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 6 January 2010

             On 6 January 2010 at 7 pm, Larry Hornsby KB8POD, 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 the Emergency Coordinator (EC), Larry Hornsby KB8POD:

             Wednesday, 3 February 2010 is our general membership and dinner meeting at the County Executive Building.  Reservations are required by calling 248-858-5300. 

             Confusion exists on where to apply for Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES).  Applications are available from Jim Poehlman K8ABZ or from the EC.   Members need to have this card.  Larry recommends placing one's own photo onto the card and then laminating it.    

 Query: What is the difference between RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) and ARES?   Answer: RACES is a public service provided by communication volunteers working directly with government agencies.  RACES "almost never starts before an emergency and is active only during the emergency and during the immediate aftermath if government emergency management offices need communications support."*   RACES membership requires a background check and a RACES card may be needed to cross police lines when on duty.   RACES is under the control of the Michigan State Police.

 ARES is a lower level volunteer communication service which doesn't require a background check and has a wider range of government and non-government services.  ARES activities, for example, can include the Woodward Dream Cruise and Brooksie Run.

                        * http://www.qsl.net/races/

             Larry Hornsby KB8POD, EC wants our Oakland County ARPSC to affiliate with the national ARRL.  Larry believes our membership has more than the minimum 51% percent ARRL membership to be eligible.  Being an affiliate offers benefits, including ARRL sponsored liability insurance, referrals of prospective radio amateurs in our area, mailing lists of licensees and clubs, participation in ARRL contests, and recognition of special service clubs.  In addition, the ARRL recommends special service clubs to incorporate, but the cost is rather high.  Larry is reviewing information on incorporation. 

             Larry discussed the 3 "P's" of public service preparedness, proficiency, and professionalism.   During 2010, he wants our members to have as much involvement with public service as possible.  This is not to run things, but to give assistance, i.e. ALS walks which can be a lot of fun.  Amateur frequencies cover 123 MHz of bandwidth between 144 MHz and 1.3 GHz.  These frequencies are highly sought by others, so we have to see that they are not abused.   During the attack on September 1, 2001, each individual member first needed to organize his/her thoughts on protecting their family, then next on volunteer service.  Were you ready for both and are you ready now?

             Preparedness begins by ensuring your family is provided with a disaster plan and proper supplies.  This includes emergency communication plans, appropriate equipment, and emergency power if electrical power fails. 

             Proficiency means that you understand which governmental agencies are responsible for emergencies and disasters and how they operate, how to use amateur radios, and know what to do and what not to do.  One must develop and maintain one's skill in tactical and formal message handling.  We have already started NTS message handling and our ARPSC now requires certain FEMA or ARRL EmComm certification training.  Free FEMA training is available either online, or through periodic classes by our ARPSC, or available in our library. 

             Professionalism is an attribute of one's reliability, flexibility, and appearance.  One needs to understand his/her roll during a disaster and to whom we are accountable.  Each volunteer's roll in all this begins with number "1" - being truthful at all times.  Responsibility like leadership must be earned.  It can't be a "given."  A calm controlled demeanor is necessary.  One's safety increases with proper training, proper equipment, and followed by proper rest.  Security increases by understanding operational details so that one can correctly do his job.    Future efforts might be to assist the Red Cross on their local level.  Your commitment is to register with and support your own EmComm organization by training, volunteering, preparing, and making one's self available to help.  No matter how difficult the situation, amateur radio operators have a record of finding ways to communicate.   We, the amateur radio volunteers, need to be ready for emergencies as well as for other functions.  This year, increase your training and be prepared to help.

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

             Oakland County has been blessed with very few emergencies during the last 1 to 1 years.  During this time, severe weather has been minimal and there have been no county emergencies or disasters.   During 2009, Steve was called in only once for severe weather. This can quickly change at any time and we need to be prepared.  Oakland County Homeland Security is not afraid to activate this group for communication assistance and other things.  If anyone has a question, opinion, or idea which relates to Homeland Security, please ask us, but don't bypass us.  Larry Hornsby KB8POD also adds that his phone is available 24-7 and will do his best to answer questions.      

 (III). Presentation from Mike Van Buren WD8S:

             Mike presented an award plaque from the Mad River Radio Club who sponsored the Michigan QSO Party 2009.   This plaque honors Oakland County ARPSC for their high score as a Michigan EOC station.  Volunteer call letters engraved on the plaque are: AB8JR Jim Richards, KB8POD Larry Hornsby, KD8ATK Mike Vander Veer, KD8CMD Fred Czubak, KD8DLV Sam Orlando, KJ8O Joe Miller, N3BEL Mike Nebel, N8AO Don Jahncke, N8ZSA Ted Davis, WF5X Randy Love, WU8Y Joel Stanley.   

 (IV). AEC-Management Team Reports:

             (1). Report from (AEC) Barry Kaufman WD8JWM, Library:

             Manuals have now arrived, but more shelving is needed.

             (2). Report from (AEC) Rory Lock KC8SZR, Net Operations:

             During the year of 2009, there were 95 nets + events + sessions.  There were 6615 volunteer hours amounting to $122,378 value.  The main increase was hospital hours.  Plans are being made to place a form on the website to report volunteered hours.   Rory reminds Net Controls to turn in their after-net reports ASAP.  Larry Hornsby KB8POD added that the volunteer hour data may be helpful in obtaining grant money.  This data also helps to justify our use of amateur radio frequencies.  

             (3). Report from (AEC) Randy Love WF5X, Repeaters and Computers:

             Our 2 meter repeater was sometimes cutting out.  The problem turned out to be a power supply on one of the equalizers which has been repaired.  One channel on the repeater receive is louder than others and this is being checked.   Packet is up and working.  Randy is waiting for new software which should improve the packet central node.   The backroom's printer will be running as soon as a replacement ink cartridge arrives.       

            (4). Report from (AEC) Michael Smith N8GUZ, Training:

             Information on training classes should be ready and announced at the March 2010 meeting.  

             (5) Report from Larry Hornsby KB8POD for Lloyd Suter N2NGQ, Administration:

             Lloyd is in Texas today.  He reported to Larry that there are still concerns that H1N1 flu may rebound.  One needs to be prepared.

(V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

            (1). Report from Club Liaisons on Local Clubs:

               Volunteers are needed for this position.  Larry Hornsby KB8POD states that most ARPSC members are also members of another ham radio club.    Someone is needed to pass club information on to us.  Only OCARS and Hazel Park Club seem to get information to us.  For those in other clubs, please go to your public information officer and have him contact us.      

            (2). Report from Jerry Begel N9NPI, Hospital Communication Teams:

            The December Net was held on the 30th of December, instead of Christmas Night.  Fifteen of 17 hospitals reported in and Jerry expects the remaining two on tomorrow night's regular net or next week.   Three new Oakland County members will operate the Genesis Hospital radio.  Jerry is working on a "Keep Hands Off" label to paste on the hospital radio.  Larry Hornsby KB8POD requested that Jerry check with Gail Novak Oakland County Homeland Security before doing so.    Bill Bond W8WRB broke his knee and is now recuperating at the Harland Facility which is on the corner of South Boulevard and Livernois in Troy.   Bill would like to hear from members.      

            (3). Report from Jim Poehlman K8ABZ, Membership:

            The new membership application is not yet on the website. 

            (4). National Traffic System: Position available

            (5). Report Events, Classes, and Dates of Interest:

Sunday, 17 January 2010 Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club.  Info at http://www.hparc.org

Beginning 19 January 2010 Extra Classes for 16 weeks at the Southfield EOC, 26000 Evergreen Road in basement of Parks and Recreation.  Contact John Fleming K8UP at john@fleming_photo.com 

Sunday, 21 February 2010 Livonia Amateur Radio Club.  Info at http://www.livoniaarc.com/Swap.htm

Beginning in March 2010 Technician Classes at the Southfield EOC.   Contact Marsha Fleming N8FE

            Gary Sklar K8IKW, Public Information, is recovering from a back operation.  Good luck, Gary!   Hope to see you back soon.

            (6). Report from Mike Nebel N3BEL, Sirens:

            The first siren test will be Saturday, 6 March 2010, followed by Wednesday, 14 April 2010 which is not the usual 1st Saturday of the month.  This year, ten more sirens will be added to the 231 in the system, if funding is available.

            (7). Report from Joe Miller KJ8O, Special Events:

            Last 5 December 2009, our group participated in Skywarn Recognition Day with 8 volunteers making 31 contacts.

            The first weekend of April will be the Michigan QSO Party - 2010.  If interested, contact Joe.  Also, CW operators are needed.   Larry Hornsby KB8POD adds this is good opportunity to work our radios.  He would like enough operators to fully man the radios.               


Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

7 January 2010

Minutes checked, corrected, and approved by Larry Hornsby KB8POD