- NIMS / ICS
- Weekly Nets of Interest
- Getting this Newsletter
- NVIS Day
- Handbook Give Away
- My Final
NIMS / ICS Training
The numbers just keep growing! WHY? Well, the answer is simple, our Ohio ARES folks realize that they need to be properly trained, and you don’t get that by just being a bystander or having an HT in your hand! It takes some effort on your end and our folks are showing very clearly that they will make that effort count! Just having these numbers grow every day proves that we are doing the right thing for the right reasons. We need these courses, and we need to continue our education. It doesn’t stop just because we got our Amateur Radio license.
Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Total amount of members in the database is 720. The total amount of members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 503 and the total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database is 4755. We’re now over the 500 mark, but that’s only about a third of the Ohio ARES membership. Now the push is on to get all the others to join in as well.
Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list..
Now, for the folks in border counties of Ohio, you may be registered in our other surrounding Section ARES programs (Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania or Michigan) and that’s ok.. They may, or may not require the 4 basic courses for ARES membership, BUT Ohio does! Please send me, and your EC, copies of your certificates, 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.. http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/training.html. 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!
And finally, here’s a suggestion from Michael, N8QHV for those who have passed the 4 required FEMA courses. I would like to offer suggestions regarding continuing education. Many FEMA independent study courses may be of value to some ARES members, but I've found four that should be useful to all. Some, though not all, of the 500 may appreciate this information.
IS-288.a The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management should help members see where ARES fits into the big picture during an emergency or disaster.
IS-244.b Developing and Managing Volunteers prepares ARES members for volunteer leadership positions.
IS-230.d Fundamentals of Emergency Management teaches the ABCs of the EM profession.
IS-271.a Anticipating Hazardous Weather & Community Risk takes members beyond Skywarn storm spotting.
You may find all of these and more at Emergency Management Institute | Independent Study Program (IS) .
Thanks Michael.. A really great suggestion.
Weekly Wednesday 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.
There’s also the North American Tech Net that meets Wednesday 9pm EST TG: 3 and of course there’s the After HamNation Net following the HamNation program on Wednesday’s on TG: 311
Want to know more about DMR? Here’s a link. http://arrl-ohio.org/digital/digital.html
Here’s another DMR net that you may not have known about. I got this information from Dave, KD8BQN. Dave runs the TAC310 net every Sunday on DMR at 0000Z. So be looking to check into that net as well, if you can.
>> LOCAL 6 METER NETS <<
(from Steve, W8TER)
Wednesdays at 9:00 pm
1st Wednesday of the month is on 50.400 AM mode.
2nd Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.
3rd Wednesday of the month is on 50.125 USB mode.
4th Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.
5th Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.
PLEASE JOIN US…on the air
There is also a 6-meter net on Thursday at 9pm on 50.255 USB
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. http://arrlohio.org
Ohio’s NVIS antenna day is scheduled for April 22, that’s this coming Saturday folks. In addition to 40 and 80 meters, we want to add 160 and 60 meters (a good 160 antenna should also operate on 60). With the band conditions in the trash, we need to work up alternative bands and plans to maintain communications across the state! These new bands should make for some interesting antenna construction projects, so get your teams busy!! More information – Times and Frequencies can be found on the Ohio ARES website.. Just go to:
http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/default.html Want more information on how to make a NVIS Antenna?
Here’s a link.. http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/nvis.html
Handbook Give Away
Have you seen that the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? 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 2017 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 get registered.. http://arrl-ohio.org/handbook.html
Today is April 19th and it’s Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day, wow.. do I ever remember that day for sure! It’s also national Hanging Out Day and National Bicycle Day.
Amateur Radio has its serious side, but it can also have a FUN side too.. So, as we go through our training and exercises learning from our past and learning from those who are willing to take the time to teach us, let’s remember to have FUN too.. It’s what keeps us alive and vibrant..!!