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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.”
Here for the Complete Story....
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 !
Here for National News
HOF Community Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Jul 30, 2014) - -
Under a rare cool July afternoon, members of the Stark Co ARES, Canton &
Massillon ARC's once again assisted in the opening events of the Pro Football
Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival by providing communications support for the
Community Parade held this year on Sunday, July 27th.
Again this year amateurs provided both logistical support communications for
parade staging as well as medical support covering the EMS
units assigned to the parade route and TV Production assistance.
Digital packet communications were utilized to synchronize the nearly 125 parade
units making up this years parade. Using a voice relay from Bill Maurer, KD8LCS
who relayed the exact line up to Tom, KC8QOD and Charlie Scherger, KB8STV who then sent this
down to Jason, KC8LIN inside the Television Production truck. This system
allowed parade officials to make any last minute lineup changes and accurately
convey this to the TV producer.
Packet is used for this function and has proven to be the perfect choice as it
allows van personnel to continuously monitor the status of all units in the
parade. This marks the 15th year this has been used and is an important aspect
of our parade assistance.
This year severe weather was forecast to arrive in Stark County by early
afternoon which caused concern with the parade officials. Once again, amateur
radio came through as we established our Severe Weather net on the 147.12
Repeater with Assistant EC Mike Lackney, KB8MIB keeping a close eye on the
weather radar for us as the storm front moved into our area. Cleveland NWS
established a Tornado Watch about 2 PM and all eyes maintained constant
communications with both the NWS and parade officials to determine if the start
of the parade would have to be delayed. Thankfully, the worst of the weather
turned south away from the main route and the parade started on time. Chris
Gumpp, Assistant Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce was thankful we were
able to provide timely and accurate weather information. Safety for both the
participants and spectators is always a top priority during all Festival events
and amateur radio operators can always be counted upon to provide this safety
Our other parade responsibility and perhaps our most important, is our role in
medical support. Amateurs were stationed with Canton EMS units and provided a
common communications link to the medical command center in demarshaling area.
Fortunately due to cooler weather this year, there were no medical issues. Mike
Palmer, KD8ENV acted as Medical Liaison in the staging area. Captain Ray
Friedman of the Canton Fire Department appreciated our efforts in support of the
Community Parade General Chairman Carol McLaughlin expressed her heartfelt thanks
to all the radio operators for their assistance. "Your operators are a vital
part of this parade", said Carol, "your continued support year after
year makes all the difference".
A special thank you to the following volunteers who assisted with this years
event. The staging and logistical support crew included Bill Maurer - KD8LCS. TV
production support included Tom Gill – KC8QOD, Charlie Scherger -
KB8STV and Jason
Stroll - KC8LIN in the TV Production Van. Net Control was handled by Terry Russ
- N8ATZ. Medical Unit support included Mike Palmer – KD8ENV in staging with
Tim France - WB8HHP in demarshaling. Igor Nikishin -
K8INN and Tony Casebolt - KD8UXK provided reports along the Market Avenue Route.
A terrific job from a great crew, thanks again for your support of the Pro
Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !
Challenger Baseball Tournament
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(UPDATE JUL 22) (Jun 19, 2014) - -
Members of the Massillon Amateur Radio Club provided Safety & Support
Communications for the 2014 Challenger Baseball Ohio Tournament Games held on
Sunday, July 20th. The event was held at the Hoover Community Recreation Complex
in N. Canton.
Challenger Baseball is the Special Needs division of Little league. Each year
the Challenger leagues across the state come together for their annual State
Tournament. This years event was held in N. Canton and Amateur Radio was honored
to be part of this important tradition.
Throughout the day, we provided support communications by monitoring game
activity at the nine fields used for the event including one held off site at
the First Christian Church on Market Avenue. At the conclusion of each game,
trophy's were awarded to all players by Ohio State Troopers coordinated by
amateur radio. We also provided close communications with several event
coordinators including Event Director Bonnie McClellan. Net Control was
established using our ARES Comm Trailer.
Safety was also an important part of this event as radio communication was
used several times for medical incidents.
Event Director Bonnie McCellan expressed her deepest thanks for the
assistance we provided during the games, the first time amateur radio support
was used during this event.
Eight operators supported this event who included: Don Wade - W8DEA;
Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU; Chris Wetzel - KD8TNF; Pat Quinlan -
KA8DAL; Bill Maurer - KD8LCS; Mike Palmer - KD8ENV; Tom Gill -
KC8QOD; and county EC Terry Russ - N8ATZ. Thanks also to Chris's XYL JoAnn
and daughter Julie who also assisted during the day event.
Severe Weather Update
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
2014) - - Stark Co Skywarn has been active over the month of June as
warm summer weather unleashed moderate to heavy thunderstorms which included
multiple severe weather alerts and several tornado watches for much of Stark
Over the last week heavy rain has caused area creeks to overflow causing
flooding to occur over several portions of Stark County. The County Emergency
Management Agency was in a soft activation most of the week as flood damage
assessment was conducted and the Stark Co Red Cross opened several shelters for
several days until flood waters receded by Friday.
During this time, Stark Co ARES maintained close contact with the EOC in case
activation would become necessary.
Area Hospital Drill
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(May 3, 2014) - - The Alliance Amateur Radio Club provided backup
communications for Alliance Community Hospital during a wide area drill on
Thursday, April 24th. The drill simulated storm damage that resulted in a major
power outage at the hospital. The AARC established an emergency net on the
club's 145.37 Repeater and began taking check-ins.
Don Whitaker, K8OMO reported to the hospital while net operations continued on
the repeater. Nine volunteers came up on frequency including a representative
from Great Lakes Search & Rescue. In all, 39 hospitals participated in the
The Stark County EMA office monitored the drill with Stark Co EC Terry, N8ATZ
standing by during the drill.
The following amateurs participated in the drill, K8OMO; WA8SHP; KD8RUQ; KC8SUI;
N8GOB; KD6MPN, KD8JRK; KC8SUI and KD8YVF.
Skywarn Spotter Training
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(Mar 16, 2013) -- Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Stark County
unofficially started on Tuesday, March 11th as countless Amateur Radio operators
and other Public Safety workers participated in our annual Skywarn Spotter
Each year local amateurs involved in the Skywarn Spotter program
provide countless hours of community service by providing severe weather spotter
reports to the Cleveland National Weather Service (NWS). Thanks to this
training, spotters provide actual visual confirmation to the potentially severe
weather seen by the NWS. Forecasters depend on these reports to issue Watches
and Warnings for our area. The reports are relayed via Amateur Radio directly to
the Cleveland NWS forecast office.
again this year by Stark State College of Technology and moderated by Tim
Warstler, Director of the Stark County Emergency Management Agency, the
seminar was presented by Cleveland Weather Coordinating Meteorologist Gary
Garnet, KC8TJI returning for his fourteenth consecutive season.
The training seminar which covers the science of severe weather
teaches spotters to observe cloud formations and the signs that severe weather
is approaching. The course also covers spotter safety and how to report weather
to the NWS. This years training included new material covering a recap of
last years severe weather. Our appreciation to local Skywarn
coordinators Mike Lackney, KB8MIB, Michele Gill, KC8ZEJ and Mike Palmer, KD8ENV
and Matt Kraner, K8MAT who
with the registration.
This years attendance was nearly 100, with nearly 60 first time
guests who earned their Skywarn Spotter Certification. New spotters are issued
spotter numbers which assist forecasters in locating the spotters precise
location. As usual nearly 30% of the crowd was comprised of area amateur radio
operators. EMA Director Tim Warstler was also very pleased by the solid
turnout and has been
well aware of the local ham operators support to both the Skywarn program
as well as his office. "My experience is that they are extremely
talented and very professional radio operators who have been a valuable asset to
Cleveland WCM Gary Garnet was also impressed by the turnout. "The
amateurs of Stark County have always been strong supporters of the Severe
Weather Spotter program, Stark County always rates as one of the largest groups
for our Spotter Seminars."
Marvin Secrest of M & K Engraving was also in attendance
again this year. Marvin is our exclusive supplier for Skywarn ID badges and was
very busy throughout the seminar.
If you missed training in Stark County,
click here for a list of
the training still on the schedule.
The basic B/W spotter handout is available Here.
Page 1 and
A full color detailed Spotter Brochure is available on the
NWS website by
Our thanks to all of the presenters and those who took time out
of their busy lives to support this important training.
The Equipment Box Primer
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -
(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 -
(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 -
(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 -
(Dec 31, 2013) - - The Auxiliary
Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG)
is a new reference for auxiliary
communicators who directly support backup
emergency communications for State/local
public safety entities or for an Amateur
Radio organization supporting public safety.
This reference guide
contains information about AuxComm best
practices, frequently used radio
frequencies, Mutual Aid channels as well as
tips and suggestions about auxiliary
emergency communicators integrating into a
NIMS ICS environment to support
communications for planned events or
incidents. It can serve as a reference both
for auxiliary emergency communicators and
public safety communications professionals.
You can download the AUXFOG by clicking
here and then clicking on the link and
save it to your own storage device. It will
only download as a PDF.-- Thanks to Jim
Duram, K8COP, Whitehall, Michigan
[editor's note: This book looks like an
exceptionally well done technical reference
that is a must-have for every ARES operator.
Stark ARES Display
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Assistant
29, 2012) -- Stark ARES hosted an information table at the October 28th
Massillon Hamfest. The table was staffed by ARES Net Manager Mike Lackney -
KB8MIB and Assistant Net Manager Mike Palmer - KD8ENV.
Our display included a PowerPoint presentation covering basic ARES & Skywarn
operations, a display of several versions of Emergency Response or (Go-Boxes)
and informational literature.
Many visitors stopped by with questions and comments covering our ARES & Skywarn
programs here in Stark County. My thanks to both Mike's for staffing the booth
during the hamfest !
Mike Lackney, KB8MIB at the ARES Display
ARRL ARES E-Letter Posted
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency
(Jun 1, 2014) -- The May 21, 2014 edition of The ARES
E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;
ARES News Briefs; National Hurricane Preparedness Week is coming; Amateur Radio
Operators Train National Guardsmen on HF Communications; Arizona Off Road
Mountain Bike Event Turns to Emergency; Lake County ARES Provides Radio
Communications for The March of Dimes, plus additional news. You can read the entire newsletter on the ARRL website. Click
Here for a direct link.
Skywarn Active in New
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Jul 29, 2014) - -
When severe weather
erupted in Southern New
England on July 27 and
volunteers went on alert
to help forecasters
track conditions and,
afterward, to assist
assessing the damage. A
super-cell storm system
organized over northern
Massachusetts, on the
morning of July 28 and
raced through portions
wind damage in sections
of Needham, SKYWARN
Coordinator and ARRL
Rob Macedo, KD1CY,
Activate to Support
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Jul 29, 2014) - -
Amateur Radio volunteers
in California’s Tuolumne
County assisted local
emergency managers and
the American Red Cross
communication at a
shelter in Groveland,
set up in the wake of
the El Portal Fire in
Yosemite National Park.
The National Park
Service reported that
the fire got its start
in the community of El
Portal on July 26, and
evacuations were put
into effect for Foresta
and Old El Portal. In
addition, the Crane flat
evacuated, and Big Oak
Flat Road was closed.
Huntsville To Host
Courtesy of the ARRL
(Jun 4, 2014) - -
The 2014 Global Amateur
Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC-2014
will take place Thursday and Friday, August 14-15,
in conjunction with the
in Alabama. The Huntsville
Hamfest, August 16-17 at the Von Braun Convention
Center, is the
Southeastern Division Convention
and a Regional ARRL Centennial Event.
conference will focus on the application of advanced
technologies in emergency communication. All public
service-minded Amateurs Radio operators and
emergency communication professionals are welcome.
This will mark the second time a GAREC Conference
has been held in the US.
The conference agenda and programs are still
147.12 Mhz Repeater for Severe Weather information here in Stark County !
Our thanks to Mercy Medical Center for their commitment to the
Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and First Communications for their
support of Stark County Winlink.
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The Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
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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.
2014 Stark Co ARES meeting schedule will be
posted when dates are set.
Tentative dates will be June 5,
and Sept 4.
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.
Remember the Ohio ARES Net every
Sunday at 5:00 PM on 3875 Mhz !
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 !
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.