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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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ARES Activation
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

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

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

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

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

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

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


Repeater Update
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


ARES Safety Vests
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The M. L. Kishigo style Safety Vest.


Massillon Annual Holiday Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

 (Nov 23, 2014) - - The MARC just finished assisting with the 60th Annual Massillon Holiday Parade sponsored by Massillon Main Street and the Downtown Massillon Association. This continues to remain the oldest public service event that is handled by the club and our responsibilities have grown over recent years to include many aspects of parade operation. The parade was rebroadcast over Massillon Cable TV and I hope some of you had a chance to view it. The club trailer looked great on the route with our new decorations and special thanks to Jim Farriss - WA8GXM for pulling the trailer in the parade. 

In the early years of the parade, we provided only communications support to the Massillon JC’s organization who handled the staging of all the parade units. When they disbanded, the city struggled to find volunteers willing to take on this task. Since the MARC handled communications support, somehow we got nominated to take on this responsibility as well.

A few years later, Massillon Cable began filming the parade in conjunction with the Massillon High School Communications Department and again the club was called upon to assist with this part of the parade also. Last minute omissions or changes to the parade line up are passed on to the production crew so that the announcers can follow along with the parade units. We had experience with this as well as amateurs routinely handle staging activities including TV production control relay duties at the Hall of Fame Festival Community Parade. The Holiday Parade has depended on this ever since.    

Over the past several years the parade has been sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association with President Donald Harwig serving as Parade Chairman. During this time and before the club has always been there to make sure the parade is properly staged and starts on time down the parade route. We have become an integral part of the parade and I wonder if they could pull it off without us.    

I’m glad to report another successful public service event with very few problems thanks to our communications and parade skills. Over 47 years and counting Santa has arrived in the city in no small part thanks to the MARC.

Parade Organizers and Communications Coordinator Perry Ballinger, W8AU express their appreciation to the MARC for their continued support of this annual holiday parade. The following club members assisted with this years event.

Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Bud Harvey - WA8KWD, Steve Hall - KD8ACF, Igor Nikishin - K8INN, Bill Maurer - KD8LCS,  Dan Anastis - N8DZM, Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU,  Gary Kline - WC8W, Jim Farriss - WA8GXM,  Tom Gill - KC8QOD,  Joe Herrick - WD8BGW, Terry Russ - N8ATZ, Ralph Bugg - K8HSQ, Jeff McKinney - KC8KIX, Alan Looney - AC8RY, John Wagner - N8CD and John Kocher - N8ZXB. This event provided 68 hours of community service.


ARES Readiness Update
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

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

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

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

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


 

The Equipment Box Primer
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Click Here for a direct link to our Project Page.


 

A Look Back
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

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

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


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

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

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

Congratulations to Don for this well deserved recognition !

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


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.


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

   (Dec 1, 2014) --  The  November 19, 2014 edition of The ARES E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;  120 Operators Support Chicago Marathon; Well-Known Eastern Mass Skywarn Group Activated for Nor'easter; Update on Hawaii Lava Flow "Slow Motion Disaster; ARRL Partners: Safety Tips From Red Cross.   You can read the entire newsletter on the ARRL website. Click Here for a direct link.


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Eastern Seaboard ARES, Skywarn Volunteers Prepare for Potentially Historic Storm
Courtesy of the ARRL

[Updated 2015-01-26 @ 2005 UTC] Snowfall that started early this morning in the Mid-Atlantic States was just the first hint of what weather forecasters are calling a potentially historic and dangerous winter storm that is predicted to affect the entire Eastern Seaboard of the US. In addition, the gathering storm carries the threat of high winds, blowing and drifting snow, “whiteout conditions,” and possible — perhaps likely — power outages. A state of emergency has been declared in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and Connecticut Gov Dan Malloy ordered a statewide travel ban effective at 9 PM on Monday, January 26. ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) organizations in states that could experience blizzard conditions later today and into January 27 are already gearing up.

Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joe Ames, W3JY, reported that the Eastern Pennsylvania Phone and Traffic Net has been put on standby/watch mode on 3917 kHz. “We anticipate no particular activation in Eastern Pennsylvania,” he said, “but if it’s as bad as predicted, we’ll assist however we can.” Snow has already begun falling in Eastern Pennsylvania. READ MORE....
 


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


 

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

 

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

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

 

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January News

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

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

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

Stark Co ARES Repeater is on 147.12+, PL 110.9

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

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

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

Review Current Activities in the Stark County Winlink Initiative.

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Powerpoleing Your Power Connections

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

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

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

Click Here to visit the site.

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New Emergency Communications Handbook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Other News

Amateur's Support COOL Project...

2010 Tour de Cure Report...

2010 HOF Festival Timken Grand Parade....

2010 HOF Festival Community Parade Report..

Alliance ARC Take Part in Drill.

Stark ARES Attends District Meeting.

ARES Repeater Anniversity...

Stark ARES & MARC Assist With 2009 Annual MS Walk.

MARC Assists With Massillon Holiday Parade.

Hurricane Ike's Winds Hit Stark County.

Stark ARES Assists With Akron Marathon.

March 2008 Winlink Updates

ARES Teams Activated for Northwest Near Record Flooding.

MARC Assists With Annual MS Walk.

ARRL Board Accepts NERPC Report.

Airmail Station Completed at Mercy Medical Center.

Stark County ARES Part of OEHA Fall Conference.

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



Click above for official ARES Logo merchandise from the ARRL.

 

 

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

 

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

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

Please Like and share with your friends !

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

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last reviewed/updated on 01/26/15