- NIMS / ICS
- Handbook Give Away
- Getting this Newsletter
- Field Day
- My Final
NIMS / ICS Training
The numbers are growing! 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 additional effort on your part! Having these numbers grow every day proves that we are doing this 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. In fact, it just starts there! Stan and I have added a new wrinkle to all of this by joining forces with Ohio Responds. Now by doing this we have an obligation to fulfil a requirement which is to have these 4 courses completed, and entered into our database. Now, what is Ohio Responds you ask? And how does this affect me? It will provide you with a Limited Liability Protection under the Ohio Revised Code. This is something that is really a big plus for all volunteers working in this field. More information will be coming as we spin it up.. Right now we are working with the folks from Ohio Responds to get the system up and working as WE need it to be. So, there’s still some tweaking going on, so please don’t try to register just yet.. I’ll make sure that you know when we are ready to go full tilt on this.
Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list. This list is being updated pretty regular, so if you don’t see you name on it, and you have just submitted your certificates, please be patient.
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!
Now here’s a link that Ed, KE8ANU found that breaks it all down for you as to what the classes are:
And here’s an additional link to the FEMA First Responder Catalog www.firstrespondertraining.gov Thanks Michael, N8QHV
I want to announce that our database guru Jim, W8ERW will be at the Ohio Section Booth at Hamvention with his computer. He’ll be able to look up you NIMS records right from there. Also, if you want to load up a disk or flash drive with your certificates on it, Jim will be able to upload that into the system right from there. You’ll need to scan your certificates either as a picture or as a .pdf and put them on a flash drive or disk. Jim will not be able to do any scanning from there, so please have that done before you get to the Hamvention.
Handbook Give Away
We love to celebrate special occasions, and with the Dayton Hamvention coming up in a few short weeks, I am planning a very special drawing just for Dayton this year!! Now, to get entered in this drawing you WILL have to attend the Dayton Hamvention. That’s right, all you need to do is stop by the Ohio Section Booth in building 2 and get signed up!!
This drawing will be for a lot more than a Handbook. I will have a bunch of other goodies to give away too! I even have some ARRL Gift Certificates as well!
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
The Net is on every Sunday Evening at 19:00 Hrs. on 53.170 with a input of 52.170 and Pl’s of 107.2 Akron, 110.9 Loudenville, 123.0 Stone Creek and 136.5 Richfield as well as Echo link, All Star and 440 W8WKY Doylestown, Oh.
It’s also linked with N2KEJ in New Jersey. As of now we cover 27 counties in Ohio, 3 counties in Pa. My goal when I was asked to run the net, was to get 50 check ins 4 years ago.
We have a Trivia question each week as well, to keep the mind sharpened (lol).
The repeater also has the NWS weather alert system connected to advise all listeners of Alerts from Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, Medina, Stark and Summit counties.
Keep 6 Meters going strong check in join the net when possible.
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: email@example.com 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
I know that a lot of you are already deep into planning your Field Day activities as well as getting everything ready for that big weekend, well I have some additional goodies for you.. I have the Ohio Governor’s Proclamation posted on the website.. Thanks to our State Government Liaison, Bob Winston, W2THU we have it and it’s posted on the website.
There’s also a suggested Press Release there as well as a lot of other information about Field Day too. Go take a look: http://arrl-ohio.org/FD_Message.html
Now.. How do you find those Field Day Sites? Easy, with the Field Day Locator. Clubs, make sure that you get your Field Day site location registered with the League, this way folks will be able to find you quickly and easily. Here’s a link for the locator.. http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator
Oh, and don’t forget to have someone assigned as a photographer! You’ll want pictures and so do I.. Please, let’s have as many pictures of our Field Day sites as possible. Remember, I use a lot of these pictures for the Ohio Section Banner that’s displayed everywhere! So, get the dusty old Brownie Box Camera out of the closet and get it all tuned up and ready to take a mountain of pictures of your site and all the people at it having FUN!!
Hey Gang here’s one for ya’.. It came to me from Dirk, KG8JK
The fourth annual Civilian Conservation Corps On-The-Air weekend will be held the second full weekend in August, 2017. The event will start Saturday at 14:00z (10:00am EDT) and run until Sunday 21:00z (5:00 pm EDT).
The Civilian Conservation Corps came into being in the spring of 1933. Its goal was twofold: to provide needed economic relief to families suffering from the effects of the Great Depression and to protect and develop the natural resources of the United States. As radio played a big part in how the camps communicated with each other, we want to honor the contribution that "The Boys" of the corps made to our country by putting the sites of the CCC camps back on the air.
We would encourage you to activate the actual location of one of the camps however, if it is no longer accessible or you cannot get permission to set up on the site, you may operate from one of the project sites the camp worked on.
Many state and local parks have buildings that were constructed by the "CCC Boys" and would make a suitable place to not only honor them but also promote amateur radio at the same time. For more information see our website www.qsl.net/ccc or contact KG8JK via email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
WOW.. This sounds like it will be as much or more fun than the National Parks on the Air was!! Make sure that you mark your calendars for this event!!
Today is May 3rd and it’s HUMP DAY!! It’s also Great American Grump Out Day, National Lumpy Rug Day and National Two Different Colored Shoes Day!!
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..!!