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 4 April 2012

            On 4 April 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:

            Please note the next siren test will be on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 at 1 pm. 

            Oakland County Skywarn Classes have already begun.  To register, please call 248-858-5300.   Remaining classes are:

1 – Saturday, 14 April 2012, 10 am to noon at Oakland County Homeland Security Division (EOC 41W), 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.  This is reported to be full.

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

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

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

            Steve notes that the Oakland County ARPSC is now averaging two new members per month.

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

            Last month, District Two Coordinator’s Meeting was held with the purpose of improving emergency cooperation between counties.  Included was a discussion about using simplex frequencies to link counties.  

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

            Skywarn has been activated twice this year.  Since the last one, bad weather has settled down, but not for others.  Jim saw the tornado film from Dallas where a TV helicopter showed truck trailers being tossed into the air possibly as high as 200 – 250 feet.  Members need to be prepared should bad weather strike here. 

            Currently, it takes an IS-22 course to get a RACES card in Oakland County.    Some other counties require a different set of classes for their requirements.  Should extra assistance be needed by another county, acceptance of Oakland County RACES members may be a problem.   After some discussion between District Two North counties, it was decided that a RACES card holder should have IS-100, IS-300, IS-700, and IS-800.    Currently, these IS classes are recommendations rather than requirements.   Sometime in 2014, these will become requirements when yearly RACES card is reissued.     

            Query:  What is the rational to require IS-800?  Jim Richards – AB8JR stated that he doesn’t have an answer, except that IS-800 is federal level incident command, is recommended by the State Police and the ARRL and provides further insight into the Incident Command System for large scale emergencies. Additionally, it will be in keeping with the standards for other counties in District 2.      

Query: How many members would be interested in a classroom IS-800?    A number of members indicated a positive interest.    Larry Hornsby – KB8POD added these classes help our role in starting up a net and then sending someone out in the field.  The volunteer needs to know how to conduct himself/herself and how to handle amateur radio communications.    

            Once a member successfully completes a class, be sure to make a copy of the certificate of completion for the office.   To find these courses, go online to FEMA or Independent Studies.  Even better, go to Google and enter “training.fema.gov” and one will be directed to the right site.    To request a transcript of completed courses, go to http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/downloads/tranrqst1.pdf .  If the website doesn’t directly take you to this, enter “Transcript Request Form” at “training.fema.gov” website.

Query: What is IS-250?    It is called “Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF 15) - External Affairs: A New Approach to Emergency Communication and Information Distribution.”  It provides basic training on procedures to all FEMA external affairs staff.  Jim Richards – AB8JR believes this may be useful.   This secretary wonders if the title could be changed.

            At a recent District Two North meeting, simplex communications between county emergency centers were discussed, possibly using the 220 band.   Dale Williams – WA8EFK is currently looking for grant money to assist the counties.  

            Our normal 2 May 2012 meeting is cancelled.  In its place will be a scheduled Skywarn Class from 7 to 9 pm in the Oakland County Executive Office Building.  

(IV). AEC-Management Team Reports:

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

 Our group will hold its Michigan QSO Party on Saturday, 21 April 2012 at the EOC from noon to midnight.     Pete hopes to have 5 working stations using 10 to 80 meters.  Last year’s QSO’s numbered 999.

Last year’s Skywarn Recognition Day was on 3-4 December and had more than 500 QSO’s to finish 8th nationally.  The winning team had 1600 using 29 operators.     Jim Richards – AB8JR enjoyed joining forces with the National Weather Service. 

From a slide presented by Pete Gladysz – K8PGJ:

FCC, Hams, and CC&R’s

 Any day, the FCC is expected to put out a call for amateur radio information about CC&R’s (covenants, conditions and restrictions) which was mandated by Congress.   When the call goes out, there will be very short time of about 45 days to accumulate this and get it sent to the FCC.  The ARRL is or will be setting up a special form to gather this information from hams.    They will put this into special databases and spreadsheets for formal presentations.  Once the FCC publishes this notice, everything has to go ASAP, but not until requested.   What the ham can do now is the following:

(1). If a ham is living in an antenna restricted community with a CC&R., make a copy of their CC&R and highlight the restriction.   This should be a city wide or township deed restriction and not a zoning law or local subdivision restriction.  Also, describe one’s attempts to get the restrictions changed and if these interfered in anyway with emergency participation.

(2). If a ham has been part of radio emergency response (ARES, RACES, Skywarn, etc, but not drills), give specifics – dates, type, location, and which agencies were served.   Where there enough hams to meet needs?  Note whether one worked from home station (as in 911 outages, hurricane nets, skywarn) and was limited in ability or couldn’t carry out effective communications because of restrictions.

Do not send anything yet until the FCC’s posts their request.  Then, send it to the ARRL.                    

            (2). Report from Fred Czubak – KD8CMD, Administration

            This year’s volunteer man-hours picked up in March.  Last year, Oakland County ARPSC accumulated 5486 volunteer hours.

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

            Volunteer net controls continue to be needed for nets including the 17 May 2012 net.  This is the same time as the Dayton, Ohio Hamvention when many members are out of town. 

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

            Lloyd was recently called by the Red Cross to assess the Dexter tornado damage. He showed slides of home damage.  Shortly after the Dexter tornado, his daughter in Texas called him reporting a tornado came within one block of her home.  Lloyd asked members - what we can do to help as amateur radio people?

            In brief, he included the following:  If a TV camera man requests information, direct him to the Incident Commander.   If one is walking about in a disaster area, be very careful to check hazardous situations to your own safety; i.e. unstable debris.    Do pre-plan for emergencies by preparing for yourself and your family.  Be sure you have enough supplies to last for a few days; better for at least a week.   If you are out on the road and your car breaks down, make sure you have a blanket, candle or flashlight, and drinking water.   When one has a tornado warning and no basement, go to a room which has no windows.   It is very possible for a disaster to leave one without electrical power for some time, so consider a generator.   Local roads may be damaged.  Food stores and gas stations may be closed from loss of electric power.  Even if they have a backup generator, the credit card system may be down.  Local hospitals may have patient surges which become a real problem.  Suggestions to consider include (1) have a family disaster plan, (2) secure your family early-on, (3) identify and take protective measures for specific hazards.   In order to help our Oakland County ARPSC, take the recommended IS classes.   A volunteer needs to first protect his family, himself/herself, and then help his neighborhood.          

(V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

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

            Our ARPSC website will soon have a new format for people to sign up or renew membership.   It will be entirely electronic and will reduce handling time.   Jim Richards – AB8JR showed members a new website front page which is still being tested.      

            (2). Report from Ted Davis – N8ZSA, Sirens:

            Hot siren RSE-05 in Rose Township will now be covered at the next test.  Ted is waiting for a new list of hot sirens for next month.

            Query: Members were asked who might be interested coming to a siren test breakfast at 10:30 am and then go to a “rarely covered” siren before 1 pm.    Marsha Fleming – N8FE asked volunteers to cover a siren somewhere else in addition to their usual nearby siren. 

            (3). Report on Hospital Communication Teams:   

            Mark had to leave early tonight.  Fifteen out of 17 hospitals checked into the 29 March 2012 Net.   Jim Richards – AB8JR asks those volunteers who cover more than one hospital to now select only one.  Please let the team leaders of each hospital know your choice.  More volunteers are urgently needed for Doctor’s Hospital of Pontiac, St. John Providence – Southfield, and Oakland Regional Hospital – Southfield.  

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

            MICON/EC meeting took place recently.  Morrie took time to explain the NWS terms of “artic oscillation positive and negative.”  March 2012 had the warmest temperatures on record for Detroit.    Because weather can go bad at any time, check your amateur radio equipment now and be prepared for summer.     

(VI). New and Other Items of Interest:

(1). 2 June 2012 (Saturday): Oak Apple Run needs 45-50 amateur radio volunteers to assist.  Recent Royal Oak funding cutbacks place a greater need for your help.  If interested, please contact Mike Van Buren – WD8S at wd8s@arrl.net.

(2). Last September 2011, contesting by the QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association), Chapter 215 - Metro Detroit with Mark Shaw – K8ED, accumulated 1250 points to make 2nd place in its QSO contest.

(3). USECA has a Go-Bag Contest on 9 April 2012.  Meeting starts at 7:30 pm, and a meal about 6 pm costs $5.  Go-Bags will be judged for certain qualities and is open to any licensed amateur radio operator.  Location is Mt. Clemens Elks Club, 179 South Main Street, Mount Clemens, Michigan.  Talk-in is 147.180/100pl.      

(4). 14 April 2012 – Milford Swap and Shop at Highland, Michigan.  Website is http://www.qsl.net/w8ydk.

(5). City of Troy Historical Society requests a volunteer to put on a ham radio display in their museum and possibly give a talk on the subject.   If interested, please contact Dave Roberts at kd8rdg@arrl.net.  

 

Respectfully submitted, James R. Murphy, N8SML
Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC
5 April 2012
Minutes corrected and approved by Jim Richards - AB8JR, EC