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Next Monthly ARES Meeting
Written by ve3lkd   
Sunday, 22 June 2014

 Future meetings of Grey County ARES will be combined with the monthly meetings of the Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club (GBARC).  GBARC  hold its meetings at the Owen Sound Professional Centre, 945 3rd Ave East, Suite 202, Owen Sound, Ontario on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm.  Enter by the "back door" on 4th Ave East, and use the central stairwell or elevator which is near it to get to the second floor.  At present, the building is under construction but still open for business.  The parking lot is quite a mess, so it may be advisable to park on the street.

GBARC's website is http://gbarc.ca/

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 October 2014 )
 
June 2014 ARES Meeting
Written by ve3lkd   
Monday, 28 October 2013

The June monthly Grey County ARES Meeting was held at the Owen Sound Firehall, 1209 3rd Ave East, Owen Sound on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

The meeting re-acquainted ARES volunteers, with the ARES VHF and HF station that is permanently located at the firehall. In the event of a municipal emergency the firehall will become the city’s Emergency Operation Centre and ARES will be ready to assist with communications.

During the meeting, Tex VE3USI ran extensive tests on the VHF and HF antennas with his antenna analyzer and we documented the results.  Both antennas are within spec for the bands we use.  We also documented some interference that was being introduced to the building's PA system when we transmit at full power on certain bands. That information was relayed to the Fire Chief who will pass it on the the radio technicians and PA system maintainers who take care of the Fire Hall's equipment.

The roller-top cover on the equipment desk needs some repairs and measurements were taken for constructing a replacement.

Bob Droine VE3LKD, ARES Emergency Co-ordinator, Grey County

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 June 2014 )
 
Results of Our 2013 Simulated Emergency Test
Written by ve3lkd   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
 

The object of our 2013 Simulated Emergency Test was to include ARES volunteers and non-ARES amateur radio operators working together as they might in a real emergency, during the initial stages of an event when normal communications may be disrupted.  The challenge was to reach municipal officials or employees, in various parts of Grey County, at their homes, when they need to be called out by their CEMC to deal with the emergency situation.

 

The CEMC for Grey County had provided us with a list of towns or municipalities for the 41 officials or employees that they might call out for their Emergency Management Team.  Using this list, 41 real addresses for those locations were chosen from the phone book and 41 artificial names were given for them.  This provided our target list for the exercise.

 

Between 9:00 am and noon, we managed to reach 21 of the 41 addresses.  Thirteen operators participated to some degree; 7 of them are currently ARES volunteers, the other 6 heard about the exercise in advance or joined in when they heard the activity on the air.

 

I’d like to thank all of the following who participated; Frank VA3GUF,  Tom VA3TS, Adam VE3IZS, Bill VE3WLR and Brian VE3IBZ who operated mobile and drove to each of the addresses they were assigned, Fred VA3STG, Matt VE3MRT, Jim VE3CBM and Shane VE3RUT who checked in and provided us with information from their locations but were unable to operate mobile or had other commitments that morning, Brad VE3RHJ who joined us on the air after finishing his net control shift with the Trans-provincial Net then forwarded our test Declaration of Emergency message to EMO, Jon VA3CIC who worked with me at the Owen Sound Firehall EOC where we used the callsign VA3OSE as our base station and Percy VA3BBD who heard us on the air and dropped in to visit. 

 

Although we did manage to reach 21 locations within the 3 hours, 3 of the listed contacts were week-end addresses in Guelph and Palmerston.  Some of the easy addresses that we did not get to were right within Owen Sound.  They just didn’t happen to be on an efficient route for the mobile operators to get to within that time frame.

 

Lessons Learned:  We lacked operators to the east of Owen Sound during this exercise so we had no way to contact addresses in Meaford, Clarksburg and Thornbury.  We also were not able to reach the Blue Mountain repeater (which might have brought in some participation from Simcoe County or the far east of Grey County) nor the Berkley repeater from our station at the firehall.  We were kept busy enough for the 3 hours of the exercise so we did not introduce the complication of pretending that either of the two repeaters that we did use being out of service.

 

I would judge the exercise as a great success. It provides us with a measure of what we can do with the distances involved, the travel times, the number of operators and the ability to mobilize them effectively.  Thanks again to all involved.

 

Bob Droine, VE3LKD

ARES Emergency Co-ordinator, Grey County

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 October 2013 )
 
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Emergency Contacts
To activate Grey County ARES for an emergency contact any of the following:
Emergency Coordinator
Bob Droine, VE3LKD
519-371-2257 day/night
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Alternate E.C. and Assistant E.C. (East)
Bob Zapf, VA3RWZ
519-538-2395 home
705-441-0040 cell
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Assistant E.C.
Jon Skagfeld, VA3CIC
519-376-3584 

Net Controller Schedule

2m net every Monday evening at 8:00 pm local time.

29 Sep  - VE3RHJ (145.290)

6 Oct - VA3CIC (146.940)
13 Oct - VE3RHJ (145.290)
20 Oct - tbd (145.370)
27 Oct - VE3LKD (146.640)

3 Nov - VA3CIC (146.940)
10 Nov - VE3RHJ (145.290)
17 Nov - tbd (145.370)
24 Nov - VE3LKD (146.640)

Grey County Repeaters
Berkeley145.290(-)
156.7 Hz tone
Blue Mountain145.370(-)
156.7 Hz tone
Owen Sound (East)146.640(-)
156.7 Hz tone  
Paisley*

146.730(-)
156.7 Hz tone 

Owen Sound*146.940(-)
156.7 Hz tone 
Collingwood

146.790(-)

* linked repeaters