Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – March 22nd Edition


- Tornado Safety Day - TODAY
- Prepare for Active Shooter
- Handbook GiveAway
- Survey Question
- Getting this Newsletter
- Weekly DMR Nets
- My Final    


Tornado Safety Day - TODAY

Ohio is participating in a statewide tornado drill to test the state's emergency alert systems, according to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. 

Counties across the Buckeye State will sound outdoor warning sirens at 9:50 a.m.  Phones and other mobile devices will also receive the alert. 

"Schools, businesses and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans," the agency wrote in a recent email. 

This week's drill is part of the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness' 'Severe Weather Awareness Week,' which ends on Saturday. 


How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Scenario

Hey Gang,

This subject is not one any of us likes to think about but, in this day and age sometimes we just aren’t given much choice. As radio operators being called out to a scene, we can find ourselves in rather peculiar situations, and knowing what to do, and when to do it, might just keep us from being injured.

An active shooter incident is a situation in which people in a confined or populated area are threatened with deadly violence. Incidents can happen anywhere and at any time. The best way to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe is to prepare ahead of time.

Taking a few steps now and mentally rehearsing what to do can help you react quickly when every second counts.

To help you prepare, review the Preparation How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Scenario Guide that outlines steps you can take before, during, and after an active shooter incident.

The guide also includes:

   *   An Online Course - Active Shooter: What You Can Do   Hey Guys.. This is an ICS Course..
   *   A Guide for K-12 Schools

To learn more about preparing for an active shooter incident, read  this story featuring Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where 1,700 students, 150 staff members, and 34 local agencies, organizations, and public safety departments participated in a full-scale active shooter exercise.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, The numbers just keep growing, and that’s absolutely fantastic! Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Members in the database 692. Members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 476. Total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database 4585,  Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list.. 

Why are these courses so important? The simple answer is this - without these courses, you are not trained! Without the training, you can’t be used! Now, I’m not going to kid you.. These courses are just the beginning of your training. These 4 courses are the BASICS only, but they are extremely important to me and to your Emergency Coordinator.

Here’s where you can get all of this information This page contains a lot of information about what is needed. Each course takes about an hour or so to take, that’s really not much to ask now is it? You spent way more than that to get your Amateur Radio operators license!

I also highly recommend that you get used to looking at the Ohio Section Website.. as it changes all the time. You’ll also want to visit the Ohio Section Emergency Coordinators page frequently too

By the way.. When submitting copies of your certificates to us, please don’t forget to include your call sign!!


Handbook GiveAway
Have you gotten registered for the “Handbook Giveaway” drawing yet? Well, if you haven’t it’s time you do.  

To enter the drawing all you need to do is fill in a couple of boxes on the form.. (your name and email). That’s you need to do to be entered into a drawing to win a 2016 ARRL softcover Handbook. There’s nothing else required (Oh.. You do need to be a resident of Ohio to win..)  

The winner will be mailed the Handbook at my cost. This is being offered just to see how many folks are really checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!! 

Here’s a link to the form..


Survey Question

Hey Gang,

Have you checked out the Newest Survey question on the website yet?. Yup, there’s a new question for you to answer. This one will have you doing inventory in your shack for sure! You’ll find it on the left side of the main page..  Don’t forget, once you’ve voted to go back and take a look at how your answer stacks up with everyone elses..!!


Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to “Opt-In” to receive them.

Heck, just send me an email: and let me know that you want to be added. It’s really just that easy. Please, if you know of anyone that would be interested in this information, feel free to pass it on to them. You don’t have to be an ARRL member or even a ham to receive these emails.

You can always  “Opt-Out”  at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting.

Also.. are you viewing the Ohio Section Website on a regular basis? You should, it changes all the time. Here’s a link to it.


Weekly DMR Nets

Hey gang, don’t forget to check-in on the weekly Wednesday night DMR net tonight, there are averaging around 60 check-ins each week, and it’s really growing in popularity for sure. Come join in on the fun, Wednesday nights at 8:30p local on the 3139 Ohio statewide Talkgroup.

The North American Tech Net is also on Wednesday night at 9pm EST on Talkgroup 3, as well as  The After HamNation Net, following the HamNation program on Talkgroup 311 as well.. Lot’s of good nets to check in to on Wednesday’s for sure..

Want to know more about DMR? Here’s a link.


My Final..    It’s Wednesday, Hump Day!!

The middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week. After hump day, the weekend gets closer.

Now…  Go have FUN..!!


Scott, N8SY..