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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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National Preparedness Month
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 FEMA, 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.

Public Service Announcement
Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD - Summit Co EC

(Aug 26, 2014) - -  Summit County ARES is looking for communications volunteers to assist with the annual Akron Marathon. This event will be held on Saturday, September 27th in Akron.

The Marathon will run from 6:00 AM until about 2:00 PM. Volunteers are needed to staff water & rest stops and as route monitors. Sign-up is available using the Summit Co. ARES website at  www.summitares.org  Additional information is available by contacting Summit Co EC Ken Dorsey, KA8OED at  (330) 329 - 4214 or by email to summitares@neo.rr.com.

Any time you can volunteer will be appreciated !

Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD
Emergency Coordinator – Summit County ARES

Timken Steel Grand Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

(Aug 3, 2014) ...  The Timken Steel Grand Parade starts long before the seats along Cleveland Avenue are filled. Long before the first float begins its journey, when the sky has yet to change from starlight black to morning blue. High School Bands are still finding their positions and tuning up their instruments, parade balloon are slowly being filled with helium while their handling teams get last minute marching instructions and the dozens of classic cars that carry football legends and celebrities alike are lined up like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among the thousands of parade volunteers, Amateur Radio operators  help to organize this vast ensemble of parade participants. These volunteers are members of the Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Services and several other area radio clubs. For over 37 years, amateurs have provided communications services for this event that will total over 200 volunteer hours of service on this day alone. The parade has grown steadily in size over the years and now is the single largest public service event handled by amateur radio operators here in Stark County .

Again this year over 500,000 spectators watched the parade and behind the scenes lies a core of amateur volunteers many of which have nearly 20 years of experience assisting with the parade. This dedication is one reason that parade organizers have long realized the importance of effective communications that are necessary in organizing a parade of this magnitude. Also over the years, they have come to understand and appreciate the fact that it takes more than a radio to make an effective communicator. Parade General Chairman Joanna James,  realized the limited range of their commercial radio's and she was grateful to learn that our communications was solid throughout the parade route thanks to our wide area coverage ARES Repeater on 147.12 Mhz.  The Canton ARC's club repeater on 146.79 Mhz was also ready to use as our backup if needed.

The last several years, parade officials have used loaned commercial radio's to maintain communications with their committee members.. While this has worked for routine short range communications, parade organizers have relied on the discipline and experience of amateur operators to handle urgent communications needs and especially medical traffic that occurs throughout the nearly two and a half mile parade route.

Continuing this year, in a reorganization of parade communications, our responsibilities covered four separate areas, each with it's own control point. These were Staging, Route Communications, Dispersal and Medical Support.

Staging is where it all begins. Event organizers and radio operators setup and arrange the over 130 units that make up this years parade. Beginning at about 2:00 A.M., this job is like taking a 5,000 piece puzzle and assembling all the pieces to create the final picture in a little over five hours. This doesn't include the setting up of the Television Broadcast area, Parade Communications Center and the Balloon Inflations area, all included in our early morning duties. At exactly 8:00 A.M., the gun sounds and the parade starts down the route. Terry Russ, N8ATZ is stationed at the  television area to act as communications liaison to Parade Chairman and Vice-Chairman Pete Trumper.

Route Communications then kicks in to help maintain the pace of the parade units. The pace of the parade is set by Canton Police Department motorcycle units. Each successive unit is to follow maintaining a certain spacing set by football helmets painted along the entire 2.5 mile parade route. Expected slowdowns occur during the parade in the TV area, where all units slow to perform for the crowd then speed back up to maintain proper spacing.  

Parade spacing and movement is a top priority for event coordinators, a role headed up again this year by Drew Felberg who was in charge of all parade marshals positioned throughout the parade route. Shadowed by a ham liaison Bill Maurer, KD8LCS, he monitors the condition of the entire route thanks to our network of radio operators. As spacing became an issue, Ron relayed instructions to all marshals to get everything back in sync. A task that would not be possible without the support of ham radio. This continued to be a daunting task and thanks to amateurs disciplined communications experience, we were effective in minimizing unit gaps throughout the parade. 

In addition, amateurs watched for trouble spots, assisted with broken down floats, crowd control, seating assistance, media relations, and medical support, these being only a few of the responsibilities handled by amateur radio operators. Net Control, under the direction of Ron Hendershot, KA8FTP, helps to ensure orderly parade radio traffic and maintains overall communications with all parade operations. Ron also monitored weather radar, another benefit provided by radio operators.  Twenty-nine radio operators were positioned along the entire parade route to handle this facet of parade operations.

Medical Support has continued to remain one of our most important parade responsibilities as thousands of participants and spectators crowd the route each year and brave a myriad of changeable weather to watch the grand parade. In recent years, county medical squads have updated their communications equipment to provide for better interoperability between the many emergency medical service units called in to assist with the parade. Due to these advances, amateurs' role in this area was decreased although operators along the route were prepared to assist should emergencies arise.  Again this year several emergencies did occur and radio operators again were called upon to support the EMS in providing communications assistance with this ever present problem area. 

As in previous years Emergency Coordinator Terry Russ - N8ATZ maintained communications with the Parade Chairman  in the Parade Communications Center assisted by former County EC Dave Beltz, WD8AYR. This provided a link to both Emergency Medical Service and Police personnel.  

Parade Dispersal continues to be an increasingly complex segment of the Grand Parade in recent years. This years responsibility for as  Dispersal Communications Coordinator remained  Kenn Rothman - WD8ILB . 

An important part of the parade, dispersal has had to handle numerous situations and problems including reuniting participants and parents and general disassembly of the entire parade. For the tenth year in a row, additional volunteers were assigned to this area.  With local amateurs running in short supply, volunteers were obtained from the Akron area including members from the Summit County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and several other area radio clubs including both the Canton and Alliance ARC and the Portage County ARC. A special thanks for these additional volunteers, provided through our Mutual Aid pact with neighboring county ARES.   

The 2014 Timken Grand Parade was another great success thanks to the many volunteers including the amateur radio operators who assisted us again this year. Parade General Chairman Joanna James and Communications Coordinators Wade Huthmacher – WD8MIU and Terry Russ - N8ATZ want to thank all the volunteers for their help and assistance during this years parade. Their tireless efforts, although largely unnoticed by the general public, have proven their worth time and time again over the years.

Parade Officials were very appreciative of the ham operators assistance in the parade each year, "I really don't think we could pull this thing off every year without ham radio assistance." County EC Terry Russ agreed: For over thirty years, ham radio operators have been the backbone of the parade, providing the bond that keeps it all running smoothly for the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Committee."  

Volunteers for this year’s parade include the following operators:

STAGING/COMMUNICATIONS Center:  Terry Russ - N8ATZ and Dave Beltz - WD8AYE.


PARADE COMMITTEE & TV SUPPORT: Team Leader Terry Russ - N8ATZ and Bill Maurer - KD8LCS.

ROUTE COMMUNICATIONS:   Dave Selby - KC8WVH, Fred Howe - KB8MMF, John Wagner - W8JJW, Dan Anastis - N8DZM, Tony Casebolt - KD8UXK, Bill Treacle - KD8TKX, Don Wade - W8DEA, Perry Warstler - N8VXQ.

North Route:  Danny Newport - KG8RV, Brian Nichols - KD8IKZ, Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU, Roger Grey - W8VE, Dotty Moriarty - KD8DQU, Pat Quinlon - KA8DAL, Jeff Gortney - KC8CFM, Ted Forex - N8EIG, Tom Steele - KD8JRK, Ted Faix - KB8PRK, Jason Stroll - KC8LIN, Jim Mulvanne - KD8REA, Deb Conklin - KD8DEB, James France - WA8HHO, and Tom Gill - KC8QOD.

DISPERSAL Team Leader:  Kenn Rothman - WD8ILB,   Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Denise Gill,  Leonard Johnson - N8XPI, Tim France - WB8HHP,  Frank Koby - N8SGS, and Bruce Brown - KC8RKS.  

Congratulations to everyone on another great Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !

HOF Community Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

 (Jul 30, 2014) - -     Under a rare cool July afternoon, members of the Stark Co ARES, Canton & Massillon ARC's once again assisted in the opening events of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival by providing communications support for the Community Parade held this year on Sunday, July 27th.

Again this year amateurs provided both logistical support communications for parade staging as well as medical support covering the EMS units assigned to the parade route and TV Production assistance.

Digital packet communications were utilized to synchronize the nearly 125 parade units making up this years parade. Using a voice relay from Bill Maurer, KD8LCS who relayed the exact line up to Tom, KC8QOD and Charlie Scherger, KB8STV who then sent this down to Jason, KC8LIN inside the Television Production truck. This system allowed parade officials to make any last minute lineup changes and accurately convey this to the TV producer. 

Packet is used for this function and has proven to be the perfect choice as it allows van personnel to continuously monitor the status of all units in the parade. This marks the 15th year this has been used and is an important aspect of our parade assistance.

This year severe weather was forecast to arrive in Stark County by early afternoon which caused concern with the parade officials. Once again, amateur radio came through as we established our Severe Weather net on the 147.12 Repeater with Assistant EC Mike Lackney, KB8MIB keeping a close eye on the weather radar for us as the storm front moved into our area. Cleveland NWS established a Tornado Watch about 2 PM and all eyes maintained constant communications with both the NWS and parade officials to determine if the start of the parade would have to be delayed. Thankfully, the worst of the weather turned south away from the main route and the parade started on time. Chris Gumpp, Assistant Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce was thankful we were able to provide timely and accurate weather information. Safety for both the participants and spectators is always a top priority during all Festival events and amateur radio operators can always be counted upon to provide this safety service. 

Our other parade responsibility and perhaps our most important, is our  role in medical support. Amateurs were stationed with Canton EMS units and provided a common communications link to the medical command center in demarshaling area. Fortunately due to cooler weather this year, there were no medical issues. Mike Palmer, KD8ENV acted as Medical Liaison in the staging area.  Captain Ray Friedman of the Canton Fire Department appreciated our efforts in support of the medical units.

Community Parade General Chairman Carol McLaughlin expressed her heartfelt thanks to all the radio operators for their assistance. "Your operators are a vital part of this parade", said Carol, "your continued support year after year makes all the difference". 

A special thank you to the following volunteers who assisted with this years event. The staging and logistical support crew included Bill Maurer - KD8LCS. TV production support included  Tom Gill – KC8QOD, Charlie Scherger - KB8STV and Jason Stroll - KC8LIN in the TV Production Van.  Net Control was handled by Terry Russ - N8ATZ. Medical Unit support included  Mike Palmer – KD8ENV in staging with  Tim France - WB8HHP in demarshaling.  Igor Nikishin - K8INN and Tony Casebolt - KD8UXK provided reports along the Market Avenue Route. 

A terrific job from a great crew, thanks again for your support of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !


Challenger Baseball Tournament
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

 (UPDATE JUL 22) (Jun 19, 2014) - -  Members of the Massillon Amateur Radio Club provided Safety & Support Communications for the 2014 Challenger Baseball Ohio Tournament Games held on Sunday, July 20th. The event was held at the Hoover Community Recreation Complex in N. Canton.

Challenger Baseball is the Special Needs division of Little league. Each year the Challenger leagues across the state come together for their annual State Tournament. This years event was held in N. Canton and Amateur Radio was honored to be part of this important tradition.

Throughout the day, we provided support communications by monitoring game activity at the nine fields used for the event including one held off site at the First Christian Church on Market Avenue. At the conclusion of each game, trophy's were awarded to all players by Ohio State Troopers coordinated by amateur radio. We also provided close communications with several event coordinators including Event Director Bonnie McClellan. Net Control was established using our ARES Comm Trailer.

Safety was also an important part of this event as radio communication was used several times for medical incidents.

Event Director Bonnie McCellan expressed her deepest thanks for the assistance we provided during the games, the first time amateur radio support was used during this event.

Eight operators supported this event who included: Don Wade - W8DEA;  Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU;  Chris Wetzel - KD8TNF;  Pat Quinlan - KA8DAL;  Bill Maurer - KD8LCS;  Mike Palmer - KD8ENV;  Tom Gill - KC8QOD;  and county EC Terry Russ - N8ATZ. Thanks also to Chris's XYL JoAnn and daughter Julie who also assisted during the day event.


Severe Weather Update
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator


    (Jun 20, 2014) - -  Stark Co Skywarn has been active over the month of June as warm summer weather unleashed moderate to heavy thunderstorms which included multiple severe weather alerts and several tornado watches for much of Stark County.


Over the last week heavy rain has caused area creeks to overflow causing flooding to occur over several portions of Stark County. The County Emergency Management Agency was in a soft activation most of the week as flood damage assessment was conducted and the Stark Co Red Cross opened several shelters for several days until flood waters receded by Friday.


During this time, Stark Co ARES maintained close contact with the EOC in case activation would become necessary.



Area Hospital Drill
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator


(May 3, 2014) - -  The Alliance Amateur Radio Club provided backup communications for Alliance Community Hospital during a wide area drill on Thursday, April 24th. The drill simulated storm damage that resulted in a major power outage at the hospital. The AARC established an emergency net on the club's 145.37 Repeater and began taking check-ins.


Don Whitaker, K8OMO reported to the hospital while net operations continued on the repeater. Nine volunteers came up on frequency including a representative from Great Lakes Search & Rescue. In all, 39 hospitals participated in the drill.


The Stark County EMA office monitored the drill with Stark Co EC Terry, N8ATZ standing by during the drill.


The following amateurs participated in the drill, K8OMO; WA8SHP; KD8RUQ; KC8SUI; N8GOB; KD6MPN, KD8JRK; KC8SUI and KD8YVF.


Skywarn Spotter Training
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

    (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 Training Seminar.

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.

Hosted 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 assisted 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 this office."

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 Page 2.

A full color detailed Spotter Brochure is available on the NWS website by clicking here.

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 -  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.

Aux Comm Field Guide
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

   (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 Emergency Coordinator

    (Oct 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 Coordinator

   (Aug 20 2014) --  The  August 20, 2014 edition of The ARES E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;  A Brief History of ARES; First Annual Joint Tribal Emergency Conference; Northern New York Amateurs Support IRONMAN 2014; National Preparedness Month,  plus additional news.   You can read the entire newsletter on the ARRL website. Click Here for a direct link.

 - National ARES News  - 

Global AREC Communications Conference Update
Courtesy of the ARRL

Some of the GAREC 2014 participants: Seated, on the right, is IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Coordinator Greg Moosop, G0DUB. [Courtesy of Greg Sarratt, W4OZK]

   (Aug 23, 2014) - -  The 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC 2014) held last week (August 14-15) in Huntsville, Alabama, and hosted by the ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest, 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 technologies in emergency communication.  Read More....

Skywarn Active in New England
Courtesy of the ARRL

(Jul 29, 2014) - -   When severe weather erupted in Southern New England on July 27 and 28, SKYWARN volunteers went on alert to help forecasters track conditions and, afterward, to assist authorities with assessing the damage. A super-cell storm system organized over northern Norfolk County, Massachusetts, on the morning of July 28 and raced through portions of northeastern Massachusetts, causing wind damage in sections of Needham, SKYWARN Coordinator and ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, reported.  READ MORE....

   Monitor the 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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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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September News

2014 Stark Co ARES meeting schedule will be posted when dates are set.

Tentative dates will be June 5,  and Sept 4.

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).


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


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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 !


  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.  


last reviewed/updated on 09/01/14