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 1 September 2010

            On 1 September 2010 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 Mike Loper - Oakland County Homeland Security Division:

            September is National Preparedness Month 2010 and this is the second year Oakland County has been a member.  This focuses attention on promoting emergency preparedness in the home, workplace, school, and community.   To learn more, go to http://www.oakgov.com/homelandsecurity/.  Do promote this website to friends as every "hit" gets counted and this helps our budget leverage.

Activities coming up in Oakland County:

(1). 3-6 September 2010 - Arts, Beats, and Eats in downtown Royal Oak.

(2). 25 September 2010 - Lake Orion Girl Scout Activity which have an ARPSC volunteer's table. 

(3). Tentatively on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - Kids Preparedness at Oakland Mall sponsored with Radio Disney Detroit/WFDF AM 910.   Oakland County Homeland Security wants to staff a table on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm and requests two volunteers to assist.   When this activity is finalized, details will be placed on the www.oakgov.com/homelandsecurity/ website.

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

            Oakland County Homeland Security Manager, Ted Quisenberry came to the meeting and greeted the members.

            Sunday, 3 October 2010 is the Brooksie’s Way Half Marathon and 5K Run.  Volunteers need to be there no later than 6:30 or 6:45 am.  After that, streets will close.  Ideally, one volunteer is needed every 0.5 miles which means 26 persons.   Fifteen more could be used.   Next Thursday night's net (2 September 2010) will have more about this.  Operational experience is really important since it gives us deployment practice.   A new Brooksie’s Way volunteer coordinator is needed to take over this position.  If interested, please contact Randy Love - WF5X, Chief of Operations.  

            The Woodward Dream Cruise in August went very well and no major incidents were reported.  Randy Love - WF5X put on an APRS display (Automatic Position Reporting System) at the Berkley Fire House.  This caught the attention of local officials.  Appreciation has been received from Royal Oak and Berkley.  In particular, Royal Oak Police Chief Chris Jahnke commended our work.

            The new organizational chart for Oakland County ARPSC has all six AEC offices filled.   A number of positions attached to the AEC's need filling.  To any member wanting to volunteer, please contact the AEC responsible for the position.  In some instances, one person may be needed to fill two slots.  Our intent is not to have any individual to take on too much work, but to spread it out with other members. 

            Jim asked members to consider a new shirt with an ARPSC logo.  He is a member of a local Knights of Columbus group who has done this.  He reasons that such a shirt helps identify members at special activities and present the group in a very professional light.   He will review vendors for details and report back. 

Larry Hornsby, KB8POD, made a request for five or six volunteers to assist at this year’s ALS of Michigan’s Walk & Roll event at Kensington Metropark.  The ARPSC has assisted at this event for several years.  The walk is scheduled from 9:00 am to 1:00 on Sunday, September 26, 2010.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge.  Contact Larry at 248.421.2617 or by email at kb8pod@arrl.net for more information or to volunteer.

             Our EC wants everyone to know that Oakland County ARPSC has two Jim Richards.  One is himself, James A. Richards - AB8JR who is Emergency Coordinator and the other is James J. Richards - W8JJR, our new Skywarn Manager.  Even the call letters are similar.   Please, keep these persons separate.

 (III). Presentation by Lloyd Suter - N2NGQ, AEC Administration on Storm Chasing in the Heartland. 

             Lloyd presented slides from his storm chasing days with Silver Lining Tours and with the Red Cross.  In particular, his message to the members is for everyone to be prepared for emergencies - individually, for his/her family, and for his/her community.   Jim Richards - AB8JR added that yesterday, he attended a Michigan State Police class concerning managed mass care which works with these problems.  

 (IV). Assistant Emergency Coordinator Reports:

(1). Report from Randy Love - WF5X, AEC/Chief of Operations:

             Now as the new AEC/Chief of Operations, Randy notes some of his former duties will be handled by others in the future.   Under AEC/Chief of Operations, there are three positions at the "top:" (1) Deployment Planning, (2) Deployment Call Up, and (3) Special Events.   Deployment Call Up is essential for operations to get started.   Deployment Planning will develop guidelines to speed up operations.  Special Events should have two members doing two different jobs.  One will develop volunteer rosters and not be burdened with actual events.   The other becomes the Incident Commander who handles actual events such as the Dream Cruise and Brooksie’s Way.  

             In addition, four regional managers will divide the county into four parts. This allows each one to familiarize himself/herself with resources which are locally available.   Should there be not enough resources or help, other regional managers can be called. 

             Query: If a person is interested in some position, how does he/she determine the duties?  Answer from Jim Richards - AB8JR:  There is nothing in writing yet, so ask the AEC in charge.        

             The 2 meter machine appears to be working without a "desensing" problem, but is still operating at ~50% power.   The 440 machine works okay, but like most 440's its usefulness for handheld transceivers isn't as good as 2 meters.   The APRS machine is working.  This APRS makes use of software that automatically logs traffic coming through it.  This simplifies record keeping and should be a net control pleaser.  Net control operators will need training with its operation. 

 (2). Report from Mike Vander Veer - KD8ATK, AEC Net Manager:

             Please let Mike know if anyone with net control training and not scheduled, to let him know you want to assist with nets.   

 (3). Report from Mike Smith - N8GUZ, AEC Training Manager:

             Mike reminds everyone checking into Thursday night nets to speak slowly and use standard phonetics.    There is no advantage in using made-up phonetics or giving straight letters.  Net control listens for and is practiced with standard phonetics and this speeds up his understanding of what you say.  Marginal reception and persons with heavy accents benefit from this.   Always remember that Net Control has to write down your information and that takes time.   Allow him time to do this.

             When you call out for the first time and each time you begin to talk, briefly pause to give the repeater time to pick you up.  Otherwise, your first words may be clipped off.   When you open communication to a net for the first time, say, "this is," and then pause for the repeater's courtesy tone and listen for doubling by others.  If clear to go, proceed.     

 (V). Specialty Officer Reports:

(1). Report from Mike Nebel - N3BEL, Sirens:

             Twenty four sirens remain to be checked this year.  During last month's siren test, several citizens reported that they didn't hear Brandon Township sirens.  Others said they did and tests since suggest they are working.  However, we been asked to add these sirens again to our tests, making a total of 35 sirens needing coverage.   Nineteen of these are in the Clarkston subnet area and this includes Brandon Township.   In the past, this area has been thinly covered by volunteers.  Clarkston subnet has a new subnet controller, Larry Hornsby - KB8POD, who replaces Dell Brown.  Both Larry and Mike are asking for additional volunteers to help cover this area.   

             Jim Richards - AB8JR notes a number of people misunderstand the purpose of a siren.   It gives tornado and high wind warnings to citizens when they are out-of-doors.   This is its mandate and does not include being heard indoors.

 (2). Report from Paul Hatfield - KE8UD, Hospital Net:

             As the new hospital net coordinator, Paul is finding technical issues in 1/3 of the hospitals.  Several already have been resolved, and he is working on the rest.  Recruiting new volunteers is his biggest priority.            

(3). Report from Morrie Davidson - K8SJD, NWS Liaison and W. Bloomfield Library Display:

            June through August 2010 was the 4th hottest in history.  Lloyd Suter - N2NGQ, Jim Richards - AB8JR, and Morrie put on a ham radio display in the West Bloomfield Library in August.  This included information about our hospital nets, pamphlets to take home, photos of young people using amateur radios, and items on how we serve the community.   Jim Richards - AB8JR added the display received a lot of comments and the pamphlets went quickly.   This was a fine opportunity to let others know what we are doing.  We have now been asked to put on similar display at the Farmington and Bloomfield Township libraries.   

(VI). New/Other Business:

            (1) 17 October 2010 - Detroit Free Press Marathon: Hams are needed.  Go to http://www.freepmarathon.com/ to volunteer.

            (2). In this month's QST (October 2010), Maurice Davison - K8SJD has a letter about "giving back" in the correspondence column, page 24.      

Respectfully submitted,
James R. Murphy, N8SML
Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC
2 September 2010

Corrected and approved 5 September 2010 by Jim Richards - AB8JR, EC