The ARES E-Letter for October 22, 2015


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October 22,
Editor: Rick Palm, K1CE

ARES E-Letter Archive



ARES Briefs, Links

ARRL President Congratulates Hurricane
Watch Net on its 50th Anniversary (10/7/2015); Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down, Reactivates as
Joaquin Nears Bermuda (10/4/2015); ARRL Invites Nominations For 2015 International Humanitarian Award
(10/2/2015);FEMA Administrator Craig
Fugate, KK4INZ, Visits WX4NHC(10/2/2015)

“Science and Skill in Service” Report a Must Read

While directed at lawmakers at all levels to advocate for Amateur Radio,
the 2015 ARRL publication Amateur Radio: Science and Skill in Service to
Your Community is also a good read for the ARES community: the 12-page
report provides a summary of major ARES and other groups’ operations for
incidents and events throughout the regions of the country over the past
couple of years. A product of the League’s regulatory and advocacy staff, the
report shows graphicallyhow Amateur Radio has benefited the United States
through public service, disaster response, and partnering with other served
agencies. The report will lend even the most grizzled veteran operator pride
in what we all do. Click here for the
report – don’t miss it!


Exercise to Simulate a Coronal Mass Ejection; Amateurs Invited to

Beginning the week of November 8, 2015, the
Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will participate in a quarterly
contingency HF exercise in support of the Department of Defense. The exercise
scenario will simulate a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) event and focus on
actions that radio operators should take prior to and following such an event.
[Coronal mass ejections (or CMEs) are huge bubbles of gas threaded with
magnetic field lines that are ejected from the Sun over the course of several
hours. Coronal Mass Ejections disrupt the flow of the solar wind and produce
disturbances that strike the Earth with sometimes catastrophic results.
More on CMEs here. – source NASA.] Training objectives for this
exercise will include:

Understanding what a CME is and
how much forecast lead time can be expected prior to the CME.

effects are associated with a CME and what precautions should radio operators
take prior to the CME to protect equipment.

Following the CME, operators
will begin assessing the effects and begin reporting this

Interoperability with Amateur Radio operators and groups.

Amateur Radio operators, ARES and RACES members are encouraged to
participate in this exercise. If interested in participating, click here to
register. — Paul English, NETCOM Land Mobile Radio Manager, Army MARS Program

New Ohio ECs Learn from
Veterans at ARES Leadership Conference

Twenty new
members of the ARRL Ohio Section ARES leadership team spent a day learning
from senior leaders about their new responsibilities. The class was conducted
at the Franklin County Emergency Management office in Columbus. Freshmen
county Emergency Coordinators (EC) and Assistant ECs heard from Ohio Section
Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway,
N8BHL, Northeast Ohio District 10 EC Eric Jessen, N8AUC, and Dayton area
District 3 EC Robert Rhoades, KC8WHK.

When a new EC is
appointed, the appointee receives a manual from ARRL HQ covering their new
responsibilities in leading a county ARES program. “We wanted to supplement
the ARRL training materials with a conversational learning environment where
we could put ‘real life’ into their understanding of their leadership
tasks,” said SEC Broadway. Speakers at the day-long session brought
considerable credentials, experience and expertise to the podium. Rhoades has an
extensive background in the fire service and Fire Marshall’s office, the Ohio
Health Department and is an instructor at the national training centers in
Emmitsburg, Maryland. Jessen drew from a large city history of events and
interaction with major served agencies. Section Manager Yonally and SEC
Broadway share extensive backgrounds in emergency services and planning.

Broadway launched the day session with an overview of ARES
from its historical roots to its current organization in Ohio. The main
concept for session attendees to learn is that the EC is the lead representative
of ARES in his county; knowing his jurisdiction and being able to
establish and maintain relationships with local partner agencies are
missions-critical. The District ECs and SEC are appointed to support the EC, reinforcing
the EC’s ability to serve the agencies and the public.The session also
covered the importance of specific job duties including filing monthly

Section Manager Yonally had just returned from a week
of training at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, where he was
presented with training and information on Field Organization and ARES
policies and procedures. He related this knowledge and lessons he has learned
through personal experience to the group.

SEC Broadway
discussed how to establish and maintain a solid working relationship with the
EMA Director, and other served agency leaders. Jessen advised “Never write
a check they can’t cash,” which resonated with the group. Other discussion
ranged from the importance of presenting a professional image and what it
takes to be accepted into the inner circle of leaders at the EMA office.

Rhodes brought to the session discussion table his wealth
of experience in building exercises, describing the different types of
exercises, and what goes into creating a proper Master Scenario Events List
(MESL). [An MSEL documents the timetable of events and injects (eg, test
events and messages) that guide exercise progress. It links simulation to
action promoting the best exercise experience for players, and lists prompts for
players to execute a policy or procedure to be tested. An MSEL lists
scenario times, the exercise scenario and summary, expected responses by players
for injects, and has a notes section for controllers and evaluators to
compare exercise actual versus planned outcomes. – ed.]

Broadway discussed emergency planning with the attendees, outlining the Ohio
Section Emergency Response Plan (OSERP) and how it can be adapted to
specific county situations and needs. ECs were advised to talk with their EMA
Directors about what Broadway calls the “Ten Worst Headaches” list – an
outline of potential problems with the ARES/EMA relationship and possible
solutions. The goal is a good working relationship, leading to the overall
integration of ARES as a valid emergency resource.

One of the
top concerns for many county ARES programs is retention, keeping volunteers
interested and active. Towards this goal, Broadway suggested holding
training sessions conducted by instructors/officials from county served agencies
covering topics such as light SAR (search and rescue), First Aid/CPR,
anti-terrorism, damage assessment, Red Cross shelter operations, the CERT
program, and evolving data modes.

Attendees received the
session enthusiastically, with their post-session evaluation form comments
affirming their interest in putting lessons learned into practice back in
their home county ARES programs. – Stan Broadway, N8BHL, Ohio Section
Emergency Coordinator


FEMA’s Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) Program

The Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) program is part of
FEMA’s National Preparedness Assessment Division (NPAD). The LLIS program
supports its mission by developing and disseminating lessons learned,
innovative practices, and other related content for improvement throughout the whole
community; analyzing emergency management capabilities in order to
identify common areas of strengths or improvements; and developing policy and
doctrine. For example, there is a report on an LLIS page under the heading
“Innovative Practices,” titled “Amateur Radio Volunteers Protect Community
Water Supply.” The report, dated October 7, 2014, presented how Federal
preparedness grants support Colorado’s structured partnership with ARES, “which
assists in establishing and maintaining emergency communications during

From the report: “In 2013, Colorado experienced
historic rainfall and flooding . . . as part of the response effort, 150
ARES volunteers in Colorado’s Northeast Region deployed to assist. When
floodwater threatened the electronic controls of a wastewater facility serving a
community of 80,000 people, ARES established a microwave network using two
grant-funded repeaters and took remote control of the plant. ARES
maintained control of the facility for four months — preventing any wastewater
from spilling into the floodwater.”

More discussion
follows in the report. There are many parts of FEMA’s LLIS resources that would
be of interest to us as radio amateurs and ARES members. Start by browsing


Central Florida ARES Group Supports Large Bicycle

The Lake Amateur Radio Association
activated ARES of Lake County (Florida) in support of the 41st Annual
Mount Dora Bicycle Festival in Mount Dora, Florida from October 9 -11, 2015.
Operators provided radio communications from each rest area as well as from
mobile radio units to patrol the various bicycle routes.

Lake County has 1400 named lakes and is considered Florida’s hill
country. Some hills offer a challenge for even the most experienced bicycle
riders. This year 1325 cyclists signed up to ride in the festival.

Radio equipped vehicles operated by radio amateurs transported a
total of 30 bicycle riders and their bicycles back to the starting area over
the three day event, for mechanical break downs and medical

Net control
operations from inside the trailer were run by (l to r) Frank Anders, KK4MBX,
and Jay Boehme, N4KXO. (photo courtesy Ted Luebbers, K1AYZ)

issues. Five medical emergencies were
managed: One rider required evacuation to the hospital with a broken collar
bone. Sixteen situations in total required the intervention of the mobile radio

The Lake County ARES group used a repeater
to run the net, keeping track of rest area locations and mobile radio units.
NCS operators used the call sign of N4FLA and assigned all field operators
tactical signs.

Lake County ARES and LARA have been
providing on course radio communications for the event for almost 25 years.
This year, 25 Amateur Radio operators volunteered their time and equipment
to ensure the public safety and garner experience for emergency/disaster
response. Click here
for more information on LARA and Lake County ARES. — Ted Luebbers, K1AYZ,
Lake County (Florida) ARES Public Information Officer [Luebbers was
named the recipient of the 2012 ARRL Philip J. McGan Silver Antenna Award,
recognized by the ARRL Board for his “outstanding volunteer public
relations success on behalf of Amateur Radio at the local and regional levels.”