Monthly Report
Submitted to: ARES Central Ontario District DEC
Subject:  Central Ontario District Emergency Coordinator Report
Report Month/Year: October, 2003
Date Submitted:  November 5, 2003
EC Area of Responsibility: South Georgian Bay West Simcoe County
EC Name and Callsign:  Darren Lortie VE3REK
EC's Email Address: [email protected]
Club Names: South Georgian Bay ARC / Blue Mountain ARC
ARES Members this Report: 31
Registered Stations Increase/Decrease since last report:  0
Local Net Name:  South Georgian Bay West Simcoe ARES Net
Number of Net Sessions / Check-ins 5 Nets / 30 Check-ins - 0 Formal Traffic (0 Sent - 0 Rec'd)
Section Net Name: Ontario ARES Net - 7.150 MHz
Comments:  Permanent stations have been established in the Town of Wasaga Beach, having started approximately 2 years ago with a presentation to the Simcoe County Fire Chief's Association, which was attended by VE3LKI, VE3REK, VE3MDN, VE3WW and VE3CBA.  Wasaga Beach Fire Chief Don Warden approached the group with keen interest in the ability of having stations set up in the Town, ready for immediate use during an emergency.  The locations for the equipment would be the Wasaga Beach EOC, Fire Hall 1, Fire Hall 2 and the Hydro Office.  There was also a 5th station that was put together to have the equipment ready for another location if ever a need arose.

A plan was put together with the input from the DEC, EC and AEC's for the South Georgian Bay West Simcoe ARES for what equipment would be needed at each location.  The following is a breakdown of the equipment that was purchased.

1 - Icom IC-706mkiiG HF +6+2+440
3 - Icom IC-2100H 2 meter mobile radios
            1 - VHF Voice
            1 - VHF Packet
            1 - VHF APRS
1 - Icom IC-207H dual band mobile for voice
4 - Icom IC-V8 2 meter hand helds (For shadowing officials)
4 - Diamond X-50 Antennas
1 - Butternut HF-9V antenna for all HF bands including 6 meters
1 - Kantronics 9612+ Highspeed dual port TNC for packet
1 - Kantronics KPC-3+ TNC for APRS
1 - Diawa Crossneedle SWR Bridge
1 - Bencher Low Pass filter
2 - Astron RS-35M power supplies
1 - IBM A20m Laptop with mini USB docking station

Fire Halls 1 & 2/Hydro Office and Spare Station (each station identical)
2 - Icom IC-2100H 2 meter mobile radios
               1 - VHF Voice
            1 - VHF Packet
2 - Diamond X-50 Antennas
1 - Astron RS-35M Power Supply
1 - Kantronics KPC-3+ TNC
1 - IBM A20m Laptop

It was determined that the radio equipment should be the same make and model at each station to allow for ease of operation and training.  Any operator could change between stations and would be dealing with the same equipment.  The choice of radio models came from the commercial "MIL-SPEC" construction of all of the equipment.

The radio equipment was ordered from Radioworld in Toronto, Ontario and the Computers were ordered from EBS Notebooks in Barrie, Ontario.  After a few backordered pieces, all arrived approximately 1 month later.  Thanks to Optimum Furniture in Elmvale, Ontario who supplied the transportation to pick up all of the equipment.

Next came the daunting task of programming the radios and computers.  It was determined that all of the radios be programmed exactly the same (ie. memory 1 VA3ROG repeater, memory 2 VE3BMR repeater etc.)  This was done to eliminate having to determine which radio you are using and how it is programmed.  Each piece of equipment is programmed the same, so there is no confusion and for ease of operation.  Programming of the radios took approximately 2 weeks with special thanks to Greg VA3KUG for the time he put in.  

As for the computers, they are also programmed exactly the same.  Each computer is loaded with KA1VGM's Net manager software, Hamscope, WinPack, FNPSK, FNPACK, UI_View, MMSSTV, and MMRTTY.  Again this was done for the ease of operation.

Once all of the programming was completed, it was time to install the antennas.  Due to liability and workers compensation issues, it was determined that Point to Point Communications (from which the installers were ham operators) would do the installation of the antennas at each of the locations with the South Georgian Bay West Simcoe ARES stations helping and doing the final connections to the radios.  A special thanks goes out to Don VE3CBA for all his help during the installations.  This process took a full week to complete as the antennas had to be assembled and installed on the roof with RG-213 coaxial cable being run to the operating stations.

As of the time of this report the EOC station has been completely hooked up with radios in place, and the balance of the stations will be completed by weeks end.  This is being done to utilize the stations and test out the new equipment during the annual Simulated Emergency Test.  As the project becomes completely finished, a FULL report of the process and lessons learned will be available on the SGBWS ARES website.

NTS Liaison Station - Ken - VA3KEW, 0 traffic to / from ARES group to the OSN and the OPN.   Local traffic = 0 message. 

OBS - VA3KNR - Doug, read 5 Bulletins.

ARES data updated on local club web site and ARES web site 



M. K. Moreau - VE3LKI -  SGBWS ARES.
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