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 December 2010

            On 1 December 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 Steve Iannucci, Homeland Security Division – Oakland County:

            Gail Novak, our Chief of Emergency Management is retiring.  Beginning next week, Sarah Stoddard will become our new Chief of Emergency Management.   Today’s huge fire in Southfield demonstrated our county’s ability to come together and coordinate emergency efforts.  Fire Departments from Farmington Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and others came in to assist.

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

New Oakland County ARPSC badges have been redesigned with a vertical left-sided red stripe enclosing the words “Emergency Communications.”    This card and its accompanying “RACES” card is our identification to police, fire, and other governmental members.   Steve Iannucci is considering whether to make the expiration date 2012 or 2014.    The latter date would match the expiration date for the current RACES card.     

The 12th Annual Skywarn Recognition Day is a special event recognizing amateur radio volunteers who assist the National Weather Service (NWS) with storm and other reports.    This will be held at our EOC on 3-4 December 2010 from 7-10 pm on Friday night and 10 am to 2 pm Saturday.   Although this event is not really a contest, amateur radio volunteers will attempt to contact as many NWS offices throughout the country.     The ARRL reports that 85 of 122 NWS offices participated in 2009 event.    Current plans are to operate one station but this could become two stations with more volunteers.    

The US supplier for Wouxun amateur radios informed Jim that 6 handheld radios are now in the mail.

(III). Presentation by Pete Gladysz – K8PGJ on his Visit to ARRL Headquarters:

            Tours of the ARRL Administrative Headquarters and Maxim Memorial Station – W1AW are given League members and general public.    The WIAW station began in 1938 and now has three studios for visiting hams to operate the station.   Pete did this and quickly made a number of European contacts. 

A vintage-AM station is located nearby which uses hand-made equipment.    The ARRL has its lab here to test commercial amateur equipment for its “QST” magazine.  This lab helps hams resolve radio frequency interference (RFI) problems.    Displays at the headquarters show a number of ARRL projects.  Wall mountings include amateur radio cartoons and space photos.    The League’s headquarters has its QSL Bureau here which helps members send DX QSL (two way contact confirmation) cards overseas to foreign QSL bureaus.   ARRL states this service handles about one million cards a year.

Jim Richards –AB8JR added that most contesters have never been at the receiving end of a dx “pile-up.”   This sometimes happens with W1AM and special event stations which can be a lot of fun.    

(IV). AEC-Management Team Reports:

            (1). Report from (AEC) Randy Love – WF5X, Operations:

            Soon after Randy left town, the 2 meter repeater locked up and couldn’t be used.  The fix required a microprocessor reset which could not corrected with touch tones.   Steve Murphy – N8NM, County Radio was contacted and rebooted the system.  Both the 440 repeater and Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) seem to be working well.   

            (2). Report from Pete Gladysz – K8PGJ, Administration:

Pete requests members to check their own information on his membership list.   This list will be available for review at meetings.  Errors need to be corrected and information updated.   On 2 November 2010, Pete will go to Atlanta, Michigan to check the roadway course for the annual Sno Drift Rally coming up on 28-29 January 2011.    Ham radio volunteers are needed.

(3). Report from Jim Richards – W8JJR, SkyWarn:

(Note: Do not confuse with Jim Richards – AB8JR)

Jim is working to develop additional Skywarn groups to be on call for emergencies.

            (4). Report from Mike Vander Veer – KD8ATK, Net Operations:

            Weekly nets are held every Thursday night at 8 pm and currently average 20-30 hams.  New net control operators are needed and Mike will make special arrangements for training.

 (V). Specialty Officer/Coordinator Reports:

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

            All two hundred thirty seven different sirens were checked this year – a first for us.  There were 130 different volunteers with 8 participating in every test.  The November test numbered 48 call-ins.

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

            Every hospital called into our November net.   Our December Hospital Net will be held on the regular schedule of 7:30 pm Thursday, 30 December 2010.  

(VI). New and Other Items of Interest:

            (1). 5 December 2010 – L’Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club Swap/Hamfest has details at http://www.n8lc.org. 

            (2). Hazel Park is sponsoring Tech and General Class exams for (1) Tuesday, 7 December 2010 in Oak Park at 7pm and (2) Tuesday, 14 December 2010 at the Southfield EOC at 7 pm.   Both are open to the public.  For more information, contact Marsha – N8FE or John Fleming – K8UP at john@fleming_photo.com.

            (3). Morrie Davidson – K8SJD has applications for vanity and ham radio license plates.

            (4). Query:  Why do we not use D-Star?   Answer from Jim Richards – AB8JR:  (1). No Michigan frequency allocations are available and (2) too expensive, as the over-priced D-Star codex chip for such radios adds $250 to the cost.

            (5). Pete Gladysz – K8PGJ will be assisting a DX Special Event Station in Cayman Islands during the first week of January 2011.


Respectfully submitted,

James R. Murphy, N8SML

Secretary, Oakland County, ARPSC

2 December 2010

Minutes approved by Jim Richards – AB8JR, EC