DELARANEWS

Training Coordinator

Jim Yoder, W8ERW

Welcome to 2021, it’s here. Not much is happening. The election is over with and thank goodness we’ll hear no more political ads for a while. Were this pandemic over, that would certainly be a wonderful relief also. Hamfests and other gatherings have already been cancelled for the year. Yes, I’ll quit complaining. The snow accumulation for the year so far has been light and the sun here is shining brightly this morning. And I am wondering if I might just use that next stimulus check for some new station equipment. I at least need something to get a station ready for the new RV that the XYL and I should be taking delivery on this coming Saturday morning. Things are indeed looking up for the New Year. I can see a camping visit to Hamvention in 2022 and perhaps others even later this year. I was initially somewhat dismayed with the announcement of ARES Connect going away. It’s taken me like many of you I am sure, this long to get to a modest level of mastery with the system. And now it’s being abandoned. The latest word from Newington is that users were polled, and the participation was far less than desired or anticipated. The vendor also had no plans to provide additional updates that would be more suitable to our purpose. Headquarters has made the decision to look for a new vehicle that is easier to use and more in tune with our needs and hopefully that will come to pass soon. In the interim, we will revert to the existing paper method of reporting with some updates and additional elements added. The Seneca Radio Club has installed a new Fusion repeater on the 145.450 machine, and I hear it is working rather well. There are also some planned additional improvements to the antenna and feedline. Providing both analog and digital capability, this new machine should see a lot more activity in the near future. Thanks Jeff WB8REI, Mike KD8QDL, Gregg WJ8Y and the members of the Seneca Radio Club for your diligent work on this project. ARES Training ended the year with some respectable numbers. The database now has over 1,900 members and 9,755 training certificates logged. We also hit 1,500 registered members for ARES Connect. Unfortunately, that milestone has lost its inertia with the planned demise of the system. The year also brought many upgrades to both Level 2 and 3 throughout the year. New certificate submissions have already begun for the New Year. Keep up the good work. This is a truly wonderful showing for the Ohio Section. With any luck we can now begin to see some de-escalation of the political scene. Two issues are still relevant, however. We as licensed Amateurs must be sure to refrain from any illegal activity as noted in a recent FCC advisory. Prosecution and loss of license would be the result of not doing so. Also, the role we as Amateurs can play during an emergency has become more obvious with the developments over the past year. The need to be prepared is ever present. More of our served agencies have realized the need to have backup of the sort that we can provide. Additionally, this brings with it the need for FEMA training along with a continued effort to exercise and make visible our communications capabilities. I encourage everyone to consider that our visibility and capabilities during an emergency are our strength when it comes to preservation of our spectrum allocations. Please continue to participate in FEMA training. ARES needs to be a strong element of our Amateur Radio presence. Thank you everyone for another great year and I look forward to a very productive year to come. Please do let me know if I can help you in any way. All of your Ohio Section leadership is here to serve you our fellow Amateurs. We also welcome our new Section Manager, Tom Sly WB8LCD along with a new position for Scott Yonally N8SY as our Great Lakes Division Vice Director.
DELARANews

Training

Coordinator

Jim Yoder, W8ERW

Welcome to 2021, it’s here. Not much is happening. The election is over with and thank goodness we’ll hear no more political ads for a while. Were this pandemic over, that would certainly be a wonderful relief also. Hamfests and other gatherings have already been cancelled for the year. Yes, I’ll quit complaining. The snow accumulation for the year so far has been light and the sun here is shining brightly this morning. And I am wondering if I might just use that next stimulus check for some new station equipment. I at least need something to get a station ready for the new RV that the XYL and I should be taking delivery on this coming Saturday morning. Things are indeed looking up for the New Year. I can see a camping visit to Hamvention in 2022 and perhaps others even later this year. I was initially somewhat dismayed with the announcement of ARES Connect going away. It’s taken me like many of you I am sure, this long to get to a modest level of mastery with the system. And now it’s being abandoned. The latest word from Newington is that users were polled, and the participation was far less than desired or anticipated. The vendor also had no plans to provide additional updates that would be more suitable to our purpose. Headquarters has made the decision to look for a new vehicle that is easier to use and more in tune with our needs and hopefully that will come to pass soon. In the interim, we will revert to the existing paper method of reporting with some updates and additional elements added. The Seneca Radio Club has installed a new Fusion repeater on the 145.450 machine, and I hear it is working rather well. There are also some planned additional improvements to the antenna and feedline. Providing both analog and digital capability, this new machine should see a lot more activity in the near future. Thanks Jeff WB8REI, Mike KD8QDL, Gregg WJ8Y and the members of the Seneca Radio Club for your diligent work on this project. ARES Training ended the year with some respectable numbers. The database now has over 1,900 members and 9,755 training certificates logged. We also hit 1,500 registered members for ARES Connect. Unfortunately, that milestone has lost its inertia with the planned demise of the system. The year also brought many upgrades to both Level 2 and 3 throughout the year. New certificate submissions have already begun for the New Year. Keep up the good work. This is a truly wonderful showing for the Ohio Section. With any luck we can now begin to see some de-escalation of the political scene. Two issues are still relevant, however. We as licensed Amateurs must be sure to refrain from any illegal activity as noted in a recent FCC advisory. Prosecution and loss of license would be the result of not doing so. Also, the role we as Amateurs can play during an emergency has become more obvious with the developments over the past year. The need to be prepared is ever present. More of our served agencies have realized the need to have backup of the sort that we can provide. Additionally, this brings with it the need for FEMA training along with a continued effort to exercise and make visible our communications capabilities. I encourage everyone to consider that our visibility and capabilities during an emergency are our strength when it comes to preservation of our spectrum allocations. Please continue to participate in FEMA training. ARES needs to be a strong element of our Amateur Radio presence. Thank you everyone for another great year and I look forward to a very productive year to come. Please do let me know if I can help you in any way. All of your Ohio Section leadership is here to serve you our fellow Amateurs. We also welcome our new Section Manager, Tom Sly WB8LCD along with a new position for Scott Yonally N8SY as our Great Lakes Division Vice Director.