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The new Introduction to Emergency Communications course includes updated content from the previous Basic Emergency Communications Level 1 course, as well as some content previously included in the former Level 2 course. The EmComm training program has been restructured to offer two courses: This enhanced basic course for EmComm volunteers who want to serve as part of an ARES® response team and the management course -- Public Service and Emergency Communication Management for Radio Amateurs (EC-016, also available on the ARRL website) -- for those who are serving in ARES® leadership and management roles.

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20th Anniversary of 911
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

(Sep 11, 2021)  On Friday, September 10th the Stark Co ARES took part in Memorial Services commerating the 20th Anniversary of the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the thousands who died that day. The ceremony took place at the Stark Co Emergency Management Agency in Canton and was covered on Cantons WHBC Radio Station..

Numerous local speakers attended including local law enforcement first responders and others. Amateur Radio ARES volunteers also attended including EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ and Assistant EC David Beltz, WD8AYE who relived that day by discussing their response to the attack.

ARRL Board of Directors Creates Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee

Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

  (Jul 26, 2021) - -  At its just-concluded July 2021 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors approved By-Law changes creating a third Standing Committee that joins the existing Administration and Finance Committee and Programs and Services Committee.

The charter of the new Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee (EC-FSC) is to develop and recommend new or modified Board policy and programs for emergency communications through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Traffic System™ (NTS™) entities.

The committee also will offer enhanced support for its Field Organization leadership volunteers, including Section Managers, and an increased focus on ARRL-Affiliated Clubs.

The EC-FSC will further provide guidance to the CEO in translating Board policy into prioritized tasking, funding, and staffing of programs, services, and training in support of amateur radio emergency communications, field organization volunteers, and recruitment and retention of new and existing members through assistance to Affiliated and Special Service Clubs.

The EC-FSC will have additional responsibility for monitoring and assessing trends in emergency communications technology and participant skills worldwide, and for identifying “best practices” for voluntary emergency communications provided by ARES and NTS, coordinating and cooperating with other amateur radio national societies as appropriate. — Thanks to The ARES Letter.

ARES SET Results for 2020
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

(July 1, 2021)  - - The 2020 Simulated Emergency Test results have been finished and were published in the July Issue of QST. This year Ohio scored very well in the exercise with a total of  2,047 points. Our Section Nets scored 2,023 points. Here in Stark County we scored 61 points during the SET.

I thank those stations for their participation during the SET and look forward to next years SET activity !

Community Parade Wrap-Up
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

      (July 26, 2021)  - -  With a picture perfect day for an opening day parade, 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 25th.

Again this year amateurs provided both logistical support communications for parade staging as well as medical support covering the EMS units assigned to the parade route and TV Production assistance.

Voice relay communications were utilized to synchronize the nearly 70 parade units making up this years parade. A voice relay is normally used to relay the exact line up and was provided by Dave Beltz, WD8AYE to Tom Gill, KC8QOD in the Comm Trailer. This system allowed parade officials to make any last minute lineup changes and accurately convey this to the TV producer.

This year the weather cooperated and the parade was completed with only a few minor unit breakdowns and only one minor injury to any of the participants.

Our other parade responsibility and perhaps our most important, is medical support. Amateurs were stationed along the route to provided a common communications link to the medical command center in demarshaling area.

Additional communications volunteers were Mike Palmer, KD8ENV, Igor Nikishin - K8INN and Verne Sproat - KE8VS. Net Control for the parade was EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ. 

A terrific job from a great crew, thanks again for your support of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !

ARRL, American Red Cross Renew Memorandum of Understanding

(May 8, 2021) - -  ARRL and the American Red Cross (ARC) have renewed their long-standing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for another 5 years. The MOU spells out how ARRL and the American Red Cross will work cooperatively during a disaster response.

"We are pleased to extend our partnership with the American Red Cross," ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said. "This agreement details how ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) volunteers will interface with Red Cross personnel within the scope of their respective roles and duties whenever the Red Cross asks ARES volunteers to assist in a disaster or emergency response."

The MOU calls on both parties to maintain open lines of communication and to share information, situation, and operation reports, as allowed to maintain confidentiality. They will also share "changes in policy or personnel relating to this MOU and any additional information pertinent to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery." ARRL and the American Red Cross also will encourage their respective units to discuss local disaster response and relief plans. They may further cooperate in joint training exercises and instruction. The Red Cross will encourage regions or chapters to participate in ARRL Field Day, the Simulated Emergency Test (SET), and other emergency exercises.

"This agreement keeps in place the strong and mutually beneficial bond between ARRL and the ARC," said ARRL Director of Emergency Management Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW. "The Red Cross is a primary served agency for ARES teams, and it's important that we be able to work together toward common goals when responding to an emergency."

The agreement points out that any ARRL volunteers who are interested in also becoming Red Cross volunteers should understand that a background check is a requirement. Although ARES has no background check requirement, radio amateurs who register as Red Cross volunteers must abide by the Red Cross's background check requirement.

ARRL and the Red Cross may also cooperate in the sharing of equipment.

A Statement of Cooperation between the two organizations at the local level may be developed separately from the MOU to spell out the role of each in providing services to communities during or after a disaster event.

The new MOU was signed by Trevor Riggen, Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services, American Red Cross, and by ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR.

Stark Co ARES Net Control Operators
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

(Aug 24 2021) - -  Thanks to efforts by our Net Manager Michele, KC8ZEJ we now have a current list of Net Control Operators for our Stark Co ARES Weekly Net moving into the 2021 calendar year.

9/7 -  Ron,  9/14 -  Terry  9/21 -  Evan  9/28 - Mike

10/5 - Michele  10/12 - Ron   10/19 - Terry  10/26  Evan

11/2 - Mike  11/9 - Michele 11/16  - Ron  11/23 - Terry  11/30 - Evan

12/7 - Mike  12/14 - Michele  12/21 - Ron  12/28 - Terry

Stark Co ARES Participates in Red Cross Fall Drill
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

Red Cross Fall Emergency Communication Drill Set for November 14 (Nov 14, 2020) - -  The fall 2020 nationwide Red Cross Emergency Communication Drill will take place on Saturday, November 14, in conjunction with ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups. The focus of the exercise is sending messages from local sites to a group of divisional clearing houses to simulate and demonstrate amateur radio’s capability to relay information in emergencies and disasters. The drill will get under way at 0900 and continue until 1800 local time in each time zone. The scenario is a major weather event that has caused outages and created hazardous conditions across the country.

The drill will use Winlink as the primary method of delivering pre-formatted messages. The goal is to encourage more operators to become familiar with Winlink and its message templates — primarily ARC-213. This format permits sending standardized messages. The drill aims to bring as many radio operators as possible up to a “basic” level of Winlink proficiency.

A series of Winlink Workshops is held each Thursday at 0100 UTC on Zoom. Join the SEC-ARES group for announcements and discussions. Include name and call sign when registering.

Winlink Proficiency Goals have been drafted, a Winlink technical support team has been formed, and Metrics for Drill Success have been developed. The proficiency goals are established as a training guideline and references online training resources. Many hams new to Winlink may find these resources helpful.

Several hundred radio amateurs already have signed up for the event. This nationwide event is open to all radio amateurs.  

The Stark County ARES will also participate in this years Red Cross Fall Drill on Saturday November 14th.

Happy 150th Anniversary NWS !
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator


         On February 2, 1870, the United States Congress passed a resolution requiring the Secretary of War “to provide for taking meteorological observations at the military stations in the interior of the continent and at other points in the States and Territories...and for giving notice on the northern (Great) lakes and on the seacoast by magnetic telegraph and marine signals, of the approach and force of storms.” The Resolution was signed into law on February 9, 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant, and the precursor to the Weather Bureau and National Weather Service was born.

The new agency, called the Division of Telegrams and Reports for the Benefit of Commerce, was formed under the U.S. Army Signal Service. The new weather agency was placed under the War Department because “military discipline would probably secure the greatest promptness, regularity, and accuracy in the required observations.” Because of the long name, the agency frequently referred to it as the national weather service or general weather service of the United States.

Signal Service

The new weather agency operated under the Signal Service from 1870 to 1891. During that time, the main office was located in Washington, D.C., with field offices concentrated mainly east of the Rockies. Most forecasts originated in the main office in Washington with observations provided by field offices.

During the Signal Service years, little meteorological science was used to make weather forecasts. Instead, weather which occurred at one location was assumed to move into the next area downstream. The weather forecasts were simple and general in content -- usually containing basic weather parameters such as cloud and precipitation. 

The Division of Telegrams and Reports for the Benefit of Commerce remained under the Signal Service until 1891. On October 1, 1890, Congress voted to transfer it to the Department of Agriculture and renamed the Weather Bureau. The actual transfer occurred July 1, 1891, and at that time, organized civilian weather services within the Federal Government began in the United States.

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Winlink Development Team Recognized For Service
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

Steve Waterman, K4CJX (left), and Phil Sherrod, W4PHS. [Photo courtesy of Steve Waterman, K4CJX] (Jan 27, 2020) - -  In a recent ceremony, two Winlink development team members were awarded the Military Department of Tennessee Adjutant General’s Distinguished Patriot Medal.

Steve Waterman, K4CJX, was awarded “for his distinguished patriotic service as the Winlink Network Administrator,” citing his “vision, hard work, and dedication to emergency communication [that] contributed significantly to the disaster readiness and communications interoperability of the emergency responders across the United States and the world.”

Phil Sherrod, W4PHS, was awarded the medal “for his distinguished patriotic service as the lead developer for Winlink,” with “technical skill, hard work, and dedication to emergency communication [that] contributed significantly to the disaster readiness and communications interoperability of the emergency responders across the United States and the world.” 

ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communications Course EC-001-S is Now Available On-Demand
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

    (Nov 21, 2019)  ARRL’s EC-001-S online “Introduction to Emergency Communication” course is now available to students in an on-demand format, allowing students to register for the course and begin work at any time. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer.

In response to the great course demand and to expand access to EC-001, ARRL developed a self-guided version of the course, EC-001-S, which launched in June. This version of the course is designed for those who prefer to work independently and who do not need guidance from an online mentor. EC-001-S was previously offered only during specific sessions along with the traditional mentored version. The course opened for general enrollment on November 6.

Visit the ARRL Online Course Registration page for more information and to register.

Massillon Holiday Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

(Nov 5, 2019) - - (Dec 16, 2019) - - On Saturday Afternoon, November 23rd the club completed our last public service event for the year by assisting with the annual Massillon Holiday Parade, an event we have participated in for the last 44 years making it one of the longest public service events handled by the club.

Our volunteers assisted with parade staging, cable TV interface, logistical support, parade safety and general communications for the 70 plus units that generally make up this annual Massillon Holiday tradition.

Terry Roan, Massillon Holiday Parade Parade Chairman provided a special thank you to the club in a letter to the editor noting “Massillon’s Amateur Radio Club, with Perry Ballinger (W8AU) as it’s leader provided 22 parade marshals who organized the line-up. To have a successful Holiday Parade we needed the complete support of the citizens of Massillon and surrounding areas—which we definitely had !

Thank you to everyone who made our Holiday Parade 2019 a huge success .”

Also a special Thank You to all of our club members who helped our with this years parade, we couldn’t have done it without you !

Stark ARES Display
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

  (Nov 7, 2019) -- Stark ARES hosted an information table at the November 3rd 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

Stark County Safety Expo
Courtesy of the Stark Co ARES

(Oct 6, 2019) - - The MARC  participated  in the 2019 Stark County Association of Realtors Safety and Preparedness Expo on Saturday, September 28th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

The MARC  EComm Trailer was on display as we provide information to the public on how we provide community service in the event of a local or wide based emergency that could impact our community.

The following MARC members assisted with this event to provide information to the public. Terry, N8ATZ,  Jim - WA8GXM,  Vern - KE8VS, Bud - WA8KWD, and Don - W8DEA.  Dave Beltz - WD8AYE representing the Stark County EMA Office also participated in this event.

National Preparedness Month Program
Courtesy of the Stark Co ARES

    (Sept 11, 2019) - -  Continuing with our participation in National Preparedness Month, Stark County ARES participated in a two hour radio program hosted by the County EMA office and broadcast over local AM station WHBC that focused on plans our local our local government and public service organizations have put into place to serve citizens during a disaster, and on things the local populace can do in the event of a major emergency. The program was live streamed over the station facebook page,

Guests included both Canton Hospitals, EMA Staff, police and fire officials and city health departments. Our county ARES was represented by EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ, and Assistant EC David Beltz, WD8AYE our liaison to the EMA office. We briefly discussed how we interact with local civil authorities and how we provide support communications during emergencies and our local Skywarn program.

The program is available for replay on the Stark County EMA facebook page in the video's section.    Click Here for the replay....

Alliance Carnation Festival Report
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator courtesy of the Alliance Amateur Radio Club

  (Sept 3, 2019) - - The Alliance Amateur Radio Club (W8LKY) provided Emergency Communications for the Greater Alliance (Ohio) Carnation Festival Grand Parade on August 10, 2019.

The Ten-Day annual festival concludes with the Grand Parade. The Parade stepped off at 11AM at Fernwood Blvd and West State Street and concluded 2.1 miles later at the intersection of Broadway Street and South Union Ave. This was the Sixtieth (60TH) anniversary of the Carnation Festival Celebration in Alliance. The Festival honor’s The Official State Flower of Ohio, the Scarlet Carnation.

Thirteen (13) Ham Operators were stationed along the entire 2.1 mile parade route. Twelve (12) operators were W8LKY members and One (1) operator from PCARS. The Alliance Club was represented by the following and includes hours of service on the project: Frank Sanor (WA8WHP)Four (4) hours, Tomas St.George (KC8ZEH) Four (4) hours, Lorin Kleinhans (KD8WVE) Four (4) hours, Paul Richardson (K2ASA) Four (4) hours, Howard Miller, Jr. (K8DXR) Four (4) hours, Ron Rittenhouse (KE8HCY) Twelve (12) hours (Project Chairperson), Shawn Gentile (KD8ZEZ) Four (4) hours, Dwight Turner (KD8YFV) Four (4) hours, David Kleinhans (KE8IYN) Four (4) hours, David Moreno, Jr. (KE8JLP) Five (5) hours, club secretary assisted project chairperson, Doug Matthews (KD8DNQ) Four (4) hours, Mike Urban (KE8CKL) Four (4) hours . The PCARS operator was Karen Andrews (N8HUC) Four (4) hours. The total service hours for this project was Sixty-One (61) hours of community service, Frank (WA8WHP was net control.

The weather was ideal, in the upper 70’s and no chance of rain. This year, we created a Parade Flow report; we charted the flow of the parade. Each operator along the parade route reported the arrival of the first and last parade units to Net Control. The Parade Flow report was shared with the Festival’s Grand Parade Chairpersons after the conclusion of the event.

No Emergencies occurred and the ebb and flow of the parade was reasonable with a few gaps, but not as many as in the past. W8LKY did have communications via our frequencies with the Alliance Police department. The Alliance Police Auxiliary handled traffic control, W8LKY served as communicators only; we were not involved with parade units.

A pre parade meeting was conducted at 9AM on the day of the event, and prior to each operator assuming their assigned location on the parade route. A packet was distributed at the pre parade meeting, the packet included the latest Parade line up, a parade map, a list of all the operators on the project (locations, tactical call sign to be used) and project’s SOP’s (standard Operating Procedures and overview of the project). One third (33%) of the club participated in the project and we had no problem filling the assignments for this project. The project is part of W8LKY’s Community Service agenda for 2019. W8lky will be providing Emergency Communications for the Alliance Rotary Clubs Annual Labor Day Castle Run event on September 2nd, 2019. Alliance Amateur Radio Club (W8LKY) is an ARRL Special Services Club. “Pride in the Carnation City” and 73’ from Alliance Amateur Radio Club W8lky.

Efforts Continue to Enhance ARES Program, add Resources
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

  (Sep 22. 2019) - -  The ARRL Board of Directors, committees, and Headquarters administrative staff are continuing efforts to enhance the venerable Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) program. A major ARES Plan has been adopted, providing new direction going forward. In addition, a standardized training plan has been adopted and a new ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book approved and published.

At its July meeting, the ARRL Board considered the report of its Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG). A “change log” was proposed for the Task Book that will highlight changes made as the document is periodically revised and updated. ARES position guidelines were posted to the online ARES Workbook and a major revision and update of ARRL’s Introduction to Emergency Communications course — now designated as IS-001 — has been completed.

The course is now available at no cost to any ARES registrant, and a “tutor-less” format has been added as a parallel path for completing the course. Additional tutors were recruited to assist in handling the initial surge of interest. A “challenge” path directly to the final exam is also being implemented. An update and introduction of IS-016 — Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs — will follow in the next few months.

Veteran Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, has been brought on board to assist in implementing ARES Connect and to field questions about the new software package from users. ARES Connect is a volunteer management system covering event signup, reporting, and roster management, to simplify managing volunteers and events.

Some modest revisions to procedures have been made to the Ham Aid program.

Most recently, the PSEWG has begun an extensive examination of the future role of the National Traffic System (NTS) in concert with ARES. It’s hoped that a brief survey of selected Section Managers, Section Traffic Managers, and Section Emergency Coordinators will provide a starting point for a more extensive analysis of the program.

At its July meeting, the ARRL Board authorized the EmComm Manager Selection Committee to specify the position requirements for a new Director of Emergency Management at Headquarters. This individual will lead the team responsible for supporting the ARES program and will work with ARRL staff to develop standards, protocols, and processes to support the Field Organization. — Thanks to The ARES E-Letter 

Canton Repository Grand Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

    (Aug 11, 2019) ...  The Canton Repository Grand Parade starts long before the seats along Cleveland Avenue are filled. Long before the first float begins its journey, when the sky has yet to change from starlight black to morning blue. High School Bands are still finding their positions and tuning up their instruments, parade balloon are slowly being filled with helium while their handling teams get last minute marching instructions and the dozens of classic cars that carry football legends and celebrities alike are lined up like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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 40 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 Stark County .

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 25 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 Drew Felberg 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. With the introduction of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Technology, we also increased both our communications range and ability to cover the entire parade route this year.

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, Parade Communications Center and the Balloon Inflations area, all included in our early morning duties. At exactly 8:00 A.M., the gun sounds and the parade starts down the route. Terry Russ, N8ATZ is stationed at the  television area to act as communications liaison to Parade Chairman Drew Felberg. As part of our new responsibilities, Dave Beltz, WD8AYE was assigned to the parade Communications Center to act as liaison with parade communications and public safety forces.

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 Mike Daughenbauch, KE8EHG,  he monitors the condition of the entire route thanks to our network of radio operators. As spacing became an issue, Mike 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 Justin Corner,  N8JKC, helps to ensure orderly parade radio traffic and maintains overall communications with all parade operations. Justin also monitored weather radar, another benefit provided by radio operators.  Nearly 30 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 minor incidents did occur and radio operators again were called upon to support the EMS in providing communications assistance with this ever present problem area. 

As in previous years Emergency Coordinator Terry Russ - N8ATZ maintained communications with the Parade Chairman in the Parade Communications Center. This provided a link to both Emergency Medical Service and Police personnel.  

Parade Dispersal continues to be an increasingly complex segment of the Grand Parade in recent years. This years responsibility as  Dispersal Communications Coordinator was Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU a role he has held for nearly 25 years. 

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 twelfth year in a row, additional volunteers were assigned to this area.  With local amateurs running in short supply, volunteers were obtained from the Akron area including members from the Summit County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and several other area radio clubs including both the Canton and Alliance ARC and the Portage County ARC. A special thanks for these additional volunteers, provided through our Mutual Aid pact with neighboring county ARES.   

The 2019 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 Drew Felberg 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, and Mike Daughenbauch, KE8EHG. General Net Control - Justin Corner - N8JKC.


ROUTE COMMUNICATIONS:  Steve Simon - KD8SPF,   John Wagner - W8JJW,  Vern Sproat - KE8VS.

North Route:  Perry Ballinger - W8AU,  Pat Quinlan - KA8DAL, Jeff Gortney - K8JAG,  Ted Faix - KB8PRK, Igor Nikishin - K8INN, Tom Gill - KC8QOD,  Roger Grey - W8VE, Perry - N8VXQ, Mike - N8COM, Don - N8IVJ, Dan - N8DZM, Rick Arborgast - KE8LNJ,  Tom  - KA8MNT, Dennis - AI8P, and Deb - KD8DEB.

DISPERSAL Team Leader:  Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU,   Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Denise Gill,  Keith - KE8DTS, Adam - KE8IEM and Jon - N8ZXB.   

Congratulations to everyone on another great Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !

Community Parade Wrap-Up
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

    (July 24, 2019)  - -  With a picture perfect day for an opening day parade, 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 21st.

Again this year amateurs provided both logistical support communications for parade staging as well as medical support covering the EMS units assigned to the parade route and TV Production assistance.

Voice relay communications were utilized to synchronize the nearly 90 parade units making up this years parade. A voice relay is normally used to relay the exact line up and was provided by Dave Beltz, WD8AYE to Tom Gill, KC8QOD in the Comm Trailer. This is then relayed to Evan Rankle, KD8IDH  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.

This year the weather cooperated and the parade was completed with only a few minor unit breakdowns and no injuries to any of the participants.

Our other parade responsibility and perhaps our most important, is medical support. Amateurs were stationed along the route to provided a common communications link to the medical command center in demarshaling area.

A special thank you to the following volunteers who assisted with this years event. The TV Production and logistical support crew included packet operators Tom Gill – KC8QOD and Dave Beltz - WD8AYE, and Evan Rankl - KD8IDH in the TV Production Van. Net Control was handled by Terry Russ - N8ATZ. Igor Nikishin - K8INN, was positioned along the Market Avenue Route.

A terrific job from a great crew, thanks again for your support of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival !

Ohio ARES Active in Wake of Tornadoes that Badly Damaged Hara Arena
Courtesy of the ARRL

[Captured from WHIO TV Drone Video]   (Apr 28, 2019) - -  Hara Arena, in Trotwood, Ohio, which served as the home for Dayton Hamvention® for more than six decades, was among the structures damaged when tornadoes swept through the Dayton area on Memorial Day. According to a report from WHIO TV, Hara Arena suffered extensive damage. Drone video showed that the roof and side of the structure had been blown off in several places. Hamvention relocated to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Center in 2017, after Hara Arena shut down the previous year.

The Hara Arena damage apparently resulted from what CBS News called “a large and dangerous tornado” that struck Trotwood. Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said ARES counties and districts activated last evening after nearly 40 tornado warnings were issued across the state.

“Our state EOC Auxcomm station has been on the air since early last evening,” Broadway told ARRL. “We are still active, and it look like ARES will be active for several days during the recovery. The situation is rapidly changing.” As of Tuesday morning, state and local emergency management agencies are handling damage issues. “Because of lack of power, the entire Montgomery County (Dayton area) water system faces depressurization,” Broadway said. “Dayton Children’s Hospital is on complete generator power.”

Ohio ARES remains active on HF (SSB and digital modes), as well as on DMR and VHF repeaters.

“This appears to be a long-term activation while different areas begin the recovery process,” Broadway said. “Counties and districts involved are urged to maintain liaison with the state through one of these nets.”

The severe weather caused widespread damage in and around Dayton and elsewhere in the Miami Valley. The National Weather Service (NWS) has said it will take several days to survey the damage. The tornadoes struck after dark, and damage assessment is still under way. Multiple injuries and one fatality have been reported.

It appears that at least two tornadoes were responsible for most of the devastation, which has been termed “catastrophic.” Some residents were trapped under debris. Residents of the City of Dayton are being advised to conserve water and to boil it before consuming. Electrical power is out in several areas, and water pumping stations are relying on emergency generators. The NWS office in Wilmington, Ohio, estimated that at one point, storms and tornadoes left some 5 million people without electrical power.

Snow plows were being repurposed to remove debris from Interstate Route 75, and the American Red Cross has set up shelters to accommodate displaced residents.

Severe Weather Again Strikes Stark County
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

  (Apr 15, 2019) - -  Stark County Skywarn activated for several hours Sunday afternoon and evening as a storm front passed through the county bringing with it a severe thunderstorm that included moderate to heavy winds and minor hail. During the storms peak Cleveland Weather first issued a Tornado Watch followed by a Warning as weather radar began showing echoes of possible tornadic rotation.

During the event our severe storm spotters were requested to verify wind and rain reports including any damage produced by the storm. Our severe weather team headed by Mike, KB8MIB monitored conditions and took reports for relay to the weather service. We also dispatched a storm spotter to Mercy Medical Center to assist their security staff in monitoring the storms track across the area.

By 7:30 PM conditions improved as the storm subsided and our severe weather net was closed. There were varied reports of some trees uprooted and a possible tornado sighting was reported to the National Weather Service. Multiple power outages were also reported also.

ARRL President Commends Amateur Radio's Volunteer Public Service Role during National Volunteer Week
Courtesy of the ARRL

   (Apr 6, 2019) - -  ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is using the occasion of National Volunteer Week, April 7 – 13, to highlight Amateur Radio’s role in helping the public as volunteers.

“It is the reason many new hams enter the hobby today — to support their communities and our served agencies during emergencies, disasters, and community events,” he said. “I want to thank the thousands of Amateur Radio operators who continue to provide this valuable service. It shows the great value Amateur Radio plays in providing an army of communicators in times of need. I’m proud to be associated with such a fine group of volunteers who commit their time and effort to help others.”

National Volunteer Week is sponsored by Points of Light, an ARRL partner through National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Points of Light called the week-long observance “an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities, and be a force that transforms the world.”

Ohio ARES Provides "Situational Awareness" During January Blizzard
Stan Broadway, N8BHL -  Section Emergency Coordinator

   (Mar 24, 2019) - - Ohio ARES members stared down “Snowmageddon” 2019, the mid-January blizzard that blanketed the lower Great Lakes region. Based on ominous forecasts and discussion with Assistant SECs across the state, Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, and the Ohio Watch Office, SEC Stan Broadway, N8BHL, asked ARES operators to provide observations and reports to assist decision makers at the Ohio Emergency Operations Center and county emergency management agency centers.

“We could do this safely from our homes, and integrate our reports (remotely) into the state’s WebEOC management system, which could be read by the Ohio Watch Office and any other emergency official around the state,” Broadway said. “We had never tried this, and it seemed like a great way to promote the Amateur Service’s ability to provide situational awareness on a wide scale.” Broadway said conditions generated by the storm “could have resulted in an emergency” and warranted a statewide ARES response.

A statewide net was convened on Saturday, January 9, as conditions deteriorated. Amateurs quickly began checking in and reporting their local conditions with specific details. The reports were compiled by Ohio’s AuxComm Team station W8SGT, which was operated from Broadway’s residence on 80 meters, and the VHF/UHF Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) network (the Ohio Talk group), simultaneously.

By nightfall, storm conditions had stabilized, and reporting slowed to the point that the statewide net could be closed. Many county-level nets were also in operation.

The Ohio “Snow Net” received 131 reports from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, split evenly between HF and DMR. The short-notice net was entered into the ARES Connect system and more than 50 amateurs signed up for the net event. Several other local snow nets entered for county events also. The statewide reports were logged and submitted every few hours to the state Homeland Security/Emergency Management Agency Watch Desk through WebEOC.

Broadway said emergency managers around the state were impressed that Amateur Radio could furnish reports with such detailed information. He said HF capability to reach across the state was a proven asset, with effective communication in all directions. The DMR system functioned much like Ohio’s public safety radio system, connecting nearly 80 repeaters across the state through the internet. This service had been untested and this event created the perfect proving ground, Broadway said. “We needed dependable statewide communication where all stations would benefit by hearing reports as they were filed,” he pointed out. “The Ohio Talk Group was used with great success, with no known problems with dropout or system faults. Communication proved reliable even with the severe weather threatening power loss and antenna corruption.”

Ohio ARES operators provided a broad range of information including snow depths, wind speeds, and “Level 3” declarations, closed airports and more. Under Level 3 in Ohio, non-essential motorists on roadways are subject to arrest.

Broadway conceded that more aggressive alerting of District and county Emergency Coordinators would have given them more time to prepare. More guidance for local nets might have contributed to more realistic expectations and efficient operation — the specific weather information sought and time frame of operation anticipated, he added.

“Winter storms are part of the Ohio landscape, and we don’t propose ramping up a net for every snowfall. But when the forecasts call for extreme conditions, ARES operators have now proven we can be a true asset for our served partner agencies. — Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL

Severe Weather Strikes Stark County
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

  (Mar 16, 2019) - -  On Thursday, March 14th a Skywarn Net was opened around 7:00 PM as severe weather entered western Stark County. Soon after the Cleveland National Weather Service issued multiple watches and warnings the storm developed over the area.

As heavy rain and high wind gusts started, the NWS issued a Tornado Warning for our area. The Stark County EMA was activated with staff reporting to the office. Also our ARES team was notified that our response might be needed. Our net was continued as some reports of downed trees and power lines began coming in.

By about 8:15 PM preliminary determined multiple tornados rated EF-0 had hit the Massillon, Perry Township and Louisville areas with wind speeds in excess of 80 mph. Heavy traffic on our weather net prevented us from taking timely damage reports. By 9:00 PM Thursday our weather net was closed and we began taking damage report.

On Friday morning a response team from the Cleveland NWS arrived and began to assess the damage throughout the area. Throughout the event, our ARES members remained activated in case support communications were needed.

You can also submit reports of severe weather using the NWS E-Spotter reporting system. Click Here for this link.

New DMR Weekly Net Announcement
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

     (Mar 6, 2019) - - A new DMR Net sponsored by the Massillon Amateur Radio Club is held every Monday night at 7:30 PM on the W8NP Repeater System.

If you are using the W8NP code plug set your radio for the Massillon Zone, Channel 1. To access the Canton System go to the Canton Zone, Channel 1. Both systems are tied together and have nearly countywide range and can be used using either a handheld or mobile.

Net Control is currently Jim Farriss, WA8GXM who accepts all check-ins. Some local news items are covered as well as comments.

New Plan Aligns ARES with the Needs of Served Agencies
Courtesy of the ARRL

 (Feb 19, 2019) - -  The new ARES Plan adopted by the ARRL Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in January represents an effort to provide ARES with a clearly defined mission, goals, and objectives; specific training requirements, and a system for consistent reporting and record-keeping. The Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) spent more than 3 years crafting the ARES Plan which, ARRL officials believe, provides a much-needed update of the program’s role in public service and emergency preparedness in the 21st century. Concerns focused on bringing ARES into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), and creating more consistent and standardized ARES training requirements. Given dramatic changes and upgrades in national, regional, and local emergency and disaster response organizations, ARRL faced a major challenge, said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chaired the PSEWG.

“If we didn’t address these issues, such as training standards and organizational management, ARES faced the very real possibility that it would no longer be viewed as a valid and valuable partner in emergency and disaster relief situations,” Williams said.

With input from ARES members and a peer review team, and the assistance of emergency response officials with some partner organizations, the PSEWG came up with a plan that provides guidelines to ensure that ARES remains a service of organized, trained, qualified, and credentialed Amateur Radio volunteers who can provide public service partners with radio communication expertise, capability, and capacity, Williams added.

A drafted ARES Plan was circulated among ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (ECs) to gather feedback. During the comment period from August through October 2018, the PSEWG heard from 55 ARRL Sections, representing 40 states — more than 125 pages of feedback in all. The PSEWG expressed appreciation to all who submitted comments and ideas.

The PSEWG reviewed every comment and suggestion, identifying about a dozen key items commonly cited by those in the Field Organization to improve the plan.

Based on input from ARES participants, the training requirements in the final ARES Plan consist of the free FEMA Professional Development Series. The series comprises these independent study (IS) courses: 120.c, 230.d, 235.c, 240.d, 241.b, 242.b, and 244.b (as they may be amended), as well as the ARRL’s EC-001 and EC-016 emergency communication courses. As part of adopting the ARES Plan, the ARRL Board approved a proposal to make the ARRL EC courses free for ARES members.

The plan highlights some additional training programs that ARES participants are encouraged to consider taking, but that are not required, such as AUXCOMM and training courses like ICS-300 and ICS-400.

The ARES Plan outlines a three-tiered membership structure based on increased responsibility levels and accompanying training requirements. Although the tiers are not a required path, they serve to define three distinct ways to participate in the ARES program; it’s up to the participant to determine his or her level of involvement.

The ARES Plan points out that public service events such as parades and marathons are within the realm of ARES activity and are, in fact, a key part of it, because such events are an integral part of effective training.

In recognizing the local and regional nature of emergency communication needs in disaster response activations, the Plan notes that training requirements are ultimately the responsibility of the Section Manager, with each SM approving training for local ARES teams, as local conditions and needs dictate.

The ARES Plan also highlights the relationship between ARES and the National Traffic System (NTS). The PSEWG indicated that it will continue moving forward with efforts to find ways to refine and strengthen that relationship.

While the intent of the ARES Plan is to align the ARES organizational structure with the NIMS and ICS systems, Williams noted that, within the ARES structure, the Emergency Coordinator (EC) will continue to lead the ARES team locally during an incident, while the District and Section Emergency Coordinators will continue to serve as resources and support for the EC. (The emergency preparedness staff at ARRL is in the process of updating the EC manual.) The ARES Plan stresses that ARES participants are not first responders, and it encourages ARES leaders to develop and grow their group’s partnerships with state emergency management agencies and officials. Williams said the adoption of the ARES Plan is not the end of this process.

During the next several months, Stark Co ARES will begin reviewing the plan and how we can interface it into our local emergency response plan.


Annual Massillon Holiday Parade
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

  (Nov 24, 2018) - - The MARC just finished assisting with the 64th 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 with President Donald Harwig serving as Parade Chairman. 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. Over 50 years and counting Santa has arrived in the city in no small part thanks to the MARC.

Parade Organizers and Communications Coordinator Perry Ballinger, W8AU express their appreciation to the MARC for their continued support of this annual holiday parade. The following club members assisted with this years event.

Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Steve Hall - KD8ACF, Igor Nikishin - K8INN, Dan Anastis - N8DZM, Jim Farriss - WA8GXM, Evan Rankl - KE8IDH, Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Terry Russ - N8ATZ, Bob Ballinger - N8KXO, Robin - N8EBS, Vern Sproat - KE8VS, Fred Reed - KD8SMO, Mike Daughenbaugh - KE8EHG, Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU, Russ McMahen - N8PII, Don Rankl - N8IVJ and Anne Ballinger - N8GAF. This event provided over 60 hours of community service.


AARC Assists With Alliance Carnation Festival
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

      (Sep 12, 2018) - -   The Alliance Amateur Radio Club provided Communications for the 2018 Greater Carnation Festival Grand Parade on Saturday August 11, 2018 in Alliance, Ohio. The club’s project received two (2) blessings, the club’s Two (2) Meter Repeater W8LKY worked flawlessly and the weather was magnificent

      The logistics for the event include a parade route of 2.1 miles long, which included using a part of State Route 183 and US Route 62. AARC positioned Ten (10) radio operators in such a manner in which the entire parade route was visible at all times.  Incidents along the parade route could be relayed to W8LKY net control and passed on to a representative of the Grand Parade Committee.  A Tactical Call Sign System was created for the duration of the event, “Carnation Control” acted as net control for the event which was located at the beginning of the parade.  The radio operators used various Tactical Call Signs such as “Carnation Six (6)” which designated the location of the radio operator and occasionally the operators would add their own call letters to their parade status reports.  The parade itself, took approximately One and a Half Hours to reach the end of the parade route at Broadway and South Union Ave. where it dispersed on West Broadway.   The project was completed by 1:30PM with the sign off of the radio operator at Union and Broadway Streets, which signified the last unit, had entered the dispersement area. The Alliance (Ohio) Police Department also monitored the activity ofW8LKY’s 2018 Grand Parade Communication Project.

       The Operations:  We started with a 9AM PR Parade briefing at Rockhill Elementary School. Each radio operator was given a packet containing a parade lineup and other project information. Each operator proceeds to their assigned locations and checked in at 9:30AM with “Carnation Control” the Tactical Control for the project.  Each location operator reported the first unit’s arrival and the last unit passing their assigned location and any incident that may have occurred during their time in the viewing area of their assigned location. After the last unit passed their location, they were dismissed.  The Ten(10) radio operators of the Alliance Amateur Radio Club who participated in this project included: Frank Sanor WA8WHP, Loren Kleinhans  KD8WVE, Paul Richardson K2ASA, Howard Miller JR. K8DXR, Ron Rittenhouse KE8HCY, Shawn Gentle KD8ZEZ, Dwight Turner KD8YFV, Dave Kleinhans KE8IYN, Dave Moreno KE8JLP and Mike Urban KE8CKL. Frank Sanor WA8WHP served as “Carnation Control” or Net Control for W8LKY for the Greater Carnation Festival 2018 Grand Parade Communication Project.  Ron Rittenhouse KE8HCY served as coordinator for the event.

Submitted by Ron Rittenhouse - KE8HCY
Communications Coordinator - Carnation Festival Grand Parade


2018 Akron-Canton Airport Drill
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

 (May 28, 2018) - - On Tuesday, May 15th, members of the Stark County ARES provided support communications for the Akron-Canton Airport Drill. This Exercise was a full scale Disaster Drill to help test and improve emergency procedures and preparedness.

The FAA requires all commercial airports to prepare and conduct full scale drills every three years. This years drill was coordinated by the Akron-Canton Airport and Stark County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) with the help of over twenty-one participating agencies including both the Stark and Summit County ARES.

Our role in this drill was to provide communications support at multiple hospitals including Altman and Alliance General. Operators also staffed multiple transport busses used for volunteer/victim transport to the crash site and area hospitals, Finally we provided tactical communications between the Airport Command Post and hospitals & crash site. Finally we provided tactical communications between the Airport Command Post and EMA.

A portable communications Go-Box was used at the Command Center while portable handhelds were used on the busses. As expected, communications with the busses proved difficult even using external antennas to provide better range.

Constant communications was maintained between the busses, hospitals and the command center throughout the exercise providing vital information on the status of all volunteers/victims. This would provide critical information should this had been an actual disaster site.

Multiple  local repeaters were utilized as well as simplex frequencies for this drill. Summit County ARES also assisted with this event providing communications for several Summit County Hospitals.

Stark County EMA Director Tim Warstler expressed his total appreciation for the assistance of both Summit and Stark County ARES as we again proved that our ability to provide reliable support communications would be a vital part should an actual incident happen at our local Airport.

The following operators participated in this drill that totaled over 50 hours of community service.  David Beltz - WD8AYE, Terry Russ - N8ATZ, Jim Farriss - WA8GXM, Don Finley - W8DEF, Linda Finley - K8MOO, Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Don Wade - W8DEA, Frank Sanor - WA8WHP, and Mike Palmer - KD8ENV.   

The Command Post at the Akron Canton Airport

Ohio ARES Conference
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

   (Apr 14, 2018) - -  The 2018 Ohio ARES conference was held Saturday, April 7 at the Marion Tech / OSU Marion campus. We had use of a great 150 plus seating lecture facility with excellent visuals, and a wide selection of lunch places nearby!   This year’s keynote speaker was Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who covered the extensive changes currently taking place within the ARRL ARES program both within in Ohio and the nation.

Other topics covered were expanded use of DMR communications in Ohio ARES, additional training opportunities and future state wide drills here in Ohio.

Attending from Stark County were EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ and Assistant EC's Don Wade, W8DEA and David Beltz, WD8AYE.

Great attendance for this years ARES Conference

2018 Skywarn Spotter Training
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

  (Apr 1, 2018) - - Stark County Skywarn and the County EMA office hosted our annual Severe Storm Spotter Training this year at Jackson High School on Wednesday, March 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Conducting the training was Zach Sefcovic, Meteorologist from the Cleveland NWS Office. Nearly 100  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 Zach Sefcovic 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,  and Mike Lackney - KB8MIB.

Registration was busy right up to the start of the training


Another full house again this year

Changes Coming to the ARRL ARES Program
Courtesy of the ARRL

  (Dec 23, 2017) - - - The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) has been the public service communications program of the ARRL since 1935. Over the program’s eight decades it has occasionally undergone updates to make sure it meets the needs of partners at all levels, adjusts to changes in the Amateur Radio Service, and incorporate lessons learned from emergency and disaster activations. However, the last major update to ARES occurred more than 40 years ago, and it is quite clear that a lot has changed since then.

So, two years ago, the ARRL board of directors created the Public Service Enhancement Working Group to study the ARRL’s public service offerings and recommend changes and improvements. The working group focused on many areas including training, volunteer management, field organization positions, and mission – all areas of concern brought to the board and staff’s attention from those in the field. The recommendations were vetted through a peer review group of field organization volunteers and readied for implementation.

In the months ahead, you will receive information on enhancements coming to the ARES program, including:

  • A new national mission statement for ARES
  • New national training requirements and local training resources for ARES
  • Updated field organization job descriptions
  • Improved ARES operating guidelines
  • New ARES group benefits
  • A new volunteer management system – ARES Connect

The first step in the next evolution of ARES is group identification. Currently there is no way to identify ARES groups or their associated volunteers with a searchable unique designator, which makes reporting and accountability difficult. Beginning January 1, 2018 ARES groups will need to sign up for their unique ARES identification number. This number will be utilized by the ARES Connect system and provide ARES groups with unique benefits (think club affiliation, but for ARES!).

Once ARES groups receive their identification numbers they will be eligible for benefits including:

  • ARES book sets (great for the EOC or Red Cross radio room)
  • New ham referral
  • Early access to the annual ARES Report
  • Email forwarding, which will provide ARES groups that have a club callsign with a uniform "call sign@arrl.net"
  • More to come!

Groups that will need an ARES identification number include local level (city/county/district) and section level. Information about the ARES identification application process will be sent out the week before the application system opens.

If you have any questions, please contact ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, ki1u@arrl.org

In the coming months Stark County ARES will be providing additional information on how this new ARES program will be implemented here as we are also reviewing the current ARES registrations into those members eligible for Tier 1 Status. Contact Stark County EC Terry Russ, N8ATZ with any questions on this new program.

The Next Go-Box Designs
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

  (Dec 23, 2017) - - I recently completed two new Go-Box Equipment Stations using parts obtained during my trip to Dayton Hamvention this year. The first is a VHF/UHF design using the classic Ammo Box design while the other is an updated design of an HF station box.

If you are interested in looking for ideas or are ready to building a portable Go-Station have a look at our Projects webpage where you will find several of my own designs as well as stations assembled throughout Ohio ARES complete with photographs and assembly ideas. You may already have some spare equipment that would work out perfectly for a Go-Box. Time to start thinking about assembling one of your own !

Stark ARES Display
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator

   (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

ARES Assists With RNC
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

 (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

Stark County EMA Activation
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

 (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

Gary Garnet Selected as Meteorologist-in-Charge of NWS Cleveland
Terry Russ, N8ATZ -  Emergency Coordinator

Gary Garnet, MIC  (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.

ARES Activation
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

 (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. 

Click Here to read the ARRL recap of the comm emergency.

County EC Terry, N8ATZ operates using our Go-Box from the radio room.
(Photo courtesy of Dale Lamm, NX8J)

"Go-Box" Version 2.0
Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Stark Co EC

 (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.

 - National ARES News  - 

Mississippi ARES Emergency Coordinator Credits Training for Effective Tornado Response.
Courtesy of the ARRL

   (Feb 21, 2020) - - Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in DeSoto County, Mississippi, devoted several days in January to assisting local emergency managers in responding to tornado damage in the region. Desoto County Emergency Coordinator Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ; Assistant EC Gene Adams, KF5KVL; Tate County EC Brad Kerley, KG5TTU, and Andy Luscomb, AG5FG, reported at 3 AM on January 11 to the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to open a SKYWARN weather watch. After a tornado warning was issued for DeSoto County, Chambers activated an emergency net on a local repeater. Ten minutes into the net, however, the repeater went down, and the net switched to simplex. The net subsequently moved to another operational repeater.

Initial reports of downed trees blocking roadways and an eyewitness report of a possible tornado southwest of Hernando came in just after 5 AM. The ARES team at the EOC began taking damage reports, answering the telephone, and monitoring and taking calls from public safety dispatchers. When the deputy EMA director requested traffic control in Lewisburg, three of the ARES volunteers accompanied EMA director Chris Olson to Lewisburg. Chambers and Kerley assumed traffic control, and Olson asked that Chambers put out a call for ARES/RACES volunteers and EMA reservists to report to the EOC. The ham radio volunteers also handled welfare checks.

A dozen ARES/RACES and EMA reservists returned the next day to conduct door-to-door damage assessment. For the next 10 days, Chambers reported, the DeSoto County volunteers assisted in handling telephone traffic in the EOC, freeing up first responders to do their primary jobs.

“I attribute our effective response to the training we have conducted on a monthly basis,” Chambers said, noting that training included recommended ARRL courses. “We were able to see how the Incident Command System worked on a first-hand basis as the incident unfolded, based on the ICS training courses we have taken. My group went from 0 to 110 MPH in seconds, never missing a beat [and] everyone performed on a professional level.” — Thanks to DeSoto County and EMA Reservist Coordinator EC Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ

Emergency Communication Exercise Set in Northern Florida.
Courtesy of the ARRL

    (Feb 21, 2020) - - On Sunday, March 1, dozens of amateur radio volunteers from several states will take part in a 3-hour exercise in the northern Florida city of Gainesville. The exercise is designed to test and evaluate skills, assets, and strategies for emergency communication, such as those that might be needed in the aftermath of a hurricane. The exercise is being organized by the North Florida Amateur Radio Club (NFARC) and the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society (GARS), as part of the third annual Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference, held on Saturday and Sunday, February 29 – March 1.

This year’s “Hot and Cold” exercise scenario is based on hypothetical high-pressure natural gas pipeline ruptures and subsequent fires, as well as a loss of electrical power during an extreme cold-weather event. The sudden widespread event then caused telecommunications failures in undersea cables to develop, with widespread communication systems overloading and failing.

Exercise planners used the revised and just-released Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) in planning the event. The update incorporates feedback and input from exercise planners and practitioners across the country and ensures that HSEEP doctrine, the training course, and corresponding documents continue to best meet the needs of communities.

Collaborating Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference lecturers have created a more than 200-page manual for the multi-track training sessions on Saturday. Participants will get to put what they learned into practice the next day, as they fan out to seven assigned simulated shelter locations and the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center. The club says Alachua County Emergency Manager Hal Grieb is supporting the volunteer-driven Homeland Security exercise and evaluation program-based effort, and he and his staff will serve as evaluators. Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, also plans to be on hand.

For the past 3 years, NFARC has published the conference proceedings, and last year, it also published the written report of its exercise. Last year’s exercise scenario focused on a new respiratory virus that had crippled the nation.

With the release of the updated 2020 HSEEP document, FEMA will be hosting webinars to provide information, highlights, and changes as a result of the review process. Webinars will continue until mid-May. Visit the HSEEP webpage for additional dates and times. — Thanks to Dr. Gordon Gibby, KX4Z; The ARES E-Letter


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Welcome to the new Stark County ARES Website. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public interest when disaster strikes.


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The Stark County ARES has always been dedicated to the completion of three goals. One, to provide the citizens of Stark County and local Public Service officials with a team of highly skilled and dedicated radio operators ready to assist when needed. Two, to provide Stark County amateurs with a full featured, reliable wide area coverage ARES Repeater. And three, to provide an information service for both amateurs and the community.

With the redesign of this website, we hope we have accomplished this mission. We welcome your comments.


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2020 Stark Co ARES meeting schedule will be posted when dates are set.

Meetings will be on Thursday Evenings at the Stark County EOC Office beginning at 7:00 PM. 

Stark Co ARES Repeater is on 147.12+, PL 110.9

County Winlink RMS Packet Relay is on 145.07 Simplex. Callsigns are N8ATZ-10 (Eastern Stark Node) and WA8GXM-10 (Western Stark Node).


Ohio Section ARES News is available on the Ohio ARES Website. Click Here to read the latest Section News. 


Click Here to see some simple ARES portable antenna mounts you can use during local public service drills and events.

Review Current Activities in the Stark County Winlink Initiative.


Powerpoleing Your Power Connections

  The ARRL recently reviewed a new website that does a great job of describing the Anderson Powerpole connectors. The site describes the connectors in detail and provides tips on assembling and using them on your equipment.

For higher power rigs and DC power supplies, the Anderson Powerpole is the emerging National ARES/RACES standard.

The site also contains links for additional Amateur Radio Emergency Communications ideas, a portable EC station and a Quick Response Team Go Kit. This site has lots of useful ARES information, well beyond the powerpole ideas.

Click Here to visit the site.


New Emergency Communications Handbook

The ARRL announces a new emergency communications handbook for all hams that volunteer their skills in public service applications. The handbook includes details on basic emergency communications skills, message handling, and much more. This reference will help you to understand the public service role amateurs will play and what to take along.

The Handbook is 176 pages and costs $ 19.95 plus shipping from the ARRL and other dealers.

(Mar 26, 2006) -- The ARRL has introduced a new Emergency Communications Catalog containing a host of items using the "When All Else Fails" theme. The items are a great reminder that Amateur Radio provides immediate, high-quality communications that work every time, when all else fails.

The items include T-Shirts, Pins, Stickers, Patches, Magnetic Signs, Banners, a Coffee Mug and Key Chain all carrying the "When All Else Fails" theme. Click Here to visit the catalog.


Click Here to download a current ARES Registration Form. Help us keep your record current !

Anderson Power Pole Connectors, the defacto standard for ARES power connections. 


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Amateur's Support COOL Project...

2010 Tour de Cure Report...

2010 HOF Festival Timken Grand Parade....

2010 HOF Festival Community Parade Report..

Alliance ARC Take Part in Drill.

Stark ARES Attends District Meeting.

ARES Repeater Anniversity...

Stark ARES & MARC Assist With 2009 Annual MS Walk.

MARC Assists With Massillon Holiday Parade.

Hurricane Ike's Winds Hit Stark County.

Stark ARES Assists With Akron Marathon.

March 2008 Winlink Updates

ARES Teams Activated for Northwest Near Record Flooding.

MARC Assists With Annual MS Walk.

ARRL Board Accepts NERPC Report.

Airmail Station Completed at Mercy Medical Center.

Stark County ARES Part of OEHA Fall Conference.         

Click above for official ARES Logo merchandise from the ARRL.



The Official Stark County ARES Name Badge Supplier. Click on the logo for details.


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.

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Look for them by going to "starkcountyema" on facebook.  


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