Monday, June 26, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – June 26th Edition


- National News
- One Question Survey
- Handbook Give-Away
- Field Day Pictures
- NIMS / ICS Training / Ohio Responds
- My Final


FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief
(from ARRL Bulletins)

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a former journalist.

“This agency has a critical role to play in enforcing the law to protect consumers and support competition in the communications marketplace,” Pai said “Our Enforcement Bureau has been getting back on track in recent months, and I am confident in Rosemary’s ability to continue this progress.”

Pai also praised Carowitz’s work as acting chief. “Michael’s steady hand at the helm of this important Bureau has helped us stay on task in protecting consumers and enforcing the law,” he said.

The Enforcement Bureau is charged with enforcing the Communications Act, FCC rules, and various licensing terms and conditions. It also investigates instances of possible unlawful conduct involving the regulated RF spectrum.

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Expect some FirstNet builds by the end of the year, but pace will pick up in 2018
(from RCR Wireless News and John Ross, KD8IDJ - Ohio Public Information Coordinator)

Earlier this week, AT&T and the First Responders Network Authority released state plans for the multi-billion build of a nationwide LTE network for first responders. Later in the week, during the Wells Fargo 5G Forum, AT&T Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Engineering Scott Mair shared details of the FirstNet timeline, as well as the opportunity presented by the new allocation of 60 megahertz of 700 MHz spectrum.

Mair explained AT&T would leverage the FirstNet build to further bolster its commercial business as a function of not only spectrum sharing, but also deployment logistics.

“We’re going to use the FirstNet build, and as we touch the towers to build FirstNet, we’re going to put that other spectrum to use. That’s going to put a lot of capacity into the network. When you touch the tower, you’re not just touching it for FirstNet, but you’re touching it to put other bands of spectrum…in service as well.”

Mair continued to note that the public-private partnership, which includes $6.5 billion in government funding over five years, will also allow AT&T to use the 700 MHz spectrum that comes with the FirstNet deal for its commercial service, which would also be available on a priority basis to government players prior to the actual activation of FirstNet.

“When it’s not being used for first responders,” Mair said, “AT&T will be able to use it for our commercial business. It’ll be shared spectrum. The other aspect is, as the states opt in…they will have access to AT&T’s commercial network, as it sits today, on a priority basis. First responder organizations don’t have to wait…for us to build before they get FirstNet capabilities. They’ll be able to use our commercial network.”

In terms of timeline, with the state plans now in circulation, states have 90 days to review the plans, provide feedback and get a response from AT&T. At the end of the 90 days, a second 90-day period starts during which authorities will decide to opt-in or opt-out. If the call is to opt-out, states have 180 days to develop their own plan, issue an RFP and get approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

Mair said, “As soon as somebody opts in, we will start designing and building that network. The build may start minimally by the end of the year, but it’s really going to be 2018. But our implementation process will start right when they opt in. In the meantime, they’ll still be able to get FirstNet capability on our network.”


One Question Survey

Hey Gang,

Have you checked out the NEW Survey question on the website yet?. There is a brand new question up there for you to answer! I really would like to know, so please, just take a couple of seconds to answer it.  You’ll find it on the left side of the main page.. !!


Handbook Give Away
Have you seen that the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? Time is running down fast.. There’s only a few days left to get registered for a chance to win.

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 the drawing to get a chance 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 checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!!

Here's the link to get registered..



Did you take pictures of your Field Day??  I sure hope you did. I need your help. I need you to send me all of those pictures that you took of those great operators, as well as your equipment, antenna’s and other items that you had at your Field Day this year. I have a gallery setup on the website with a bunch of pictures from various sources already, but we need more, many, many more to make this really great!

Send those pictures to:


NIMS / ICS Training Update

The numbers are growing!  Want to know if you’re NIMS complete? Here’s the link to the list: 

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!

Hey.. Don’t forget, once you’ve got all 4 of your required NIMS courses completed and we have copies of your certificates, get registered with Ohio Responds. We have 133 people that have gotten registered. Have you gotten registered yet?

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 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. Here’s a link to that webpage…   You can also find this link on the main page of the Ohio Section website as well.


My Final..   

Ok.. I got to 15 Field Day sites this year. That’s a record for me. If I didn’t make it to your Field Day I’m really sorry, but I’ll try even harder next year to get there. One thing that I can say for every Field Day site was the food. Wow.. operating for 24 hours really brings out the great food and camaraderie in Ham Radio for sure. Everywhere I went I was greeted with smiles, handshakes and the opportunity to share the love of this wonderful world of emergency communications.

Amateur Radio has a serious side as we just demonstrated this past weekend. What, you didn’t realize that this was a practice run for when something really goes bad? It can also have a FUN side too, as I’m sure we all had this past weekend as well. 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!

Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile, give me a call at (419) 512-4445 or email me at:   Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available, Heck, I’ll even buy!!


Scott, N8SY..