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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
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National Preparedness Month
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Sept 5, 2016) - -
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as
a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year,
for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also
where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait,
Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this
September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults,
and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Thank
you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies.
Amateur Radio operators participate in numerous drills and
events throughout the year and are always prepared to respond to any local or
regional emergency. The Stark Co ARES maintains a core of trained operators
ready to assist our community when needed. We are also a support communications
service for the county Emergency Management Agency as well as our county
hospitals and local public safety departments.
WE'RE READY ! Are you ?
Click Here to see way's
you and your family can get prepared. Make your emergency plan today.
Alliance Rotary Castle Run
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Sept 14, 2016) - - The Alliance Amateur Radio Club provided support for
the annual Alliance Rotary Castle Run on Labor Day. Affiliated Club Coordinator
John Myers, KD8MQ report that six amateurs participated in this annual community
event that totaled 13 volunteer service hours.
The following amateurs participated in this years event. John
Myers - KD8MQ; Rex Simmons - NX8G; Frank Sanor - WA8WHP; Richard Humpolick -
KD6MPN; Ben Davis - KD8KMQ and Shawn Gentile - KD8ZEZ.
Our thanks to the Alliance Radio Club for providing support and
operators for this event !
Canton Repository Grand Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
9, 2016) ...
The Canton Repository 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 multiple other
area radio clubs. For over 39 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 Pete Truemper realized the limited range of their commercial radio's and he 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 Drew Felberg.
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 another committee member who was in charge of all parade marshals
positioned throughout the parade route. Shadowed by a ham liaison Dave Beltz,
WD8AYE, he monitors
the condition of the entire route thanks to our network of radio operators. As
spacing became an issue, Dave 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-seven 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. 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 was Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU.
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 eleventh 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 2016 Enshrinement 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 Pete Truemper 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: Wade
Huthmacher - WD8MIU.
ROUTE COMMUNICATIONS: Steve Simon - KD8SPF, John Wagner - W8JJW, Tony Casebolt
- KD8UXK, Bill Treacle - KD8TKX, Don Wade - W8DEA, Vern Sproat - KE8BYW, and Joe
Herrick - WD8BGW.
North Route: Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Pat Quinlon - KA8DAL, Jeff Gortney - K8JAG, Ted Faix - KB8PRK,
Jim Mulvanne - KD8MUD, Rick Fligor - KD8NYZ, Nikishin - K8INN,
- KC8QOD, Al Perry - KE8EHE, Lori Perry - KE8EHF, Dennis Conklin - AI8P, Carl
Cunnert - AB8CC, Keith Obermeier - KE8DTS and Dale Lamb - NX8J.
DISPERSAL Team Leader: Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU,
Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Denise Gill, Leonard Johnson - N8XPI, and Frank Koby - N8SGS.
Congratulations to everyone on another great Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Festival !
HOF Community Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Jul 30, 2016) - - 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 24th.
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 over 100 parade
units making up this years parade. A voice relay is normally used to relay the exact line up to Tom
Gill, KC8QOD and Charlie Scherger, KB8STV who then send 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 17th year this has been used and is an important aspect
of our parade assistance. The best laid plans they say often go south which
again happened this year and severe weather forced cancellation of the parade
for the first time since the inception of this event.
As the morning continued 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. Unfortunately the worst of the weather
arrived at what should have been the start of the parade. Chris Gumpp, Assistant Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce was thankful we were
able to provide timely and accurate weather information. When severe lightning
was seen over the parade route, and for the safety for both the
participants and spectators the parade was cancelled and nearly 1,500 parade
participants mostly children were gathered and taken to shelter in the Canton
Civic Center per their severe weather planning. Heavy rain followed shortly
there after forcing all to seek cover. Even though we did not complete our
normal parade responsibilities, our Severe Weather experience proved invaluable
to the Canton Chamber of Commerce and our community.
Our other parade responsibility and perhaps our most important, would have been 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.
Community Parade General Chairman Roger Manse expressed his heartfelt thanks
to all the radio operators for their assistance. "Your operators are a vital
part of this parade", said Roger, "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 TV Production and logistical support crew included packet operator 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 and Tim France - WB8HHP in demarshaling. Igor Nikishin -
K8INN, new volunteers Vern Sproat - KE8BYW, Al Perry - KE8EHE, Lori Perry -
KE8EHF 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 !
ARES Assists With RNC
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Jul 30, 2016) - -
Stark County ARES was active on standby status during the Cleveland
Republican National Convention. EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ was a backup operator for
the Summit Co Red Cross Operations Center during the event which was staffed
around the clock during the convention. Summit Co EMA was the primary agency
during the event. Stark County EMA was also prepared to provide support in case
it was needed. Summit Co EC Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD expressed his appreciation for
our offer of support for the event. Below are some pictures taken on the Summit
Co Command Post.
The main Command Post with volunteers
Hourly communications were maintained between the Summit Co Command Post and
Cuyahoga County Main Operations Center
One of the operating stations at the command center
ARES Activity in Ohio
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Jul 17, 2016) - -
Ohio has started an intense week. With the NAACP convention in Cincinnati
and the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, many thousands from all
over the nation will be in our state. Most, if not all, will never know that
amateur radio operators were among the thousands who either as professionals or
volunteers gave of their time and energy to make sure their visit was safe and
And why are we even involved? Number one- to serve our
communities, and our various agencies who rely on us to be there. Number two-
to function as a backup communications path in case any of the normal modes
fails. Number three- to keep amateur radio involved (in this case, at the
highest levels) so we can be seen as an active partner, trained and qualified to
assist in times of emergency. I consider our involvement a “Big Deal!”
Internally, we are probably all “spun up” for what will be
perhaps the most boring assignments we may have in terms of messages and radio
traffic. If their stuff all works the way it should, we shouldn’t be in the
limelight. But authorities aren’t playing this game halfway…readiness for ~any~
situation is their plan and that’s as it should be. If we come away from this
with radio logs containing nothing but hourly checkins, it will be a success on
our part! I am praying for no violence and that people just behave as adults.
Given that we are “only” a backup, what do we learn? For
those directly involved, just the preparation has put us through the ringer. In
Cleveland, a year’s worth of meetings has led to a much greater understanding of
how not only the locals but the national safety agencies think and operate. Add
in Cincinnati and Akron, and we were able to have a front-row seat to see how
our agencies plan and execute for “a big one.”
We’ve learned that no matter how big the agency, there are
shifts, decisions countering earlier decisions, and changing plans right up to
the last minute. Honestly, some of that reminds us that we’re all human, and
sometimes it might not roll as we’d expect. But, that’s not on us! Remember
~they~ don’t deal with this stuff every day, either. “Adapt and overcome” along
with the serenity prayer are two of our biggest tools when dealing with setup
We’ve learned that we can’t just “wing it” when it comes to our internal
planning: personnel, radio facilities, frequencies, modes, and scheduling are
all major considerations that EVERY EC needs to practice! The “new truth” in
amateur radio and ARES is that we probably won’t be able to count on a large
number of volunteers to step forward! For whatever reason (work, health, other
valid commitments) we must rely on surrounding counties and even those further
away for manpower to fill our schedules. For perspective, ~so did the cops~!
They were pulling safety officers from across the state.
We learned that with the development of a variety of
digital modes and the Internet apps comes a time to make a choice of which modes
we use. You all know that our OSERP is at the basic level- we cannot assume
repeaters, internet, or any dependence on any other form other than RF. But this
isn’t a communications emergency…there is no deficit (well, except for cell
service in downtown Cleveland). So why not apply things like Echolink, DMR talk
groups, and RF linking? We are able to assembly a broad ranging package of
communication that functions as a great test for the future!
This event is giving us (and the State) a chance to test
the CIMS credentialing system, for identification to be used with the Red Cross
in Akron. It’s been a separate challenge, as it’s the first time the system has
actually been put to real use. SM Scott Yonally, N8SY, has been working with
them since this was introduced- and he worked nearly an entire day to get
through some last minute hurdles with the State. He’ll have several meetings in
the aftermath to help reconcile the system to ‘real life’ incidents.
We’ve learned that those FEMA certificates make or break
our ability to be on the “inside” of these operations. Kudo’s to those of you
who’ve stepped up!
We have learned anew what many in all levels of this
‘emergency’ business will tell- it’s more about the “Who” than the “what”… it’s
about relationships. (Where have I heard that before??) It all works best when
we all work together…and part of that is we remember our “place” in the pecking
So if it all were to stop right now, as the events are just
getting started, I will regard this as a great success for ARES in Ohio, and for
The most important thing I can say is, “Thank you!” to all
who are going to be involved. And I want to point out some “Superheroes” among
us: Cuyahoga County EC Matt Nickoson, KC8NZJ, Summit County EC Ken Dorsey,
KA8OAD, and Hamilton County EC Bryan Hoffman, KC8EGV. Along with District EC’s
Eric Jessen, N8AUC, Dennis Conklin, AI8P, and Steve Lewis, N8TFD these guys have
been absolutely exemplary in organizing their communications, their people,
scheduling and most of all interacting with their agencies. Here is an example
of that- from Jim Sage of the Red Cross. Bear in mind this guy had logistics
over five states in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and he’s been all over the
world with disaster relief.
“I am impressed and excited to work with Matt and
Ken. They have, so far, demonstrated the best organization and willingness to
work with Red Cross that I have seen in the past 20 years of disaster work.
Looking forward to an exciting venture.
And that, my friends is what it’s all about!! I’ll be in
my “Canned Ham” communications trailer at the Ohio EOC (The Sarge is not quite
into our new station right in the EOC). Talk about adapt and overcome…
Again, thank you so much for all your time. We’ll try to
keep you updated as things go- but remember in these circumstances, “A quiet net
is a GOOD net!”
Stan Broadway, N8BHL
Section Emergency Coordinator - Ohio
2015 SET Results
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Jul 9, 2016) - -
The results of the 2015 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test were announced in the
July issue of QST Magazine and the Ohio Section scored third in ARES activity in
the US with 4,317 points. Ohio has always had strong participation in this
Stark County also participated in last years SET holding an emergency drill with
other northeast Ohio sections on the 147.12 Mhz ARES Repeater placing us 17th in
the state in scoring. The schedule for 2016 has not yet been posted but we hope
to participate in this annual emergency exercise again this year.
ARRL CEO, Emergency
Preparedness Manager visit FEMA
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Jul 12, 2016) - -
ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher,
NY2RF, and Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike
Corey, KI1U, recently visited Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA
to further explore areas of cooperation and
partnership, in line with the Memorandum
that ARRL and FEMA signed in
During the June 29 visit, Gallagher and
Corey met with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate,
KK4INZ. FEMA Chief Technology Officer Ted Okada,
K4HNL, also attended the meeting.
Afterward, Gallagher said, “Administrator
Fugate’s detailed knowledge of Amateur Radio is
impressive, and his support for the Amateur
community is very encouraging.” Gallagher went on to
say that he was most impressed by Fugate’s
observation that “any mode of RF that will connect
across the continent is valuable; we don’t have
enough backups to the public switched network.”
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
(Aug 17, 2016) -- The August 17, 2016 edition of The ARES
E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;
Here for a direct link.
Skywarn Set to
Activate in Hawaii as
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Aug 30, 2016) - -
A SKYWARN net will activate on August 31 at noon Hawaii Time (2200 UTC) for Hurricane Madeline. It will continue until September 1 at 10 PM HST (0800 UTC on September 2). KH6SW will be on the air from the National Weather Service (NWS) Honolulu Forecast Office on HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies. A second SKYWARN activation for Hurricane Lester will begin on September 2 at 10 PM (0800 UTC on September 3), continuing until Monday, September 5 at noon (2200 UTC). As of early today in Hawaii, Hurricane Madeline was a Category 3 storm packing maximum sustained winds of 120 MPH. The present movement is to the west at 9 MPH, and located approximately 433 miles from Hilo.
“The present track will bring it to south of the Big Island,” Hawaii Section Emergency Coordinator and Hawaii SKYWARN Ham Coordinator Clem Jung, KH7HO, said. “A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Big Island.” Jung said a Flash Flood Watch also is in place for Wednesday through Thursday night. Read More...
Volunteers Assisting in
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Aug 25, 2016) - -
Radio amateurs are taking part in the response to the 6.2 magnitude earthquake on August 24 in central Italy, International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1
) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, reports. IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Coordinator Greg Mossop, G0DUB, has requested that 7060 kHz (LSB ±10 kHz) be kept clear of non-emergency traffic, as well as any other center-of-activity (COA
) frequencies that may be in use for emergency communication within Italy. (On 80 meters, the COA frequency is 3760 kHz). Other frequencies reported to be active include 7045, 3643, and 3580 kHz (PSK).
The earthquake claimed some 240 lives, although rescue operations are still under way. According to the IARU Region 1 website, Italian radio amateurs are active in the emergency response, and no outside assistance has been requested at this time.
According to Beattie, the Italian Amateur Radio volunteers are “following their planned response with their government” and that any requests for information on missing persons should be made via the Red Cross or other recognized relief organizations.
The worst loss of life was in the town of Amatrice, where more than 180 people died. Tremors in the aftermath of the initial quake were felt as far away as Rome. Survivors are staying in tents or otherwise out of doors. A reported 4300 people were said to be active in rescue operations in the region.
FEMA Teaming with
Amateur Radio Clubs to
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Aug 21, 2016) - -
September is National Preparedness Month. As part of its focus on community education and preparation, FEMA
offers a “Family Emergency Communications Plan” to help families work out their communication strategies in the event of an emergency. ARRL is partnering with FEMA to offer this material to interested Amateur Radio clubs that are willing to present it in their localities during National Preparedness Month. While the FEMA presentation focuses on the Family Communications Plan and doesn’t specifically mention ham radio, the material offers Amateur Radio clubs a great opportunity to raise their visibility in their communities.
A webinar with FEMA Region 1 Preparedness Liaison Sara Varela will take place on Tuesday, August 23, at 8 PM EDT (Wednesday, August 24, at 0000 UTC), to offer background and training for any club wishing to present FEMA’s Family Emergency Communications Plan material in September.
Registration is requested. The presentation of the FEMA material to local communities should take approximately 1 hour. It will include a PowerPoint presentation and links to worksheets that families can discuss and fill out together.
Clubs are free to offer additional presentations on their activities following presentation of the FEMA material.
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 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.