delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 3
Can you believe this weather? We’ve got flooding all throughout the southern end of the state, along with rock slides and even a couple of EF-1 tornadoes to go along with all the excitement. The governor has declared a State of Emergency for 17 counties. And, if that weren’t bad enough, another 12 counties have declared county-wide emergencies as well. We’ve had one of our ARES groups on standby and even activated for a short period of time. The State EOC was partially activated, a Joint Information Center (JIC) was established earlier. It has since stood down. I will say it this way “A trained hand is 10 times more useful than one that has to be lead through the process during an emergency.” Folks, the handwriting is on the wall, we need to be trained before volunteering to get ourselves into any emergency situation. We can no longer sit back and say that we are communicators when we have no clue as to how to communicate within an Incident Command System! Almost every event that we are getting involved with now days has Incident Command built into it. Even the simplest of bicycle races now days has an Emergency Operations Plan with Incident Command as its working platform for operations. Yes, EOP’s are built into every large gathering of people. It has to, keeping the public safe is priority one! Ok I to want to announce to you that we now have 665 persons registered in out NIMS database and growing every day! I have set the bar up to the 675th person to register will get an ARRL ARES Mesh Vest! Have you gotten your courses in yet? How about it, I know that there’s still a lot of you out there that have not taken the NIMS classes yet. C’mon, what have you got to lose? You’re gonna’ be stuck inside the house anyway with old man winter blasting away, why not put this time to good use and start your classes now. Here’s a link to get you started on your way: Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder – This is how most of my days go! Yes, this is the way most of my days go around here. I know that some of you can relate to this, but I wanted the rest of you to know just how it is when you retire! I decide to wash my car today, so I started toward to the garage when I noticed that there is mail on the hall table. I decided that I had better go through the mail before I wash the car, and that’s when I laid my car keys down on the table and put the junk mail in the trash can under the table. As I did that I notice that the trash can was full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first, but then I thought that since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of Diet Pepsi that I had been drinking earlier. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to put the Diet Pepsi aside so that I don’t accidentally  knock it over. I see that my pop is already starting to get warm, so I decided that I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the pop, a vase of flowers on the  counter catches my eye–they need to be watered. I set the pop down on the counter and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I’d better put them back on my desk, but first I’ve got to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water, and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone had left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight, when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decided to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water those darn flowers. I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor, it figures So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then I head back down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do earlier. At the end of the day; the car still isn’t washed. The bills aren’t paid. There is a warm can of pop is still sitting on the counter. Those darn flowers are now starting to wilt since they didn’t get watered. There’s still only one check in my checkbook. I can’t find the remote. I can’t find my glasses. And, what hurts the most is that I don’t remember what I did with the car keys! Then, when trying to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m absolutely baffled because I know that I was busy all day long and I’m really worn out. I realize that this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail. Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to close friends you know, because I don’t remember to whom it has been sent. Don’t laugh – if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming! And if I have had this article in the newsletter before….well, now you know why you’re seeing it again.   Shack Safety What will happen if we don't fuse a circuit? A “fuse” is nothing more than a conductor which is designed to burn up at a particular current. That’s why a better name for this class of devices is an “Overcurrent Protection Device”. The basic idea behind a fuse is that you select a fuse that will burn up at a current which is lower than the current at which the particular circuit would burn up. That way, the burning is confined to a nice, enclosed glass container (or in the modern world, a nice plastic circuit breaker housing). If you don’t include an Overcurrent Protection Device, and you have current fault in your circuit, then the circuit itself will burn up. And, when that circuit just happens to be in in your walls, or your car, or even your pocket, it makes for a very bad afternoon for sure! This past week was a busy one for sure. I visited with you at a number of club meetings and breakfast’s, and I represented Amateur Radio in a table-top Mass Casualty / Mass Fatality exercise for all mass care givers and first responders. I ended the week with the Mansfield Mid*Winter Hamfest! Wow, did that week ever fly by fast! This past week pretty quiet as far as updates to the website was concerned. Thanks to Greg, WD9FTZ there is now a new link that explains about the new JumboSpot / ChinaSpot DMR Hotspot and how it goes together. It’s a really good article, and if you’re interested, Greg tells me that you can purchase one of these little critters for about 1 / 2 of the price of an OpenSpot. I also updated the DMR Net listing, thanks to Greg’s hard work and perseverance as well! Last week I told you that we found our 650th member! He’s Gary Hardwick, W8EN and now the bar has been set for the 675th person to receive an ARRL ARES Mesh Vest. Will it be you? We are currently at 660 members and continuing to move forward. How’s about it, I know that there’s still a lot of you out there that have not taken the NIMS classes yet. C’mon, what have you got to lose? You’re gonna’ be stuck inside the house anyway with old man winter blasting away, why not put this time to good use and start your classes now. Here’s a link to get you started on your way: If you haven’t started your NIMS courses yet, why not. The hand writing is on the wall my friends, it just has to happen. There’s been way too many incidences where that training was absolutely necessary. The days of just having your license and being enough are coming to a close. We now have to keep up with the times and be trained! That’s going to do it this time around… I’ll catch you on down the log for sure, and stay warm my friends, remember the Dayton Hamvention is just days away!!!!
By the time you read this the Mansfield Mid-Winter Hamfest will be over. As I write this my attendance is doubtful. I hope everyone attending had fun and got home safely. Three years ago this month I welcomed Bob Zimmerman, W8OLO to his new position as net manager of the Ohio Slow Net in an article similar to this article. This month I sadly inform our readers that Bob has become a silent key. Bob was an extra class ham and previously held the call KD8BIV. He was a traffic handler not only for the Ohio Slow Net but often was a CW liaison station for the Ohio Single Sideband Net, the Central Ohio Traffic Net and the Eighth Region Nets. When Bob was a truck driver he often checked into the OSSBN from his eighteen-wheeler with a big signal. Bob helped many become CW operators and was known to offer the loan of his spare rig to other operators whose rigs had failed. Bob was described on the OSSBN as someone who would travel across the state to help another operator install an antenna or assist with a problem. Bob's signal on the OSSBN got him rated as number one. We will all miss Bob and my thoughts and prayers go to Bob's family. Funeral services are incomplete at this time and will be announced. The PowersKell Funeral Home is serving the family. NEW OHIO SLOW NET MANAGER I am very pleased to welcome Steve Burns, KI8FV to the position of net manager for the Ohio Slow Net. Steve has been a ham since 1996, is an ARRL member and has been doing code for about 3 years. Steve passed the 13 wpm requirement years ago to be an advanced license holder and became an extra after the code requirement was dropped. He passed the 20 wpm test on the W1AW code practice. He likes to work around 15 wpm or so best. Steve has been on the Ohio Slow Net for about 2 years and has been a net control station for a little over a year. Steve took traffic handling instruction from WD8Q last year. He also checks into the Buckeye Net Early (BNE) and the OSSBN when he can. Steve says that Steve WB8YLO was helpful and emailed him the report format. He has been doing all of the net control days for OSN except Fridays when WB8YLO does it. Steve lives in Vinton County where he teaches elementary music. He has been a music teacher for 32 years and a part of that time a band director. If you are not aware of the Ohio Slow Net brush up or learn CW and join in the fun on 3.53535 daily at 18:00 (6PM). They will slow down to your speed while you get accustomed to CW and build up you own speed. Ohio Section Nets NET TIMES FREQUENCIES BUCKEYE (early) 18:45 Daily 3.580 BUCKEYE (late) 22:00 Daily 3.590 OHIO SLOW NET 18:00 Daily 3.53535 OHIO SINGLE SIDEBAND NET 10:30 – 4:15 – 6:45 Daily 3.9725 OHIO HF EMERGENCY NET 19:15 every Tuesday evening 3.910 – 7.240 OHIO DIGITAL EMERGENCY NET 20:00 every Tuesday evening 3.585 USB WEATHER SPOTTER REMINDER Now is the time to attend weather spotter classes. Classes are free and open to the public, but some may require advanced registration. You do not need to be a resident of the county in which a talk is being held in order to attend. Each class lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours and is led by a National Weather Service meteorologist who will discuss techniques and safety for severe weather spotting. Once you attend a class, you are an officially trained spotter and can report severe weather to your NWS office. You can find more information and register info if needed at: That is all for this month. I have provided the information above instead of more traffic handling information this month because of the high importance of the these events. I hope that all have a chance to get involved in these very worthwhile activities. We have certainly had a winter this year. From the reports I have seen, much of the country has experienced a more severe winter than normal. Our local EOC has just sent a weather forecast update which indicates more is on the way and perhaps some significant winter snow conditions for the weekend. I have a couple of really good neighbors who regularly clear the sidewalks up and down my street. They are busily at work often before I decide to get up and start my morning coffee. I never heard them this morning. I do appreciate the neighborly effort. It makes winter much more tolerable. By the time this hits your desk, we will have the Mansfield Hamfest behind us. I am looking forward to attending this year having missed the last two years while in Texas. Mansfield begins the yearly list of Hamfests and it is a great way to signal the end of winter and the beginning of warmer days much more to our liking. Break out your hat and name badge and head to Mansfield. I hope to see many of you there this year. The Seneca Radio Club has been teaching a Technician class of 14 perspective Hams for several weeks now and from what I have observed, we have a very interested group who should progress to the final week and successful testing. I will be covering several lessons in March ending with a review prior to the VE session. One of the students comes from our earlier JOTA exercise and it is a blessing to have a young man of 12 years interested in our hobby and obtaining his Amateur license. Attracting the younger folks has become especially difficult. I do not know the answer to gaining their interest in Amateur Radio, but it is a necessity that we all need to address. I am sure like me, when you look around at the membership and participation in clubs, ARES and other events that we support, the age group represented is largely retired folks. We must begin to solve the mystery and energize our hobby with new and younger members. Do they know the fun they are missing? The last month was big for ARES training as was the month before. We have hit two milestones and before you read this I am confident we will have obtained a third. Late last year we recorded 600 active ARES members who had completed all four of the NIMS required courses. SM Yonally awarded an ARES safety vest then another in January at 625. We are at 648 now and moving quickly towards awarding another vest to the Amateur who comes in at 650. We are also just under 6,000 total curses  taken which is a tremendous effort by Ohio Hams. WJ8Y in Tiffin has been working since late last year and has amassed 50 completed courses. Many others have also been submitting additional courses while several have retaken the required courses in order to attend the G-300 and G-400 class which requires completion of the current versions. It is a pleasure to maintain the database and the copies of all those certificates. The response of our Ohio Hams is nothing short of fantastic and I commend each of you for your dedication and effort. The importance of NIMS training cannot be over emphasized. As time passes, more and more of our served agencies are requiring the training. NIMS, the National Incident Management System, is the framework and structure with which all disaster responses will be driven. And for those who are in a position to respond outside the local area and be a part of the Ohio Responds program, NIMS is required. The benefit however is great. ARES members who are officially called to respond by the State of Ohio EMA, and are registered in the Ohio Responds program will be covered against personal liability. In today’s world, this could prove to be a definite and serious advantage. I urge all ARES members to consider signing up with Ohio Responds after you complete the four required NIMS courses. In the event of a significant disaster response, you will be an invaluable resource providing a much-needed service to fellow Ohioans. We as Hams have a unique set of skills as communicators. The let’s make it happen attitude and flexible skills we often utilize are an excellent foundation to support our ability to serve effectively. As always, your Ohio ARRL officials are here to serve your needs and to represent you in Newington. We would be happy to assist you and to listen to your concerns. The web site is an excellent resource to the many programs and activities available to you. ARRL membership is not required and I invite all of you to have a look. You will find current information, news updates and contact details for the different Ohio ARRL functions and the leadership charged with supporting them. If you have questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact any of us. We are happy to assist you. Thank you all for making Ohio, the largest ARRL Section great and strong,  
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