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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
Here for Complete Details...
To learn more, visit the CCE
Course Listing page or contact the Continuing
Education Program Coordinator.
Check out our Training Page for Additional Information on
Training Opportunities !
(Jun 21, 2011) -- The National Weather Service (NWS)
has updated its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ARRL (scroll
below to access a link to the document). The updated MoU serves “as
a framework within which volunteers of the ARRL may coordinate their services,
facilities and equipment with the NWS in support of nationwide, state and local
early weather warning and emergency communications function.” In May, ARRL
President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed on behalf of the ARRL, and in June, NWS
Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services’ Director Dave Caldwell signed
on behalf of the NWS. The ARRL and the NWS have had a formal working arrangement
The NWS, in the MoU, acknowledges that Amateur Radio operators can be
of valuable assistance in early severe weather warning and tornado spotting.
Through its SKYWARN program, the NWS recognizes that Amateur Radio operators
have assisted as communicators and weather spotters since the program began in
the late 1960s. “In areas where tornadoes and other severe weather have been
known to threaten, the NWS recruits volunteers and trains them in proper weather
spotting procedures,” the MoU states. “These dedicated citizens help
keep their local community safe by conveying severe weather reports to their
local NWS forecast office. SKYWARN spotters are integral to the success of our
nation’s severe weather warning system.”
Here for the Complete Story....
Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio is a resource for the Amateur Radio
operator who volunteers as a trained storm spotter. This book includes
information on resources, training, equipment, safety, storm spotter activation
procedures, reportable weather criteria, developing a local storm spotter
manual, and the experiences of storm spotters from around the country. It also
provides some meteorological information about severe weather such as
hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, floods, damaging wind, and winter weather.
A comprehensive index is included with weather-related web sites and a
state-by-state listing of SKYWARN® web sites.
new publication is available from the ARRL Bookstore for $22.95.
Gary Garnet with the Cleveland
NWS handed out a Spotter Reference Sheet during the Spotter Training meeting.
Supplies were limited and were gone before everyone got a copy. He recently
provided us a copy in Pdf form that has been added to our website.
Click Here to download a
Storms Rock Stark County during Summer 2007.
Here for a review of the 2006 severe weather season from Cleveland NWS.
County Skywarn Spotter Statistics.
Assessments Report over 268 Million in damage to 60 Ohio Counties during
February Flooding. Stark ARES Assists Ohio EMA.
full color booklet titled "Basic Spotters' Field Guide" is also
currently available from the National Weather Service On-line library of
Publications. CLICK HERE
for a listing of their currently available information guides.
Weather Alert Comes to Ham Radio.
Weather Paging Notification Comes To An End.
Weekly Weather Fact
Weather Service is second only to the Postal Service among government agencies
in day-to-day contact with U.S. citizens. And the public seems pleased with what
it gets. The NWS's approval rating has jumped to 70%, up from 51% in 1948. Those
saying that it was doing a poor job fell from 15% to a mere 7%. These numbers
would please many a politician.
Supporting Homeland Security
"Amateur Radio - The only fail-safe method of
FCC Special Council
"Amateur Radio - The Last Line of Defense"
Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator
on the link above to get a birds eye view from the repeater site !
Here for National News
Washington Governor Visits Snohomish County
EOC Radio Room
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Mar 28, 2014) - -
Auxiliary Communications Service (Snohomish
— formerly RACES) Radio Officer
Scott Honaker, N7SS, reported that Washington Gov
Jay Inslee toured the Snohomish County Department of
Emergency Management EOC on March 26. The EOC has
been central to the relief effort following the
disastrous and tragic March 22 mudslide near Oso,
“We saw Gov Inslee walk into the EOC,
and a few minutes later the EOC manager brought him
into the radio room with a small group,” Honaker
told ARRL. “The governor shook hands and thanked us
and kept asking good questions about issues he’d
heard in the field. He was clearly quite engaged.”
Honaker said the EOC radio room has six radio
stations in cubicles, four of them currently
monitoring incident traffic. He said ARES DEC George
Boswell, K7YHB, has been at the EOC 12 hours a day
since last weekend.
Amateur Radio, Federal
Government Engage in 5 Mhz Comm Exercise
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Mar 28, 2014) - - Amateur Radio operators and federal government
stations are engaged in a 12-day nationwide test of their capability to
communicate with each other on HF in the event of an emergency or disaster. The
High Frequency Interoperability Exercise 2014 (HFIE-2014)
is running concurrently with the federal National Exercise Program (NEP)
2014. Activity is taking place on two of the five 60 meter channels. The primary
center-frequency channel is 5358.5 kHz, and the secondary center-frequency
channel is 5373.0 kHz. Amateur Radio is secondary to government users on the
band. The joint readiness exercise that began March 27 will continue through
April 7 and include all areas of the US. Participants will use Automatic Link
a standardized digital selective calling protocol, to establish communication
Skywarn Spotter Training
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Mar 16, 2013) -- Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Stark County
unofficially started on Tuesday, March 11th as countless Amateur Radio operators
and other Public Safety workers participated in our annual Skywarn Spotter
Each year local amateurs involved in the Skywarn Spotter program
provide countless hours of community service by providing severe weather spotter
reports to the Cleveland National Weather Service (NWS). Thanks to this
training, spotters provide actual visual confirmation to the potentially severe
weather seen by the NWS. Forecasters depend on these reports to issue Watches
and Warnings for our area. The reports are relayed via Amateur Radio directly to
the Cleveland NWS forecast office.
again this year by Stark State College of Technology and moderated by Tim
Warstler, Director of the Stark County Emergency Management Agency, the
seminar was presented by Cleveland Weather Coordinating Meteorologist Gary
Garnet, KC8TJI returning for his fourteenth consecutive season.
The training seminar which covers the science of severe weather
teaches spotters to observe cloud formations and the signs that severe weather
is approaching. The course also covers spotter safety and how to report weather
to the NWS. This years training included new material covering a recap of
last years severe weather. Our appreciation to local Skywarn
coordinators Mike Lackney, KB8MIB, Michele Gill, KC8ZEJ and Mike Palmer, KD8ENV
and Matt Kraner, K8MAT who
with the registration.
This years attendance was nearly 100, with nearly 60 first time
guests who earned their Skywarn Spotter Certification. New spotters are issued
spotter numbers which assist forecasters in locating the spotters precise
location. As usual nearly 30% of the crowd was comprised of area amateur radio
operators. EMA Director Tim Warstler was also very pleased by the solid
turnout and has been
well aware of the local ham operators support to both the Skywarn program
as well as his office. "My experience is that they are extremely
talented and very professional radio operators who have been a valuable asset to
Cleveland WCM Gary Garnet was also impressed by the turnout. "The
amateurs of Stark County have always been strong supporters of the Severe
Weather Spotter program, Stark County always rates as one of the largest groups
for our Spotter Seminars."
Marvin Secrest of M & K Engraving was also in attendance
again this year. Marvin is our exclusive supplier for Skywarn ID badges and was
very busy throughout the seminar.
If you missed training in Stark County,
click here for a list of
the training still on the schedule.
The basic B/W spotter handout is available Here.
Page 1 and
A full color detailed Spotter Brochure is available on the
NWS website by
Our thanks to all of the presenters and those who took time out
of their busy lives to support this important training.
The Equipment Box Primer
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(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 -
(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 -
(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.
Aux Comm Field Guide
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Dec 31, 2013) - - The Auxiliary
Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG)
is a new reference for auxiliary
communicators who directly support backup
emergency communications for State/local
public safety entities or for an Amateur
Radio organization supporting public safety.
This reference guide
contains information about AuxComm best
practices, frequently used radio
frequencies, Mutual Aid channels as well as
tips and suggestions about auxiliary
emergency communicators integrating into a
NIMS ICS environment to support
communications for planned events or
incidents. It can serve as a reference both
for auxiliary emergency communicators and
public safety communications professionals.
You can download the AUXFOG by clicking
here and then clicking on the link and
save it to your own storage device. It will
only download as a PDF.-- Thanks to Jim
Duram, K8COP, Whitehall, Michigan
[editor's note: This book looks like an
exceptionally well done technical reference
that is a must-have for every ARES operator.
Stark ARES Display
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Assistant
29, 2012) -- Stark ARES hosted an information table at the October 28th
Massillon Hamfest. The table was staffed by ARES Net Manager Mike Lackney -
KB8MIB and Assistant Net Manager Mike Palmer - KD8ENV.
Our display included a PowerPoint presentation covering basic ARES & Skywarn
operations, a display of several versions of Emergency Response or (Go-Boxes)
and informational literature.
Many visitors stopped by with questions and comments covering our ARES & Skywarn
programs here in Stark County. My thanks to both Mike's for staffing the booth
during the hamfest !
Mike Lackney, KB8MIB at the ARES Display
ARRL ARES E-Letter Posted
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency
(Feb 19, 2014) -- The Feb 19, 2014 edition of The ARES
E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;
Upcoming Hurricane Conferences; Reports: California Club Supports
Statewide Emergency Medical Exercise; Letters: FEMA Adds Disaster Reporter
Feature to App; Webinars Designed to Prime Public Preparedness Officials for
Amateur Radio Test; Florida Panhandle County ARES Activates for Winter Storm;
Letters: Cherokee County (Georgia) Gets New Call Sign for Auxiliary
Communications, plus additional news. You can read the entire newsletter on the ARRL website. Click
Here for a direct link.
ARES Group Joins Forces With
Delaware State Police
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Mar 12, 2014) - -
The Delaware State Police are
teaming up with the Sussex County (Delaware) Amateur
Radio Emergency Service to ensure reliable back-up
communication, should primary law enforcement
communication systems fail.
“Delaware must always
be aware of the threats of hurricanes, nor’easters,
severe snow, and other disasters,” Delaware State
Police Sussex County Operations Officer Maj Robert
Hawkins said in a Cape Gazette
article. “Thankfully, we don’t
get hit often, but when we do, communication is
absolutely essential and having Amateur Radio
operators available to fill in gaps will be a real
When back-up communication is needed, the
Delaware State Police will designate locations for
ARES stations to set up. ARES members then will
handle any necessary traffic within this network.
The initial program will be limited to Sussex
County, but it may be expanded to include Delaware's
other two counties, Kent and New Castle.
Sussex County covers approximately the lower half
of Delaware. Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, is the Sussex
County ARES Emergency Coordinator.
Webinars Designed to Prime
Public Preparedness Officials for Amateur Radio Test
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Jan 31, 2014) - -
The National Association for
County & City Health Officials (NACCHO
is offering a series of webinars designed to teach
public preparedness officials about Amateur Radio
and help them to get licensed. Testing will be
administered April 3 at the 2014
takes place April 1-4 in Atlanta.
The webinars are free, and
registration is required.
NACCHO will offer an in-person review session at the
Summit the night before the examination. The
webinars will be recorded and made available on the
NACCHO website. The webinars will be offered on
Wednesdays, February 5 and 19, and March 5, 4-5 PM
Eastern Time. There is
more information on the
Preparedness Summit website. — Thanks to Dan
Romanchik, KB6NU, and NACCHO.
147.12 Mhz Repeater for Severe Weather information here in Stark County !
Our thanks to Mercy Medical Center for their commitment to the
Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and First Communications for their
support of Stark County Winlink.
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The Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Canton, Ohio 44701
Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the ARES logo are registered trademarks of
the American Radio Relay League, Incorporated and are used by permission.
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.
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.
2014 Stark Co ARES meeting schedule will be
posted when dates are set.
Tentative dates will be June 5,
and Sept 4.
will be on Thursday Evenings at the Stark County EOC Office beginning at 7:00
Stark Co ARES Repeater is on
147.12+, PL 110.9
Winlink RMS Packet Relay is on 145.07 Simplex. Callsigns are N8ATZ-10 (Eastern
Stark Node) and WA8GXM-10 (Western Stark Node).
Ohio Section ARES News is available on the Ohio ARES
Website. Click Here to read the latest Section
Here to see some simple ARES portable antenna mounts you can use during local
public service drills and events.
Current Activities in the Stark County Winlink Initiative.
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.
higher power rigs and DC power supplies, the Anderson Powerpole is the emerging
National ARES/RACES standard.
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.
Here to visit the site.
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
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.
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.
Support COOL Project...
Tour de Cure Report...
HOF Festival Timken Grand Parade....
HOF Festival Community Parade Report..
ARC Take Part in Drill.
ARES Attends District Meeting.
ARES & MARC Assist With 2009 Annual MS Walk.
Assists With Massillon Holiday Parade.
Ike's Winds Hit Stark County.
ARES Assists With Akron Marathon.
2008 Winlink Updates
Teams Activated for Northwest Near Record Flooding.
Assists With Annual MS Walk.
Board Accepts NERPC Report.
Station Completed at Mercy Medical Center.
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
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 !
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.