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MVPT Update

After over 10 years of being hosted on the febo.com servers through the kind generosity of John Ackerman, N8UR, the Miami Valley Priority Traffic (MVPT) list is transitioning to a new server. A hearty thank you to John for developing the MVPT list and his support of it over the years.

The Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) has graciously agreed to be the new home of the MVPT list. Special thanks to Don Parker, KB8PSL and Russ Roysden, N8NPT for making this happen.

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Our first test of the new system will be during the District 3 ARES Net Wednesday, May 6th at 8:00PM Local.

Montgomery County ARES Digital Net

Montgomery County ARES Digital Net

This net will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, at the conclusion of the weekly voice net on 444.250 MHz, + offset, and a 123.0 Hz tone.

 Net control for both nets will be WE8R

 The mode will be MT63 2KL, centered on 1500 in the waterfall.

We will start out with just basic check ins, until we get all participating amateurs equipment and software up and running.

 Check in information will consist of the following:

 CALL

LOCATION

NAME

VERSION OF FLDIGI

If you want to make a macro in fldigi with your check in information, it should look something like this…… (Right click on one of the macro buttons to edit the information…. Don’t forget to name the macro tab and save the macro information once you are finished.)

<TX>

<MYCALL>

<MYQTH>

<MYNAME>

<VER>

<RX>

If you have entered your information in the info in the Fldigi “Configure” “Operator” boxes, when the macro button is pressed, it should transmit the following:   (Note: this is my info)

WE8R

KETTERING, OH

ROBERT

Fldigi 3.21.81     (version of Fldigi you are using)

If anyone would like to check their equipment, or needs help with the software, let me know and I will be glad to work with you.     WE8R@mocoares.org

73, Robert WE8R

Robert Rosenfelder / WE8R

Montgomery County ARES

AEC South

VOLUNTEERING – FROM THE OHIO SEC

With public service events filling the calendar, I wanted to focus on two very important topics.  I ask that you please read this carefully. The first point is personal safety. Your personal safety should be your top priority while volunteering. While we should be looking out for one another, it’s important to know that only you can look out for number one.  Personal safety begins with awareness.  Stay alert of your surroundings.  Trust your instincts.  Maintain a 360 degree mindset.  As you know the world is not linear so be sure to look up down and all around.While many amateur radio operators volunteer for the fun of it, it’s important to remember they are also an important asset to public service event staff and participants. We provide situational awareness by using our training, skills, and equipment.  It’s often said we are the eyes and ears of the event.  So something to keep in mind is a casual public service event can turn into a tragic incident without warning.  I reference the 2013 Boston Marathon where there were 3 fatalities and at least 264 wounded. Take a look at the Boston Marathon Terror Attack Fast Facts.  http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/us/boston-marathon-terror-attack-fast-facts/

I’d like to point your attention to the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center website and read the 8 signs of terrorism. http://www.neorfc.us/en-US/signs-terrorism.aspx.
I also encourage you to watch an 8 minute video titled Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism – The Cell.  It can be found on YouTube with over 92,000 views.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHjI6mj1jOA 

Homeland Security begins with Hometown Security.  Check out the “If you see something, say something” campaign.
http://www.dhs.gov/if-you-see-something-say-something%E2%84%A2-campaign

We cannot volunteer with blinders on regardless if it’s a parade, 1/2 marathon, 5K/10K run, 100 mile bicycle ride, or walk-a-thon.  Meaning, we cannot be volunteering thinking, “It won’t happen to us”.  This is called complacency.  Just last year, during the 2013 Pan Ohio Hope Ride…one of the water stops was evacuated and the cyclists rerouted because of a bomb threat.  It won’t happen to us?  It just did!I am not telling you this question whether or not to volunteer.  I am telling you this because every trained volunteer is needed.  Volunteers who use their eyes and ears, training, and equipment have the potential of saving lives.  But let me be clear, super heroes need not apply.  If you’re volunteering to get your name in the paper or be Captain America, then you’re politely asked to just stay home.

The take away from this is every volunteer is needed.  Learn the signs.  Be safe out there.
Don’t look back tomorrow and say you could’ve done more!”  From TV show Chicago Fire.
73 de Matt W8DEC
Matthew Welch W8DEC
Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator
ARRL – The national association for AMATEUR RADIO™
w8dec@arrl.net
440-585-7388

New District 3 DEC : Bob Rhoades, KC8WHK

It is with great pleasure to announce the appointment of Robert (Bob) Rhoades KC8WHK, of Piqua, OH, to the position of District Emergency Coordinator for District 3.  District 3 includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby Counties.

Bob has an extensive background in the fire service as well as education and training in the fire service.  He’s also the Darke County Emergency Coordinator and will remain as EC until such time Bob finds his successor.

Bob is taking the reigns from Alan Stone KB8RPO who is retiring and moving out of state.  I thank Alan for his years of service and wish him the best of luck on his new adventure.  Please join me in congratulating Bob on his new appointment by sending him an email to kc8whk@arrl.net.

 

Matthew Welch W8DEC
Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator
ARRL – The National Association for Amateur Radio™
w8dec@arrl.net

OH Statewide Digital HF Net

The Ohio Section is developing plans to use Digital HF for emergency communications.  Part of this will be a regular ARES Digital HF Net.

To head development of this net,  OH SEC, Matt, W8DEC, has appointed Official Emergency Station and Preble County AEC Gary Hollenbaugh NJ8BB as the Net Manager for the Statewide Digital HF Net.  Gary has been given the “green light” to develop and implement this project as he deems fit.

District 3 DEC Al, KB8RPO, is fully behind this effort and encouraged everyone to download the chosen software during the District 3 ARES Net on 15 August.

The software packages are  fldigi and flmsg.  They can be downloaded for free at: http://www.w1hkj.com/.  There is an online wiki and there is a downloadable PDF with good information  located at  and even a YouTube video

Please note that fldigi runs on a variety of platforms such as Windows, Linux and Mac, and can be used as a general purpose HF digital program for general PSK31, etc. operations .

Montgomery Co. ARES UHF Repeater

The Montgomery County ARES UHF Repeater,  444.250 (+)PL of 123.0 Hz is now up and running. Please start monitoring and trying it so we can determine its coverage area across West Central Ohio.

146.640 Repeater PL tone after 23 December 2011

The Montgomery County ARES K8MCA Repeater, 146.640 minus offset, will implement a 123.0 Hz PL encode tone for repeater access after December 23rd.

The PL tone access will be deactivated when the “Double Beep” is heard signifying that the Dayton Skywarn Net is in operation.

73’s

Robert M. Flory – KA5RUC

Emergency Coordinator

Montgomery County ARES

FEMA: Amateur Radio “The Last Line of Defense”

From The ARRL Website:

FEMA Administrator Calls Amateur Radio “The Last Line of Defense”

05/25/2011

In an FCC forum on earthquake communications preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate described the Amateur Radio operator as “the ultimate backup, the originators of what we call social media.” The forum– held May 3 at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC — brought together officials from the White House, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), FEMA, the FCC and the private sector. Fugate and FCC Bureau of Public Safety and Homeland Security Chief Jamie Barnett gave the opening remarks.

Later in the forum, Fugate spoke more on Amateur Radio. “During the initial communications out of Haiti, volunteers using assigned frequencies that they are allocated, their own equipment, their own money, nobody pays them, were the first ones oftentimes getting word out in the critical first hours and first days as the rest of the systems came back up,” he told the forum. “I think that there is a tendency because we have done so much to build infrastructure and resiliency in all our other systems, we have tended to dismiss that role ‘When Everything Else Fails.’ Amateur Radio oftentimes is our last line of defense.”

Fugate said that he thinks “we get so sophisticated and we have gotten so used to the reliability and resilience in our wireless and wired and our broadcast industry and all of our public safety communications, that we can never fathom that they’ll fail. They do. They have. They will. I think a strong Amateur Radio community [needs to be] plugged into these plans. Yes, most of the time they’re going be bored, because a lot of the time, there’s not a lot they’re going to be doing that other people aren’t doing with Twitter and Facebook and everything else. But when you need Amateur Radio, you really need them.”

You can watch a video of the forum on YouTube. Fugate’s remarks begin at 18:55.