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Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Nov 1, 2015) - -
The Massillon Amateur Radio Club's last scheduled public service event of the
year is of course the annual Massillon Holiday Parade. This year’s parade is on
Saturday, November 21st and we normally need about 20 volunteers to assist with
parade staging, Cable TV, logistical support and general communications for the
80 plus units that generally make up this annual Massillon holiday tradition.
The club has been a part of this parade for over 41 years making it one of the
longest public service events handled by the club.
As in previous years we expect to have the club’s EComm Trailer as one of the
parade units to remind area residents of our continued support of our community.
Club member Perry Ballinger, W8AU is communications coordinator for the parade
again this year and is looking for volunteers to joins us on parade day. A sign
up sheet will be passed out at the November meeting. Please consider
volunteering to help with this event. It’s a great way to get in the holiday
spirit by welcoming Santa Claus to town. Don’t forget we normally get together
after the parade at one of our local restaurant’s for a late breakfast or early
If you don’t make the club meeting contact Perry directly at (330) 832–8612
or by email to email@example.com. We will gather downtown around 8:30 AM to
decorate the trailer and begin assembling parade units. Communications will take
place on 2 meters either simplex or the club’s 147.18 or our 442.85 UHF
Repeater. Don’t forget your handheld set to the proper PL Tone and come on
downtown to enjoy a great holiday parade !
Stark ARES Display
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Nov 1, 2015) -- Stark ARES hosted an information table at the October 25th
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. New this year was literature provided by the Stark
County EMA Office.
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
National Fire Protection Month
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Oct 9, 2015) - -
In a disaster, local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone
immediately. Help may not arrive for hours or days. You and your family -- and
don't forget to include the
needs of those with disabilities -- need
to be prepared ahead of time because you won't have time to shop or search for
the supplies you will need when a disaster strikes.
Most disasters are
natural disasters, the result of some
force of nature, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Some natural
disasters can be predicted, such as hurricanes and severe winter storms, while
others, such as tornadoes and earthquakes, happen with little or no warning.
Some disasters are the cause of human actions, intentional or unintentional.
A disaster plan will help with safety, security, and comfort.
Regardless of the type of disaster, there are things you can do to prepare.
Contact your local
Red Cross chapter, visit the
FEMA Web site, or
to make sure you are aware of the potential for natural disasters in your
community. After you have identified the types of disasters that could strike
where you live, create a family disaster plan that can apply to any type of
disaster – natural, unintentional, or intentional.
Prepare an emergency supplies kit
Disaster can occur suddenly and without warning. They can be frightening for
adults, but they are traumatic for children if they don't know what to do when
these events occur. Children depend on daily routines. When an emergency
disturbs their routine, children can become nervous. In an emergency, they'll
look to parents or other adults to help.
How parents react to an emergency gives children an indication on how to act.
They see their parents' fear as proof that the danger is real. A parent's
response during this time may have a long-term impact. Including children in the
family's recovery plans will help them feel that their life will return to
Families should prepare an
emergency supplies kit (PDF, 257 KB) and
develop a plan. Practice your plan so that everyone will remember what to do in
an emergency. Everyone in the home, including children, should play a part in
the family's response and recovery efforts. Remember: make the plan simple so
everyone can remember the details.
Ham radio operators practice fire prevention during our daily
operating activities in their radio shacks and during our public service work in
the community. Click on any of the logo's above to learn more.
Timken Steel Grand Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Aug 16, 2015) ...
Steel Grand Parade starts long before the seats along
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 38 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
Again this year over 500,000 spectators watched the parade and behind the
scenes lies a core of amateur volunteers many of which have over 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
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,
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
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
Center assisted by former County EC Dave Beltz, WD8AYE. 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
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
The 2015 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. General Net Control - Ron Hendershot - KA8FTP.
DEMARSHALLING COORDINATOR: Kenn Rothman - WD8ILB.
PARADE COMMITTEE & TV SUPPORT: Team Leader Terry Russ - N8ATZ and Bill Maurer -
ROUTE COMMUNICATIONS: Mike McNamara
- KB8OTK, Steve Simon - KD8SPF, Dave Selby -
KC8WVH, John Wagner - W8JJW, Dan Anastis - N8DZM, Tony Casebolt - KD8UXK,
Bill Treacle - KD8TKX, Don Wade - W8DEA, Perry Warstler - N8VXQ, Fred Howe -
North Route: Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU, Dotty Moriarty - KD8DQU, Pat Quinlon - KA8DAL, Jeff Gortney - K8JAG, Ted Forex - N8EIG, Ted Faix - KB8PRK,
Jim Mulvanne - KC8REA, Deb Conklin - KD8DEB, James France - WA8HHO, Dale Storey
- KB8LWP, Rick Fligor - KD8NYZ, Scott McGill - KC8ZCT, Igor Nikishin - K8INN,
Gary Limbert - KD8VIQ and Tom Gill
DISPERSAL Team Leader: Kenn Rothman - WD8ILB,
Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Denise Gill, Leonard Johnson - N8XPI, Tim France
- WB8HHP, and Frank Koby - N8SGS.
Congratulations to everyone on another great Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Festival !
HOF Community Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Aug 2, 2015) - -
With a slight chance of severe weather, 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 26th.
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 106 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 16th 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 Dave Beltz, WD8AYE keeping a close eye on the
weather radar for us as the storm front moved into our area. Cleveland NWS
established a Severe Thunderstorm Warning just before 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
held off 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. Hard rains did fall later on and the parade was cancelled with only a
few units forced to move off the parade route.
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
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
Tony Casebolt - KD8UXK in demarshaling. Igor Nikishin -
K8INN and Dottie Moriarity - KD8DQU provided reports along the Market Avenue Route.
Dave Beltz, WD8AYE provided weather updates to parade officials.
A terrific job from a great crew, thanks again for your support of the Pro
Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !
Severe Weather Report
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC
(Jun 19, 2015) - -
Situation update to the severe weather pattern that came through Stark
County last Thursday.
Our initial evaluation of the area shows most of the damage occurred in the
Uniontown and Hartville areas. According to the NWS the winds in our
area reached 80 mph. The wind damage path is several miles wide with a
smaller intense path approximately 300 ft wide. This path was located in
the area of the Uniontown Fire Department to the intersection of Smith-Kramer,
Middle Branch and Market Avenue following a path to State Route 44 in Marlboro
The NWS will be out later today to evaluate the pattern of damage to
the area. There is a possibility that this smaller intense path of damage
is consistent with tornado activity. The NWS suggests at this time without
further evaluation that it is possible to have had a small tornado embedded
within the larger storm.
All the resource needs in the damaged areas were met locally with the Red
Cross providing canteen services to local responders until 3:30 am. One
person was provided shelter by the Red Cross due to specific medical needs.
The NWS has determined that Stark County had an EF-1 tornado estimated to be
100 yards wide at 105 mph. The tornado touched down in Uniontown and
traveled East-SE along an intermittent path for approximately 9 miles.
Most of the damage was to trees being uprooted or snapped half way up. A
newly constructed dairy barn in Marlboro Township in the area of Rt 44 and
Peters Church road had significant roof damage. Minor roof and siding
damage to homes was observed along the path.
Throughout the event Stark County Skywarn was activated and maintained close
communication with the Stark County EMA office in case our assistance was
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
(Photo courtesy of Dale Lamm, NX8J)
"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 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 -
(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.
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.
ARRL ARES E-Letter Posted
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency
(Oct 20, 2015) -- The September 16, 2015 edition of The ARES
E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;
Second Annual Joint Tribal Emergency
Management Conference Held in Pacific Northwest
SimCom 2015: Wisconsin Hosts Major Interoperability
ARES Supports Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon
Why Public Service-Oriented Hams Should Participate in
First AuxComm Course Held in Arizona
Make an Emergency Communication Plan You can read the entire newsletter on the ARRL website. Click
Here for a direct link.
Hams Support Air Force
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Nov 8, 2015) - -
When the 15,000 plus
runners sprang from the starting line at the recent
2015 Air Force Marathon and related races, 65 ham
radio operators were on duty to make sure the
September 19 competition was as safe as possible.
Held each year at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
near Dayton, Ohio, the Marathon uses base roadways
as well as streets in Fairborn and Riverside. Hams
are positioned at critical points throughout the
courses, not only to provide communication, but to
serve as additional eyes and ears, watching for any
signs of problems. Hams have been a part of the race
since the first official marathon was held in 1997.
“This race would be extremely difficult, if not
impossible, to accomplish without their support and
dedication,” USAF Marathon Director Robert Aguiar
said of the Amateur Radio volunteers. He said
hearing the ham radio net on the morning of the race
makes his stress level goes down.
Assigned by Amateur Radio lead volunteer Dave
Crawford, KF4KWW, ham volunteers provided emergency
logistic and medical communications between the race
director, his staff, Wright-Patterson AFB incident
command, and hydration and medical stations along
Amateur Radio Part of
Typhoon Koppu Response in the Philippines
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Oct 19, 2015) - -
Amateur Radio in the
Philippines was part of the comprehensive response
to the Category 4 Typhoon Koppu — known locally as
Typhon Lando — which hit the islands over the
weekend with damaging winds and heavy rain.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Council (NDRRMC
the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
coordinated with the Philippine Amateur Radio
Association (PARA) to monitor conditions in affected
regions through their local Amateur Radio
PARA stood by to monitor reports
from Amateur Radio groups, and through the PARA DU
Net, went into emergency mode to monitor reports
from the eastern seaboard of the main island, Luzon,
through its Ham Emergency Radio Operator Network
(HERO). Lando may have been the second most powerful
storm to strike the country this year.
The typhoon came ashore on northeastern Aurora
province on October 19, leaving at least a dozen
dead, forcing tens of thousands from their homes,
and knocking out power and telecommunications. The
storm had weakened to a tropical storm by this
afternoon, Philippines time. At least three people
are dead, several villages are flooded, and the slow
moving typhoon was expected to linger for days.
The overall response also involved the fire
service, Coast Guard, police, army, the Red Cross,
and other trained volunteers, harnessing an enormous
planned response effort.
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