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 1 May 2013

            On 1 May 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 Randy Love – WF5X, District Two EC.

            On Saturday, 11 May 2013, there will be a state wide stimulated test exercise (SET) using HF bands.   

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

            Our 2 meter W8OAK repeater is still experiencing difficulties and is waiting to be serviced by the county radio department.     

            On 20 April 2013, our ARPSC participated in the Michigan QSO Party.  Operators were Gerry - K8GT, Jay - WB8SBI, Randy - WF5X, Mark - K8ED, Pete - K8PGJ, Fred - WE8P, and Jim - AB8JR.    Five antennas used were used; 2 for side band, 2 for CW and one mixed use   They included one inverted “v” antenna, three full size G5RV’s, one half size G5GV, and one 20 meter vertical.   Close to 1000 feet of coaxial cable was used.   Band-pass filters made quite a difference in reception.   Total contacts were 1290 (previous year ~900) with 804 on sideband and 486 on CW.   Seventy-seven out of 83 Michigan counties were worked.  Lapeer County was missed, as well as the usual rarer contact counties   Congratulations go to everyone who participated.           

            Last Saturday on 27 April 2013, Jim met in Lansing for an EC meeting.  While there, a Michigan State Police cyber intelligence expert gave an interesting presentation on how you can protect yourself online.   After poling members, Jim plans to have a similar presentation at a future meeting.  The topic will be how to improve personal security when you go on the web.

            County insurance coverage for ARPSC members is being reviewed at the State level.  So far known, there is no change.

            The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point will be presenting a special event – Museum Ships on the Air, 1-2 June 2013.   Ships participating will be the Carl D. Bradley and Daniel J. Morrell.

            The Oak Apple Run will be held in Royal Oak on Saturday, 1 June 2013.   Mike Van Buren – WD8S is in charge of amateur radio communications and is asking for volunteers.  This year the new 5K race walk covers additional roadways and needs even more volunteers.  If interested, please contact Mike at wd8s@comcast.net.    On Wednesday 29 May 2013, there will be an organizational meeting about 6:30 pm at the Royal Oak First United Methodist Church in which assignments are given, as well as free piazza and a t-shirt to volunteers.  Volunteers at the run will need to bring their own hand-held 2 meter radio for communications with net control.     

            Pete Gladysz – K8PGJ, Operations is vacationing in China. 

            Dayton Hamvention is 17-19 May 2013 and many members will again be there this year.

(III). Presentation by Steve Iannucci, Homeland Security Division – Oakland County:

“How to Respond When an Active Shooter is in Your Vicinity”

             Briefly, lessons in mass shootings have changed thinking on how to respond. The Columbine High School Shootings (Jefferson County, Colorado on 20 April 1991) showed time cannot be taken for police responders to first assemble.    Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia 16 April 2007) showed potential victims must not remain frozen in place, but need immediately to take evasive action to protect one’s self.   The average police response time is 7 minutes and those in harm’s way need to plan how they will survive those 7 minutes. 

             From a hand-out: One needs to quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect one’s self with an active shooter.   There are three possible choices.

 (1). Quickly evacuate by planning an escape route.  Leave belongings behind and keep hands visible in front of police so that they know there is nothing in your hands.

 (2). If one cannot evacuate…hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view.  Block the entry to your hiding place and lock doors.  By all means, get behind something that stops bullets.  Remember that bullets can come through walls.

 (3). If neither is possible…take action as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.  Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.  Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.

             There is a victim’s proper response when law enforcement arrives on the scene:

 (1) Remain calm, and follow officer’s instructions.  Immediately raise hands and spread fingers.  They may not know who the shooter is.  Keep hands visible at all times.  Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety.  Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling.  Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating; just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises. 

(2). Give Information to law enforcement or 911 operator: Location, number, physical description of active shooter or shooters; number and type of weapons used by shooter(s); number of potential victims at location.

             Also, recognizing certain signs that an associate may become potentially violent is important.   If such a person surfaces, alert your human resources department.  Indicators of potentially violent behavior include:

increasing use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs

increasing unexplained absenteeism

increasing  vague physical complaints, depression/withdrawal

increasing in severe mood swings, unstable responses

increasing talk about home problems

increasing unsolicited comments about violence, firearms or other dangerous weapons, and violent crimes                                 

 (IV). AEC-Management Team Reports:

             (1). Report from Fred Czubak – WE8P, Administration

             Fred showed slides about our 2013 ARPSC volunteer hour results from January through March.  

             (2). Report from Jim Richards – W8JJR, SkyWarn (Yes, there are 2 Jim Richards):

             Members were reminded that if they do not hear Skywarn nets on W8OAK, go to the Clarkston Repeater at 146.840MHz/100hz.  This may be due to W8OAK transmission difficulties.  On occasion, both frequencies may be used for dual nets if the situation warrants.    

             (3). 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 requires additional control net operators.

 (V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

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

             Our ARPSC has one new member this last month.  Jim - AB8JR added that we have about 160+ members, but find some members are hard to track when they move, or lose interest, or even die.  Steve Iannucci suggested a roster be placed on the bulletin board in the next or future meetings for member input. 

            (2) Report from Mark Shaw – K8ED, National Traffic System (NTS) Communications:

Mark reminds members that the NTS has a net every night at 10:15 pm on the 146.760/100hz repeater system.

             (3). Report from Dave Roberts – KD8RDG, Siren Coordinator and Jim Richards –AB8JR:

             The April test was cancelled, so that we are a month behind on covering all 262 sirens in Oakland County.   Next Saturday, 4 May 2013 will be the next test and everyone is encouraged to participate.   Please go to your nearest subnet coordinator for assignments.  Siren subnet frequencies can be found on our website – arpsc.com.

             Query: Will there be new updated maps of the sirens?   Answer: Not for now, but volunteers can go to the subnet coordinator for a location description.   Costs for a new set of maps are a problem.  If any are issued in the future, they probably will show only new sirens. 

             Query: Can a map of sirens be placed on our website?  No, there is an issue regarding disclosure of siren locations over the internet. 

             Query: Can a map be put in electronic form and issued only to members?   Answer: Will consider this.

             Query: Some sirens seem to go off several minutes early and some are late.  Why?   Two facilities – one here at the EOC and the other in Southfield set the sirens off.  They are not completely coordinated in times.  Also, the sirens are set off over an EMS frequency.  Permission to use has to be given before the siren tone can be activated.  This may advance or delay the signal.    


Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

2 May 2013

May Minutes read and approved by Jim Richards, EC