Stan Broadway, N8BHL
Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator
Delaware County Emergency Coordinator
Activities coming up soon!
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We have a bundle of activities on the near horizon for Delaware ARES! WE need you to help
serve our neighborhoods! Here are some of the items on our agenda:
Tuesday May 21: Kid’s Saffety Scenes - Delaware fairgrounds 9AM
This is our traditional gathering for 700 school kids as they move from one scene to another,
stressing safety and protection. It’s an easy day at the fairgrounds!
Saturday May 25: New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon Downtown Delaware, 5:30PM
This is a busy run through Delaware streets! We post spotters at critical intersections and water
stops to work with the police to assure a safe event. Especially if you’re downtown, headphones
are a necessity.
Friday - Sunday June 21-23: Field Day at the Delaware Red Cross
This is DELARA’s premier event for the year! Don’t miss the fun, the food, and the chance to
operate in this event!
Tuesday - Friday June 24 - 28: Scouts on the air at Camp Lazarus
See details earlier in this newsletter.
July 4th (exact date unknown) - Sunbury July 4th Parade
Another tradition for DELARA! Pick you spot, bring some sunscreen!
July 6: Bike MS Dublin, OH
We assist Union County with this ride, which stretches from Dublin up through several counties.
It is not a race, so the event can take most of the day. It’s a relaxed event that requires better
antennas to reach repeaters.
July 20 - 21: Miami Valley Steam Thresher Show Plain City
Again a tradition for several DELARA members- we assist Union County with operating a special
July 28: The big one! Ironman 70.3 Triathlon is back!
This is an “all-hands” event with swim at Delaware State Park, bicycling up through Marion
County and back downtown, then a run in the southern Delaware suburbs.
August 5-6: “Vigilant Guard” Exercise
Not sure if this will involved Delaware, it’s a big military-sponsored exercise shared through Ohio
We really appreciate ALL your help on these events! There will be registration forms at the
meeting, but please log into ARES Connect and register for the event. That way, we can keep you
updated with emails as things develop.
Amateur Radio is more than
a hobby- it becomes an
important service when
other forms of
communication fail. It’s up
to all of us to stay ready,
stay trained, and stay
available. We could be
required on a moment’s
Delaware County ARES is part of the
national ARRL program. We rely on
our volunteers. We operate during
several large public events including
the national-level Ironman
We hold a radio net on the 145.19
repeater (no tone) on the first
Thursday of every month at 8PM.
We hold a training meeting on the
second Thursday of every month at
7:30 usually at the Red Cross building.
All amateurs are invited!
For information, contact Stan, N8BHL
the Delaware County Emergency
Coordinator, or Joe, K8MP or Craig,
A Major Step for Amateur Radio in Ohio
A Step Up
Amateur Radio and ARES have been strong partners with the Ohio Homeland Security/Emergency Management Agency for a
number of years. We have now been asked to step up our game as a contributing partner to help keep the agency alerted to
important developments around the state. This means that ARES operators will be used more frequently in “real” situations-
either monitoring potential weather conditions, the damaging results, or other important conditions affecting the state. In other
words, we’re being asked to put our training into actual practice to do meaningful stuff.
The Ohio HS/EMA “Watch Desk” is staffed 24/7 and is the room which has all the “red buttons” to activate the state’s EMA
response. In Ohio as a home rule state (the county EMA Director is in charge) the state must be requested to send aid, but
gathering accurate information about emergency conditions will help the Watch Desk to gauge how much ramping up they
need to do in order to be ready. For example, our recent tornado strike in Richland County drew everyone’s attention.
Computer reports from NWS and official agencies were at least 30 minutes ~after~ amateur radio reports came in. And it was
not reported that after midnight, when the situation was ruled relatively safe, responders elected to wait until daylight to begin
cleanup and restoration of services. Amateur radio could have been a help to resolve that kind of issue.
We want to work as partners to our county EMA agencies, and obviously make this beneficial to them… it is the local EMA which
must respond and coordinate the level of help. We want to make sure this information goes to them first- thus, it’s really
important that your county either have a station at the EOC or you are in constant contact with the agency to relay these
reports. In most cases, we actually expect the details to come from the EMA’s so it works out well either way.
Read this twice: ARES is NOT even thinking about changing the way Skywarn nets operate in Ohio- the system works, is not
broken, and definitely doesn’t need “fixing.” We are not even remotely interested in “taking over” the spotter system. What we
are considering is asking local nets to appoint a liaison station (or possibly use existing amateur stations at the county EOC) to
report just significant events to The Sarge. Under normal conditions that would probably mean actual sightings or tornado
strike, as an example. Most of the information we would want actually follows the oncoming weather: we’re more interested in
damage and situations which might involve a request to the state. Many counties can create an incident in WebEOC software,
but in many smaller operations, the Director might be found at the scene coordinating a response so the overall information
would be of value to him and the Watch Desk.
I’m excited about this, it’s a big step upward in the profile of amateur radio and ARES across our state. But it’s not without its
problems. Chief among them is how we’re supposed to make all this stuff work!
How are we going to do this?
Working backward in constructing a system, several in leadership have logins to the WebEOC program. During “Snow Net” we
were uploading logs regularly to wide acclaim. It was an excellent and successful test of the very situation we’ve been asked to
create. We can enter reports both at the Sarge and remotely. Several also have logins to the “NWS Chat” system, which affords
direct communication with the weather offices. That would be simple if only one weather office covered the state, but there
are ~six~ forecast offices (Wilmington, Ft. Wayne, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburg and Huntington) which cover counties in Ohio.
So there’s no real direct route from NWS to State that’s simple and concise.
The larger challenge is how are we going to listen/report across the state in a fashion that everyone (hams and agencies) can
benefit. For example, a typical storm system moving west- while those western counties will be active, counties in the east
benefit by listening- they can gage their response based on what they hear the system doing upstream. In the very rare case of
a derecho or Palm Sunday outbreak, a statewide network would be invaluable and very active. But for most situations, we want
to keep this all low-key and not jump overboard. Most important, where do we find a dependable statewide network?
We have a robust 80 meter system- both voice and digital data. This system is a proven asset, and we plan to make use of it.
However, particularly with summer storms, the resulting static crashes and noise present a formidable challenge to widespread
communication. Another situation to consider is that 55% of the licensed amateurs in Ohio are Techs- without HF privileges. It
would be great to include them and have a system that would afford handheld coverage from disaster scenes.
Our experiments have included DMR. Snow Net was carried out on both HF and DMR Ohio talk group, with good success and
overwhelming support from operators around the state. This was not out of the blue, as Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY,
had received enthusiastic support a couple years ago from DMR owners. That support continues. We researched the license
trustees of all DMR repeaters in the state, and obtained email for all but about 5. We created a survey, and emailed the support
continues. We researched the license trustees of all DMR repeaters in the state, and obtained email for all but about 5. We
created a survey, and emailed the 50 trustees asking them to take part. 20 did. The results were conclusive, with 19 of the 20
strongly supporting ARES making occasional, low-traffic use of the Ohio talk group 3139.
Here’s how we see this working. In the typical “big-time weather system moving this way from Indiana” scenario, we would
notify hams by email (EC email list and over 1000 in ARES Connect) that a situation was developing. W8SGT would be
~MONITORING~ on the Ohio talk group and the HF net. That’s it…we’d just listen. IF a station or county began to really rock and
roll, that EOC station or weather liaison would merely call W8SGT, tells us what’s going on, and we’d go back to listening. We
would then file the report into WebEOC. The worse it got, of course, the busier we might be but it would take a major event to
lead us to actually calling a formal net. So we want to keep it low-profile but functional.
Plans are NOT solid yet, we’re still researching and we’re open to your suggestions! More to come on this major project!
Amateur radio saves lives in Shelby, Ohio
We learned April 14 that when it hits, it can hit hard and fast! A handful of Skywarn spotters
(including DEC-6 Danny Bailey W8DLB and Section Manager Scott Yonally N8SY) were watching
the storm move into Richland county. One report of spinning motion was immediately sent to
NWS Cleveland, which in turn issued a tornado warning. Thanks to the Skywarn system, the
warning was out before the storm struck Shelby, Ohio. No lives were lost, but there were six
This tornado was rates as an “EF-2” storm, but before you conclude it to be a small little funnel,
consider it was on the ground for 17 miles, and reached a width of ½ mile! This developed into
classic wedge tornado. Check out TV video of the storm here: https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/watch-video-of-tornado-
And look at the aftermath here: https://www.wkyc.com/video/weather/pictures-tornado-rips-through-shelby-ohio/95-
Immediately after receiving word of the strike, coordinating through the county EMA,
Danny and the rest of the crew headed immediately to Shelby, where they met with
the Police Department. SEC Stan Broadway N8BHL coordinated with Danny on the
146.94 Mansfield repeater, where all tactical activity was taking place. It was agreed
we needed to find more help in order to have enough manpower should dire reports
of devastation prove lengthy. Since District 6 was all activated, it was decided to
activate two counties to the north and three counties to the south of Richland-
meaning District 2 (DEC in Toledo) and District 7 (DEC in west Columbus) as well as
Richard KD8PHG in Groveport (southwest Columbus) who would stand by in case of
state EOC activation. In order to coordinate resources across this great area, we used DMR Ohio Talk Group 3139. Five
responded from Marion County to assist, along with some CERT members from a neighboring county.
The guidance “Do whatever we can to help” proved out here- where no communication facilities suffered, our hams were
assigned to walk perimeter to watch for any looting or breech of security. By
midnight, when all were accounted for, it was determined to close operation until
dawn’s light when power workers and others could work more safely.
The take away from this? It hit hard and fast, and there was no time to sit back and
theorize about our reaction. We needed to act quickly, and Danny did that
masterfully. So – we aren’t kidding when we tell you that you NEED to be active in
your local spotters net, keep your battery charged and ready! Ohio weather can turn
on a dime- and amateur radio spotters are the key to saving lives!
NVIS 2019 is in the books, and with band conditions under the “Yucky” category we really didn’t do badly. The Sarge had over
40 contacts (all on 80, at least inside Ohio) and worked at least 24 different counties. The band was up and down, but in a real
emergency we would have had communication! It wasn’t raining, that was a plus. We heard from a number of you that there
was a lot of fun to be had- and that is what it’s all about. Thanks and see you next year!!
Folks, we have a deficiency at The Sarge- we need more operators. We do not want to grab more from Franklin County ARES,
we’re already hitting them pretty hard. So we’re looking for operators within an hour’s drive of the 270/315 area. We need at
least a general class licensee. You should be familiar with fldigi and digital communication on HF and VHF. Experience in
emergency response is a plus. You must pass a background check. If you’re a seasoned operator - primarily a solid traffic
handler or a successful contester – who is comfortable working under moderate pressure, and you’re able to take on a modest
time commitment (at most one night a week under a schedule with emergency activation always possible) please consider
contacting myself or Richard, KD8PHG to be considered!
Now…to get ready for Field Day!!