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 7 July 2010

            On 7 July 2010 at 7 pm, John Fleming - K8UP, District 2 Michigan Section ARPSC Emergency Coordinator 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:

            Two stimulated test exercises (SETs) recently took place including (1) setting up an emergency hospital at Willow Run in Wayne County and (2) FERMI II.  Arrow Amateur Radio Club assisted Ann Arbor's 4th of July Celebration.   Various clubs had their Field Day on the last weekend of June.  Field Day for John was with the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club.

            The new EC for Oakland County ARPSC is Jim Richards - AB8JR who took over this meeting.  Congratulations Jim!

 (II). Report from Steve Iannucci, Homeland Security Division Oakland County:

            Woodward Dream Cruise is Saturday, 21 August 2010.  An official request for assistance hasn't arrived but is expected when they meet in two weeks.   On Sunday, 3 October 2010, the Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5K Race will need additional amateur radio volunteers. 

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

            Jim thanked John Fleming - K8UP for his assistance on his appointment.  Second in command will be Randy Love - WF5X who has an extensive background in public safety.   Congratulations, Randy! 

            Jim's goal is to restructure the organization along more classic business models. The organization structure will limit the span of control to 3 to 5 people.    This would bring the ARPSC closer to business models.   Jim believes in a team approach for developing new ideas and implementing changes.  This brings in the collective experience, skills and wisdom of all members.  A preliminary organizational chart will be made up showing a clear chain of command.

             Succession management is made by stacking people three deep to handle duties, problems, and events.  Over the next months, strategic planning will review our biggest customers such as Oakland County government and Skywarn, as well as assisting other organizations.   Input from everyone is part of the plan and Jim will make himself accessible to all.  Do let Jim know your interests so that he can fit you into plans and teams.  Planning includes determining what our capabilities are, where best to expand, and developing formulated guidelines.  Our organization will be built or adjusted around these plans.

             More training is essential and will include radio arts and Skywarn classes.  For instance, Skywarn training includes; 1) NWS spotter training, 2) radio practices for activation, 3) Field spotter training and 4) net control classes.  We will be developing 3 or 4 teams of 4 operators for SkyWarn net control operations.   Another area is digital modes where hands-on activities during meetings and classes could be used to develop skills.  Jim's goal is to have three very active SETs per year, involving subnets, traveling, and dealing with multiple emergencies at the same time.   One recent Skywarn alert required two separate nets to operate at the same time.   Our leadership position is to get everyone involved, and to grow people.  This comes from the DANA Corporation where they had five people deep in some positions.  These people are trained in teams to take on duties and deployment and can interchange with other teams.  

              Jim thanked Larry Hornsby - KB8POD and Joe Miller - KJ8O and everyone else participating on Field Day for our ARPSC.

 (IV). Presentation - Oakland County Harris M/A-COM Radio System by Officer Peter Matejcik, Bloomfield Township and ARPSC Member:

             Public Safety for Oakland County has a new radio communications system designed to be used by police, fire, EMS, and hospitals.  This makes use of Harris software in a M/A COM radio system which supports multiple networks.   It is capable of emergency communications between public safety agencies.  This system permits transformation from older public safety systems with its 800 MHz frequencies to the newer 700 MHz frequencies for public safety.   Pete uses the name of OakWin for this new Oakland County system and considers it superior to MPSCS (Michigan's Public Safety Communications System).   Overall control for the Oakland County system is handled at local level.    Patching to other counties is possible.  

             Public Safety communication towers are being added in the county and already can be heard outside the county in downtown Lapeer and Frankenmuth.   Coming soon will be Macomb and Wayne County networks.   A mobile radio made for this is the Harris M7200 digital two-way radio which provides multi-mode functions, dual band operation, a battery back-up lasting up to 12-17 hours of operation.  Each radio has a unique identifier and IP address and can be programmed over the air.     If stolen or lost, it can be disabled.  The radio system permits multi-jurisdictional actions by melding one talk group with another.  Currently, there are about 3000 radios using the system and it takes about 8 hours of training.  

             Query: How are these radios used in large buildings?    Answer: Antenna systems can be built inside buildings permitting their use.  Currently, there are no building codes requiring this.  Existing buildings such as hospitals may have special problems and others simply may not have the money for inside antennas. 

             Members at the meeting were invited to walk through an Oakland County Emergency Communications trailer.

 (V). AEC-Management Team and Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

             (1a). Report and Presentation from Larry Hornsby - KB8POD on Field Day Special Events:

             Oakland County ARPSC Field Day took place 26-27 June 2010 with two stations, designated as 2F plus a GOTA (Get on the Air).   Scoring totals came to about 3800 points.  There were 852 QSO's with 12 operators.  All but two states were contacted as well as Puerto Rico and a number of provinces in Canada.

             Volunteers assisting were KD8NFT - Austin Conway, K8BB- Don Chisholm, KD8CMD - Fred Czubak, AB8JR - Jim Richards, KJ8O - Joe Miller, KB8POD - Larry Hornsby, N2NGQ - Lloyd Suter, N3BEL - Mike Nebel; KD8ATK - Mike Vander Veer, K8SUD (?), K8PGJ - Peter Gladysz, and WF5X -Randy Love.

             (1b). Report from Shannon Richardson - KD8ATI on Woodward Dream Special Event:

             Shannon is now in charge of amateur radio communications for the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, 21 August 2010 and Berkley CruiseFest 2010 on Friday 20 August 2010.   He notes that communication volunteers have not yet been officially requested, but needs to prepare now as time is growing short.   Larry Hornsby - KB8POD adds that previous official requests usually arrived less than a month beforehand.  To volunteer, email to Shannon at kd8adi@hotmail.com.    The Dream Cruise will have two shifts: (1) 10 am - 4 pm and (2) 4 pm to 9 pm.   

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

              On 5 July 2010, nine amateur volunteers assisted the Clawson 4th of July Parade; four with control entry staging and four monitoring the parade.  Clawson's request arrived with only a few days notice, so thanks go out to everyone who quickly pitched in to help.

             The Commerce receive site is now fixed and working.  Also, an audio problem was traced to an equalizer which was removed.  Since then, the repeater has been working better.  This equalizer helps transmissions sound about the same and a replacement is needed.   Also, Steve Iannucci suggested equipment spares for backup are becoming so few that replacements should be considered.  

             The APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) digipeater seems to be working, but there is too little traffic to be sure.  A bigger monitor was brought in for the HF radio to improve logging work.              

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

             Saturday, 17 July 2010, there will be a Damage Assessment Class from 9 am to 12 pm at the EOC.  Last 18 June 2010, nine members attended a CPR class and Mike plans to have this class again next year.  

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

             Last 10 June 2010, there was a Region 2 North Bioterrorism Conference for hospital administration.  Amateur radio was asked to attend and put on a table display.   Paul Reinhardt - KC8BDK, EC of the Macomb ARPSC brought in a 32 inch video monitor and the display attracted a number of people.

             Jerry received an email from a Providence Hospital liaison who was concerned that there was an equipment problem when the hospital missed a monthly hospital net.    Jerry requests that if one cannot make a net, please let him know.  He is also making appreciation certificates to honor participating volunteers.

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

             Gary reports there will be an International Lighthouse and Lightship Week on 1-8 August 2010.   Details are at http://illw.co.uk.  This will be followed by another in the U.S. on 13-18 August 2010.  Lighthouse frequency contesting usually can be found on .070 KHz plus or minus 20 KHz.  Sunday, 12 September 2010 is the Findlay, Ohio Swap.    

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

             Last Sunday, 53 sirens were covered with 33 for the first time this year.  Approximately 54 still need to be covered on the four remaining siren tests this year.

             (7). Brief Reports from other AEC-Management and Specialty Officer/Coordinators:

             Rory Locke - KC8SZR, Net Operations needs a volunteer to prepare monthly reports.   Murray Scott - KE8UM, Logistics states the PK-232 is now working on radio #1 which can run various digital modes with the new software.   Jim Poehlman - K8ABZ, Membership states that the Membership Application and Renewal is updated from time to time.  Because of this, please use the current one posted on our website.   Also, be careful to put your pointer on the township entry before entering your answer.  Morrie Davidson - K8SJD, NWS Liaison states June had the 3rd most tornado reports for any June in SE Michigan.   

             (8). Other Items of Interest:

             Morrie Davidson - K8SJD, Lloyd Suter - N2NGQ, and Jim Richards - AB8JR are working on an amateur radio display for the West Bloomfield Library for the last two weeks of August.

             Jim Richards - AB8JR and two others purchased a new KG-UVD1P dual band handheld (HT) made in China by Wouxun for about $107.   The U.S. distributor is found at www.wouxun.us.  The HT is programmed by computer and has 5 watts on VHF and 4 on UHF.  Antenna mount is a SMA male and may need an adaptor for additional antennas.  If there is sufficient interest, the distributor will put together special group pricing for ARPSC members.  To save on shipping costs, he would like minimum orders of 5 radios.

 Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML
Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC
8 July 2010

 Modifications/corrections by J. Richards - AB8JR, EC, 9 July 2010