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Seneca County Fair 2018

Seneca County ARES is setup at the Seneca County Fair in the Public Safety Building, east garage bay.
Come out and help us show the public the Hobby of Amateur Radio and public service.
We are also running a special event station for the Seneca Radio Club, in honor of their 70th year anniversary.

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND TEST

(12 May 2018)
The Military Auxiliary Radio System will host this year’s Armed Forces Day Crossband Test, scheduled for May 12, 2018. This annual event is open to all radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.
The AFD Crossband Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.
Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.
The following stations will be making two way radiotelephone contacts with stations in the ARS between the time periods listed on the frequencies listed in Kilohertz below.

AAZ / FT HUACHUCA, AZ
1500Z – 2359Z 5,330.5 14,438.5 18,211.0

AAC / BARROW ARMY RESERVE CENTER, KY
1300Z – 0100Z 5,346.5 7,542.0 13,963.5 20,920.0

ABH / SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI
1600Z – 2300Z 5,357.0 14,438.5 18,272.0 20,997.0

WAR / PENTAGON WASHINGTON, DC
1200Z – 2400Z 5,357.0 13,963.5 18,211.0 24,760.0 USB + CW

WUG-2 / ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, TN
1300Z – 0200Z 5,403.5 13,910.5 18,293.0 20,973.5 USB + CW

AIR / ANDREWS AFB
1200Z – 2400Z 4,517.0 7,305.0 15,807.0 20,740.0
AGA2SY / HANCOCK FIELD, NY
1200Z – 2400Z 4,575.0 7,540.0 13,993.0

AGA5SC / SCOTT AFB, IL
1600Z – 2300Z 3,308.0 4,872.0 7,545.0

AGA9TR / TRAVIS AFB, CA
1600Z – 0100Z 5,346.5 7,329.0 13,996.0

ABM1 / CAMP ZAMA, JAPAN
1500Z – 0100Z 14,487.0 20,994

ADB / CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA
1500Z – 0100Z 14,487.0 20,994 14,411.0

AFM4AF / NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY MID-SOUTH MILLINGTON, TN
1200Z – 0300Z 7,375.5 13,498.0

NMC1 / COAST GUARD ISLAND, ALAMEDA, CA
1700Z – 2359Z 7,542.0 15,740.5 22,924.5

NIIW / USS MIDWAY CV-41 SAN DIEGO, CA
1400Z – 0400Z 4,013.5 5371.5 7,493.5 14,383.5 18,211.0

NWKJ / USS YORKTOWN CV-10 CHARLESTON, SC
1200Z – 2200Z 4,000.0 7,360.0 14,663.5

NEPM / USS IOWA BB 61 LOS ANGELES, CA
1500Z – 2359Z 4,043.5 6,903.5 14,463.5 18,293.0

NWVC / LST-325 EVANSVILLE, IN
1200Z – 0400Z 4,007.0 9988.5 13,974.0 7,533.5 9,447.0 6,913.0

NSS / US NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MD
1300Z – 0200Z 4,038.5 5330.5 14,487.0 17,545.0 USB + CW

An AFD test message will be transmitted utilizing the Military Standard (MIL-STD) Serial PSK waveform (M110) followed by MIL-STD Wide Shift FSK (850 Hz RTTY) as described in MIL-STD 188-110A/B.
Technical information regarding these waveforms is provided at:
http://www.n2ckh.com/MARS_ALE_FORUM/MSDMT.html.
The AFD test message will also be sent at 0300Z in Continuous Wave (CW) mode. The message will be transmitted on the following requencies in Kilohertz and at the listed times:
Frequency Time Station
(kHz)
13,506.5 1400Z AGA2SY
17,443.0 1400Z ACC
13,506.5 1420Z WAR
17,443.0 1420Z AGA2SY
13,506.5 1440Z ACC
17,443.0 1440Z WAR
13,506.5 1500Z AAZ
17,443.0 1500Z AAZ
13,506.5 2200Z ADB
17,443.0 2200Z AGA2SY
5,346.5 0300Z NWVC

For those who wish to document their contacts with a QSL card, go to http://www.usarmymars.org/events and
complete the request form.

St.Patrick’s Day 2018 Run

St.Patrick’s Day  2018 Run

3-17-2018

Please come out and help with the run by providing radio communication. All ham radio operators helping with this event will meet at 8:00am for breakfast at GW’s.

The race starts at 10 o’clock . Registration  starts at 8:30 at The Renaissance. There is one water station on the route and will be placed most likely around the half way point.  Thank you so much for helping us out for this great event.

https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Tiffin/TiffinStPaddysDay5K

Mid Winter Hamfest

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Richland County Fairgrounds
750 North Home Road

Gates Open at 7am

Forums and VE Test Session
10:00 am—Ohio Army MARS Forum
11:00 am—OSSBN Forum
12:00 noon ARES Forum
12:00 noon VE Test Session (Pre-registration for test is required, e-mail steve@n8smb.com to register)
Sponsored by the Intercity Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Tickets: $5 Tables, Advance Only: $20 Ticket and Table Deadline- January 29
Online ordering-http://iarc.club/hamfest/index.html

Advance orders (must include SASE) to:
Danny Bailey, W8DLB   70 Euclid Street Shiloh, OH 44878
419-896-2165 (After 3 P.M. Please)
Volume 1 Issue 1 Published Once A Year by IARC, Inc.
w8dlb113@gmail.com

Christmas Pizza Party

The Seneca Radio Club would like to invite the ARES members and all Amateur Radio Operators to their annual Christmas Pizza Party get together.

Fort Ball Pizza Palace 91 N Washington St, Tiffin, Oh.
The party will be Dec. 11, 2017
Start time is 6:00 PM.
You pay for your own meal.

All are welcome, amateur radio operators, spouses, kids, and friends.

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

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ARRL Bulletin 19 ARLB019
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT October 24, 2017
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB019 Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.

“This exercise will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.

During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz) on Sunday from 0300 to 0315 UTC (Saturday evening).

New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC (Sunday morning). Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.

“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,” English said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario.”

Contact Paul English for more information or questions about this exercise via email at: mars.exercises@gmail.com.

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ARES JOTA Planning

Seneca County ARES Members
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Seneca County ARES members will support the Boy Scouts of America annual JOTA, Jamboree On the Air during the weekend of October 20 -22, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This will be an all-day event each day to provide an Amateur Radio experience for the Scouts. Jeff WB8REI initiated a net on Thursday, September 28 at 8 PM on the KB8EOC Repeater to discuss planning and operational issues. All Amateurs are welcome and encouraged to participate in this upcoming event. The Scouts will be eager to learn all we can teach and show them about our hobby. JOTA will culminate with Scouts earning their Radio badge.

We will get together next on Thursday, October 5, 6:30 PM at the EOC to assemble and test our proposed HF remote controlled station. This will be a dry run under controlled circumstances to test and modify equipment in preparation for the event. We will also make preparations for locating antennas and a supporting AREDN MESH network. We will need plenty of help on Thursday evening.

The Scouts will be given an opportunity to see firsthand our HF radio remote setup and to operate alongside our ARES Licensed Hams. We will be using an HF radio remotely located in the fairgrounds and operating from the EOC. The control function will utilize an AREDN MESH network between these locations. Several additional amateur related functions will also be utilized via this MESH network including, video links between the remote and control locations, Voice Over Internet Protocol, VOIP, Telephony, and Chat. All of this will use the network for connectivity. The AREDN MESH Network is a wireless network especially designed for Amateur use.

We will be having regular net sessions for those interested in assisting during JOTA. All Amateurs are again encouraged to join us as we put together and complete this exciting project supporting the Scouts and their annual JOTA exercise. The preparation prior to the start of the event will require a good amount of setup in addition to the actual JOTA exercise. Please come join us as we support our local Scouts and give them a great Amateur Radio experience. You will also see some great technology in action.

Additional details will be provided via email and on the senecacountyares.org website.

Thanks & 73,

Jim W8ERW w8erw@arrl.net