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Coshocton County ARES®

October SET

The 2018 Black Swan SET is in the books. Thanks to all of the ARES volunteers who put in time on October 6th, and deployed to assist in the test.

We test our equipment and abilities to assist with communications for emergency services in Coshocton County in time of need.

2018 KB8PXM & AA8BN at EOC
KC8PXM and AA8BN operating the SET at the EOC in Coshocton beam at EOC
County Services Building with temp. antennas set up 2018 KB8PXM & AA8BN at EOC
Beam antenna used for VHF Strange visitor to EOC
A very persistant, inquiring vistor to the EOC operations for Black Swan (brown Squirrel)


"CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. We are now in all fifty states." (Taken from the CoCoRaHS website)

The weather service office in Pittsburgh has directed Skywarn members to this organization as one way to report precipitation in our local area. This information is then shared with the weather service. You can volunteer to make daily measurments at your home location or just report severe weather. The website to find out informatiion is found HERE.

You can report to the NWS Pittsburgh one of three ways: 1) Storm report form found HERE
2) CoCoRaHS where you can report via an app. If you are not signed up, you can do so HERE
3) or call the 800 number from your Skywarn training .

ARES Repeater

The KE8BDF ARES repeater is centrally located in the county and is on 145.230 with a pl of 71.9.

Fldigi for Android Devices

The popular FLDIGI application is available for android devices. With this, you can operate digital modes using your cell phone and HT, tablet and mobile, or whatever android device and rig you have! Click HERE for a good article by AB8SV on how to get and use the Android app.


Please take the free online FEMA trainings listed in the following link. Fema Training
Ohio ARES asks you take course IS100b followed by IS700a and then IS200b and IS800b. Once completed, submit the 4 certificates in PDF format to the Coshocton County EC, AA8BN@ARRL.NET. Needed are the completed certificates as INDIVIDUAL FILES, not lumped together like several jpegs in one file. Attach those with the name, call, and county of the person involved. Ohio ARES Training; Questions & Answers

Updated ARES Manual Now Available

There is a new ARES Manual ready for downloading at the ARRL website. You can click on ARES Manual to download your copy.

Telecommunications Guide from the IARU for ARES

IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide, 2015
To all Coshocton County ARES®: Please read the following IARU guide. It is an excellent document that covers all stages of an emergency communications plan. Thanks to N8VV for the find. Click on: EMERGENCY Telecommunications Guide Also, don't forget to read the Ohio Section Emergency Response Plan. Go to and read/print this plan in the reference materials area. Also read the Coshocton plan listed on this page, which is in preparation for a revision. Coshocton County ARES Operational Manual AA8BN


Coshocton County ARES® is in support of the Ohio Child Abduction Response Team, CART, in Coshocton County. Go to the following web site for further information.

New Equipment for ARES Repeater

New repeater site The 145.230MHz Coshocotn ARES repeater has a new Yaesu Fusion System which should give it more range, and hopefully, more reliablility. The power output is up to around 90 watts. Pix by KB8HEA

Code Red

It is a great idea to sign up for Code Red, so that you can be notified of any emergency conditions in our area. Click HERE to go to the registration page.

The Coshocton County EMA page has additional information on how the Code Red System works in our County.

Ohio HF Net and Digital Net Information

For complete SEC notes and stuff, go to ARES page on

State of Ohio EOC team W8SGT HF Voice Net

The HF Net is run by the Team W8SGT at the State of Ohio Emergency Operations Center in Columbus Ohio. A voice net is conducted every week. For net frequencies check with your EC. All are welcome to check in. You do not have to be an ARES volunteer to check in. Check in often and put Coshocton Co. in their log.

Ohio ARES Digital Net

The OHIO DIGITAL EMERGENCY NET. (OHDEN) is a Section Level ARES approved NBEMS emergency traffic net. The purpose is to provide a statewide communications conduit between the EMA/EOC'S in Ohio. The net uses sound card digital modes and NBEMS to pass written traffic. The net uses the low frequency HF bands for statewide NVIS coverage. FLDIG is the standard software. District and county level communications are provided at the local level by the DEC/EC's. Each Ohio ARES district and county is encouraged to organize digital capabilities and to liaison to the statewide OHDEN net.

In addition, OHDEN provides training, technical assistance and organizational assistance in support of digital modes and NVIS communications.

OHDEN Facebook Page (portions taken from OHDEN web site. Check for updates. aa8bn)

The Ohio Single Side-Band Net

NTS...national traffic system.... The Ohio Single Side-Band Net , OSSBN... OSSBN.ORG Check into or at least listen to see how this net runs in the beginning. We need more people to be able to check into this net (as well as other nets), so we have more than one or more persons able to receive and send traffic from Coshocton County. The Net meets on 3972.5 khz , three times a day. 1030 am, 415 pm and 645 pm.

Coshocton County Digital Nets

Check into these nets to experiment and learn about the digital modes. Our Digital net meets each Sunday night after the 2100hr W8CCA club net on 147.045 MHz pl 71.9. KE8WIP is Digital net manager. Time spent on these digital nets as well as other ARES nets listed are used in the monthly ARES report. Both nets use fldigi with voice and digital modes used. Primary local practice uses MT63, 2kL, centered at 1500Hz.

Coshocton County ARES Net (COCO)

Please check into the ARES net each Monday at 9 pm. Check into the digital nets and state EOC and OSSBN nets. Let me know if and when you do, as I can use this on Monthly reports. If you know of others interested, send this information along. Don’t forget to check into the local nets : Coshocton Co. Amateur Radio Association net on Sunday at 9 pm on 147.045. The Johnny Appleseed net each Friday at 9pm. The North East Coshocton County 440 Net each Monday after the ARES net on 443.5375.

EC note:

Thanks to all Coshocton County ARES for a great year. A big thanks to the Coshocton Co. Amateur Radio Association Inc., W8CCA for continued support for over 25 years and providing space for ARES and SKYWARN on their web site. A special thanks to KL7RF , web master. 73 Steve, AA8BN Coshocton County EC 740 622 5761 home 740 623 1000 cell,

The ARES and SKYWARN programs in Coshocton County are operated by the Coshocton Co. ARES. CCARA is providing space on our web site for their information and is not responsible for any content.

Information on ARES

Click Here for information on ARES and

Check out the Ohio ARES page to find lots of important information and downloads.
NOAA Pittsburgh Skywarn Page

ARES Contact People

Position Name Callsign Email
Emergency Coordinator Steve Wheatcarft AA8BN
Assistant EC Randy Fisher KL7RF
Assistant EC Tom Cordes KB8HEA
Assistant EC Will Parks KC8PUW

Registering & Updating

To register with the Coshocton County ARES or update your station capabilities, download a form below. The forms are provided in two formats: Adobe Acrobat to fill out and mail in or in a rich text format file (for a word processor) to either fill out and mail or fill out and email. Please download the instructions first.

Registration Form Instructions.pdf ARESregV2015.pdf ARESregV2015.rtf

Helpful Downloads

(in PDF format)

Printable Radiogram Forms, Em. Communicatons Log

ICS 213 Form, ICS 213 Instructions

ARES Net Control Log

Many other usefull forms and information can be downloaded directly from the ARRL website Here.

More public serive information is available from the ARRL website. Please join the American Radio Relay League today. Please note that ARES® is a program of the ARRL. With the exception of the EC, it is not a requirement that ARES members belong to the ARRL but it is encouraged by the EC.

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