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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
Stark ARES Display
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC
(Oct 18, 2014) - -
Stark ARES will host an information table at the November 2
Massillon Hamfest. The table will be staffed by our Assistant EC's Mike
Lackney - KB8MIB, Mike Palmer - KD8ENV and Michelle Gill - KC8ZEJ
Our display should include a PowerPoint presentation covering basic ARES & Skywarn
operations, a display of several versions of Emergency Response or (Go-Boxes)
and informational literature.
You are encouraged to stop by and meet our ARES team !
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.
MARS - ARES Exercise
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC
(Oct 11, 2014) - -
US Army and Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) stations will
participate in a 48-hour nationwide contingency communication exercise on
October 27 and 28 as part of an effort to develop greater cooperation between
the Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored MARS program and the Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES). MARS is encouraging its members to discuss
communication interoperability in advance of the exercise with their ARES
section and district or local emergency coordinators.
“This communications exercise is sponsored by the DoD to provide MARS
operators the opportunity to develop and train interoperability procedures with
their state/local ARES emergency coordinators and their Amateur Radio
colleagues,” explained Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. He told
ARRL that the DoD/MARS exercise has “full participation” from Army and Air Force
MARS, and that he anticipates that some individual Navy MARS members may
participate as well.
The plan calls for MARS members, using their Amateur Radio call signs and
operating on amateur frequencies, to establish two-way communication with ARES
leadership or members in as many US counties as possible by using VHF/UHF
simplex channels or local repeaters or near vertical incidence skywave (NVIS)
propagation on HF. “The contact can be with any amateur in the county, if an
ARES member or leader is not available,” English added.
“Ultimately we would like the MARS operator to join an existing ARES net, if
one is operational during the exercise,” English said. If no net is available,
MARS members should come up on local repeaters or check into HF traffic nets to
see what amateurs are available and to determine their counties. “We want to use
existing net times and frequencies to the extent possible,” English continued.
“Any mode of operation is fine.”
Only one ARES/Amateur Radio contact per county is needed, but more are okay.
The contact must be person to person and cannot rely on any communication via
Internet-linked repeaters, Internet connectivity systems, or store-and-forward
e-mail systems, such as Winlink, English said.
The information exchange requested from ARES for each county is the county
name and the county Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)
code, if available.
There are two preferred windows of opportunity to conduct the
interoperability exercise. These are from 1201 to 1800 UTC on October 27, and
from 0001 to 0600 UTC on October 28.
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC
(Sept 1, 2014) ..
If an emergency occurred tomorrow, would you be ready?
September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by
National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for
and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and
potential terrorist attacks.
National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your
care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events.
We know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours,
to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods,
historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages
that impact communities for days at a time.
As commendable as they may be in their profession of assisting those in need,
police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an
emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your
local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care
for at least a short period of time following an incident; the more people who
are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.
You are not helpless in the face of an emergency. With just a few simple
steps, you can Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking
action and being an example in your community.
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.
ARRL ARES E-Letter Posted
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency
(Oct 15 2014) -- The October 15, 2014 edition of The ARES
E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;
Communications in Major Seismic Incidents in Central US
Subject of Exercise; Report Cites Winklink, Amateur Radio
Boulder County (Colorado) ARES Noted on Sheriff's
Office Facebook Page
Letters: ARES Groups and Individuals Should Protect
Passwords . You can read the entire newsletter on the ARRL website. Click
Here for a direct link.
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Aug 23, 2014) - -
The 2014 Global
Amateur Radio Emergency
last week (August 14-15)
in Huntsville, Alabama,
and hosted by the ARRL
Alabama Section and the
offered an opportunity
for participants to
share presentations and
perspectives from around
the globe. Greg Sarratt,
W4OZK, organized this
year’s GAREC event,
which focused on the
application of advanced
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.
2015 Stark Co ARES meeting schedule will be
posted when dates are set.
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.