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(Dec 3, 2016) - - The WSR-88D radar at Cleveland is scheduled to receive a Signal Processor Upgrade.
This upgrade is critical to extend the service life of our radar system. This is a major operation and will require up to four days of down time. Currently, we are scheduled to receive the upgrade early next week. We have assessed the potential weather for this time period. While precipitation is in the forecast, we do not anticipate the potential for significant hazardous weather early next week.
We have made the decision to go ahead with the upgrade.
The current planned schedule will bring the radar down on Monday December 5th in the morning. Barring any unplanned problems, we plan to return to service no later than close of business Thursday December 8th.
We will issue a public information later in the week with more details. If there are any changes to the schedule, we will update you.
(Nov 22, 2016) - - The annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) on-the-air activity will take place Saturday, December 3, from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 2, in US time zones).
SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and ARRL to honor the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission — the protection of life and property during threatening weather. During the SKYWARN Special Event, hams will operate from several NWS offices. W1AW will take part in the event.
The object of the event is for all participating Amateur Radio stations to exchange contact information with as many NWS stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
Stations will exchange call signs, signal reports, locations, and a one or two-word description of the weather at their respective locations (e.g., “sunny,” “rainy,” “partly cloudy,” “windy”). NWS stations will use various modes, including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While using digital modes, special event stations will append "NWS" to their call signs (e.g., N0A/NWS).
Event certificates will be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD. An online submission form is available to submit your log summary for SRD.
SRD Webinar Set
The pre-event webinar will cover SKYWARN Recognition Day basics, explain how to participate, and alert participants to a few changes in store for 2016. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the ARRL YouTube channel.
(Nov 20, 2016) - - The Massillon Amateur Radio Club just finished assisting with the 62nd Annual Massillon Holiday Parade sponsored by Massillon Main Street and the Downtown Massillon Association. This continues to remain the oldest public service event that is handled by the club and our responsibilities have grown over recent years to include many aspects of parade operation. The parade was rebroadcast over Massillon Cable TV and I hope some of you had a chance to view it. The club trailer looked great on the route with our new decorations and special thanks to Jim Farriss - WA8GXM for pulling the trailer in the parade.
In the early years of the parade, we provided only communications support to the Massillon JC’s organization who handled the staging of all the parade units. When they disbanded, the city struggled to find volunteers willing to take on this task. Since the MARC handled communications support, somehow we got nominated to take on this responsibility as well.
A few years later, Massillon Cable began filming the parade in conjunction with the Massillon High School Communications Department and again the club was called upon to assist with this part of the parade also. Last minute omissions or changes to the parade line up are passed on to the production crew so that the announcers can follow along with the parade units. We had experience with this as well as amateurs routinely handle staging activities including TV production control relay duties at the Hall of Fame Festival Community Parade. The Holiday Parade has depended on this ever since.
Over the past several years the parade has been sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. During this time and before the club has always been there to make sure the parade is properly staged and starts on time down the parade route. We have become an integral part of the parade and I wonder if they could pull it off without us.
I’m glad to report another successful public service event with very few problems thanks to our communications and parade skills. 19 Volunteers took part in this years parade and our thanks for their help. For over 48 years and counting Santa has arrived in the city in no small part thanks to the MARC.
The following club members assisted with this years parade. Igor - K8INN; Steve - KD8ACF; Fred - KD8SMO; Don - W8DEA; Lori - KE8EHF; Dan - N8DZM; Ted - K8TWA; Robin - N8EBS; Vern - KE8VS; Terry - N8ATZ; Jim - WA8GXM; Anne - N8GAF; Perry - W8AU; Al - KE8EHE; Mike - KB8OTK; Tom - KC8QOD; Charlie - KB8STV; Russ - N8PII and Wade - WD8MIU.
(Oct 30, 2016) -- Stark ARES hosted an information table at the October 23rd Massillon Hamfest. The table was staffed by ARES Net Manager Mike Lackney - KB8MIB and Assistant Net Manager Mike Palmer - KD8ENV.
Our display included a PowerPoint presentation covering basic ARES & Skywarn operations, a display of several versions of Emergency Response or (Go-Boxes) and informational literature. New this year was literature provided by the Stark County EMA Office.
Many visitors stopped by with questions and comments covering our ARES & Skywarn programs here in Stark County. My thanks to both Mike's for staffing the booth during the hamfest !
Mike Lackney, KB8MIB at the ARES Display
(Oct 3, 2016) - - Each year during the first weekend in October, the ARRL sponsors the annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET). This national emergency exercise is aimed at testing the skills and preparedness of the ARES and other organizations that are called into action during actual emergency situations. The object of this exercise is to test training and skills in order to be ready for a real emergency.
Stark County ARES had our exercise on Saturday, October 1st. County EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ was notified early Saturday morning by our District EC Dennis Conklin, AI8P that the drill had commenced. This years exercise was to simulate the total breakdown of the MARCS statewide radio system as well as other critical communications infrastructure. Various public safety agencies were activated as well as the Ohio Military Reserve who were positioned in various cities to maintain order.
Assistant EC - EMA Operations David Beltz, WD8AYE was requested to activate our county response plan and report to the Stark County EMA office. Once there Dave established an emergency net on our 147.12 ARES Repeater. Dave also contacted EMA Director Tim Warstler that the command center had been activated. Twelve amateur radio operators checked-in during the drill.
Had further operations been necessary, we would have notified our other ARES members for possible field response to other offices including various police & fire departments, area hospitals and both Red Cross and Health Departments. Results of the drill were relayed to both the District and State ARES EC's. The drill was concluded at approx 10:30 AM.
(Oct 1, 2016) - - Several members of the Stark County ARES including EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ and Don Wade, W8DEA attended the fall Ohio ARES Conference held this year in Marion, Ohio on Saturday, September 24th at the Marion Technical College.
This years conference included a full recap of amateur participation with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the upcoming Ohio Simulated Emergency Test (SET), a review of the current HIPAA privacy laws and Don, W8DEA gave a FEMA presentation on Family Emergency Planning for disaster prepardness.
Over 40 ARES members took part in this meeting which included a display of several Comm Vehicles and Go-Box demonstrations.
National Preparedness Month
(Sept 5, 2016) - - September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies.
Amateur Radio operators participate in numerous drills and events throughout the year and are always prepared to respond to any local or regional emergency. The Stark Co ARES maintains a core of trained operators ready to assist our community when needed. We are also a support communications service for the county Emergency Management Agency as well as our county hospitals and local public safety departments.
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Alliance Rotary Castle Run
(Sept 14, 2016) - - The Alliance Amateur Radio Club provided support for the annual Alliance Rotary Castle Run on Labor Day. Affiliated Club Coordinator John Myers, KD8MQ report that six amateurs participated in this annual community event that totaled 13 volunteer service hours.
The following amateurs participated in this years event. John Myers - KD8MQ; Rex Simmons - NX8G; Frank Sanor - WA8WHP; Richard Humpolick - KD6MPN; Ben Davis - KD8KMQ and Shawn Gentile - KD8ZEZ.
Our thanks to the Alliance Radio Club for providing support and operators for this event !
9, 2016) ...
The Canton Repository Grand Parade starts long before the seats along
Among the thousands of parade volunteers, Amateur Radio operators help
to organize this vast ensemble of parade participants. These volunteers are
members of the Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Services and multiple other
area radio clubs. For over 39 years,
amateurs have provided communications services for this event that will total
over 200 volunteer hours of service on this day alone. The parade has grown
steadily in size over the years and now is the single largest public service
event handled by amateur radio operators here in
Again this year over 500,000 spectators watched the parade and behind the scenes lies a core of amateur volunteers many of which have over 20 years of experience assisting with the parade. This dedication is one reason that parade organizers have long realized the importance of effective communications that are necessary in organizing a parade of this magnitude. Also over the years, they have come to understand and appreciate the fact that it takes more than a radio to make an effective communicator. Parade General Chairman Pete Truemper realized the limited range of their commercial radio's and he was grateful to learn that our communications was solid throughout the parade route thanks to our wide area coverage ARES Repeater on 147.12 Mhz. The Canton ARC's club repeater on 146.79 Mhz was also ready to use as our backup if needed.
The last several years, parade officials have used loaned commercial radio's to maintain communications with their committee members.. While this has worked for routine short range communications, parade organizers have relied on the discipline and experience of amateur operators to handle urgent communications needs and especially medical traffic that occurs throughout the nearly two and a half mile parade route.
Continuing this year, in a reorganization of parade communications, our responsibilities covered four separate areas, each with it's own control point. These were Staging, Route Communications, Dispersal and Medical Support.
Staging is where it all begins. Event organizers and radio operators setup and
arrange the over 130
units that make up this years parade. Beginning at about 2:00 A.M., this job is
like taking a 5,000 piece puzzle and assembling all the pieces to create the
final picture in a little over five hours. This doesn't include the setting up
of the Television Broadcast area,
Route Communications then kicks in to help maintain the pace of the parade units. The pace of the parade is set by Canton Police Department motorcycle units. Each successive unit is to follow maintaining a certain spacing set by football helmets painted along the entire 2.5 mile parade route. Expected slowdowns occur during the parade in the TV area, where all units slow to perform for the crowd then speed back up to maintain proper spacing.
Parade spacing and movement is a top priority for event coordinators, a role headed up another committee member who was in charge of all parade marshals positioned throughout the parade route. Shadowed by a ham liaison Dave Beltz, WD8AYE, he monitors the condition of the entire route thanks to our network of radio operators. As spacing became an issue, Dave relayed instructions to all marshals to get everything back in sync. A task that would not be possible without the support of ham radio. This continued to be a daunting task and thanks to amateurs disciplined communications experience, we were effective in minimizing unit gaps throughout the parade.
In addition, amateurs watched for trouble spots, assisted with broken down floats, crowd control, seating assistance, media relations, and medical support, these being only a few of the responsibilities handled by amateur radio operators. Net Control, under the direction of Ron Hendershot, KA8FTP, helps to ensure orderly parade radio traffic and maintains overall communications with all parade operations. Ron also monitored weather radar, another benefit provided by radio operators. Twenty-seven radio operators were positioned along the entire parade route to handle this facet of parade operations.
Medical Support has continued to remain one of our most important parade
responsibilities as thousands of participants and spectators crowd the route
each year and brave a myriad of changeable weather to watch the grand parade. In
recent years, county medical squads have updated their communications equipment
to provide for better interoperability between the many emergency medical
service units called in to assist with the parade. Due to these advances,
amateurs' role in this area was decreased although operators along the route were
prepared to assist should emergencies arise. Again this year several
emergencies did occur and radio operators again were called upon to
As in previous years Emergency Coordinator Terry Russ - N8ATZ maintained communications
with the Parade Chairman in the
Parade Dispersal continues to be an increasingly complex segment of the Grand Parade in recent years. This years responsibility for as Dispersal Communications Coordinator was Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU.
An important part of the parade, dispersal has had to handle numerous
situations and problems including reuniting participants and parents and general
disassembly of the entire parade. For the eleventh year in a row, additional
volunteers were assigned to this area. With local amateurs running in
short supply, volunteers were obtained from the
The 2016 Enshrinement Grand Parade was another great success thanks to the many
volunteers including the amateur radio operators who assisted us again this
year. Parade General Chairman Pete Truemper and
Communications Coordinators Wade Huthmacher – WD8MIU and Terry Russ -
N8ATZ want to thank all the volunteers for their help and
assistance during this years parade. Their tireless efforts, although largely
unnoticed by the general public, have proven their worth time and time again
over the years.
Parade Officials were very appreciative of the ham operators assistance in the parade each year, "I really don't think we could pull this thing off every year without ham radio assistance." County EC Terry Russ agreed: For over thirty years, ham radio operators have been the backbone of the parade, providing the bond that keeps it all running smoothly for the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Committee."
Volunteers for this year’s parade include the following operators:
STAGING/COMMUNICATIONS Center: Terry Russ - N8ATZ and Dave Beltz - WD8AYE. General Net Control - Ron Hendershot - KA8FTP.
DEMARSHALLING COORDINATOR: Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU.
ROUTE COMMUNICATIONS: Steve Simon - KD8SPF, John Wagner - W8JJW, Tony Casebolt - KD8UXK, Bill Treacle - KD8TKX, Don Wade - W8DEA, Vern Sproat - KE8BYW, and Joe Herrick - WD8BGW.
North Route: Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Pat Quinlon - KA8DAL, Jeff Gortney - K8JAG, Ted Faix - KB8PRK, Jim Mulvanne - KD8MUD, Rick Fligor - KD8NYZ, Nikishin - K8INN, Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Al Perry - KE8EHE, Lori Perry - KE8EHF, Dennis Conklin - AI8P, Carl Cunnert - AB8CC, Keith Obermeier - KE8DTS and Dale Lamb - NX8J.
DISPERSAL Team Leader: Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU, Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Denise Gill, Leonard Johnson - N8XPI, and Frank Koby - N8SGS.
Congratulations to everyone on another great Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !
(Jul 30, 2016) - - With a slight chance of severe weather, members of the Stark Co ARES, Canton & Massillon ARC's once again assisted in the opening events of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival by providing communications support for the Community Parade held this year on Sunday, July 24th.
Again this year amateurs provided both logistical support communications for
parade staging as well as medical support covering the
Digital packet communications were utilized to synchronize the over 100 parade units making up this years parade. A voice relay is normally used to relay the exact line up to Tom Gill, KC8QOD and Charlie Scherger, KB8STV who then send this down to Jason, KC8LIN inside the Television Production truck. This system allowed parade officials to make any last minute lineup changes and accurately convey this to the TV producer.
Packet is used for this function and has proven to be the perfect choice as it allows van personnel to continuously monitor the status of all units in the parade. This marks the 17th year this has been used and is an important aspect of our parade assistance. The best laid plans they say often go south which again happened this year and severe weather forced cancellation of the parade for the first time since the inception of this event.
As the morning continued severe weather was forecast to arrive in Stark County by early afternoon which caused concern with the parade officials. Once again, amateur radio came through as we established our Severe Weather net on the 147.12 Repeater with Dave Beltz, WD8AYE keeping a close eye on the weather radar for us as the storm front moved into our area. Cleveland NWS established a Severe Thunderstorm Warning just before 2 PM and all eyes maintained constant communications with both the NWS and parade officials to determine if the start of the parade would have to be delayed. Unfortunately the worst of the weather arrived at what should have been the start of the parade. Chris Gumpp, Assistant Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce was thankful we were able to provide timely and accurate weather information. When severe lightning was seen over the parade route, and for the safety for both the participants and spectators the parade was cancelled and nearly 1,500 parade participants mostly children were gathered and taken to shelter in the Canton Civic Center per their severe weather planning. Heavy rain followed shortly there after forcing all to seek cover. Even though we did not complete our normal parade responsibilities, our Severe Weather experience proved invaluable to the Canton Chamber of Commerce and our community.
Our other parade responsibility and perhaps our most important, would have been our role in medical support. Amateurs were stationed with Canton EMS units and provided a common communications link to the medical command center in demarshaling area.
Community Parade General Chairman Roger Manse expressed his heartfelt thanks to all the radio operators for their assistance. "Your operators are a vital part of this parade", said Roger, "your continued support year after year makes all the difference".
A special thank you to the following volunteers who assisted with this years event. The TV Production and logistical support crew included packet operator Tom Gill – KC8QOD, Charlie Scherger - KB8STV and Jason Stroll - KC8LIN in the TV Production Van. Net Control was handled by Terry Russ - N8ATZ. Medical Unit support included Mike Palmer – KD8ENV in staging with Tony Casebolt - KD8UXK and Tim France - WB8HHP in demarshaling. Igor Nikishin - K8INN, new volunteers Vern Sproat - KE8BYW, Al Perry - KE8EHE, Lori Perry - KE8EHF provided reports along the Market Avenue Route. Dave Beltz, WD8AYE provided weather updates to parade officials.
A terrific job from a great crew, thanks again for your support of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !
(Jul 30, 2016) - - Stark County ARES was active on standby status during the Cleveland Republican National Convention. EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ was a backup operator for the Summit Co Red Cross Operations Center during the event which was staffed around the clock during the convention. Summit Co EMA was the primary agency during the event. Stark County EMA was also prepared to provide support in case it was needed. Summit Co EC Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD expressed his appreciation for our offer of support for the event. Below are some pictures taken on the Summit Co Command Post.
The main Command Post with volunteers
Hourly communications were maintained between the Summit Co Command Post and Cuyahoga County Main Operations Center
One of the operating stations at the command center
(Jul 9, 2016) - - The results of the 2015 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test were announced in the July issue of QST Magazine and the Ohio Section scored third in ARES activity in the US with 4,317 points. Ohio has always had strong participation in this annual event.
Stark County also participated in last years SET holding an emergency drill with other northeast Ohio sections on the 147.12 Mhz ARES Repeater placing us 17th in the state in scoring. The schedule for 2016 has not yet been posted but we hope to participate in this annual emergency exercise again this year.
(Apr 7, 2016) - - Stark County Skywarn and the County EMA office hosted our annual Severe Storm Spotter Training this year at Jackson High School on Wednesday, April 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Conducting the training was Michelle Sowers, Emergency Management Specialist and Meteorologist from the Ohio EMA Office. Over 130 people attended this years training consisting of Amateur Radio Operators, area public safety forces, hospital, school employees and the general public.
This training included a new powerpoint presentation that included content from last years severe weather here in northeast Ohio.
County EMA Director Tim Warstler and ARES EC Terry Russ would like to thank Michelle Sowers for the great training presentation, Keith Obermeier, IT Director representing Jackson High School for arranging for the use of the great facility. The training was very well received by those in attendance.
I would also like to thank my Assistant EC's for their help with registration for this years community service. They were David Beltz - WD8AYE, Mike Palmer - KD8ENV, Michele Gill - KC8ZEJ and Mike Lackney - KB8MIB.
Registration was busy right up to the start of the training
The training room was packed with new Spotters
(Feb 6, 2016) - - The Stark County EMA was briefly activated last Monday evening when a train derailment occurred at the Brewster Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway station. Four railroad tanker cars derailed and one carrying butane caught fire at about 5:30 PM. By about 6:15 PM the Stark County EMA was activated uncertain as to the extent of the emergency.
ARES was requested to activate the communications center to monitor the county emergency station and establish and an emergency net in case additional support was needed at area hospitals and the Red Cross Center.
About 100 local residents in close proximity to the scene were evacuated and assisted by the Red Cross.
County Emergency Coordinator Terry Russ, N8ATZ was contacted and also responded to the EOC with Assistant EC David Beltz, WD8AYE who staffed the Comm Center for several hours assisting with communications. Once the on scene fire and Haz-Mat crews had the situation under control at about 8:00 PM, the EMA was deactivated and our Emergency Net was closed. EMA Director Tim Warstler appreciated the quick response from the Stark County ARES who monitored communications during the emergency.
A Tanker Car Fire
(Jan 28, 2016) - - Flint, Michigan, is not the only community with water problems due to high lead content. During the week of January 18, some 8100 water customers in Sebring, Ohio, were notified that they, too, had problems with high lead content in their drinking water. On January 22, both Ohio and Mahoning County emergency management agencies began passing out bottled water in Sebring. Mahoning County ARES Emergency Coordinator Wes Boyd, W8IZC, activated ARES to assist.
“Response on the workday was low, but a handful of ARES volunteers were able to respond,” said Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL.
Boyd said, “EMA and Red Cross were overjoyed that radio operators came to work not needing a radio.”
ARES volunteers joined others in moving and distributing pallets of bottled water, and another call went for weekend duty. ARES members from neighboring counties volunteered. All told, the volunteers moved more than 166 pallets of water in 6 days.
“This is a perfect example of being ready to
serve in whatever capacity we can, in order to help
our communities. Sometimes it doesn’t involve only
operating a radio,” Broadway said.
(Jan 17, 2016) - -Gary Garnet has served the National Weather Service for over twenty six years. Since starting his career in 1989, Gary has held many positions including: Intern in Charleston South Carolina, General Forecaster in Charleston, West Virginia, Science Operations Officer in Grand Rapids Michigan and most recently sixteen years as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Cleveland, Ohio. Gary has served periods as the Acting Meteorologist in Charge at NWS Cleveland and briefly at NWS Pittsburgh.
Gary has earned several awards throughout his career including the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for actions during Hurricane Hugo and the NOAA Administrators Award for work with the Great Lakes Marine Program. Gary has provided support to multiple other NWS offices during significant events such as Deep Water Horizon, Super Storm Sandy and the Super Tornado Outbreak of April 2011.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Computer Science from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Mr. Garnet assumed his new position on January 10, 2016.
(Jan 18, 2016) - - Ohio State ARES was actively involved during 2015. The year end report recently issued by Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL reported some impressive totals for the year.
Ohio ARES averaged 1,700 active members across the Ohio Section. Those members contributed over 55,500 hours in training, exercises, participation in various net operations and performing public service. Of these hours, over 2,000 was directly involved in providing emergency communications.
ARES is indeed a viable emergency resource in Ohio and we continue to need volunteers to participate in the many scheduled events and emergency activations that happen here in Ohio. Please volunteer your time when we call !
(Jun 19, 2015) - - Situation update to the severe weather pattern that came through Stark County last Thursday.
Our initial evaluation of the area shows most of the damage occurred in the Uniontown and Hartville areas. According to the NWS the winds in our area reached 80 mph. The wind damage path is several miles wide with a smaller intense path approximately 300 ft wide. This path was located in the area of the Uniontown Fire Department to the intersection of Smith-Kramer, Middle Branch and Market Avenue following a path to State Route 44 in Marlboro Township.
The NWS will be out later today to evaluate the pattern of damage to the area. There is a possibility that this smaller intense path of damage is consistent with tornado activity. The NWS suggests at this time without further evaluation that it is possible to have had a small tornado embedded within the larger storm.
All the resource needs in the damaged areas were met locally with the Red Cross providing canteen services to local responders until 3:30 am. One person was provided shelter by the Red Cross due to specific medical needs.
The NWS has determined that Stark County had an EF-1 tornado estimated to be 100 yards wide at 105 mph. The tornado touched down in Uniontown and traveled East-SE along an intermittent path for approximately 9 miles. Most of the damage was to trees being uprooted or snapped half way up. A newly constructed dairy barn in Marlboro Township in the area of Rt 44 and Peters Church road had significant roof damage. Minor roof and siding damage to homes was observed along the path.
Throughout the event Stark County Skywarn was activated and maintained close communication with the Stark County EMA office in case our assistance was requested.
(Jan 19, 2015) - - Stark County ARES was activated the evening of January 13th when a telephone outage caused by an equipment failure in a Summit County AT&T switching station caused multiple equipment failures throughout the area. Here in Stark County local emergency service phone line failure resulted in an emergency declaration and the Stark County EMA office was activated.
EMA Director Tim Warstler requested ARES activation to provide communications and logistics support to his office. ARES member David Beltz was first to respond to the office at 9:00 PM only to find that our equipment had been temporarily removed as building renovation was in process. Dave contacted EC Terry Russ to respond as well. Our portable equipment kit was brought to the EOC to establish communications. Antennas had also been removed and thanks to support from local radio station WHBC and their remote truck, station engineer Dale Lamm, NX8J, we were able to setup a temporary antenna. This completed we established a net on our ARES Repeater.
During net operations, we made contact with the multiple EMA offices affected by the phone outage. We were also in contact with the Ohio EMA office in Columbus. During the next four hours we helped maintain communications links with multiple offices and public safety forces as well as staff the MARCS Statewide Radio System. The Massillon ARC offered the use of their Communications Trailer in case support equipment was needed.
Stark County Sheriff George Maier and EMA Director Tim Warstler were thankful for area amateurs quick response to this short communications emergency. Full phone service was restored and by approximately 1:30 AM we closed down the emergency net and operations from the EOC.
County EC Terry, N8ATZ operates using our Go-Box from the
(UPDATED Feb 16, 2016) (Dec 27, 2014) - - While I was very satisfied with my latest Equipment or Go-Box based on the Gator 8U Rack Mount Case, it did have several limitations. On my latest design, I tried to correct these limitations and come up with a more useful Field Box. The full report including several pictures is posted on the Projects Page. Have a look at it and let me know what you think. Finally I have been able to collect a lot of Go Box pictures from my travels to several ARES Conferences over the last several years. These pictures are now posted on the photo page. Have a look if you are looking to build your version of a equipment Go-Box.
ARRL ARES E-Letter Posted
(Nov 16, 2016) -- The November 16, 2016 edition of The ARES E-Letter is currently posted and includes the following highlights; Learn to Use Your Repeater's Autopatch Notes from California Wildfire Responses; Lessons Learned Popular TV Show HamRadioNow Adds "EmComm Extra" Profiles in ARES : Meet Bob Turner, W6RHK, ARRL Orange Section Emergency Coordinator ARES Members: Become a PIO
(Nov 29, 2016) - - Tennessee Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) remains on standby if needed to assist in the response to more than a dozen wildfires blazing in East Tennessee. Radio amateurs in individual communities have been volunteering to support the fire response, however. The fires are threatening the resort communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Force, and thousands already have evacuated. Spurred on by high winds and tinder-dry conditions, a wildfire that started on the Chimney Top Mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park swept into communities outside the park on Monday. Heavy wind gusts, some exceeding 70 MPH, also carried blazing embers aloft, and these started new fires at some distance to the initial fire. Power lines also were downed, sometimes causing additional fires to erupt.
Tennessee Section Manager Keith Miller, N9DGK, and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Bill Farnham, KI4FZT, told ARRL that Tennessee ARES is on standby, and all Amateur Radio response is being handled locally in Sevier, Jefferson, and Knox counties, with no need for outside assistance at this point. Read More...
(Nov 30, 2016) - - Amateur Radio volunteers are providing communication support to American Red Cross shelters in Sevier County, Tennessee. Wind-driven flames and embers from the Chimney Top Fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, now closed, spread on Monday to threaten the communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in East Tennessee. Authorities have closed Highway 441 into Gatlinburg, although it remains open only to emergency traffic and outbound evacuation traffic. Media reports indicate that fire caused considerable destruction in Gatlinburg, a resort community that attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. At peak, an estimated 1,300 evacuees occupied six Red Cross or independently operated shelters, state authorities said, although that number now is reported to have declined somewhat.
“At this point, no additional Amateur Radio support has been requested,” ARRL Tennessee Section Manager Keith Miller, N9DGK, said on Tuesday evening. “Members of nearby ARES® groups should remain aware of the potential for this situation to change rapidly.”
Miller said all requests for additional communication support will come from the State of Tennessee and local served agencies — or through the ARES chain of command.
“Do not self-deploy,” Miller stressed. “If you show up uninvited, you will be sent home.”
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) said Tuesday evening that “many fires” are still burning in Sevier County, and the situation there remains dangerous. City of Gatlinburg officials instituted a 6 PM to 6 AM curfew, and the city remains under a mandatory evacuation order. TEMA has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville.
In Pigeon Forge — home to the Dollywood theme park — officials estimate that 500 residents and visitors were evacuated on Monday, and some 125 people remain in shelters there.
“State agencies and local officials likely evacuated thousands residents and visitors from Sevier County last night [Tuesday], due to devastating wildfires in and around the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge,” TEMA said in its last November 29 update. “It is very likely that 14,000+ residents and visitors evacuated from Gatlinburg alone.”
Sevier County officials say three people have died and 14 were injured as a result of the fire emergency. Gatlinburg's fire chief said he believes the death toll will climb. Some 10,700 residents were without power as of Tuesday evening.
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The Stark County ARES is a proud supporter of the Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival providing communications support for over 25 years !
Stark County EMA is now on Facebook. They will use the new social media site to provide ongoing public information about disaster related issues in the county.
Please Like and share with your friends !
Look for them by going to "starkcountyema" on facebook.
Looking for a ready made "Go-Kit" ?
Checkout Quicksilver Radio for several ready to go VHF Go-Kits. Click on the pix below to see the current specials.
Have a look at our Projects Page for a review of their latest product.
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