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 6 February 2013

 

On 6 February 2013 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:

 

It is still not known when the new repeater voter and controller will be installed.  County radio service is swamped with the 800 MHz system, reinstalling antenna systems on the water tower, and many other duties. 

 

There are currently 262 Oakland County sirens to cover this year.  Tracey has been in Ann Arbor getting a permit for a related item along the county border.    

 

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

 

            Washtenaw County ARPSC has a new EC.

 

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

 

            Although the water tower is finished, our repeater continues with problems.  Last Thursday night’s net had audio drop-outs.  

 

            Our next meeting on 6 March 2013 is cancelled.  Instead there will be a Skywarn Class held 7-9 pm at the Executive Office Building, 41W, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.   Reservations for this class can be obtained by calling Oakland County Homeland Security at 248-858-5300.     Our next meeting will be Wednesday, 3 April 2013 and is our annual dinner meeting.   Reservations for this can be made at the same phone number. 

 

            The 1st Oakland County Siren test will be Saturday, 2 March 2013 at 1 pm.  Check early with your subnet leader for an assignment.  This reduces the possibility of two persons covering the same siren or covering one that was previously checked.   The 2nd Siren Test of the year will be held Wednesday, April 17 at 1:30 pm.  Please note that there will not be a siren test on Saturday 6 April 2013. 

 

            Mark your calendars for Saturday, 27 April 2013.  This will be our spring stimulated test exercise (SET) and more details later.   Our ARPSC will be joining Macomb County for a joint inter-county exercise.  Possibly, Wayne County may join us. 

 

            County insurance coverage for ARPSC volunteers was recently reviewed.  This arose when CERT teams questioned their coverage.  Steve Iannucci took this to the county legal council who reported both CERT and ARPSC are indemnified, but not for personal injury to one’s self.   The county self insures for the first one million dollars.  Steve added that a group could obtain its own insurance to cover missing elements.

 

            2012 Michigan QSO Party results are in.  W8OAK came in first for Emergency Operation Center stations and 2nd overall in the State.   Congratulations go to everyone who helped!

 

            The new Oakland County ARPSC identification cards have been passed out to members.  If some member doesn’t have one, please send an email to Steve Ianucci at ianuccis@oakgov.com

 

            Jim found an interesting app for a smartphone.  This is called RadarScope which gives color radar weather images and sells for $9.99.

 

(IV). Sno*Drift Pro Rally and Cayman Islands Report by Peter Gladysz, K8PGJ.

 

Sno*Drift Rally is important to us because it is an emergency communication training forum for ARES, RACES and EmCom.   This rally could not occur without the support of the ham radio community who donates their time, equipment, and expertise.

 

            The Sno Drift Pro Rally takes place during the last week end of every January.  This year it was 25-26 January, 2013.  The location was Atlanta, Montmorency County, Michigan where contestants drove 242 total miles with 131 being stage - race miles.  This year, the rally had 250 volunteers which included 74 amateur radio operators from the U.S. and Canada.   Ham radio goal is to organize and conduct amateur radio communications for the race.   To get the best possible rally radio coverage, they used two local repeaters, added two temporary repeaters, and also used simplex.

 

            Problems encountered included cross-talk into the antennas at the hotel’s operation center.   In the future, these antennas need to be spread apart more.   Low snowfall limited use of snowmobile observers.  Spectators and locals needed guidance to stay out of rally path.    Race stages required tight timing and control so that each one could take place safely and on time.  With race speeds up to 120 mph, careful observation and monitoring was essential.

 

Pete Gladysz also went to the Cayman Islands and spent time using amateur radio.  A radio group in the Cayman Islands has 3 HF towers which can be used for 12, 15, 17, 20, 40 and 80 meter bands.   With a little luck on good propagation, great antennas, and a semi-rare call sign of ZF2 (Cayman Islands), Pete communicated with other amateurs for a week.  This included entering the North American Operator Contest (NAOP).   He used a daily signal propagation map which indicated which bands were strongest at certain times and when to change to another.  His contacts totaled 1206 with 49 states and 59 countries.

 

(V). AEC-Management Team Reports:

 

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

 

            Details for the 27 April 2013 SET will be announced at the March or April meeting.

 

            (2). Report from Jim Richards – AB8JR for Mike Vander Veer – KD8ATK, Net Operations:

 

            Volunteers are needed for net control and Skywarn operations.  If interested, email to Mike Vander Veer at kd8atk@wowway.com or let Jim Richards – W8JJR know.  Several simultaneous nets may be needed with certain emergencies and this will require more control net operators.

 

            (3). Report from Lloyd Suter – N2NGQ, Training/VE Testing:

 

            The January 2013 training classes for IS 22, 100, 200, 700, 800 have been completed.   Congratulations, Lloyd for your hard work. 

 

(V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

 

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

 

            There are two new members.  Ron recently attended a FEMA IS-300 class for mid-level police, fire, EMS, and other personnel.  This class showed him a different perspective with incident command.

 

            (2). Report from Jim Richards – AB8JR for Ted Davis – N8ZSA, Sirens:

 

            A new siren spread sheet is being made up and will be distributed to subnet leaders.

 

            Marsh Fleming, N8FE mentioned that Ed Walton – N8LBS will be the SE Oakland County net control for March.   She wants as many volunteers as possible to show.  Once the SE net siren coverage is complete, she can dispatch people to other areas.   In April, Marsha will be back and running the net from the Southfield EOC.      

           

Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

7 February 2013

Minutes approved by Jim Richards ab8jr, EC