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The new Introduction to Emergency Communications course includes updated content from the previous Basic Emergency Communications Level 1 course, as well as some content previously included in the former Level 2 course. The EmComm training program has been restructured to offer two courses: This enhanced basic course for EmComm volunteers who want to serve as part of an ARES® response team and the management course -- Public Service and Emergency Communication Management for Radio Amateurs (EC-016, also available on the ARRL website) -- for those who are serving in ARES® leadership and management roles.

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Washington Governor Visits Snohomish County EOC Radio Room
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(L-R) Washington Gov Jay Inslee, ARES DEC George Boswell, K7YHB; ACS Radio Officer Scott Honaker, N7SS, and former ACS Radio Officer Tim Lawson, K7TKA. [Rob Myers, K7RHM, photo].

  (Mar 28, 2014) - -  Snohomish County Auxiliary Communications Service (Snohomish ACS — formerly RACES) Radio Officer Scott Honaker, N7SS, reported that Washington Gov Jay Inslee toured the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management EOC on March 26. The EOC has been central to the relief effort following the disastrous and tragic March 22 mudslide near Oso, Washington. 

“We saw Gov Inslee walk into the EOC, and a few minutes later the EOC manager brought him into the radio room with a small group,” Honaker told ARRL. “The governor shook hands and thanked us and kept asking good questions about issues he’d heard in the field. He was clearly quite engaged.”

Honaker said the EOC radio room has six radio stations in cubicles, four of them currently monitoring incident traffic. He said ARES DEC George Boswell, K7YHB, has been at the EOC 12 hours a day since last weekend.  Read More..

Amateur Radio, Federal Government Engage in 5 Mhz Comm Exercise
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  (Mar 28, 2014) - -  Amateur Radio operators and federal government stations are engaged in a 12-day nationwide test of their capability to communicate with each other on HF in the event of an emergency or disaster. The High Frequency Interoperability Exercise 2014 (HFIE-2014) is running concurrently with the federal National Exercise Program (NEP) 2014. Activity is taking place on two of the five 60 meter channels. The primary center-frequency channel is 5358.5 kHz, and the secondary center-frequency channel is 5373.0 kHz. Amateur Radio is secondary to government users on the band. The joint readiness exercise that began March 27 will continue through April 7 and include all areas of the US. Participants will use Automatic Link Establishment (ALE), a standardized digital selective calling protocol, to establish communication between stations.  Read More.

Skywarn Spotter Training
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

    (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 Training Seminar.

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.

Hosted 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 assisted 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 this office."

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 Page 2.

A full color detailed Spotter Brochure is available on the NWS website by clicking here.

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 -  Emergency Coordinator


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


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


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


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


Click Here for a direct link to our Project Page.


A Look Back
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Don for this well deserved recognition !

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

Aux Comm Field Guide
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

   (Dec 31, 2013) - -  The Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG) is a new reference for auxiliary communicators who directly support backup emergency communications for State/local public safety entities or for an Amateur Radio organization supporting public safety.

This reference guide contains information about AuxComm best practices, frequently used radio frequencies, Mutual Aid channels as well as tips and suggestions about auxiliary emergency communicators integrating into a NIMS ICS environment to support communications for planned events or incidents. It can serve as a reference both for auxiliary emergency communicators and public safety communications professionals. You can download the AUXFOG by clicking here and then clicking on the link and save it to your own storage device. It will only download as a PDF.-- Thanks to Jim Duram, K8COP, Whitehall, Michigan [editor's note: This book looks like an exceptionally well done technical reference that is a must-have for every ARES operator.

Stark ARES Display
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Assistant Emergency Coordinator

    (Oct 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 Coordinator

   (Feb 19, 2014) --  The  Feb 19, 2014 edition of The ARES E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights;  Upcoming Hurricane Conferences;  Reports: California Club Supports Statewide Emergency Medical Exercise; Letters: FEMA Adds Disaster Reporter Feature to App; Webinars Designed to Prime Public Preparedness Officials for Amateur Radio Test; Florida Panhandle County ARES Activates for Winter Storm; Letters: Cherokee County (Georgia) Gets New Call Sign for Auxiliary Communications, plus additional news.   You can read the entire newsletter on the ARRL website. Click Here for a direct link.

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ARES Group Joins Forces With Delaware State Police
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(Mar 12, 2014) - - The Delaware State Police are teaming up with the Sussex County (Delaware) Amateur Radio Emergency Service to ensure reliable back-up communication, should primary law enforcement communication systems fail.

“Delaware must always be aware of the threats of hurricanes, nor’easters, severe snow, and other disasters,” Delaware State Police Sussex County Operations Officer Maj Robert Hawkins said in a Cape Gazette article. “Thankfully, we don’t get hit often, but when we do, communication is absolutely essential and having Amateur Radio operators available to fill in gaps will be a real asset.”

When back-up communication is needed, the Delaware State Police will designate locations for ARES stations to set up. ARES members then will handle any necessary traffic within this network. The initial program will be limited to Sussex County, but it may be expanded to include Delaware's other two counties, Kent and New Castle.

Sussex County covers approximately the lower half of Delaware. Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, is the Sussex County ARES Emergency Coordinator.

Webinars Designed to Prime Public Preparedness Officials for Amateur Radio Test
Courtesy of the ARRL

  (Jan 31, 2014) - - The National Association for County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is offering a series of webinars designed to teach public preparedness officials about Amateur Radio and help them to get licensed. Testing will be administered April 3 at the 2014 Preparedness Summit, which takes place April 1-4 in Atlanta.

The webinars are free, and registration is required. NACCHO will offer an in-person review session at the Summit the night before the examination. The webinars will be recorded and made available on the NACCHO website. The webinars will be offered on Wednesdays, February 5 and 19, and March 5, 4-5 PM Eastern Time. There is more information on the Preparedness Summit website. — Thanks to Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, and NACCHO.


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


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

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


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March News

2014 Stark Co ARES meeting schedule will be posted when dates are set.

Tentative dates will be June 5,  and Sept 4.

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

Stark Co ARES Repeater is on 147.12+, PL 110.9

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


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


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

Review Current Activities in the Stark County Winlink Initiative.


Powerpoleing Your Power Connections

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

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

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

Click Here to visit the site.


New Emergency Communications Handbook

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

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

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

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


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. 


Other News

Amateur's Support COOL Project...

2010 Tour de Cure Report...

2010 HOF Festival Timken Grand Parade....

2010 HOF Festival Community Parade Report..

Alliance ARC Take Part in Drill.

Stark ARES Attends District Meeting.

ARES Repeater Anniversity...

Stark ARES & MARC Assist With 2009 Annual MS Walk.

MARC Assists With Massillon Holiday Parade.

Hurricane Ike's Winds Hit Stark County.

Stark ARES Assists With Akron Marathon.

March 2008 Winlink Updates

ARES Teams Activated for Northwest Near Record Flooding.

MARC Assists With Annual MS Walk.

ARRL Board Accepts NERPC Report.

Airmail Station Completed at Mercy Medical Center.

Stark County ARES Part of OEHA Fall Conference.

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

Click above for official ARES Logo merchandise from the ARRL.



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


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


  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.  


last reviewed/updated on 03/28/14