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 3 February 2010

            On 3 February 2010 at 6 pm, Larry Hornsby – KB8POD, Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Oakland County ARPSC, called to order the membership dinner meeting in the Oakland County Executive Office Building.  The order of business included:

(I). Introduction of Homeland Security Officials: Ted Quisenberry and Gail Novak .

            Ted Quisenberry introduced himself as Manager of Oakland County's Homeland Security.  He previously worked 35 years in law enforcement; 26 with the Southfield Police Department, followed by 8 years as Royal Oak's police chief until March 2009.   Gail Novak is his Chief of Oakland County Homeland Security.  

(II). Presentation by Gail Novak, Chief of Oakland County Homeland Security:

            Gail Novak gave an overview of emergency management phases including Preparation, Response, Recovery and Mitigation.  Such emergencies might be (1) natural hazards such as floods, severe winter storms, tornados, and (2) technology hazards such as terrorism and nuclear plant emissions.   Oakland County Homeland Security evaluates, trains, and enhances capabilities to respond to emergencies and disasters.  It oversees specialized training of response teams.   The Oakland County Combined Regional Emergency Services Training Center (CREST) is a facility where police, fire, and other personnel can apply their skills in scenario-based stimulated test exercises (SET's).  The CREST facility is located at Oakland Community College's Auburn Hills Campus.   This is all part of a multi-year plan for our county.

            After 9-11, vulnerability assessments led the county to purchase a sheriff's mobile command center vehicle and a sheriff's helicopter.  Both are furnished with specialized equipment.  In addition, Oakland County has mass decontamination equipment and hazmat chemical–biological suits.  Currently, there are two Hazmat/WMD teams to cover the county.   Hospital and medical initiatives include our own Oakland County Health Department and 16 area hospitals.  Other coordination is with road commissions and MDOT throughout southeast Michigan.  Cameras have been installed on our freeways at different sites.  Oakland County has 231 sirens in the county, all now with 2001 models and two way monitoring.    Siren alerts will now include wind speeds in excess of 65-70 mph.  Our next siren test will be in March.   A number of Skywarn classes are offered yearly.  Several shopping malls such as Novi Mall are now "storm ready."  Plans are continually being made to upgrade our security.  Next will be satellite video conferencing between all our police and fire departments. 

            Emergency response with our other partners include (1) Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and Non-governmental organizations (NGO).   Key to any success is coordination and cooperation.  Everyone must understand goals, objectives, sharing responses, and interoperability.  Interoperability is the ability for all to talk and act together, not just on radio.  This includes everyone from federal, state, county, and local levels.   Southeastern Michigan Urban Area Security Initiative (SEMI UASI) was set up in 2006 to facilitate regional Homeland Security activities.  This consists of City of Detroit and the counties of Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne.   Their mission is to support and enhance preparedness.   Money to pay for this is now allotted by region rather than county or city.  During an emergency, Oakland County or another county may not have every possible resource available, and can request help from others.  

            Individually, volunteers need to have their homes ready for a major emergency; i.e. 7 days of home supplies, a written disaster plan, three days of water, etc.  Once his/her home is secured, the volunteer is better able to assist.  The new website is http://oakgov.com/homelandsecurity.  

(II). Report from John Fleming – K8UP, District 2 Michigan Section ARPSC Emergency Coordinator:

            New stimulated test exercises (SETs) are being planned, including FERMI I & II with Wayne and Monroe Counties.  Oakland County may be asked for volunteer assistance.   Dates have not been set.

            Michigan Section ARPSC is in the planning stage for three new SETs this year.  The first will be in early May.  John will pass along information when more details are available.  Larry Hornsby – KB8POD added that our organization already has two members working on SETS.

(III). "Telegraphy: Wired, Wireless, and Otherwise - Some History That We May Have Missed," Part 1, a Presentation by Jerry Begel – W9NPI.

            Jerry reviewed emerging telecommunications from primitive societies to the telegraph and more recent improvements.    Part II will be presented at the Hazel Park Amateur Radio at their February or March meeting.

(IV). Comments from Larry Hornsby – KB8POD, E.C:

            Larry noticed that some recently issued ARES cards had expired dates.  Check your card.

            The following is the new 2010 Skywarn Class Schedule:

Wednesday, 3 March 2010, 7-9 pm, Oakland County Homeland Security Division, Executive Office Bldg. 41W, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford

Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 6-8 pm, Southfield Civic Center Complex – Auditorium, City of Southfield Library, 26300 Evergreen Road.

Monday, 22 March 2010, 7-9 pm at Groveland Township Fire Department, Station #1; 14645 Dixie Highway at Grange Hall Road in Holly, 48442.

Saturday, 17 April 2010, 10-12 pm, Oakland County Homeland Security Division at Executive Office Building

Saturday, 17 April 2010, 1-3pm, Oakland County Homeland Security Division at Executive Office Building.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010, 6-8 pm at Bloomfield Township Fire Station, 1155 Exeter, Bloomfield Hills, 48302 – SE corner of Andover and Exeter, 1 block south of Long Lake Road.

Monday, 3 May 2010, 7-9pm at Novi PD Training Center, 45125 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi, 48375.

             Reservations are required; call 248-858-5300 or send an email to: ocem@oakgov.com.                     

 (V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

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

             Certificates were passed out to volunteers who participated in 2009 siren testing.    Ten more sirens may be added this year if funding permits.  Last year, 210 or 212 sirens were covered by 181 volunteers.  Everyone is needed for this year's coverage.  Help us by going to the four subnets.    Larry Hornsby – KB8POD added that most people don't know that Mike has spent a great many hours at this job.  If everyone would help, more sirens could be covered.    Two way sirens sometimes have problems that our volunteers pick up.   John Fleming – K8UP added that his wife Marsha – N8FE will handle the SE Siren Subnet on 14 April 2010 at 1 pm.    

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

             "Scary" hands off notices are now ready to tape on hospital radios.  Each team leader is asked to take one and sign that he/she did.  Hopefully, the notice will reduce radio tampering.  Coverage now includes 16 hospitals in Oakland County and one in Genesee County.   Later this month, Jerry will attend a Milford Club meeting to recruit new volunteers for our hospitals.  OCARS recently encouraged members at their last meeting.    

             (3). Presentation from Jim Poehlman – K8ABZ, Membership:

             Jim showed on screen the newest membership form which includes both ARPSC and ARES.  Two categories include new and renewal applications.  This form is expected to be on the http://www.arpsc.com website shortly.   When filling out a new application, one needs to know that Steve Iannucci will request information for a background check.  For a RACES card, either an IS-2 or IS-22 class is needed.  This form will require an ADOBE reader which can be down-loaded from the internet.   There are no dues, but the application will ask you submit a transcript copy of any new FEMA certificate of achievement.   Once the application or renewal is finished, press the submit button.  If you missed something, the form will return you to what still needs to be filled out.  Then you must "submit" everything again.  An option will pop up asking how you send mail, i.e. desktop, internet, or other.  Please select your answer and then push "OK."   Once the form is successfully submitted, copies go to Jim, Larry Hornsby – KB8POD, and Steve Iannucci.  One member pointed out that the form is user friendly and as time goes on, improvements can be made.    

             Query?  The new application requires both a city/town and township.  Some don't have a township.   Answer:  City/town will be what is on your driver's license.  One way to determine your township is to go to the siren list on our website and see what is listed for your location. 

             Query?  Why isn't APRS included?   Answer: Larry Hornsby – KB8POD stated that APRS isn't being used and a check-mark for packet is enough at this time.     

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

             The Waterford EMS Academy has monthly (1) Heartsaver First Aid and CPR classes with certification.  February classes will be on Saturday 13 February 2010 with First Aid from 2-6 pm and CPR from 9am-1pm.  Cost for each course is $20 which includes the required textbook.  Registration and further information is with Ronald Spears, Academy Director at 248-618-7569. 

             (5). Other Items of Interest:

             Maury Davidson – K8SJD stated that he has (1) a wallet size personal emergency information cards and (2) applications for amateur radio license plates.

 Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

4 February 2010

 Corrected and Approved by Larry Hornsby, KB8POD on 2/7/2010.