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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.”
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 !
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Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
2016) - - Dayton Hamvention has posted the list of forums for this years
event and for those interested in attending the ARES Forum this year it will be
held again on Sunday, May 22nd beginning at 9:15 AM in Room 1.
Moderator will be Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager. The
forum will include six speakers covering multiple facets of emergency
communications including, National Hurricane Center operations, the US Army and
Air Force MARS program, Hurricane Watch Net and Satern.
This is your opportunity to learn from the experts in ARES operations.
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Apr 7, 2016) - -
Stark County Skywarn and the County EMA office hosted our annual Severe
Storm Spotter Training this year at Jackson High School on Wednesday, April 6th
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Conducting the training was Michelle Sowers, Emergency Management Specialist and
Meteorologist from the Ohio EMA Office. Over 130 people attended this years
training consisting of Amateur Radio Operators, area public safety forces,
hospital, school employees and the general public.
This training included a new powerpoint presentation that included content from
last years severe weather here in northeast Ohio.
County EMA Director Tim Warstler and ARES EC Terry Russ would like to thank
Michelle Sowers for the great training presentation, Keith Obermeier, IT
Director representing Jackson High School for arranging for the use of the great
facility. The training was very well received by those in attendance.
I would also like to thank my Assistant EC's for their help with registration
for this years community service. They were David Beltz - WD8AYE, Mike Palmer -
KD8ENV, Michele Gill - KC8ZEJ and Mike Lackney - KB8MIB.
Registration was busy right up to the start of the training
The training room was packed with new Spotters
Stark County EMA
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Feb 6, 2016) - -
The Stark County EMA was briefly activated last Monday evening when a train
derailment occurred at the Brewster Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway station. Four
railroad tanker cars derailed and one carrying butane caught fire at about 5:30
PM. By about 6:15 PM the Stark County EMA was activated uncertain as to the
extent of the emergency.
ARES was requested to activate the communications center to monitor the county
emergency station and establish and an emergency net in case additional support
was needed at area hospitals and the Red Cross Center.
About 100 local residents in close proximity to the scene were evacuated and
assisted by the Red Cross.
County Emergency Coordinator Terry Russ, N8ATZ was contacted and also responded
to the EOC with Assistant EC David Beltz, WD8AYE who staffed the Comm
Center for several hours assisting with communications. Once the on scene fire
and Haz-Mat crews had the situation under control at about 8:00 PM, the EMA was
deactivated and our Emergency Net was closed. EMA Director Tim Warstler
appreciated the quick response from the Stark County ARES who monitored
communications during the emergency.
A Tanker Car Fire
ARES Volunteers Help
to Distribute Water in Ohio Community with Lead-Tainted Water
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Jan 28, 2016) - -
Flint, Michigan, is not
the only community with water problems due to high
lead content. During the week of January 18, some
8100 water customers in Sebring, Ohio, were notified
that they, too, had problems with high lead content
in their drinking water. On January 22, both Ohio
and Mahoning County emergency management agencies
began passing out bottled water in Sebring. Mahoning
County ARES Emergency Coordinator Wes Boyd, W8IZC,
activated ARES to assist.
“Response on the workday
was low, but a handful of ARES volunteers were able
to respond,” said Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator
Stan Broadway, N8BHL.
Boyd said, “EMA and Red Cross were overjoyed that
radio operators came to work not needing a radio.”
ARES volunteers joined others in moving and
distributing pallets of bottled water, and another
call went for weekend duty. ARES members from
neighboring counties volunteered. All told, the
volunteers moved more than 166 pallets of water in 6
“This is a perfect example of being ready to
serve in whatever capacity we can, in order to help
our communities. Sometimes it doesn’t involve only
operating a radio,” Broadway said.
Gary Garnet Selected
as Meteorologist-in-Charge of NWS Cleveland
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Jan 17, 2016) - -
Gary Garnet has served the
National Weather Service for over twenty six years.
Since starting his career in 1989, Gary has held
many positions including: Intern in Charleston
South Carolina, General Forecaster in Charleston,
West Virginia, Science Operations Officer in Grand
Rapids Michigan and most recently sixteen years as
the Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Cleveland,
Ohio. Gary has served periods as the Acting
Meteorologist in Charge at NWS Cleveland and briefly
at NWS Pittsburgh.
Gary has earned several awards
throughout his career including the U.S. Department
of Commerce Silver Medal for actions during
Hurricane Hugo and the NOAA Administrators Award for
work with the Great Lakes Marine Program. Gary has
provided support to multiple other NWS offices
during significant events such as Deep Water
Horizon, Super Storm Sandy and the Super Tornado
Outbreak of April 2011.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
Atmospheric Sciences from The Ohio State University
and a Masters of Computer Science from Grand Valley
State University in Michigan.
Mr. Garnet assumed his new position on January
2015 Year End ARES
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Jan 18, 2016) - - Ohio State ARES was
actively involved during 2015. The year end report
recently issued by Ohio Section Emergency
Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL reported some
impressive totals for the year.
Ohio ARES averaged 1,700 active
members across the Ohio Section. Those members
contributed over 55,500 hours in training,
exercises, participation in various net operations
and performing public service. Of these hours, over
2,000 was directly involved in providing emergency
ARES is indeed a viable emergency
resource in Ohio and we continue to need volunteers
to participate in the many scheduled events and
emergency activations that happen here in Ohio.
Please volunteer your time when we call !
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
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
Feb 16, 2016) (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. Finally I have been able to collect a lot
of Go Box pictures from my travels to several ARES Conferences over the last
several years. These pictures are now posted on the photo page. Have a look if
you are looking to build your version of a equipment Go-Box.
ARRL ARES E-Letter Posted
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency
(Mar 16, 2016) -- The March 16, 2016 edition of The ARES
E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights; Amateur
Radio Sessions at the National Hurricane Conference, Orlando, Next Week
HYPERLINK \l "toc02"Communications Support
for the "Greatest Free Show on Earth"
Wisconsin's Sawyer County ARES/RACES Receives Donation
from Ski Race Foundation
Letters: W1HKJ fldigi Suite's flmsg
Florida Amateurs Take Part In Severe Weather Awareness
Letters: Mass Alert Systems
Boston Marathon Communications Committee Seeks
Biennial Radiation Drill Supported by Southern Florida
Tech Tips: Crimping Tools
Letters: Solar Panels
Maryland-DC ARES Statewide ARDF/SAR for Missing Person. Click
Here for a direct link.
Volunteers Respond to
Heavy Rain, Flooding in
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Mar 15, 2016) - -
Emergency Service (ARES)
volunteers in Louisiana
assisted the National
Weather Service (NWS),
rainfall led to severe
and widespread flooding.
The Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)
has approved a disaster
declaration for the
state. Region 7 District
John Mark Robertson,
K5JMR, in the
area, said Amateur Radio
involvement began on
March 8, when the
requested a SKYWARN
activation during a
tornado watch. For the
next 17 hours, Robertson
reported, a group of
over linked repeaters,
filing some 70 reports.
Their coverage included
parts of Texas and
Arkansas. The severe
weather included hail as
well as major flooding
that closed Interstate
20 in three Louisiana
parishes and inundated
entire neighborhoods. On
March 10, the ARES team
in Tangipahoa Parish in
was active for nearly 2
days in response to
heavy rain and flooding.
Southern Florida ARES
Biennial Nuclear Power
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Mar 17, 2016) -
- ARES teams from
five Florida counties
took part in a February
24 exercise at the St
Lucie Nuclear Power
Plant on Hutchinson
Island in Jensen Beach.
The plant is required to
hold a exercise every 2
years to test and
evaluate the responses
of plant personnel, law
in the event of an
emergency, such as a
radiation release. The
exercises are evaluated
by personnel from the
Management Agency (FEMA)
and the Nuclear
(NRC). The 2016 scenario
involved overloaded and
systems. In a real
volunteers would provide
among the county
centers and other
critical entities and
147.12 Mhz Repeater for Severe Weather information here in Stark County !
ARES - SKYWARN Car Magnets and lots of other items available
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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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.
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.
2016 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.
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 !
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.
Looking for a ready made "Go-Kit" ?
Checkout Quicksilver Radio for several ready to go VHF
Go-Kits. Click on the pix below to see the current specials.
Have a look at our Projects
Page for a review of their latest product.