2015-07-07 Meeting

Andy was absent and Matt Bernhagen brought meeting to order at 1900.

Those in attendance:

Milton Grissom KE0CZR
Steve Kreger KE0AKN
Romel Downs KE0AKO
Ray Brown KB0STN
Ron Young W0SEJ
Travis Knoblouch KG5FJI
Tom Zeller KB0ORZ

Brief overview of some things learned in the CERT class attended by 4 ARES members recently was shared with the group. Primary theme was being prepared at home; ensuring you and your family are prepared at home so that you can deploy for others in the community when needed. If your family needs you, if your neighbors need you that MUST be your priority.

ARES members encouraged to attend this training if possible.

Also discussed knowing our limitations. Just as with CERT teams ARES will not respond to chemical spills unless under the careful guidance of hazmat teams to assist with evacuations.

We will have a short drill to evaluate readiness sometime during the week of 13 July. Drill will be announced via the phone app, e-mail, and on the 147.210 repeater sometime between 1900 and 2200. ARES members should tune to the 147.210 repeater for additional instructions.

Backup repeater is 145.190 and simplex will be last resort on 146.400.

Have go bags ready. This would be considered a short deployment not to exceed 24 hours. (Drill will not last 24 hours of course).

We discussed professionalism during the drill. Allowing net control to guide all action. No arguing about how things are being handled. It’s a learning exercise. We will discuss everyone’s performance off the air, after drill concludes.

Radiogram numbered messages and general use was discussed. It was suggested that we again try to get Marvin, NA0OO to provide additional training. Tabletop exercise sending and receiving radiogram might be a good idea. Members encouraged to fill out and send radiogram during JARC net.

Also discussed needing all emergency numbers on file either on paper or in smart phones. Members encouraged to fill out form and bring to next meeting.

Matt Bernhagen is working to get Third Thursday booth set up to raise awareness about ARES. Would like to include Skywarn and JARC in this if they are interested. ARES will proceed with a booth.

MS150 discussed. ARES will assist with this. Volunteer signup discussed. This event is 12th and 13th of September. Tom, Ron, and Ray, will provide all final information to volunteers during September ARES meeting.

Volunteering at Airfest in September was also discussed. It was noted in the past that they only wanted our help with parking. This led to conversation about what public service means and how it benefits us and the community. Doing public service gets us out there. people learn we are dependable and professional and that increases our value. It’s the first step in building our reputation and will lead to more emergency services and communications related opportunities.

We also discussed getting together on various Saturday mornings at various members homes for some antenna building or other build type sessions. We’ll wait for JARC to make decision on any plans for similar activities before proceeding with our own. Also meeting on some Saturday mornings for mini field days to see how we can best communicate across the county or even region to region. These actions will enhance skills as well as help build our team.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 2005. Some members remained to evaluate some home built antenna’s with the analyzer provided by Ray Brown.

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