DELARANEWS

DELARA at the ARC

Tested

One of the most important aspects of our club station at the ARC (American Red Cross) is emergency communication. Why? There are several reasons. First, We are established as the “County Control Station” for Delaware County ARES. With VHF capability at the county EOC, net control during any emergency activation will take place from the ARC station. Not only will be need VHF/UHF radio (with digital messaging) but HF stations to relay information to other parts of the state. In fact, that concept is what the EMA used initially to convince the Red Cross to allow us into the building! Second, we are working with the Red Cross to be a communication hub for the Red Cross. Their headquarters for the region is in Columbus, but their ham radio facilities have declined for many reasons. So it would be up to us to be operational if, say, the ARC was involved in a larger shelter activity that covered a sizable portion of the state. Third, being centrally located in the state there is the possibility that we could be asked to stand in for the Ohio EMA station if it fails. Other counties (notably Union) have similar stations but ours is a fairly high profile with the EMA. (We might have an “in” with someone who is involved there.) The club station was part of this month’s Simulated Emergency Test (SET) sponsored by the ARRL and the Ohio Section ARES (Read more onthe ARES page). Some faults were discovered (the purpose of the exercises!) First, I ~thought~ I had fldigi running but when Mike, W8MDC, tried it on VHF it didn’t seem to decode. So we’ll look into that more. And we found that one of the Samlex power supplies for an HF station. Fuse popped, looked to me like we blew a capacitor. So that needs repaired or replaced. We’ll look into that. Here’s another reminder: this ‘state of the art’ station is available to YOU, as a paid member of the club. We explained operation at our first boot camp, and there are many in the club who will happily sit down with you to help you get used to the station…. so if you’re not sure, all you have to do is ask!

DELARANews

DELARA at the

ARC

Tested

One of the most important aspects of our club station at the ARC (American Red Cross) is emergency communication. Why? There are several reasons. First, We are established as the “County Control Station” for Delaware County ARES. With VHF capability at the county EOC, net control during any emergency activation will take place from the ARC station. Not only will be need VHF/UHF radio (with digital messaging) but HF stations to relay information to other parts of the state. In fact, that concept is what the EMA used initially to convince the Red Cross to allow us into the building! Second, we are working with the Red Cross to be a communication hub for the Red Cross. Their headquarters for the region is in Columbus, but their ham radio facilities have declined for many reasons. So it would be up to us to be operational if, say, the ARC was involved in a larger shelter activity that covered a sizable portion of the state. Third, being centrally located in the state there is the possibility that we could be asked to stand in for the Ohio EMA station if it fails. Other counties (notably Union) have similar stations but ours is a fairly high profile with the EMA. (We might have an “in” with someone who is involved there.) The club station was part of this month’s Simulated Emergency Test (SET) sponsored by the ARRL and the Ohio Section ARES (Read more onthe ARES page). Some faults were discovered (the purpose of the exercises!) First, I ~thought~ I had fldigi running but when Mike, W8MDC, tried it on VHF it didn’t seem to decode. So we’ll look into that more. And we found that one of the Samlex power supplies for an HF station. Fuse popped, looked to me like we blew a capacitor. So that needs repaired or replaced. We’ll look into that. Here’s another reminder: this ‘state of the art’ station is available to YOU, as a paid member of the club. We explained operation at our first boot camp, and there are many in the club who will happily sit down with you to help you get used to the station…. so if you’re not sure, all you have to do is ask!