Oakland County Amateur Radio Public Service Corp (ARPSC)
W8OAK Repeater – 146.900 MHz/100pl
Weekly Net 8 pm every Thursday
Hospital Radio Net – 7:30 pm last Thursday of month
W8OAK Repeater – 444.325 MHz/107.2pl
Packet 144.950 MHz/1200 baud, connects made with Oakxxx or 
            Callsign-# to OAKBBS (W8OAK-3) with nodes at
            OAKNOD (N8NM-1 Pontiac – most coverage), 
            OAKEOC (W8OAK-7 at EOC) or K8DTX-7 (White Lake)
APRS – 144.390 MHz
Web Site: http://www.arpsc.com

Meeting Minutes for 5 January 2011

            On 5 January 2011 at 7 pm, Jim Richards - AB8JR, Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Oakland County ARPSC, called the meeting to order in the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The order of business included:

(I). Report from Steve Iannucci, Homeland Security Division – Oakland County:

            Hopefully, our new year will be as quiet as last year.   Oakland County ARPSC identification cards and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) cards are ready to be passed or sent out.     The new ARPSC cards expire 12/31/2012 and RACES cards at the end of December 2014.   Old cards must be returned and a sign-in sheet initialed at the meetings when one has received his/her cards. 

(II).Report from the Emergency Coordinator (EC), Jim Richards - AB8JR:

            Jim introduced Sara Stoddard who is the new Oakland County Chief of Emergency Management for Homeland Security.    Sara replaces Gail Novak.                  

Our Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) cards also expired last December 2010 and will be reissued soon.   Anyone interested in being a net control operator should contact Jim – AB8JR or Mike Vander Veer – KD8ATK.   

 Peter Gladyz – K8PGJ is part of a dx ham radio team in the Cayman Islands with the call letters ZF2PG.  This is an excellent opportunity to contact them, with the best time being about 2 pm on 20 meters.

 Wednesday, 2 March 2011 meeting date will be a Skywarn training session.                 

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 will be our annual dinner meeting.

 Future plans are to have a GRLevel3 class.  GR stands for “Gibson Ridge,” a software program and Level 3 stands for the type of weather radar the program interprets.  Understanding this is important to Skywarn operations. 

 There several deaths to report.  The father of Jim Richards – W8JJR passed away and his funeral will be held on noon, Saturday 8 January 2011.   Also silent keys are Ralph D. Augustyniak – KC8ZKA of Novi and Al Hardenbergh – N8WYO of Troy.  Al was a radio intercept operator in World War II and served in the Aleutians.

 (III). Presentation by Tim Pepper – K8NWD on the Clarkston Repeater Association (CRA):

             Note: The Clarkston Repeater is W8OAK’s principal backup.

             The Clarkston Repeater began in the early 1960’s and was the first in the area.   With 3 other repeaters, it first was known as the Great Lakes Repeater Association before breaking up and becoming the Clarkson Repeater Association in 1968.    Several 2 meter frequencies were used before settling on 146.840 MHz.  The current antenna is mounted on a water tower side railing at Columbiere Center in Clarkston.  This is about 130 feet above ground level.   Power output is 25-30 watts and its location permits wide area reception.   Emergency power backup consists of a 100 KW diesel generator from the Center.  Hardware for the repeater has been updated and is less than two years old.    

             CRA has a relatively new directorship with Mike Smith – N8GUZ President, George Smith – WD8INW Vice President, and Mike Nebel – N3BEL, Treasurer.  The Clarkston Repeater is an association and not a club for members.  Membership is not a requirement for use, but donations are needed to fund expenses of $300 to $350 a year.  

   (IV). AEC-Management Team Reports:

             (1). Report from (AEC) Randy Love – WF5X, Operations:

             After, troubleshooting the 2 meter repeater, a problem was found with one of the receive sites which was shut down until repairs can be made.  Randy will be working to get the APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) back in operation.

            Our ARPSC is now involved in about 14 public service events.  Coming up are (1) Sno Drift Rally 28-29 January 2011, (2) Troy March of Dimes Walk on 1 May 2011, (3) Oak Apple Run on 4 June 2011.  We have an active year ahead of us.

            Repairing our repeater system now requires notifying a county intermediary in order to get help from Steve Murphy – N8NM of County Radios.   The W8OAK system is most complicated with all its receive/transmit sites.   Our organization has been extremely fortunate to have county assistance, both in support and financial aid.  This ARPSC is most appreciative to the county for all their help and support.

            (2). Report from Mike Vander Veer – KD8ATK, Net Operations:

            Members are needed to be net control operators; if interested please contact Mike.   A training program can be fitted to your needs.  The new January 2011 net control schedule has been sent out and includes a new script for net control use.  

 (V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

            (1) Report from Murray Scott – KE8UM, Logistics:

            Murray reminds members that the DART repeater is also a backup for W8OAK and has 5 receive sites on its system.  DART’s owner is the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club who will be having their annual swap on Sunday, 16 January 2011.  

            (2). Report from Mike Nebel – N3BEL, Sirens:

            5 March 2011 will be our next siren test for the county.   Available at a future meeting will be a revised county siren list with map locations.   This will be too bulky for mailing.   Copies are limited and most volunteers won’t need one as their siren location(s) won’t change.    Siren information cannot be placed on the website per county request.  These sirens are viewed as a critical infrastructure whose details are highly sensitive.   The newer county sirens now have the capability to use multiple tones, but there are no current plans for this type of use.    

            (3). Report from Paul Hatfield – Ke8UD, Hospital Communication Teams:

            Paul thanks all the volunteers who assisted in the last hospital net.  New recruits are needed for hospital nets and Oakland County ARPSC.        


Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

5 January 2011