Oakland County Amateur Radio Public Service Corp (ARPSC)

W8OAK Repeaters – 146.900 MHz/100pl & 444.325 MHz/107.2pl

Weekly 2 meter net 8 pm every Thursday

Hospital Radio Net – 7:30 pm last Thursday of Month

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 1 February 2012

On 1 February 2012 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:

The Annual ARPSC Dinner Meeting will be 7 March 2012 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building (EOB 41W). Dinner will be at 5:30 and meeting at 7 pm with reservations (RSVPs) required for one or both (members only). A signup sheet was passed around at the meeting. Also, reservations can be called to Bethany Kenney, Oakland County Homeland Security Department at 248-858-5300.

Steve Murphy, Oakland County Radio Communications Supervisor has assigned two coworkers Rick Kunath and Bob Runyon to install the new repeater voter and controller.

Oakland County Skywarn Classes for 2012 have now been scheduled. To register, please call 248-858-5300 or email to ocem@oakgov.com. Please include date of class, name, address, and phone number.

1 – Monday, 5 March 2012, 6–8 pm at Southfield Civic Center Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan. This is 0.5 mile south of I-696 or 0.5 mile north of 10 Mile Road.

2 – Thursday, 15 March 2012, 7–9 pm at Rochester Hills Fire Department Station #1, 1111 Horizon, Rochester Hills. This is between Avon and Hamlin Ct.

3 – Monday, 19 March 2012, 7–9 pm at Groveland Township Fire Department, Station #1, 14645 Dixie Highway, Holly.

4 – Saturday, 14 April 2012, 10 am to noon at Oakland County Homeland Security Division (EOB 41W), 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.

5 – Saturday, 14 April 2012, 1–3 pm at Oakland County Homeland Security Division (EOB 41W).

6 – Monday, 30 April 2012, 7–9 pm at Costick Center, 28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills.

7 – Wednesday, 2 May 2012, 7–9 pm at Oakland County Homeland Security Division, (EOB 41W).

(II). Report from Randy Love – WF5X, District Two EC.

Last Monday night, Randy made a conference call to District Two DEC’s in order to review the stimulated test exercise (SET) conducted earlier this year and to plan for this year’s upcoming SET. Date or dates not disclosed. SET plans need to include several FEMA requirements and county EC’s need further meetings to develop and implement plans. Randy’s job is to encourage coordination between the various county EC’s and have them take time to think beyond each one’s county.

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

Lloyd Suter has volunteered to take charge of training. An additional coordinator is needed for sirens, as well as siren subnet control operators for Northeast Subnet and Northwest Subnet (Clarkston). The next Siren Net is only one month away. Additional Net Control Operators are needed. Please consider volunteering for one of these and contact Jim.

Michigan QSO Party is coming up in April which is sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club. Jim polled members on whether to stage this event at the EOC or whether members would be interested in taking a road trip to one of Michigan’s rarely heard counties. He mentioned that members traveled last year to Wyandot County, Ohio which is also an infrequent contact for contesters.

Our 4 April 2012 meeting will include a Show-and-Tell with member’s own emergency go-kits. Bring your VHF, UHF, and even HF equipment and emergency packs to the meeting. Assume the emergency event will be for 18 hours and may be either indoor or outdoor.

The father of Fred Czubak – KD8CMD (Administration) recently had a stroke and is in a Port Huron hospital. Our best wishes go out to his father, Fred, and family.

(IV). Presentation – Sno-Drift Wrap Up by Pete Gladysz – K8PGJ:

Sno-Drift Rally is important to hams because it encompasses many elements in amateur radio emergency communications. It’s the first race of the year in the 2012 Rally American National Championship Series, and is an annual car completion over ice and snow. This year’s Sno-drift was held two days on 27-28 January 2012 in Montmorency County in northeastern lower Michigan. Rally covered 373 miles with 132 in staged races. On the 1st day, driver speeds averaged 40 mph, and on the 2nd day 55 – 60 mph with speeds up to 100. There were 245 volunteers and 72 ham radio operators signed up.

Full race communications becomes paramount for its success and to do this, amateur radio took the lead. Four amateur radio repeaters were utilized; Alpena and Gaylord repeaters to the east and west and two temporary repeaters to the north and south. Simplex (two meter) filled in communication gaps and APRS (Automatic Position/Packet Reporting System) was used in selected vehicles. Directed nets were held from a hotel command post.

Radio communications are important in (1) coordinating and determining location of the medical emergency vehicle in each stage, (2) pin-pointing sweep vehicles and directing them to rescue rally cars and individuals in trouble, (3) determining that each race segment was ready to go and that no one was left stranded after each race, (4) handling dangerous situations such as cars backing up, disabled cars in danger, and ridding stray snow-mobiles on active courses. This year, an interference source to one repeater had to be hunted down. Participating in the rally can be an excellent training for amateur radio emergency communications. Operators described the event as a “field day on steroids.”

(V). AEC-Management Team Reports:

(1). Report from Pete Gladysz – K8PGJ, Operations:

On Sunday, 12 February 2012 at 5 pm (EST), http://www.awecast.tv/channels/arrl/ will have a live webcast tour of W1AW. This is the ARRL flagship dx station and will be presented by ARRL and Al Petrunti of the New Day Group. More on this is available at www.arrl.org/w8aw and www.NewDayHD.com.

Mobile phones are getting more and more telemarketers calls. Mobile phone owners may have to pay for these calls. To reduce these calls, go to the national “do not call” list at https://www.donnotcall.gov/.

Pete will be managing the Oakland County ARPSC entry for the Michigan QSO Party in April. To volunteer, please email to him at k8pgj@arr.net.

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

Our W8OAK nets are held weekly on Thursday evening at 8 pm. Additional net control operators are needed. If interested, please contact Mike or Jim –AB8JR, EC.

(VI. Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

(1). Report from Ron Miotke – WD8MNX, Membership:

Ron will have a Membership report ready next month. Beginning last month on 27 January 2012 from 7-9 pm, he has been teaching an extra class license course with 15 students. Now in the 2nd week, there is still time join, and if interested, contact Ron Miotke at wd8mnx@arrl.net.

(2). Report on Hospital Communication Teams from Jim Richards – AB8JR, EC:

Mark Schurig –KC8WPS is not here tonight, but he has been working on the hospital radio rosters. Some have volunteered for more than one hospital. This needs to be changed with each volunteer serving only one hospital. Additional volunteers are needed and if interested contact Mark or Jim.

(3). Report from Maurice Davidson – K8SJD, National Weather Service Liaison:

January’s warm weather is thought due to an artic oscillation thaw. There have been four days of 50 degrees or more.

(VI). New and Other Items of Interest:

(1) Sunday, 19 February 2012, 8 am to noon, Livonia Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Swap-N-Shop at the Civic Park Senior Center, 15218 Farmington Road, Livonia, Michigan.

(2) Dayton Hamvention is 18 - 20 May 2012.


Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

2 February 2012

Minutes corrected and approved by Jim Richards, EC, AB8JR.