES activity during the 2017 S.E.T. and sixth in the nation for Section / Local Net activities. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’d say that was very impressive for sure! This years recipient is: C. “Matt” Curtin, KD8TTE The Ohio Weekly DMR Net Report  July 18 DMR Net District 1 – 2 `District 5 – 13 District 9 – 2 QNI: 76 District 2 – 3 `District 6 – 6 District 10 – 9 District 3 – 11 District 7 – 9 Time: 55 minutes District 4 – 14 District 8 – 1 Outside of Ohio – 8 NCS: W8TDA The reason for conducting this net every week is to make sure that all of our connections to the now ever-growing list of repeaters throughout the state are working as we want them to be. Now, while we are on that subject, let’s talk about what  happened this past week to the net. It seems that our “Test” has shown us that we can’t always count on each one of the servers doing what it was supposed to do. Some of you weren’t able to check-in on the net because you weren’t entirely connected to the full DMR system. I say it that way because some of you could connect through the Brandmeister 3102 Master Server, and all of those that connect through K4USD and other types of connections (ie.. MMDVM – OpenSpots – ChinaSpots and the like) were able to make it work. This is the exact reason why we test this system each week.  Now, I will say this. I had the ability to hear both sides of this and found it very interesting indeed. At one point the folks that weren’t fully connected tried to start the net without realizing that the net was already in process. This is one of those GOOD / BAD things. It was good to hear that someone took the initiative and tried to start the net, but since the net was already in progress, it could have let to real  confusion by having two nets running at the same time on the same talk group if things would have gotten corrected and everyone could hear everyone else. This is where we need to practice what we say we can do... We’ve all heard the catch phrase “When All Else Fails..” Well, something did fail, and we need to have work arounds that we can go to for those times. We need to be ever mindful that this can happen at any time, and each one of us needs to understand how to work around this type of situation. I know that some of you are saying that last Wednesday night was a failure. You are dead wrong! It was a success!! Yes, it was, we demonstrated that even though the system had selected failures, we still could communicate out from all 10 Districts as well as to our surrounding states. This is something that the Public Service side of DMR cannot easily do. We have the ability to “work around” a non-working device, but the public service side of this can’t do that, at least not as quickly and easily as we  can. We demonstrated that we can work around those areas of failure and still accomplish our mission – “When All Else Fails”.. So, if you really want to learn from what happened last Wednesday  night, then let’s get you thinking in terms of “What can I do if it doesn’t work?” Can I use another type of  connection? Can I go on to the reflectors and see if it is working somewhere else? How can I make my station not dependent solely on the repeater that I normally connect to? You see, there are work arounds, but were you really prepared for something like this happening? We need to be, in order to really fulfill our mission statement “When All Else Fails…” Central Ohio Repeater Club Donates Radio (from John, W8RXX) At the June 10th CORC meeting I discussed with Marshall Mcpeek, chief meteorologist of ABC 6 & Fox 28 here in Columbus, about having a radio receiver to monitor storm spotter activity on our club repeater. He thought that was a great idea. Laura, KA8IWB the club President & I met with Marshall this past week and presented him with a programmed radio to listen to the Severe Weather nets. He was very appreciative. Great public relations for amateur radio & CORC! Help Wanted Are you E.C. caliber? I want to talk to all of you about becoming an Emergency Coordinator (E.C.) in your county. We are extremely fortunate to have a so many dedicated E.C.’s in Ohio. They do their jobs, mostly behind the scenes and without a lot of fan-fare, but it does come with a lot of self-satisfaction for a job well done. Our ARES program is one of the strongest in the country. The statistics that Stan listed a few months back prove that out for sure! Now, from time to time we do have openings that need to be filled. In particular, we have openings right now for the following counties: Allen Fulton Henry Mercer Paulding Putnam Logan Clermont Carrol Athens Jackson Meigs Perry Belmont Harrison Monroe Do you have what it takes to become an E.C. in the Ohio Section? Unlike many other Sections, we are more than just badge wearers for sure! Yes, we do have high expectations, but we do have a lot of fun too. Got questions about what it takes? Call or write me or Stan. Want to know what it takes to be an E.C. in Ohio? Here’s a link for ya’…  Yes, this is a lot of information to absorb and you do have to be an ARRL member, and here in Ohio you are also required to be a Level 2 ARES member before you will be considered for the appointment. Now, is this something that you’d like to do? Let me know.

Section training Coordinator

Jim Yoder, W8ERW ARES Training Update Remember the snow and cold just a few months ago and how we were anxious for spring and summer to arrive? A little of that nice cool snow would feel pretty good right now. Along with the heat here in Fremont, we have not had rain in several days. Of course, I decided to attempt another ground rod installation. I think a good rain to help may be necessary to finish the job along with a tall glass of lemonade. I am hearing a lot of very positive reports from Field Day this year. I was able to participate with the group in Seneca County and our W8ID 3A effort was a huge success this year. I have to say this was the best Field Day ever for me. Everything seemed to come together this year. We made many contacts with band conditions that have not been very good for quite some time. Our FD site had many visitors and we were able to successfully capture nearly all of the bonus points available. Kudos and appreciation are due to all who helped make FD an enjoyable event this year including Jeff WB8REI who organized our effort, Mike KD8QDL who graciously took care of making sure we were all fed very well and a host of others each doing their part to make it all happen. We have been working on our AREDN Mesh Network in Seneca and Sandusky Counties and now have 8 active nodes operating including both County EOCs. Dan AC8NP, Jim KE8ERN, Mike KC8BUJ and I have also signed up for VOIP service with Hamshack Hotline which is a new venture that has unique potential to enhance our capabilities with ARES. Currently this service offers telephone connections to and between all participants and there is no charge involved other than a small investment in the hardware required. Conference bridge capability is also available allowing multiple users to meet via telephone conference. There are additional features and capabilities being planned with a goal of providing a useful means of enhancing our bag of tricks available in times of emergency. I have found the service to work very well over the AREDN Mesh Network as well. I encourage you to have a look at Hamshack Hotline, and the AREDN Mesh Network, Both of these offer capabilities that in an emergency may not otherwise be available to ARES or our served agencies. ARES Training continues to grow each month with 932 active ARES members in the database, 719 having completed NIMS training for a total of 6,712 courses and certifications being completed. This year we have already logged 475 new certificates. Our Section Manager stands ready to award another ARES Safety Vest to the person who submits training certificates and becomes #725 to complete the four NIMS courses. Thanks to every one of you who are making a personal effort to complete this required training. I wish I had a large bell to ring each time I receive another submission and completion of all four NIMS courses. I do have a slingshot and there is a church with a big bell half a block from me. Maybe I could employ both to signal your success. However, I won’t do that. You’ll just have to listen to Scott and I brag about it often here and elsewhere. Thanks again. Now a little guidance from me on how to submit your certificates, I often receive certificates via email which is great although no mention of your Call or the County you are associate with is provided. I can look you up on which can be incorrect. So please include that important information when you submit your NIMS or other certificates. The database also has provision for your email address and telephone contact numbers which are helpful in case we need to contact you for clarification. Please include those when you send your certificates. The ideal format for the certificate copies is .pdf files, one for each certificate. If you have or wish to get a transcript from FEMA, that is also acceptable and preferred if you have many courses to submit. I store the certificate and other documents like this: W8ERW-IS- 00100.b.pdf. When FEMA sends you the email indicating your successful completion, you can forward that directly to me and you won’t have to do anything else other than be sure to copy your local EC. Just be sure to include your contact information and serving county information. As always, my aim is to make this as simple and easy as possible. Send me what you have and I’ll make it work. I can also provide you with a report detailing the courses that I have on file for you. For ECs and DECs, I can send you a report of your entire group or district. Just let me know what you need and I will be happy to provide what you need. Thanks again for your effort supporting ARES and the Ohio Section. We are all here to assist and support you in any way that we can.

From the Section Traffic


David Maynard, WA3EZN – STM The OSSBN was plenty busy handling field day radiograms well after field day was shut down. The OSSBN meets three times a day at 10:30 AM, 4:15 PM and 6:45 PM on the frequency 3972.5. All stations are welcome to check-in to the nets. PSHR REPORTS: 1. Participation in a public service net (VHF or HF) – 1 point each net; maximum 40 points per month. 2. Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode – 1 point for each message received, 1 point for each radiogram relay or delivery. This includes the monthly radiograms reporting your numbers to WA3EZN; maximum 40. 3. Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position: ARRL Field Organization appointee or Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS official or appointee above the Section level – 10 points for each position; maximum 30. 4. Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events such as walk-athons, bike-a-thons, parades, simulated emergency tests and related practice events. This includes off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts with related emergency groups and served agencies – 5 points per hours (or any portion thereof) of time spent in either coordinating and/or operating in the public service event; no limit. 5. Participation in an unplanned emergency response when the Amateur Radio operator is on the scene. This also includes unplanned incident requests by public or served agencies for Amateur Radio participation – 5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent directly involved in the emergency operation; no limit. 6. Providing and maintaining (a) an automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; (b) a Web page or e- mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service – 10 points per item. 7. The total of 1 - 6. Please be accurate in your addition It is also important with your reports as with all radiograms to be accurate and concise. With WA3EZN receiving 70 to 80 traffic reports each month and receiving a total of 200 to 300 radiograms a month wordy radiograms slows down the operation of a net. Here are examples of the two traffic reports: Traffic counts text should be simply “MONTH traffic and a number.” Each traffic count radiogram should have a check of three (3). What I don't want are these examples: TRAFFIC COUNT FOR JUNE IS …....... MY JUNE TRAFFIC COUNT REPORT IS......... 73 PSHR reports should have a check of TEN (10) and be like this: JUNE PSHR 40 40 10 5 0 0 TOTAL 95 I guess I should keep it short. Look for you on the net.