Wayne Radio Amateur Emergency Team Meeting November 10, 2017
Published: February 06, 2019
Wayne Radio Amateur Emergency Team
Meeting Minutes for 11-10-17
Welcome and start of meeting – Joe K2JVS The meeting started at 7:30 pm. Joe moderated the meeting as Tom, KR2I was absent. It began with a flag salute followed by discussion of agenda items.
Club Business Meeting Topics (Members Only Discussion)
Approval of Meeting Minutes October 13 - Carver W2TFM Minutes approved by majority vote.
Monthly Net report – Aly N2SHO The net is held on October 25, the 4th Wednesday of the month at 8 pm on the WRAET 2 Meter Repeater with 5 members checking in. Going forward, it will expand including topics on Traffic Handling, Practice Emergency Drills, Swap and Shop, Emergency Preparedness, ARES/RACES” etc. Aly announced the net on the Passaic County ARES net at 9 pm on Monday on the W2OS repeater. The NNJ ARES net meets the second Tuesday on the WS2Q repeater at 8 pm.
Web Site – Aly N2SHO No changes other than regular updates.
JOTA Results Boy Scouts Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) held on October 22 results were discussed. 15 scouts participated. There were three HF stations and an VHF station making 45 contacts. 13 scouts earned their Radio Merit Badge. Parents were impressed with the operation.
Klondike Derby Scheduled for Saturday January 20 at Shepard Lake. Joe K2JVS will provide more detail. Some members expressed interest in participating.
ARRL Field Day Scheduled for June 24-25, 2018. Early setup prior.
Business proposed from the floor Congratulations to Piero Mosca in getting his Technician license - KD2ONN. He also became a Club member. The course and license test were given by Passaic County OEM on October 29. 24 attended and 22 got their license.
Tom Cantisano, Wayne OEM, provided draft copy to go onto the Wayne Township web site:
Radio Amateur Emergency Team
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a volunteer emergency communications service authorized by the Wayne Office of Emergency Management. It is run by persons appointed by Wayne Township.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service ( ARES ) is the emergency communications service provided by the American Radio Relay League ( ARRL ). It is part of the Field Organization and run by persons appointed by the Section Manager.
ARES is activated before, during and after an emergency. Generally, ARES handles all emergency messages, including those between government emergency management officials. RACES, on the other hand, almost never starts before an emergency and is active only during the emergency and during the immediate aftermath if government emergency management offices need communications support. RACES is normally shut down shortly after the emergency has cleared. ARES can drill as much as they want and talk to all ham stations. RACES may only drill one hour per week and only may communicate with other RACES stations during a drill or an actual emergency.
Any amateur Radio operator can join ARES, as they don't need to be approved by the civil defense organization. We always promote that ARES members join the RACES group whenever they can so in real case of emergency, they can contact other RACES stations without restrictions. We also promote that RACES members join an ARES group, so they can have as much training and drills as they wish.
The Wayne Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has authorized the establishment of an ARES organization whose mission statement is to be activated as the Township’s official RACES organization during an actual emergency.
Anyone who may be interested in joining should visit the website below or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Program – Need for Members to be Chair of Various Club Activity Areas - Joe K2JVS
There was a discussion of Club activity areas that require members to step forward and assume chair. The Chair would lead the group activity and pick others to help as required. Stan, K2KKH, will put together a survey which will be sent to all members so that we can receive input as to each members interests/expertise areas. He will send the survey to Carver, W2TFM, who will send/process with the members for their input. Stan also agreed to chair the Training/VEC testing for the Club. Some areas requiring members to be Chair are: Training/VEC Testing (Stan K3KKH); Meeting Program Chair - Puts together the programs for each meeting which could comprise a variety of topics of interest to members such as ARRL leaders (NNJ, Hudson Division), vendors discussing various equipments, New York City Marathon with guest speaker Bob Jordan NYC/LI Section SEC and MARS, (Military Auxiliary Radio
System) with a guest speaker. These speakers can be invited guest speakers and/or club members. Other areas requiring member Chairs include publicity, membership, field days, ham fest (also a moneymaker), and social (parties, picnics, etc.). There could be other areas identified through the survey process.
Nothing to report
Next meeting December 15th. in Health Room #2, Wayne Municipal Building
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.
Joe Scuralli K2JVS Member
Stan Ekiert K3KKH Member
John Demetrius KC2OII Member
Allan Jay Baum KD2IGD Member
Piero Mosca KD2ONN Member
Allan Baum KF2EE Member
Aly Badawy N2SHO Member
Carver Washburn W2TFM Member
Gary Kantor WA2BAU Member