Friday, March 31, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – March 31st Edition


- FirstNet Project
- ARES Leadership Conference
- Handbook Give-Away
- NORC net
- Getting this Newsletter
- We’ve Gotten New Bands to Operate On
- My Final    


FirstNet Project

The United States Government is going to award AT&T with FirstNet Project – it’s a $6.5 billion deal with AT&T to build a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders, a project that was proposed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but has struggled to get off the ground.

The decision is a major step forward for FirstNet, as the program is called. A nationwide wireless broadband network that police, fire and other first responders could use exclusively during an emergency was one of dozens of recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission in 2004. Currently, first responders share wireless networks with regular customers, meaning communications can get clogged due to network congestion during an emergency.

Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the 25-year contract to AT&T and its partners, which include Motorola Solutions, according to people familiar with the matter.

We're going to make history building America's first nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety.

Working with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), AT&T will build and manage a network that will strengthen and modernize public safety's communications capabilities, enabling them to operate faster, more safely and more effectively when lives are on the line.

Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said, "We are honored to work with FirstNet to build a network for America's police, firefighters and EMS personnel that is second to none. This is an unprecedented public-private investment in infrastructure that makes America a leader and public safety a national priority."

AT&T will work with FirstNet to deliver a dedicated, interoperable network and ecosystem that will cover all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, including rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories.

The network will help improve communications among members of the public safety community. And that's something that everyone – first responders, employees, customers, shareholders, and even those who don't do business with us – can benefit from during an emergency.

Our work on FirstNet is expected to create 10,000 U.S. jobs across our company and contractors over the next two years. The network buildout will begin later this year.


ARRL Ohio ARES Leadership Conference

The 2017 Ohio ARES Leadership Meeting is being held on April 01, 2017 at the Marion Technical College / OSU - Marion Campus, 1467 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Marion. Check-in is at 8am. Folks, that’s this coming Saturday!!. This conference is open to anyone and everyone that is interested in emergency communications and the Ohio ARES program. We do ask that you register so that we know just how many to plan for..  The conference room as electrical hookups for your laptop or tablets and there’s very comfortable seating provided as well.

You won’t be sorry that you came and spent the day!!  Here’s where to register.. 


NIMS / ICS Training

The numbers are growing for sure! Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Members in the database 701. Members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 491. Total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database 4628,  Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list.. 

During a recent conversation, it was mentioned that some folks in border counties in Ohio may be registered in our surrounding Section ARES programs (Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania or Michigan) and that these other Section’s may not require the 4 basic courses for ARES membership as Ohio does. Please take note, it IS a requirement for membership the Ohio ARES, and you still need to get these courses in, and copies of your certificates to your Ohio County E.C. and to me, regardless of another Section’s requirements.

Also, for those outside of Ohio in the bordering states, if you have these 4 courses in, please feel free to send me copies of your 4 certificates and we’ll be very happy to get them entered into our database as well. Please make sure that you have your call sign either in the email or as part of the file name on the certificate.   

For those just starting out, we have a webpage with all the information about how to get started.. 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!


Handbook Give-Away

Have you gotten registered for the “Handbook Giveaway” drawing yet, tonight is it! That’s right, April 1st is tomorrow!  

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..


(from Dan Stahl, Seneca County EMA)

The Northwest Ohio Regional Communications or “NORC Net” is designed to provide backup emergency communications between the 18 County Emergency Operation Centers in Northwest Ohio. Check-ins from the County EOC’s are encouraged, but all check-ins are welcome on this net.

Ohio Counties in the NORC area, almost the same footprint as Ohio ARES District 1 & 2, are: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams and Wood, and recently there have been 2 additions to ARES District 1, Hardin and Wyandot. We want to include them in this net too.

The net will be begin on 3.915 +/-   Once we’ve got all the check-ins that we can get there, they we will switch over to 7.215 +/-  and get all the check-ins there as well.. This net is generally held monthly on the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00 AM.

Let’s have some fun, let’s get everyone that can get on this net!


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 are always free to “Opt-Out”  at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting. Just send me an email with the email address that you used to opt-in on, and you will be removed. It’s that simple.

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.


New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200 Meters
(from the ARRL Bulletins)

[CORRECTED to UPDATE information on effective date: 2017-03-31 @ 1315 UTC] It’s been a long time coming, but the Amateur Service will get two new bands in the near future. The FCC on March 28 adopted rules that will allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters), with minor conditions. The FCC Report and Order (R&O) spells out the details. It allocates 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and amends Part 97 to provide for Amateur Service use of that band as well as of the previously allocated 135.7-137.8 kHz band. The R&O also amends Part 80 rules to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900-2000 kHz band under a ship station license. Just when the new Part 97 rules will go into effect is difficult to determine just yet; more on that below.

Here are the highlights:

Amateurs operating on 472-479 kHz will be permitted a maximum equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of 5 W, except in parts of Alaska within 800 kilometers (approximately 496 miles) of Russia, where the maximum would be 1 W EIRP. [EIRP is the product of the power supplied to the antenna and the antenna gain in a given direction, relative to an isotropic antenna (absolute or isotropic gain). EIRP is equal to ERP multiplied by 1.64.]

Amateurs operating in the 135.7-137.8 kHz band will be permitted to run up to 1 W EIRP.
The FCC is requiring a 1-kilometer separation distance between radio amateurs using the two new bands and electric power transmission lines with PLC systems on those bands. Amateur Radio operators will have to notify the UTC of station location prior to commencing operations.The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will provide details on the notification process later, but ARRL is urging radio amateurs interested in operating on either band to register at the earliest opportunity, to avoid having to protect any “post-notification” PLCs.

The FCC placed a 60-meter (approximately 197 feet) above-ground-level (AGL) height limit on transmitting antennas used on 630 meters and 2,200 meters.

The bands would be available to General class and higher licensees, and permissible modes would include CW, RTTY, data, phone, and image. Automatically controlled stations would be permitted to operate in the bands.
In an unrelated action, the FCC allocated 1,900-2,000 kHz to the maritime mobile service (MMS) on a primary basis for non-Federal use in ITU Regions 2 and 3, and limited the use of this allocation to radio buoys on the open sea and the Great Lakes.

Amateur Radio was upgraded from secondary to primary in the 1900-2000 kHz segment in 2015. The FCC said it believes Amateur Radio and radio buoys “can continue to share this frequency band as they have done for many years.” It declined to make additional spectrum available for radio buoy use.


My Final..    

Today is March 31, it’s National Tater Day! It’s also TGI Friday, the last day of the week, and anything after 4pm is considered the weekend!!  Now, go and have FUN this weekend!!


Scott, N8SY..