September 2020

“When Everything Else Fails. Amateur Radio often times is our last line of defense…When you need amateur radio, you really need them.”

Licking County ARES

Upcoming Dates


  • Operation SHTF, A functional exercise is being planned, I am planning on combining this with the SET.
  • Buckeye Lake Fireworks, Labor Day, September 4th, We will not be participating.


  • 3rd, Ohio SET (Simulated Emergency Test)

Traffic Nets:

I would like to encourage everyone to check into one of the traffic nets on HF or VHF, the August 30th edition of the Ohio Section Journal has a great article about the SET and Be Ready to Activate, Matt KD8TTE has put together a series videos on how to create a Radiogram and has posted to YouTube. Matt has also created several other videos related to Radiograms.

NARA Club Meeting:

Mike KD8DZ presented a video about the WP6R expedition to Pitcairn Island on October 18th thru November 1st, 2019. One of their primary goals was to work 160-meters. They set up three 160-meter antennas and made a great number of contacts on that band. Several antennas for the other bands were deployed. They finished up with 82,700 Q’s in the log. The video also gave a good overview of the island and their efforts to get there.

September is National Preparedness Month:

“Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”
Week 1 (Aug. 31-Sept. 4): COVID-19 Safety & Preparedness Information
Week 2 (September 7-11): Make an Emergency Plan
Week 3 (September 14-18): Build a Kit
Week 4 (September 21-25): Youth Emergency Preparedness

Wanted: Skilled, dedicated operators.

The Ohio Emergency Operations Center in northwest Columbus has a well-equipped amateur station, W8SGT. “The Sarge” is activated whenever the EOC is put in high gear, and we cooperate with the “Watch Desk” to provide firsthand observations which help them shape their decisions. To maintain the high regard for amateur radio we need to build a much larger team of skilled operators.

  • General or above license
  • NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800 minimum, Auxcomm desired, 300-400 a plus
  • Specific operating skills (experience in two or more below):
    • Net control
    • Contesting
    • Message traffic
    • Digital communications (DMR/Fusion/fldigi/WinLink/etc.)
  • Military or Emergency response a plus (MARS, SHARES,MARCS. etc.)
  • Level head, able to handle stress and high activity
  • Desired: within one-hour drive to 161/315 vicinity
  • Ability to dedicate time and energy to an important program
    • Responsible for one Tuesday evening net per month, on call that week o training on the last Tuesday of each month
    • Ability to respond if activated
    • Ability to pass background check

If you are interested, email or

Incident Command System (ICS) Training Schedule

Hosted by: Franklin County EM&HS
February 23, 24, 25, 2021

Hosted by: Franklin County EM&HS
March 30 & 31, 2021

Subject to change or be canceled

Additional Information:

Local Nets:
ARES Nets, July 1st & 15th at 21:00,
NARA Nets, Every Tuesday evening at 21:00,
COOKEN Nets, Every Thursday evening at 20:30
Ohio ARES HF Net, Every Tuesday evening at 19:00, 3.850MHZ
Fairfield Co. ARES Nets, Every Monday evening at 19:00,146.700 pl 94.8
Fairfield Co. ARC Nets, Every Monday Evening at 21:00,147.030 pl 71.9
Licking Co. DMR Nets, Every Saturday Evening at 21:00, TG31685

Club Meetings:
COOKEN Club, Saturday July 11th at 12:00, Phone/video conference call, open to all. Contact Mike KD8DZ for more information. **Pending**

NARA Club, Saturday July 18th at 18:00, Phone/video conference call, open to all. Contact Weldon K8NQ for more details.


TNQP, TXQP, NJQP, NHQP, MEQP for dates, times and links to rules.
ARRL September VHF Contest, Sept 12th -14th


Licking County EMA has contracted with a company to provide early warning to residents regarding floods and dangerous weather situations (tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings). As of this printing, there are only 1700 out of 170,000 that have signed up. That is 1%… Let’s help get the word out about this life-saving feature.

It’s free and easy to register for this system. Go to, click on departments, then to safety, then EMA and click on the big word “RAVE”. You can put in as much or as little information as you desire. For those who do not have computer access or have difficulty using one, please reach out and assist them.