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 2 November 2011

            On 2 November 2011 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:

            Bethany Kenney is now working full time in the Oakland County Homeland Security office, and takes over Lynn’s position. Bethany is our very capable go-to person when we have questions and/or need help.

            Coming up Wednesday, 9 November 2011 is the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAC).    This system will be used to disseminate warnings and alerts to the public in situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other hazards. It enables the President of the United States, if needed, to communicate with the American people.   EAC agencies include FEMA, NOAA, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and National Weather Service (NWS).   At 2 pm, a public service announcement test will run for approximately three minutes over radio, TV, satellite digital radio, and other sources.    Beforehand, public service announcements will inform the public about this EAC and its first nationwide test.

            On the morning of this test, Oakland County Homeland Security will have its own internal test at the EOC.  In the afternoon, (1) they will monitor the EAC test and (2) help set up a first responder and incident command team to cover the Republican presidential debate held later that day at Oakland University.              

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

            On 22 October 2011, Winter Spotter Training took place and Jim noticed a good turnout by ham operators.  NWS is forecasting winter temperatures to be in the normal range, with precipitation normal or above normal.  This coming Saturday, 5 November 2001, Pete Gladysz – K8PGJ and Jim will be attending a NWS meeting featuring a detailed winter outlook.

            The new 2 meter voter and new controller are now in Steve Iannucci’s office.    Their installations will be scheduled with Steve Murphy, N8NM of County Radios.  Steve Iannucci has not heard back from Steve Murphy regarding an anticipated date.

            In regard to the forthcoming EAC, there will be nothing for the ARPSC.  It is really a test of entry points into a national system which relays emergency information to the public.   In the past, EAC notifications have been originated locally.  The new system will provide the ability for the federal government to essentially “push one button” and reach the entire public in an automated manner.  Siren’s won’t be used with this test.  

            Mike Smith – N8GUZ is now in a nursing home at Big Beaver and Adams Roads and is hoping to be home in a day or so.   He says “hello” to everyone.   Bob Adams – W8BHF is in Beaumont – Royal Oak Hospital.  Jim Richards – AB8JR reminds everyone to get their flu shots and stay healthy.

(III). Presentation – “Something Out of This World,” by Ron Miotke, WD8MNX:

            Ron shared his ham radio experiences about EME communications.  Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) or “moon bounce,” uses the moon as a passive communications satellite.   Problems included a huge path loss over long distances, doppler frequency shifts, need for high power, a high gain antenna, moon wobble, uneven moon surface reflections, changes in signal polarity, and radio interference from other sources.

Equipment included a Heathkit HW-101, a redesigned SB-500 transverter (HF to 144 MHz), an amplifier, a low noise liquid nitrogen cooled preamp, digital signal processor, a two array yagi antenna, lowest loss coax, a slide rule, and no computers.  He re-soldered equipment wires with silver, converted a HF- 6 meter transverter to HF- 2 meter, improved signal separation from noise levels, constructed a two array yagi antenna with coat hangers and 2x4 wood, learned theory for best signal propagation, and then put everything into practice.  

All this took him 7.5 months of work before he was ready to make contacts.     This was Ron’s way to develop his communication knowledge and ham radio skills.  

             (V). AEC-Management Team Reports:

             (1). Report from Jim Richards - AB8JR, substituting for Mike Vander Veer – KD8ATK, Net Operations:

             More net control operators are needed.  If interested, contact Jim or Mike.

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

             Murray recently took a 7 week course at Citizen’s Police Academy in Troy and learned what a good size police department does.  This group will again hold another such course next spring.  Murray queries whether the Sheriff’s Department might need such volunteers.

 (V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

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

            The last siren test for this year is coming up Saturday, 5 November 2011.  Six sirens need checking; 3 with new repairs, 2 not yet checked this year, and 1 school yard in Pontiac.   Jim Richards, AB8JR, EC thanked Mike for leading this effort for so many years.  After the November Siren Test, a new volunteer will be needed to head this effort.    If interested, please contact Jim.

            (2). Report from Paul Hatfield – KE8UD, Hospital Communication Teams:

            On last month’s Hospital Radio net, difficultly was encountered at Henry Ford – West Bloomfield.   Security had difficulty locating the key to a locked drawer causing the volunteer to miss the net.    The November net will be held one week earlier on 17 November 2011 due to Thanksgiving Day.  

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

            Enjoy the great weather we are having now because snow is coming!

(VI). New and Other Items of Interest:

            (1). George Schultte, K8GEO brought in a USECA club logo shirt for ARPSC members to review as an example.  Choices include long or short sleeve, polio or regular shirt, denim or oxford cloth, and could supplemented with one’s own pin labeled with his/her name and call letters.  Jim Richards AB8JR has contacted several internet shirt companies and will attempt to get a sample.

            (2). Veterans Day is on 11 November 2011.   Larry Hornsby – KB8POD mentioned a discount for veterans, including  (i) a free dinner at Applebees and Golden Corral on Veteran’s Day, (ii) 10% discount to Veterans every day of the week for an undefined period, and (iii) a free donut at Tim Hortons.   An ID will be needed.          

Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

3 November 2011

Minutes corrected and approved by Jim Richards – AB8JR