ARRL ARES Communicator's Comments - 2018-08-05

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    Bulletin Date: August 5, 2018
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    1. ! No nets on August 7. Quarterly Training (QT) at the LCEMA EOC. Attend if you can make it. Please put your Amateur Radio Call on the sign-in sheet so credit can be given for attendance.
    2. ! The Net Control Schedule has been updated on the LCARES web site. If you are an NCS then be sure to check it as the schedule has changed due to the QT.
    3. ! There will be an SSES Laptop Training and Distribution Session on Thursday, August 30th, from 1900hrs to 2000hrs at the LCEMA EOC. The training should not take long. All those who volunteered for the SSES Drill should attend.
    4. ! The SSES Practice Drill is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th. Details will be published soon as to the times the operators need to be in place.
    5. The Lackawanna County ARES and the Wayne-Pike County ARES Net are now active. See the Net Schedules of Interest below for dates, times, and frequencies.!
    6. The New (as of October 1st) Section Manager may be joining our Tuesday Night nets. He is a traffic handler and even after the October 1st date will be glad to take the SARs. You may want to exert yourselves and send him a radiogram congratulating him on becoming the Section Manager (SM).
    7. The 3rd Quarter Message Challenge is now on the web site. The Single Resource Team Members can begin sending their messages to the EC at any time. Remember that each member of the SRT need to send one message per quarter to remain that their SRT level. If any member of the LCARES wants to try to send one of the messages they will be accepted, critiqued, and appreciated.
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    The Kind of Training that is really needed!

    An ARRL ARES®Communicator's Comments
    - There is that dirty word again. Training. That thing we hate to do but wish we had when the time is just right.

    The recent ARES Restructuring email that I sent resulted in my sending a rather lengthy email to one of the EPA ECs. The main gist of the email was the training requirements for what is called Tier 3 or the ECs, DECs, and SECs. I think the ARRL is missing the mark with their proposals but that isn't what I want to talk about right now.

    The training that I see that is badly neglected by ARES in general is for the rank and file. You guys and girls is who I am talking about. This high lofty talk about ICS 300 and 400 as well as management classes for ARES leadership is all well and good but if there is no one to lead and the ones that are being lead don't have any idea about what they are to do it is all for naught. Naught means zero or nothing.

    All of you performed as expected and then some during the April Commex and I have no complaints at all. But think about it folks. How long did it take to get the stations in operation? How long did it take to get the 10 meter stations on frequency so they could talk to each other? Who forgot to put a full load of gas in the generator? So it was not perfect. It was good.

    I know that all of you are involved with LCARES. Your hearts are definitely in the right places and for our little county you are all right on the mark. What the ARRL is looking for goes way beyond that in regards to training. Remember the old saying about the Pig and Chicken in regards to breakfast?

    A Pig and a Chicken are walking down the road.

    The Chicken says: "Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!"
    Pig replies: "Hm, maybe, what would we call it?"
    The Chicken responds: "How about 'ham-n-eggs'?"
    The Pig thinks for a moment and says: "No thanks. I'd be committed, but you'd only be involved."

    I don't expect commitment from you. You have lives, families, jobs, and other interests. I do too. I have no desire to train like I did for the Army (when I think about that I shudder - damn near the pig's role!) and for my professional life. I needed to be the best in both of those life roles. I think that N1ZZZ and N3SRO understand that commitment in their professional lives. There will always be those that do enough to get by and those that reach for Heaven. And those in the middle who because of interest may do more.

    Some times those in the middle are those that are really valuable. They are the ones that can be motivated to take some leadership positions in ARES. They are really needed. If the training that the ARRL wishes to impose then it will surely drive them away. That will not improve anything.

    As far as our training is concerned - there is just so much needed that I don't know what to write about. But going ahead of training there is the people thing. It will not do much good if the call goes out and no one shows to be assigned to do something. So we need people. Those that fall some where between involved and committed. If the tale be told we don't have enough.

    Then we need to train those people on the fundamentals. How set up a station. How to talk on the air. How to interact with the people from our served agencies. The first will be fun and interesting. The second will be boring. The last one will all depend on how involved the person wants to be and if the person has the personality traits to do it.

    There is a multitude of things that require training. But the amount of training really requires commitment. And I am afraid all of us are just involved.

    SSES Locations...
    - We have the laptops ready, almost. But that is just lucky number 13 and it will fall on Tuesday Morning. I promise. Now we need the people. Here is the list from 2017. I have removed some of those that will not be participating. If you are going to go to the same location as last year let me know. If you would like to volunteer for a position let me know. If you want to go some where else let me know. An island vacation is out of the question.

    Municipality Laptop
    Number Ready To Go Operator
    In 2017 2018 Practice Drill 2018 Evaluated Drill
    Black Creek Township 2 √

    Butler Township / Conyngham Borough 3 √ KB3MMM

    Conyngham Township 14 √ KC3HLT

    Dorrance Township 13 NRY KB3ACO

    Hollenback Township 9 √ N1ZZZ K3VQI K3VQI
    Hunlock Township 16 √ KB3VS

    Huntington Township/New Columbus Borough 8 √ K2PG

    Nanticoke City 17 √ KC3FKW

    Nescopeck Borough 11 √ KC3BXS

    Nescopeck Township 5 √ AB3ZI

    Newport Township 7 √ KA3CWR

    Nuangola Borough 15 √

    Salem Township 12 √

    Shickshinny Borough 4 √ K3DBG

    Slocum Township 6 √ N3SRO

    Sugarloaf Township 10 √

    Union Township 18 √ N3RN

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    Lots of room for everyone. You've done it before. This is probably one of the only things that we don't need training to do.

    Antennas at WN3LIF...
    - Still going through the thought processes about the new antenna. After some measuring I figured out that I can just fit a loop antenna here. There are advantages to all of these things. Space is the primary concern. Many have said a vertical is the way to go. If I had the ground to put the radials I might consider it. And a dog that didn't dig them up. There used to be a vertical here. All 43 feet of it.

    It was fun to watch it bend in the wind. It didn't fall but it should took a wicked bend even with the guys located at the mid point of the mast. The neighbor used to stand on his porch and watch it sway. Said it reminded him of his days on a U.S. Navy Destroyer in a storm. OK, so it swayed a lot.

    As you can see it was toward the back of the lot. Not all that much room for radials. In fact even getting one a quarter wave on 20 was a bit of a problem. It was not the greatest as far as an HF antenna.

    Still more thought. It is going to be decided this month. It may end up being a multi-band trapped dipole that is considerably higher than the current one. It may be an Inverted L. It might be a plain jane end fed half way. It will probably go up with enough intention that it will last the winter and then after that it another period of thought will start on how to improve it.

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