delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 6

Ohio Section News

Scott Yonaly, N8SY Ohio Section Manager Wow.. I was overwhelmed with the great turn out at Dayton for sure. We had a blast, and by the sounds of all the Facebook posts, Janie and I weren’t the only ones either! It was FANTASTIC seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the booth. Let’s make sure that we do that again next year! How’s your training going? Let’s not forget that it is going to be a very important part of what we do from now on! I will add this, even I’m still working on my training needs. Yes, I was lacking behind a bit, but I just recently got my ICS-300/400 certificates, and even though that’s a really huge accomplishment, I will still be working on getting even more training in the future. Why? Because we can’t ever be trained enough! There is always something new to learn and new techniques being driven out of all these horrible incidents, but the biggest reason that I can think of right now is that we advertise ourselves as a “trained corps of operators” and as such we need to be diligent in not mis-advertising ourselves. Taking the time to get this valuable training is the right thing to do! Let me know if you have any new course certificates, we’ll want them for the statewide database. And, it doesn’t always have to be about the NIMS training either. Don’t forget that having Basic First Aid, CPR and AED training is very valuable in the field as well. And, don’t forget about the newest training out there, “Stop the Bleed...” This one is really good, and it’s something that you can use no matter where you are. These courses are not only useful for you in the field, but you’d be surprised how they can help you around the house as well. Remember, most accidents happen within 25 miles of you home! And YES, my accident last year happened within that 25- mile radius. You need to be prepared! Website updates.. Thanks to Greg, WD9FTZ and his very diligent work on keeping track of the latest TalkGroups, we now have an updated listing on the website. I also have added a link to a brand new website in Stark County that has a ton of DMR information on it as well, go check it out.. http://kg8dq.com/ Ok, I to want to update you on the NIMS count. Here’s the figures as Jim, W8ERW has given them to me. Members in the database – 942; Active members – 909; Members NIMS complete – 699; Total courses logged - 6,555; 2017 training courses – 780; 2018 training courses – 369; I’d say that’s mighty impressive, wouldn’t you? Now, if you were paying any attention at all you would have noticed that we are only 1 person away from hitting that 700 mark and giving away an other ARRL ARES Vest! Let’s get the 700th person registered TODAY!! MARS Urging Members to Use Computers that are Isolated from the Internet (from arrl bulletins) US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Headquarters is recommending that MARS members “migrate to stand-alone computer systems for [MARS] radio operations,” subject to the availability of a dedicated computer. “These computer systems (or their associated local area networks) should be ‘airgapped’ from the internet,” Army MARS Headquarters Operations Officer David McGinnis, K7UXO, said in a message to members. “Although not a requirement for membership at this time, we will continue make this a condition of certain parts of our exercises.” McGinnis pointed to remarks by Cisco researchers in a recent Ars Technica articleabout VPNFilter malware:  “Hackers possibly working for an advanced nation have infected more than 500,000 home and small-office routers around the world with malware that can be used to collect communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the devices with a single command.” McGinnis told Army MARS members that MARS Headquarters does not discuss specific cyber threats with MARS members or with the public. “We also cannot confirm or deny information about specific threats,” he said, adding that he had “no specific knowledge” about VPNFilter malware and no comment on the Cisco report. For communication exercises this year, MARS established conditions for a certain portion of the drill that requires use of standalone computer systems “normally not connected to the internet.” MARS member and software consultant Steve Hajducek, N2CKH, has recommend that members using the MIL-STD (military standard) Data Modem Terminal (MS-DMT) communications software employ stand-alone computers in conjunction with the software as a best practice for achieving a high level of performance. McGinnis said discussion of stand-alone computer systems on Hadjuceks’s support forums and their use in communications exercises let Army MARS Headquarters weigh in on the discussion. He pointed out that the MARS mission assumes that an internet connection is not available. He said used or  refurbished PCs are widely available at low cost and could be dedicated to serve a stand-alone function. “The most effective way to protect against threats that come from the internet is to isolate from the internet,” McGinnis added. “Despite a stand-alone environment, we assume that all computer systems in private citizens’ hands are infected with hostile software code of some sort and are not secured,” he said. “No amount of virus and malware scanning software changes that assumption. We can, however, isolate computers by disconnecting them from the international network in which hostile software will report and receive instruction.” McGinnis said future versions of MARS software will check for an internet connection and will disable the software. “We understand this lock-out does not provide security in and of itself; rather, its value is in changing the behavior of members,” he explained. He encouraged MARS to monitor for  internet security threats and determine how to secure their internetconnected and stand-alone devices.

Section training Coordinator

Jim Yoder, W8ERW It has been another busy month for NIMS training. Our first ARES member to complete all of the training we are tracking has submitted his documents. Congratulations to Michael Carter W8BSI for his dedication to ARES. There are several others who need one or two courses to join Michael and there are many who only need to complete a course to finish the NIMS initial courses. There are currently 906 active members in the training database and we have amassed 6,529 classes submitted. 697 of our members have completed NIMS training. Our Section Manager has indicated another ARES vest is waiting for the 700th member to complete all of the required courses. The “Buzz” this month is all about Hamvention. I’m still confused; the event was commonly referred to as “Dayton” which of course refers to both the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and the former venue. Well it isn’t there anymore, it’s in Xenia. So much better the accommodations are I think we would all agree. Old habits are hard to break but I will work on calling the Hamvention where it is in Xenia. It has always been Hamvention however, the greatest event and a great time for all of us to return each year for a healthy dose of all that our hobby gives.

From the Section Traffic

Manager

David Maynard, WA3EZN – STM wa3ezn@att.net I of course would have liked to have gone to The Hamvention this year but was unable to do so.. Now that The Hamvention is over the next big ham event after The Hamvention will be Field day the last full weekend in June. Field Day not only will test and challenge an individual operator’s communication skills but it also will test and challenge the participant’s ability and flexibility in mounting a major effort on the magnitude that would be encountered in a major disaster. ARRL Field Day, as described by the Amateur Radio Relay League [ARRL], is "the single most popular onthe-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. On the last weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a camp out, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to the organizations served in an emergency, as well as the general public. "It is a time where many aspects of amateur radio come together to highlight our many roles.” The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible, and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less-than optimal conditions. You will use these same skills when you help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fundraisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities. But despite the development of very complex, modern  communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur radio people (also called 'hams') are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations. Many of you, no doubt, will be involved with Field Day in your area. If so, please share any photos or videos with Scott at n8sy@n8sy.com for posting on the website. For those of you who are not familiar with the event but would like to know more about it, a good way to do so is to visit a Field Day site in your area. The ARRL website has a Field Day Locator map with more than 900 sites listed around the country. You can see what's happening in your area at: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator. Suggestions for a successful Field Day: In a word — planning! Appoint someone to be in charge to make sure things get done. A point to consider is location, location, location. Make sure you have it secured at least a month before Field Day. Have a plan in place for the person in charged to follow. The plan should cover operating techniques and modes, antennas, number of transmitters, media presentation and maximizing bonus points Don't forget to go over the exchange with the operators. Stress keeping the exchange short, quick and effective, not being chatty and give examples of Dos and Don'ts. Plan ahead by arranging who is bringing what equipment – have back-up equipment available if possible. In considering equipment, the simplicity of its operation is important. Most new radios have a learning curve to operate efficiently. Don’t forget the little things like short jumpers, barrel connectors, adapters, headphones etc. Document everything. Next year’s Field Day coordinator needs to have a starting place. Try to secure operators for a 24 hour operation. This can be the key to a big score if that is your thing. Check the Field Day Rules for the chances to make extra points. Finish and follow-up. Record and discuss next year’s Field Day while everything is fresh in your minds. Field day logistics and location is another area where good planning really pays off. If you have not reserved your favorite room, shelter or spot for operating it should be done soon before someone reserves you spot for a birthday party. I know this happened to one club's field day plains one year so get cracking. Antenna selection and location is another area where good planning really pays off. The three most important considerations in antenna selection are: A. Locate antennas far enough from each other to avoid station to station interference B. Which direction to point the antenna’s peak radiation and C. determining where the vast majority of contacts will come from. Strongly consider using simple wire antenna such as dipoles, which are light and easy to put up and take down. Dipoles work out very well even at QRP power levels.