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 June 2012

            On 6 June 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:

            Summertime is here again and agencies are planning new exercises.  Currently, most involve fire departments.   Steve thanked siren volunteers for their participation.  County and ARPSC water tower antennas have been temporality transferred to lower sites.   During this time, transmissions may or may not be as good.  Volunteers need to be sure that communications are working.

            There will be CERT Classes (Community Emergency Response Teams) with Mike Roper on 18-21 June 2012 from 6 to 9:30 pm at CREST (Combined Regional Emergency Training Service Center), Oakland Community College.   Ten openings still remain.  Call the EOC at 248-353-5300 to reserve a spot.  Future CERT classes are planned for Rochester, Bloomfield Hills Township, and Brandon Township later in the summer. 

Steve notes that only communities have CERT teams, not counties.  Once someone completes a CERT course, he/she joins a community CERT.   Active teams can be found in Rochester Hills, Southfield, Novi, Brandon Township, Bloomfield Township, Wixom, and Walled Lake.   At the present time, there are no further CERT classes scheduled for the remainder of the summer months.  New CERT teams are in Rochester, Holly, Ferndale/Pleasant Ridge/Royal Oak Township (joint), Oxford Township, Royal Oak, and Waterford Township. 

In addition, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) can be found in Waterford Township, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Royal Oak, and Holly. Neighborhood watches exist in Pontiac, Novi, Hazel Park, Waterford, and Royal Oak Township.

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

             There is nothing new to report.   Jim Richards – AB8JR mentions that sometime this week Wayne County ARPSC will have a Metro Airport exercise.  

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

             Our W8OAK repeater antenna has been moved to a lower location for about six weeks.  Our repeater is still useable.  If for some reason transmissions become a problem or we need dual nets, our activities could transfer to (1st) Clarkston 146.840/100hz  and/or (2nd) DART 146.640/100hz.  

                    It’s estimated that 25,000 hams attended the Dayton Hamvention last month.   Jim purchased a new BaoFeng UV-5R dual-band 2 meter/440 transceiver with 1 and 4 watt outputs for the price of $65.    To program it, he chose to use “CHIRP” software and found the radio with supplied antenna could transmit to a distant 440 station.

             Jim and Pete may have Field Day at the EOC, but plans are not final.  For many, Field Day is spent with a local club.       

             Notice: Next month’s July meeting will fall on 4 July 2012.   After a discussion with members, Jim cancelled the July meeting.   Our next meeting will be Wednesday, 1 August 2012 at 7 pm in the EOC.

     Passwords for the website LinkedIn.com have been hacked.  Members need to change their pass word.  Biggest problem is a password may be the same one members use on other websites.

             Condolences were expressed on the 26 May 2012 death of Ted Davis’ mother, Mrs. Diann Kay Murray of Clarkston.  

             The Woodward Dream Cruise is schedule again for August 17th and 18th and volunteers are needed.  A sign up sheet was circulated.  The Brooksie Way Half Marathon is also scheduled for the first Sunday in October.  Volunteers are need as well for that event,

 (IV). Report from Lloyd Suter – N2NGQ, Training/VE Testing and others:

             Plans are being made for training and credentialing members.  Current requirement for a RACES card and Oakland County ARPSC members is IS-22 (“Are You Ready -  An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness).”   Some members questioned whether RACES needs to increase this requirement, since it allows members to pass through police lines when the county requests their assistance.   

             Oakland County ARPSC requirements for member deployment will be the successful completion of ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700 and ICS-800.   Advanced credentialing will be necessary for volunteers assisting in other counties and will reduce the possibility of being rejected.

             On the other hand, State recommendations not only include the above four courses, but adds FEMA ICS-300 (NIMS).     ICS-300 is a State-administered program requiring two days attendance and costs $250.   Randy Love – WF5X states ICS-300 is needed to enter the State EOC.   Washtenaw County ARPSC is the only known county to have this on their books.    At least one member questioned whether this class was directed towards high level administrative personnel. 

             Currently, efforts are being made to standardize ICS course requirements with other county ARPSC’s.   This process is still evolving.

             At the last meeting, Jim Richards – AB8JR, EC eliminated ICS-300 for its Oakland County members.   In the future, this county ARPSC will concentrate training with four classes.  Members can either take these courses on-line or attend future classes.   Members were polled on what classes they wanted and also which class was needed the most by members.

             Oakland County ARPSC credentialing will be handled by Ron Miotke – WD8MNX, Membership.   At this time, we have two ICS lists for our members - membership lists and EOC files.   The EOC list requires members to submit a copy of their certificate of completion.  The two will be integrated, updated, and then entered into a future standardized credential form.  

             Jim Richards – AB8JR adds a warning to members: Never self deploy without the county government actually requesting, acknowledging, and registering their service.    Insurance and liability issues are the reason.             

             Ed Peters – KD8EEY stated his desire to see a refresher class this summer for ICS 700 and ICS 800 if there is enough interest.  Many members agreed and Ed and Lloyd Suter will be working on developing the class.

 (V). Report from Shannon Richardson – KD8ATI for Mike Vander Veer – KD8ATK, Net Operations:

             On 25 June 2012, Dennis Fleischer – N8BMB will have a class on Skywarn Net Control Operations.  This will be at the Macomb Intermediate School on Garfield Road, about ½ mile south of M-59, at 7 pm in room 104.    

 (VI). Presentation: “Museum Ships on Air” by Peter Gladysz, K8PGJ:

             Pete recently participated in a special event station which honors historic ships and their communications.  This group had 10 operators and 6 working radios.    Their location was at Rogers City, Michigan and involved the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum.  Their special ship was the S.S. Cedarville which sank in 1965.  During the event, some 92 ships participated in communications.  Challenges included setting up a two element beam on 20 meters and adding resonant dipoles for 80, 20, 17 and 15 meter bands.  Results were 2393 QSO’s within 21 hours of operation and achieved contacts with all 50 states and 47 countries.  Pete found it to be excellent practice for emergency communications.  Next year, they plan a similar special event station at the Forty Mile Point Lighthouse, which about 7 miles from Rogers City.   Ships to be honored will be Edmund Fitzgerald, Carl D. Bradley, and Daniel J. Morrell.   This will also become a lighthouse special event station.  Additional volunteers are wanted.

             Jim Richards – AB8JR mentioned that special event stations are sometimes so popular that there are contact “pile-ups.”   One doesn’t often see this in other contesting.             

 (V). AEC-Management Team Reports:

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

             Volunteers are needed for the Woodward Dream Cruise (18 August 2012) and the Berkley Cruisefest.    Official requests usually come about a week before the events, but plans need to be started now.   If interested, email to Pete at pgladysz@aol.com.

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

            Old computers in Radio Room will be replaced with three new ones.  Previous programming will need to be installed.   

 (V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

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

             Last month, 37 sirens were checked.  Subnet operators will receive a new list of sirens to be checked next month. 

 (2). Report from Jim Richards – AB8JR for Mark Schurig – KC8WPS, Hospital Communication Teams:           

            The next Hospital Net will be on 27 June 2012 and use 147.510 simplex.   Programmed channel 17 on our ICOM IC-2820 radios has this.   Mark Shurig – KC8WPS, Hospital Communication Team Leader, will confirm this to hospital team leaders later.

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

NTS meets every night on the Spirit of 76 Repeater on 146.760/100hz at 1015 pm.   

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

             March 1 to June 1, 2012 was the hottest in NWS records.

 (VI). New and Other Items of Interest:

 1. Marsha Fleming – N8FE announced that the K8UP unveiling of his Jewish tombstone marker will be Sunday, 10 June 2012 at the Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak at 1130 am sharp.  Immediately afterward, there will be food at Marsha’s house.    

 Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

7 June 2012

Minutes read and corrected by Jim Richards- AB8JR, EC