HEARS/ARES Members Conduct Simulated Emergency Test

Reports of economic turmoil, civil unrest, unreliable electric grid, waning cell phone service, skyrocketing food and fuel prices, The End Of The World As We Know It...
 
it's not an apocalyptic thriller; it's the annual Ohio ARES S.E.T.
 
The exercise began with a week's worth of hype to set the scene for the largest scale emergency ever simulated by Amateur Radio volunteers in Ohio, all culminating in a 6 hour exercise beginning at 8am on October 1st. At a state level, ARES had the involvement of the Ohio Military Reserve in their tabletop exercise.
Local nets were activated on the grounds that amidst all the chaos, the Ohio MARCS radio system was also down and out. Amateurs all over the state and in our own county promptly jumped in to action; traveling to nearby locations that would be key to the well-being of our community in this scenario. Shelters, Fire stations, the Hancock Co EOC, and Findlay PD were all covered by our HEARS/ARES members to simulate our service being the last line of communication when all else has failed. All volunteers participated with emergency power, and many also activated APRS in their vehicle to aid in locating these key points when traditional infrastructure isn't functional. In total, 11 amateurs in Hancock County participated in the drill as it was simultaneously conducted all over the state. The local net was active for over 2 hours as we tested traffic handling and simplex propagation to/from our shelters and points of contact.
 
This exercise was a ripe opportunity for us to reflect on the level of preparedness we have achieved. As the last line of communication; are we prepared for our role? Do we have the backup power, stored food and water so that we can provide for ourselves and loved ones when "the big one" hits? This was definitely "not your grandma's SET", as stated by Ohio SEC Stan Broadway; but it was a great test of our abilities, strengths, and weaknesses as communications volunteers. 
 
To get involved with Hancock County ARES, please contact EC Evan Hartman at w8kjr[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Susan Komen Race For The Cure

The annual Findlay Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was held on Saturday and all went smoothly. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved from the volunteers that make the entire event happen, to our excellent showing of radio amateurs that support the race with communication/logistics. Above all, we also would like to thank all of the hard working volunteers that make this event possible as well as all of the participants in the race, for without which, there would be no race.

Thank you again Findlay area hams for stepping up to the plate and volunteering to support such a worthy cause. We hope to see you all next year.

Seventy-Fourth Annual FRC Hamfest In The Books

This year's seventy-fourth Annual Findlay Radio Club Hamfest is is now just a memory. We had a beautiful day this year and it showed in attendance and vendor participation alike.

On behalf of the Findlay Radio Club we would like to thank this year's Chairman, AA8KJ Dave for all of his hard work and dedication to help makes this one of the most successful events in recent memory. Additionally, we would like to thank the entire membership of the Findlay Radio Club for their hard work and dedication to the event, without which we could no longer hold a Hamfest.

Finally, and most importantly we would like to recognize and thank all of the attendees, be they shoppers or vendors, as you are the one critical element without which we would be forced to terminate the annual Hamfest that now is reaching its seventy-fifth anniversary year in 2017. So everyone in attendance, take a bow. We truly appreciate your support and participation to make our Hamfest one not to be missed each year.

If you have feedback for us on what we did right and what we could improve upon next year, please feel free to register on the forums and post your comments and feedback; that would be greatly appreciated as we look every year for new and better ways of sustaining the event for everyone involved. You can comment on the forums in this forum thread.

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