Friday, May 26, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – May 26th Edition


- FCC Action
- One Question Survey
- Ohio Responds
- NIMS / ICS Training
- New Possibility for to the Ohio Section
- Upcoming Hamfests
- My Final


FCC Issues Notice of Unlicensed Operation in Public Safety Interference Complaint:
(from ARRL Bulletins)

The FCC has issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NUO) to a Texas man for causing interference to a VHF public safety communications system in Dallas County. The FCC Enforcement Bureau issued the Notice to Bradley C. Pike of Dallas on May 17.

On April 3, agents from the FCC’s Dallas Enforcement Bureau Office responded to a complaint from Dallas County Consolidated Services regarding interference to their VHF public safety communications system. Agents confirmed by direction-finding techniques that VHF emissions coming from Pike’s residence were causing the interference. Pike surrendered a radio signal jammer after admitting to agents that he had used the device, the FCC said.

The Communications Act not only prohibits intentional interference, but the manufacture, importation, marketing, sale, or operation of devices designed to jam or disrupt wireless communications deliberately. Pike could face a substantial fine, seizure of radio equipment, and criminal sanctions, including imprisonment, the FCC said.

Pike has 30 days to respond to the Notice, and the Enforcement Bureau “will use all relevant material information before it to determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC rules. This will include any information that you disclose in your reply,” the FCC told Pike.


One Question Survey

Hey Gang,

Have you checked out the NEW Survey question on the website yet?. There is a new question up there for you to answer! You’ll find it on the left side of the main page.. !!


Ohio Responds Update

Ok.. Here’s the latest update on Ohio Responds. So far we’ve gotten 88 of you signed up and approved. Signing up with Ohio Responds will give you liability protection under the State of Ohio. This is a real big things folks.. Where else can you get liability insurance for FREE.

Now, admittedly their system was designed for another purpose, so in some places it doesn’t match up well with Amateur Radio Operators and what we do. I have created a webpage where you’ll find all the pertinent information for getting registered on Ohio Responds website with as little issues as possible. You really do need to read this information BEFORE you attempt to register, and you will need to have all 4 of your NIMS courses completed and in our statewide database first! There’s some very specific information up there that you’ll need to know to correctly complete the registration process since it doesn’t match up well in some places with what we do.  Here’s a link to that webpage…   You can also find this link on the main page of the Ohio Section website as well.

How do I know if I’m on the list or not? Here’s the link to the list.  Don’t see your name on the list, and you’ve submitted your certificates? Contact me immediately!


NIMS / ICS Training

The numbers are continuing to grow!  Here’s what we have on file as of Thursday, May 25.  Members in database: 749; Active Members: 736; Members NIMS complete: 537 and for the biggie..  Total Courses Taken: 4,952. These numbers just keep growing, and that’s a really GREAT thing to be able to tell you!

We need to be prepared to help in a professional and TRAINED manor now days, and the only way of getting that training is to start taking these courses. We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot more work to do. Every ARES member in Ohio now MUST have these courses to be a part of the Ohio ARES program and to be registered in the Ohio Responds database!

How do I know if I’m on the list or not? Here’s the link to the list.  If you don’t see your name on the list, and you’ve submitted your certificates? Contact me immediately!

For those of you just starting out now that you have a real incentive, 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!


New Possibility for to the Ohio Section

Hey Gang,

I’m really excited to announce that Anthony, K8ZT has been working on getting the Ohio Section into the Ohio State Fair!! We are looking at the possibility of having a display there and having it manned on Friday, July 28; Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30th.

Would you be interested in helping out? It’s fun, and it really wouldn’t take that much of your time. The best thing is that you’ll get to answer questions about what Amateur Radio is all about..!!  

Please, if we are going to do this we will need a sufficient amount of Amateurs to help out. The more the merrier for sure!  Contact Anthony at:  right away.. If we are going to do this, we need to get moving on it now!


Upcoming Hamfests

06/03/2017 | Fulton County Amateur Radio Summer Swap
Location: Wauseon, OH
Sponsor: Fulton County Amateur Radio Club

06/10/2017 | Union County ARC TailGate & TrunkFest
Location: Marysville, OH
Sponsor: Union County Amateur Radio Club

06/17/2017 | Milford Hamfest 27th Annual
Location: Milford, OH
Sponsor: Milford Amateur Radio Club

My Final..   

Today is Friday, May 26th, it’s Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer!! It’s also World Lindy Hop Day, Don't Fry Day and National Heat Awareness Day, which I doubt very seriously that we’ll have any problems with that one today!

More importantly, this coming Monday is Memorial Day. It’s a day of remembering our fallen in uniform. Please, take a couple of minutes out of your busy weekend and just give “THANKS” to all of those who have, and ARE serving. It’s because of them that we have our freedom.  

Amateur Radio has its serious side, but it can also have a FUN side too. I hope that this News Update has been informative and fun for you to read.  So, as we go through our training and exercises, learning from the past and 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..!!


Scott, N8SY..

PS>>  I have to say this..  Go CAVS!!!  Eastern Conference Champs, and now on to the finals!!