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The new Introduction to Emergency Communications course includes updated content from the previous Basic Emergency Communications Level 1 course, as well as some content previously included in the former Level 2 course. The EmComm training program has been restructured to offer two courses: This enhanced basic course for EmComm volunteers who want to serve as part of an ARES® response team and the management course -- Public Service and Emergency Communication Management for Radio Amateurs (EC-016, also available on the ARRL website) -- for those who are serving in ARES® leadership and management roles.

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Emergency Telecommunications Guide Available Online
Courtesy of the ARRL

Typical elevation plane pattern for half-wavelength antennas one-eighth wavelength or less above ground. [From the presentation “Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS)]”   (Apr 14, 2015) - - Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will sponsor “NVIS Antenna Day” on Saturday, April 25. The idea, said Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, is to determine if the sometimes-vaunted near-vertical incidence skywave — or NVIS — concept really works as an antenna for emergency communication on HF. NVIS, is a technique that allows using HF for highly reliable short-range communication.

“We are encouraging groups in every Ohio county to devise several portable NVIS antennas that they think will perform, and then actually test them on the air,” Broadway said. The program grew out of an annual antenna party in Ashtabula Count that has been both operating event and early spring picnic, Broadway said. Participants “found a vast difference in actual antenna performance, and have been able to narrow down their choices for a real emergency setup,” he explained. Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club-ARES is sponsoring NVIS Antenna Day.

Ohio ARES NVIS Antenna Day will begin at 1400 UTC with operation on both 40 and 80 meters at 100 W, “as you might during a real emergency,” Broadway said. “While a typical session might go through the afternoon, there is no official closing time.” He pointed out that those taking part in NVIS Antenna Day don’t have to set up completely portable or remote stations, the location should offer sufficient space for several antennas and be in a fairly quiet RF environment.

Suggested frequencies are 7240, 7244, 7248, and 7250 kHz, and 3850, 3870 and 3930 kHz on SSB and 3585 and 7072 for digital modes, all plus or minus existing activity.  Read More...


Emergency Telecommunications Guide Available Online
Courtesy of the ARRL

  (Mar 13, 2015) - -  The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Emergency Telecommunications Guide is now available for download from the IARU website. The guide was developed to provide the IARU member-societies with materials suitable for training radio amateurs to participate in emergencies. It also was designed to provide guidance to individual Amateur Radio operators with little or no experience in handling emergency communications but desire to enhance their ability to participate in such events or to simply have a better understanding of the process. The IARU Administrative Council meeting approved the Guide at its 2014 meeting.

“IARU member-societies are encouraged to distribute this guide among its membership and, if necessary, to provide a translation into a language used within their own country,” an IARU media release said. “This guide can also be used in conjunction with other training materials by leaders within the emergency communication community to train radio operators in the basic theory and practice of handling emergency communications traffic.”

The IARU International Secretariat has invited feedback, comments, or suggestions regarding the Guide.


ARES Calendar of Events
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

(Mar 1, 2015) - - The ARES Calendar of Events has been updated for 2015 to include the dates for our weekly ARES Net, special events and a listing of the normally scheduled public service events we normally assist with including the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival.  Please mark your calendars with these important annual events ! Click on the Calendar Page for this years listings.


ARES Activation
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

(Jan 19, 2015) - - Stark County ARES was activated the evening of January 13th when a telephone outage caused by an equipment failure in a Summit County AT&T switching station caused multiple equipment failures throughout the area. Here in Stark County local emergency service phone line failure resulted in an emergency declaration and the Stark County EMA office was activated.

EMA Director Tim Warstler requested ARES activation to provide communications and logistics support to his office. ARES member David Beltz was first to respond to the office at 9:00 PM only to find that our equipment had been temporarily removed as building renovation was in process.  Dave contacted EC Terry Russ to respond as well. Our portable equipment kit was brought to the EOC to establish communications. Antennas had also been removed and thanks to support from local radio station WHBC and their remote truck, station engineer Dale Lamm, NX8J, we were able to setup a temporary antenna. This completed we established a net on our ARES Repeater.

During net operations, we made contact with the multiple EMA offices affected by the phone outage. We were also in contact with the Ohio EMA office in Columbus. During the next four hours we helped maintain communications links with multiple offices and public safety forces as well as staff the MARCS Statewide Radio System. The Massillon ARC offered the use of their Communications Trailer in case support equipment was needed.

Stark County Sheriff George Maier and EMA Director Tim Warstler were thankful for area amateurs quick response to this short communications emergency. Full phone service was restored and by approximately 1:30 AM we closed down the emergency net and operations from the EOC. 

Click Here to read the ARRL recap of the comm emergency.

County EC Terry, N8ATZ operates using our Go-Box from the radio room.
(Photo courtesy of Dale Lamm, NX8J)


Repeater Update
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

(Jan 3, 2015) - - Since about 1980, Mercy Medical Center has been the home of the Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Services 147.12 MHz two meter repeater and has served the county faithfully during that entire time. It's primary mission is to support our ARES program and the many served agencies we support including Stark County EMA, Red Cross and the many public safety departments and events we assist with each year.

During that time the repeater has been extremely reliable requiring only minor repair and tune-up. The basic RF equipment is based on General Electric Master II commercial grade transmitter and receiver. The controller is the ACC RC-850 series repeater controller, state of the art at the time.

Since it's construction over 30 years ago it has performed well, a remarkable achievement. The last several years however, both the repeater and controller have showed their age. While the controller is still working, numerous features are slowly failing. The controller was based on now obsolete technology and parts and service are no longer readily available.

In order to maintain the high standard of service and reliability our members and served agencies have come to depend on, the time has come to consider upgrading our system. Several months ago, I was made aware of a new self contained state of the art repeater and control system recently introduced by Yeasu Communications. It is called the DR-1 Digital Repeater System. The unit supports both current analog communications and new digital technology that has been used in commercial services for many years.

Thanks to a current promotional program, Stark County ARES is eligible to participate in this program and can obtain this system for a substantially discounted price. While this new system would be a great benefit to our ARES program, there are a few features that as yet are not supported. The main limitation is that the system has no voice capability, all announcements are in CW only. While not a large issue, it would mean we could no longer have the ability of providing our weekly Newsline Report during our Tuesday net. This might be possible using an external control means, not yet available on this unit. We know new enhancements are on the drawing board.

We would like to hear your comments and feedback regarding our proposed equipment upgrade plan. Feel free to email me with your comments. If you would like to hear this system in actual use, one is operating on the Massillon ARC's 147.18 MHz club repeater.

The loss of our existing repeater system would be a great hardship to our area and our ability to continue to provide effective public service support communications.

Thank You for supporting Stark County ARES.
Terry Russ, N8ATZ  County EC.


National Emergency Communications Plan
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

(Jan 19, 2015) - - The latest edition of the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) incorporates Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency. The 2014 NECP is the first update since the original plan was released in 2008. The NECP is "the nation's over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabilities and interoperability nationwide," DHS said in announcing the updated plan on November 12.

Amateur Radio Operators can be important conduits for relaying information to response agencies and personnel when other forms of communications have failed or have been disrupted.  Read the full report by clicking here.....


"Go-Box" Version 2.0
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

 (Dec 27, 2014) - - While I was very satisfied with my latest Equipment or Go-Box based on the Gator 8U Rack Mount Case, it did have several limitations. On my latest design, I tried to correct these limitations and come up with a more useful Field Box.  The full report including several pictures is posted on the Projects Page.  Have a look at it and let me know what you think.


ARES Safety Vests
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

 (Nov 25, 2014) - - Many times during public service drills and exercises, amateurs may find themselves shadowing event organizers or exposed to highway traffic hazards. This is especially true during bike-a-thons and marathons.

The safety of our communications volunteers is always important while we provide our service. One way to help increase our visibility is to wear a safety vest. These vests come in a variety of styles and price ranges. While there is no specific ARES Standard here in Stark County a good basic standard is a yellow class 2 safety vest.

The ARRL style comes in yellow and is Class 2 compliant. The cost is $24.95 and ranges in size from Medium to 3X-Large. A nice feature is that it is imprinted with the words "Amateur Radio Emergency Communications" on the back side. It has several pockets and uses a velco strip along the front.

During the Massillon Hamfest ARES member Ted Armstrong showed us a very nice heavy duty Class 2 vest from M. L. Kishigo, a company known for producing superior quality hi-visibility garments. This design, also in safety yellow, is a zippered closure with webbing reinforcement. It comes with 2 lower outside cargo pockets with adjustable flaps. It also has one right chest 2-Tier pencil pocket, one left chest heavy duty gusseted radio pocket perfect to hold your hand held. The price is only $19.95 plus shipping. This model does not come with any lettering but there are several local vendors where you can have this done.

The manufacturer also offers additional items including Arm Band ID Holders and multiple styles of reflective safety hats.

Their website is http://www.hi-vizsafetywear.com/safety-vests/MK-1513-14.html.

While it is not necessary to have a safety vest to participate in Stark Co ARES, they can be a nice addition to your equipment too kit !  

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The M. L. Kishigo style Safety Vest.


ARES Readiness Update
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

  (Oct 18, 2014) - - Massillon City officials have initiated an incident command system (ICS) as a precautionary measure in the event of a local emergency relating to Ebola. ICS is a military-style command structure used to coordinate response to emergencies and has been part of the Stark County ARES training for many years.

Massillon City Health Commissioner Terri Argent noted that the agency is ramping up and maintaining communications daily with city safety forces in order to be able to respond quickly if an emergency occurs.

City Safety-Service Director Al Hennon, Fire Chief Tom Burgasser and Argent meet daily to discuss the status of this issue and how it might relate to the city. The Canton City Health Department has also implemented a similar response system in the event of an emergency.

Stark County ARES maintains communications with our County EMA office and would be ready if called upon to provide support communications to area hospitals, health departments and the EOC if needed.


 

The Equipment Box Primer
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

 

 (Feb 2, 2014) - - An equipment or "Go-Box" is quickly becoming an essential part of every radio amateur involved in public service communications. More and more, amateurs are being tasked to quick deploy to everything from local public service drills to disaster scenes.

 

Equipment Boxes have been showcased at several Ohio Section ARES meetings and I have posted several of my designs on this website the past year. I have received a few emails asking for more information on the topic and have added some additional information on the Projects Page of this website. Additional pictures of several of my own designs are included as well as a link to many shown during the past Ohio Section ARES meetings.

 

If any of you have built your own versions we would be happy to include them on the page. Send me a short recap of your design with pictures if you have them and I will post them.

 

A portable Go-Box can be a great project and very useful when you need additional capability during an ARES event.

 

Click Here for a direct link to our Project Page.


 

A Look Back
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

    (Jan 27, 2014) -- January 26, 1978 started off as a typical winter day here in northeast Ohio when snow began falling. By the time the storm had passed, nearly 38 inches of snow had fallen on Stark County.

As we approach the 36th anniversary of the now famous blizzard of 1978, take a minute and read about the worst snow storm to ever hit Ohio and the role local amateur radio operators played in this event. Any while you're at it, have a look outside - it's snowing again !. Click Here to read the full story.


Don Wade, W8DEA receives Public Service Award
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

  (Jan 20, 2014) - - The Massillon Amateur Radio Club recognized club member Don Wade, W8DEA with their annual Public Service Award for 2013 during their annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 11th. Don is also part of Stark Co ARES as an Assistant EC in charge of our training program.

A past recipient of this award, Don again demonstrated his commitment to our community and the Amateur Radio Service during 2013 on assignment throughout the country with FEMA working in the aftermath of several major disasters providing support to victims at relief centers. Once this mission was finished, often requiring several months or more away from home, Don returned to Stark County to resume serving his club and the ARES.

Congratulations to Don for this well deserved recognition !

MARC President Mike Sciarini, WA8MKH presents Don (R)  with his Public Service Award.


ARRL ARES E-Letter Posted
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

   (Mar 14, 2015) --  The  February 18, 2015 edition of The ARES E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;  Mt. Hamilton Classic Road Race: Communications Challenges Posed to Operators •Tip: Blackout Buddy •Letters: On the Importance of Reporting •Lake Amateur Radio Association (Florida) Presents President's Award •Letters: Web-Based Reporting •Letters: Follow-Up on Five Year Old ARES Member •Amateur Radio Saved My Life •ARES Reporting You can read the entire newsletter on the ARRL website. Click Here for a direct link.


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Amateur Radio Weather Spotters Help Track Severe Weather in North-Central Illinois
Courtesy of the ARRL

  (Apr 10, 2015) - -  Amateur Radio weather spotters were on alert April 9 as severe weather and at least two tornadoes ripped through North-Central Illinois. At least one person died in DeKalb County, and at least seven others were injured. A tornado watch was in effect for parts of three states as severe thunderstorms move through the region ahead of an advancing cold front.

“The storms that affected North-Central Illinois yesterday were unheard of for our area,” said ARRL Illinois Section Manager Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, noting that the stricken communities are just north of where he lives. “At this time, one person is dead, many are injured, and even more are homeless. At least one small community was completely leveled, and damage exists from Ogle County northwest into Lake County. Read More...


Amateur Radio to Have a Presence, Special Event at Preparedness Summit 2015
Courtesy of the ARRL

  (Apr 3, 2015) - -  Amateur Radio will be part of the program when Preparedness Summit 2015 convenes April 14-17 in Atlanta. Special event station N4P also will be on the air from the conference location. The theme of this 10th Preparedness Summit is “Global Health Security: Preparing a Nation for Emerging Threats.”

“Global health security preparedness issues such as protecting against infectious disease, the health effects of climate change and extreme weather, and cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure, impact all levels of governmental public health and healthcare agencies,” a Preparedness Summit 2015 media release explained. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) organizes the event, which attracted 1600 participants in 2014.

Preparedness Summit 2015 will once again offer an Amateur Radio licensing prep session on April 14, with testing the following day. A ham radio demonstration, “When All Else fails, Amateur Radio Gets Through,” will take place on April 14 as well.  Read More...


Oklahoma Amateur Radio Volunteers Activate
Courtesy of the ARRL

  (Mar 26, 2015) - -  Amateur Radio SKYWARN volunteers in Oklahoma went on alert March 25 as severe thunderstorms sparked tornadoes. The Southwest Independent Repeater Association (SWIRA) and Tulsa Region SKYWARN nets were active in support of tornado warnings in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metropolitan areas. No Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) activation was required, however.

“March 25 was a busy afternoon and evening in Oklahoma,” ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, told ARRL.

Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator Mark Conklin, N7XYO, said that ARES-OK Tulsa Region was put on standby. “No communication support was requested by served agencies,” he said. “Other than some local cell service overload, normal communications were up and working.” Read More...


ITU Deploys Emergency Communications Equipment in Vanuatu
Courtesy of the ARRL

  (Mar 28, 2015) - -   In an effort to coordinate relief efforts in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to the Pacific Ocean island nation. The category 5 storm devastated parts of Vanuatu on March 13. The ITU has dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 broadband global area network terminals, and 35 solar panels.

“The frequency and intensity of disasters is increasing worldwide with a disproportionate impact on developing countries,” said ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao. “ITU is encouraging governments, especially those in developing countries, to invest in telecommunication infrastructure that is resilient to disasters.”   Read More...


US Southeast ARES Teams on the Job as Severe Winter Weather Strikes
Courtesy of the ARRL

  (Feb 27, 2015) - - Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in the US Southeast remained on alert on February 26, as the region faces an unaccustomed ration of severe winter weather. Tennessee, which as seen at least 30 winter storm-related fatalities, was placed on a Level II state emergency operations center activation level, indicating a major disaster — an event likely to exceed local capabilities and require state and federal assistance. Tennessee Section Emergency Coordinator Daniel O’Donovan, W4DOD, said February 26 that Tennessee ARES volunteers in several counties were on standby, monitoring established nets, or actively staffing shelters and other locations. He said the American Red Cross has six shelters open in five counties, with 224 occupants.

“There are 19,700 customers without power in Tennessee over five counties,” O’Donovan said on February 26. “This is down from around 36,000 without power last night.”

States of emergency also were declared this week in Alabama and Georgia, as they and other states in the region that typically receive far milder winter weather, confronted what the National Weather Service was calling “a historic winter storm.” In North Alabama, snow accumulations of 6 inches or more were reported, and vehicle traffic was brought to a standstill on some major highways. Alabama ARES volunteers were on alert throughout Wednesday, February 25, and the American Red Cross established shelter sites for residents displaced by the severe weather.   READ MORE..


Australian Hams Respond Following Severe Weather
Courtesy of the ARRL

(Feb 20, 2015)  Amateur Radio volunteers with Australia’s Central Queensland Amateur Radio Association (CQARA) has initiated nets on HF and VHF in the wake of a tropical cyclone (hurricane). After making landfall, Cyclone Marcia caused major damage, ripping roofs from structures, downing trees, downing power lines, and damaging other infrastructure. According to Jim Linton VK3PC, the chairman of IARU Region 3’s Disaster Communications Committee, it’s still too early to know the full extent of damage from cyclone, a Category 5 storm bearing winds of 155 MPH when it hit Yeppoon. Cyclone Marcia lost intensity as it slowly moved south, and it has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm.  READ MORE..


   Monitor the 147.12 Mhz Repeater for Severe Weather information here in Stark County !


 

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Welcome to the new Stark County ARES Website. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public interest when disaster strikes.

 

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The Stark County ARES has always been dedicated to the completion of three goals. One, to provide the citizens of Stark County and local Public Service officials with a team of highly skilled and dedicated radio operators ready to assist when needed. Two, to provide Stark County amateurs with a full featured, reliable wide area coverage ARES Repeater. And three, to provide an information service for both amateurs and the community.

With the redesign of this website, we hope we have accomplished this mission. We welcome your comments.

 

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April News

A new ARES On-Line Registration form is being tested on the website. Using this form you can complete a new or update your existing ARES Volunteer Registration Status.

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2015 Stark Co ARES meeting schedule will be posted when dates are set.

Meetings will be on Thursday Evenings at the Stark County EOC Office beginning at 7:00 PM. 

Stark Co ARES Repeater is on 147.12+, PL 110.9

County Winlink RMS Packet Relay is on 145.07 Simplex. Callsigns are N8ATZ-10 (Eastern Stark Node) and WA8GXM-10 (Western Stark Node).

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Ohio Section ARES News is available on the Ohio ARES Website. Click Here to read the latest Section News. 

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Click Here to see some simple ARES portable antenna mounts you can use during local public service drills and events.

Review Current Activities in the Stark County Winlink Initiative.

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Powerpoleing Your Power Connections

  The ARRL recently reviewed a new website that does a great job of describing the Anderson Powerpole connectors. The site describes the connectors in detail and provides tips on assembling and using them on your equipment.

For higher power rigs and DC power supplies, the Anderson Powerpole is the emerging National ARES/RACES standard.

The site also contains links for additional Amateur Radio Emergency Communications ideas, a portable EC station and a Quick Response Team Go Kit. This site has lots of useful ARES information, well beyond the powerpole ideas.

Click Here to visit the site.

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New Emergency Communications Handbook

The ARRL announces a new emergency communications handbook for all hams that volunteer their skills in public service applications. The handbook includes details on basic emergency communications skills, message handling, and much more. This reference will help you to understand the public service role amateurs will play and what to take along.

The Handbook is 176 pages and costs $ 19.95 plus shipping from the ARRL and other dealers.

(Mar 26, 2006) -- The ARRL has introduced a new Emergency Communications Catalog containing a host of items using the "When All Else Fails" theme. The items are a great reminder that Amateur Radio provides immediate, high-quality communications that work every time, when all else fails.

The items include T-Shirts, Pins, Stickers, Patches, Magnetic Signs, Banners, a Coffee Mug and Key Chain all carrying the "When All Else Fails" theme. Click Here to visit the catalog.

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Click Here to download a current ARES Registration Form. Help us keep your record current !

Anderson Power Pole Connectors, the defacto standard for ARES power connections. 

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Other News

Amateur's Support COOL Project...

2010 Tour de Cure Report...

2010 HOF Festival Timken Grand Parade....

2010 HOF Festival Community Parade Report..

Alliance ARC Take Part in Drill.

Stark ARES Attends District Meeting.

ARES Repeater Anniversity...

Stark ARES & MARC Assist With 2009 Annual MS Walk.

MARC Assists With Massillon Holiday Parade.

Hurricane Ike's Winds Hit Stark County.

Stark ARES Assists With Akron Marathon.

March 2008 Winlink Updates

ARES Teams Activated for Northwest Near Record Flooding.

MARC Assists With Annual MS Walk.

ARRL Board Accepts NERPC Report.

Airmail Station Completed at Mercy Medical Center.

Stark County ARES Part of OEHA Fall Conference.

Remember the Ohio ARES Net every Sunday at 5:00 PM on 3875 Mhz !              



Click above for official ARES Logo merchandise from the ARRL.

 

 

The Official Stark County ARES Name Badge Supplier. Click on the logo for details.

 

The Stark County ARES is a proud supporter of the Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival providing communications support for over 25 years !

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Stark County EMA is now on Facebook. They will use the new social media site to provide ongoing public information about disaster related issues in the county.

Please Like and share with your friends !

Look for them by going to "starkcountyema" on facebook.  

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last reviewed/updated on 04/14/15