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 2 June 2010

             On 2 June 2010 at 7 pm, Randy Love - WF5X, this meeting's Moderator for the Oakland County Amateur Radio Public Service Corp (ARPSC), called the meeting to order in the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The order of business included:

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

             The FERMI Exercise (FERMI Nuclear Power Plant, Fermi, Michigan) is coming up later this month. 

             On Saturday, 5 June 2010, there will be (1) Oakland County Siren Test, (2) American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure which begins in Brighton with Shannon Richardson - KD8ATI recruiting hams, and (3) Royal Oak's Oak Apple Run with Mike Van Buren - WD8S in charge of ham volunteers.

             Search for a new Emergency Coordinator (EC) has narrowed to two candidates and new applications are no longer being taken.  A new EC should be announced at the next meeting.

 (II). Presentation: Storm Chasing by Lloyd Suter - N2NGQ, AEC Administration

             About a month ago, Lloyd joined a storm-chasing group studying tornados.  He had several close calls, particularly with one tornado near Gainesville, Greene County, Arkansas.

(III). Interim Co-leader Report - Randy Love -WF5X and Jim Richards - AB8JR:

            Security is very tight for this EOC building.  You must have a photo I.D. or have someone vouch for you as you come in.  A driver's license will not get you in the building.  Rory Locke-KC8SZR added that members shouldn't let anyone into the building if they don't know him/her.

            One Skywarn net took place since the last meeting.   In the future, standby nets may be started before the official net.  If the Skywarn net condition suddenly becomes yellow or red, net control may accept check-ins for fifteen minutes.  This check-in period may not occur if conditions do not allow the time.  If you have checked into a net and need to leave, do let our net control know.   It is important to know the status of each participating member and that you are safe or safely off. 

            Club Liaison and National Traffic System (NTS) positions are currently vacant and each needs a volunteer.  The NTS position may be combined with another position.   Recently, the SEMTN (Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net) has moved from 145.330 Mhz to Spirit of 76 repeater on 146.760/100pl.   Net time is still 10:15 pm Eastern.  Even if one doesn't handle NTS messages, do tune in and learn how the system works.  Field Day offers bonus points for handling NTS traffic either by voice, packet, or CW.  NTS begins at the local level such as SEMTN, where they, if needed, will pass the message on to an appropriate state or national level. 

            Woodward Dream Cruise is coming up on Saturday, 21 August 2010 and Berkley CruiseFest Parade on Friday evening 20 August 2010.   Both ham volunteers and a team leader are needed.

(IV). AEC-Management Team Reports:

             (1). (AEC) Rory Lock KC8SZR, Net Operations and Monthly Report:

             Rory needs a volunteer to take over the monthly report.  This report reflects our efforts and is turned over to the ARRL and the county.   Monthly volunteer hours are complied from events, special projects, and almost anything ARPSC.   Results give us leverage for grant money and to keep radio frequencies.  

             (2). Report from (AEC) Randy Love WF5X, Repeaters and Computers:

             Our APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) computer screen desktop needs a clean-up every 3-4 months due to a small issue with the USB to serial adapter for connecting the computer to a radio interface.  Randy does not know if Steve Murphy - N8NM, County Radios has had time to service the Commerce receive site or if the site is now online.  Communications with Brandon Township can be difficult because signals go over a ridge.   Our 440 machine (444.325 MHz/107.2pl) seems to working well and appears to be useable all the way to Ferndale.

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

            Several classes are planned: (1) a CPR + AED (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation + Automated External Defibrillator) class of nine is being planned for possibly June 17 or 18th.  Members on the sign-up sheet will be contacted by phone. (2)  Damage Assessment Class by Barry Kaufman - WD8JWM is tentatively planned for 9-12 am on 17 July 2010.     

(V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

            (1). Report from Jerry Begel W9NPI, Hospital Communication Teams:

             Last week's Hospital Net had 15/17 hospitals check-in.  The remaining two are expected to check into the next regular Thursday night net.    More volunteers are needed to run these radios.  Coming up is a Region 2 North Hospital Conference with medical administration.  As a backup communication system, amateur radio has been asked to attend and put on a display.            

             (2). Report from Murray Scott KE8UM, Logistics:

             A PK-232 data controller is now connected to the Yaesu FT-1000 transceiver in the back room and can run various digital modes.  Software programs need to be installed on one of the computers so that the PK-232 can be used for operations.  

             (3). Report from Jim Poehlman K8ABZ, Membership:

             The membership and renewal application is working well now.   Information generated saves time by directly going to the E.C, Steve Iannucci, and Jim.    Approximately 67 out of about 200 members have already used this.    Anyone completing an Independent Study Program (ISP) by FEMA must provide a certificate of achievement to Jim proving they have successfully completed a course.    For a RACES card, either an IS-2 or IS-22 class will be needed.     

             (4). Report from Gary Sklar K8IKW, Events and Dates of Interest:

             Field Day location for several local clubs will be: (1) Hazel Park ARC at Hazelwood Properties near exit 101 of I-75 at the west end of Holdridge Road; (2) Milford ARC near Rose Center Road and Chana, and (3) OCARS at Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg.  

 6 June 2010 - Chelsea Amateur Radio Club Swap

20 June 2010 - Monroe County Radio Communications Association Swap (beware that I-275 has a major construction problems).

26-27 June 2010 - ARRL Field Day     

             (5). Report from Mike Nebel N3BEL, Sirens:

             So far this year, 121/237 sirens have been covered.  There are four new sirens that subnet control operators will need to include.   Before starting a siren net, subnet control operators are requested to first check into W8OAK to acknowledge they are ready to start.   Mike notes six husband and wife teams have assisted: (1) Al and Sandy Craddock, (2) Bob and Luna Joye, (3) Peter and Deborah Linke, (4) Randy and Lisa Love, (5) Dennis and Maria Owens, and (6) John and Marsha Fleming. 

  Report from Joe Miller KJ8O, Special Events:          

             Joe is resigning on 30 June 2010 and a new Special Events officer will be needed.  The group is most appreciative of his hard work and everything he has done.  His last assignment will be Field Day, where phone and CW volunteers will be needed at the EOC.   Field Day will begin Saturday 2 pm on 26 June 2010 and continue to 2 pm on Sunday.   Tech licensees at Field Day will be able to use a wider variety of frequencies while under General and Extra hams.  For new hams, this is a great way to see what ham radio is about.   Randy Love - WF5X noted that Field Day is one of those events that brings ham radio all together and shouldn't be missed.    Larry Hornsby - KB8POD mentioned that a number hams will probably spend time with their own club on Field Day and hopes they will also stop by to help the EOC station.     

 (VI). Other Items of Interest:

Jim Walden - N8DHZ is in Beaumont Hospital on life-support.  
There will be a new ham radio display at the West Bloomfield Library during the last two weeks of August.
Walt Van Gorp - WD8RCH has Skywarn decals for sale at $4 each at our meetings. 
Scout America - Northridge District is selling tickets at the American Legion Post. 
2010 Bike MS will include (1) West Michigan MS 150 (Holland) on 11-12 June 2010;
(2) Mid Michigan Bike MS 150 pm on 17-18 July (Linden), and Bavarian Bike MS (Frankenmuth) on 25- 26 September 2010. 
QCVA - Chapter 215 (Quarter Century Wireless Association) has applications available - see Maury Davidson - K8SJD.  
Southfield Amateur Radio Service recently graduated 17 new amateurs who are now active within our county. 
John Fleming - K8UP has Extra Class manuals which he needs to sell. 
Milford ARC will be holding new Tech classes this fall.

             Amateur radio classes will be held for 12 weeks beginning in September at the Southfield, Michigan EOC.  Tech Classes will be taught by Marsha Fleming - N8FE and Rich Urbano - KC8WPW on Monday nights at 7-9 pm and General Class on Tuesday nights at 7-9 pm by John Fleming - K8UP.  The only cost is $20 for the book.   

 Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

3 June 2010

 Modifications/corrections by R. Love, WF5X, AEC - Repeater/Computers/Systems