delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 9

Ohio Section News

Scott Yonaly, N8SY Ohio Section Manager Possible AUXCOM Course Becoming Available Would you be interested in attending an AUXCOM course at the Franklin County EMA sometime in the future. Franklin County EC, John Montgomery-N8PVC, in conjunction with the local Franklin County EMA is working to host the AUXCOM course. The critical resource is qualified instructors and finding a place on their schedule. It is important to understand the demand for this course so that information can be passed to those approving the course. That makes responding to this posting very important. No course delivery dates have been established beyond a target date range that goes through December 1st. There is a minimum number of students required to enroll before a course is delivered, generally fifteen. So please let DEC Mark Griggs know at: Weather Underground and Ham Weather Stations Have you visited the webpage to see all the Weather Underground stations yet? I’ve just added several more reporting stations to the listing. This is really great we are growing every week.! Here’s a link to it…  We’re starting to get a really good collection of stations all over. I know that there is a lot more than what we have listed. How’s about sharing your weather information with all of us! All that you need to do is send me your Weather Underground ID and your call sign and I’ll take it from there. Sent it to: I think this will be a lot of fun for sure! I want to let you in on something brand spanking new to the National Weather Service. Here in Northern Ohio the NWS is introducing a “Spring” and “Fall” Skywarn training session. As proposed, it’s gonna’ be really useful, and from the information that I’ve gotten on this new fall class, it will also deal with some of our winter time issues in Northern Ohio. You know, Lake Effect snow and some other unusual occurrence that happen only in our area! Now here is how the classes are proposed to be scheduled, keep in mind, just because it is being introduced in Northern Ohio doesn’t mean you folks from the southern end of the state can’t join in as well. You are invited too, it’s just gonna’ be a lot further drive home for you. I think this idea is great! You’ll now have the advantage to take both if you want. This year Fall talks will be in the following counties: • Wood • Marion • Crawford, OH • Seneca • Ottawa • Huron • Knox • Cuyahoga • Ashland • Stark • Medina • Geauga • Ashtabula • Mahoning  • Erie, PA (Wilmington NWS is NOT part of the fall program, their intention is to keep spring formatted training sessions. -ed) It’s time for you to get registered in the new ARES Connect system, if you haven’t already. I did an audit the other day and found some errors that I would like to let you know about. First and most importantly, we want you to be honest when answering the questions about your training. We know that you mean well by answering that you have the needed courses in, but we are checking to make sure that you are in our statewide database when we are completing your registration. If you’re not there, you won’t get credit for the courses and you’ll most likely get an email from your EC wanting to know where they are. You see, he needs them too. Now, this is actually a double-edged sword. Some of you have taken these courses and just haven’t gotten copies of your certificates to us or your EC to enter into the database. Shame on you! As you can now see, it’s going to be extremely important for you to be in our database if you want any of your volunteer time to count! So, how can you find out if you are there? Easy, here’s a link to our database, http://arrl- 20Name.pdf  It’s by county so you’ll have to look there first, or you can simply do a “FIND” and use your call sign or name. Either way, if you are there, great, no problems, if you aren’t, you need to get to work and get those all-important copies of those certificates to us. On this same subject, some of you noticed that you can acquire your Level 3 by substituting your ICS 300/400 with the following NIMS courses. Completing the following “FREE” and “ONLINE” courses will act as a substitute for you FEMA Leadership Development Course requirements. You absolutely will need to complete all 7 of these courses to get your ICS 300/400 credit. Here are the courses that you need to take: IS-120, 230, 240, 241, 242, 244 & 288. Now, don’t forget that your ICS certificates aren’t the only things we’re looking for either, Basic or Advanced First Aid, CPR or AED training and Damage Assessment is also 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! Oh yes, keep those NIMS courses coming... Let’s see if we can get to 750 persons with all 4 of their NIMS courses in! Switching Gears… I’ve just been informed by Greg, WD9FTZ that there’s going to be a brand new OpenSpot very soon on the market. According to the ad, it’s supposed to be completely self- supporting, nothing else needed other than your radio. It’s also going to be very small, so that you can fit it in your pocket if you want. Unfortunately, they don’t discuss the price, which could be a big gain or drawback for most hams, especially since the other similar unit sells for just a little over $100. Here’s a link to the site…. I can’t think of a better place than right here to remind all of you with OpenSpots, DVMM’s, ChinaSpots and similar devices to be very careful when setting up a frequency on which to operate on. There have been some reports that a few folks are operating where they really shouldn’t be. It seems that they have been spotted operating in areas of the spectrum where they really shouldn’t be! Now, I realize that they are very low wattage devices (around 100 milliwatts or so), but we don’t want you to get caught operating outside of where you should be either. Operating outside of where you are allowed to operate, even with that low of wattage, could get you into trouble. An OO could send you a card, or the FCC could knock on you door. So, for those of you who don’t seem to be familiar with Part 97 Rules, and where you can and cannot operate, I would strongly advise you to click on this link. >> HERE << It will take you to Part 97 where you really need to read it very carefully and I’m sure this will get you to see where you went wrong. Now, how do we know where your little unit is operating at? I want to let you in on a new way of actually looking at all of the “OpenSpot” and similar devices that are on the air right now. The website is This APRS application not only allows you to see all the APRS stuff, but you can see the OpenSpot and similar devices as well. It’s a lot of fun looking around at all of these “various units” that are on the air at any given time. It does give a lot of detail on not only what you are running, but the color code and “frequency” that it is operating on as well. Now you can see why you need to be careful where you put your OpenSpot or similar device. I was unaware until just recently that you could track these devices so easily. Oh, by the way, since this is APRS, it does have the capability if you use an OpenSpot or similar device with GPS turned on, to track you just like the APRS units do. That’s going to do it for this time around. Stay safe, and most of all… have FUN!!

Section training Coordinator

Jim Yoder, W8ERW ARES Training Update I want to address an issue this month that we all need to be aware of. Most of us while in pursuit of this great hobby of Amateur Radio have at one time or the other gotten involved with some sort of public service event, providing communications support including our time and equipment in doing so. We all do this freely as unpaid volunteers. We do so not to be recognized, but to pay forward and to be of service in a way that we can. However, one bit of recognition is important for us to secure. There is hardly a bit of our lives that have not now been touched by the advances in technology. Wi-Fi isconnecting to a plethora of technology through the “Connected Home” and this isn’t even near the amount of ubiquitous use of direct communications now everywhere in our lives. RF spectrum is in demand from nearly every form of technology that we use and it is growing continuously. How do we justify the generous amount of RF spectrum that we have access to? We must realize the pressure that is being applied all around us for spectrum allocations. Folks, the commercial interests would eat our lunch tomorrow if they could get away with it. After all, we are just a hobby and to be awarded the use of spectrum in the amount that we have, is coveted to say the least. We simply must do a better job in justifying our existence; else we may lose what we have. It is also an issue of money, big money when the FCC auctions off the right to spectrum and the commercial interests pay dearly for the right to access. The danger to us is real and it is great. We have been very fortunate throughout time to have our spectrum allocations. A huge part of the justification comes from the public service activities that we perform. If it were not for the Amateurs in congress and at the FCC who understand what we do, this alone would not provide us with the protection of our spectrum. Our argument is weak without supporting numbers. The jeopardy is real and there are no guarantees. Politics can be powerful, and the issue of money speaks loudly. It is imperative that we show our value utilizing the ARRL programs in place to do so. One such is the Public Service Honor Role where the hours we provide in service to many of the activities that we support. Another recent innovation is the ARES Connect program. We in Ohio are one of four sections initially being brought on line. Both of these programs are designed to capture the effort we provide supporting community and public service activities with real numbers. I urge all of you to become aware of these tools and begin to use them. They ultimately provide solid evidence of the contribution we are making and support our continued use of spectrum. If your ARES group is not making use of both of these programs, please take the time to do so. PSHR also is a personal effort to capture individual contribution. Report those hours and we give Newington the strength to insure we have continued use of our spectrum. EC Jim Hershberger KE8ERN in Seneca County has been putting some great effort into utilizing ARES Connect. He has really been giving the system a workout by keeping up with the many activities within the county and insuring they are loaded into the system. As we in Ohio are one of the four ARRL sections to begin using the system, Jim is making sure Seneca County ARES is fully onboard and tracking our  ARES activity and hours accurately. Thanks Jim for your efforts to utilize ARES Connect and documenting the many hours Seneca County Amateurs are spending in service to the public. As recently reported, the ARRL Board of Directors has put forth recommendations for changes in the ARES program. These  recommendations are awaiting final approval at this time and our Section Managers and Section Emergency Coordinators now have the opportunity to review them and make additional comments and suggestions prior to final implementation. For the rest of us, any issues and problems should be reported to your local EC for referral to Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway N8BHL and Section Manager Scott Yonally N8SY. Let’s all engage this process and insure we have a great ARES program going forward. So how have we been doing with training? The numbers continue to increase for both participation in FEMA training and attainment of level status. I regularly update SM with these numbers for inclusion on the web site. We currently have 938 active ARES members reporting training with 726 now NIMS complete, (all four required NIMS courses, ICS-100, 200, 700 & 800). We are now also seeing many additional course submissions for higher levels of participation. Overall, ARES members have completed 6,837 courses, 552 for this year. A fantastic effort continues, and the effort is greatly appreciated. I am entering all this data into an MS Access database which allows for easy reporting of the statistics and customized reporting for DEC’s, EC’s and individuals. If you would like to see how your group is doing, please let me know and I will be happy to send you a report listing what I have for your group. The same applies for individuals. Some notes on submitting your certificates – As you complete any of the FEMA online courses, FEMA will send an email with your certificate. Please forward a copy of that certificate to your local EC and include SM, SEC Broadway or myself in the email. You can save the certificate as a .pdf file to your system and attach it to your email in this format: W8ERW-IS00100.b.pdf. Send them individually or wait until you have completed all four required courses. Certificates in any readable format are acceptable as well. Congratulations this month go to KE8HZZ, Ken Edmonds of Fairfield County who was our 725th member submitting his certificates and completing the four required NIMS courses. SM again awarded an ARES safety vest to Ken. Keep those certificates coming and as a reminder, in addition to the FEMA courses, additional ARES relevant raining is also acceptable for inclusion in the database. Many of our members are taking training classes that have a direct application to our ARES activities. Locally administered training and Red Cross certifications are examples of what we would like to see in the database. Thanks again to all those who are actively embracing training. Your effort makes the Ohio Section ARES program strong and ready when we are asked to support our served agencies.

From the Section Traffic Manager

David Maynard, WA3EZN – STM It was going to be a rain free day so on Saturday August 3rd I decided to go to the Columbus Hamfest. If you didn't get to go you missed a good hamfest. I miss calculated my travel time and was going to be really early, so I stopped in to TJ's restaurant for some breakfast. Sure enough, it was rain free and a pleasant day. I looked through the flee market twice and did not find anything I could afford or couldn't live without. When it started to get too hot for me I decided to go inside and wait for the ARRL and OSSBN meetings. At the ARRL meeting there were several speakers and discussions and then it was time for the presentation of the Allan Severson Memorial Award. For those not familiar with 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 meeting in the fall. 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 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." The 2018 Allan Severson Award Recipient this year  was Matt Curtain KD8TTE of Bexley Ohio. Aside from Matt's extensive computer knowledge and professional career he is an Amateur Radio volunteer. Matt provides public service in emergency communications and emergency response. As a amateur radio operator Matt (KD8TTE) carries qualifications and certifications in the FEMA Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Weather Service SKYWARN, and is a member of the Franklin County Ohio Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) as well as the Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service Mutual Assistance Team (ARESMAT). Matt is also an NTS traffic handler on both voice and CW nets and is the Net Manager for the Central Ohio Traffic Net. At the OSSBN meeting the Shriners chose our OSSBN meeting to present John Lehman WA8MHO with an Aladdin Shrine Meritorious Service Award for lifetime achievement in emergency communications, traffic handling and his involvement in the Eye Bank Net from it's inception. John is a life member of OSSBN and this award adds to his many accomplishments. John can be heard checking into the OSSBN meeting daily. This year the OSSBN had two of their own awards. One was awarded to Bob Zimmerman W8OLO (sk) for his dedication and work during the first half of the year. This is the first time this award has been awarded posthumously. Bob helped many become CW operators and was known to offer the loan of his spare rig to other operators who's 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 miss Bob and this award is well deserved. The second Garlock Award winner was John Lehman K8PJ. John joined the net at age 16 forty years age and checked into the net and passed his first radiogram on the net from his father's car on the way home from the exam session. John is a dedicated OSSBN member and can be heard checking into the net frequently. It was stressed that phonetics should be used for callsigns. Also, complete callsigns should be used when checking in and acknowledging stations.