The Hamilton County Amatuer Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) is a 501 C(3) Non-Profit Organization that provides both public service and emergency response communications. ARPSC was formed in response to the super-cell tornado outbreak of 1974. We have a long and storied history of providing skilled communications services, in times of need, to our served agencies.
Past ARPSC deployments include the Ohio River flood of 1997, as well as floods along the Great Miami, the Little Miami and the Miami Whitewater rivers. We also provided communications during the loss of the Great Miami bridge at Miamitown. Three of our members deployed to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in support of the Red Cross and its shelters. We’ve provided support for a variety of drills and marathons, including the Heart Mini-marathon, The Run for Tyler, HFP sponsored events, among others. We’ve also assisted groups in surrounding counties with similar events.
We have provided emergency communications services for the Hamilton County EMA for the past 35-plus years.
We have also worked with police, fire, ambulance and other emergency services. Many of our members are trained weather spotters and work with the Weather Amateur Radio Network (WARN) and the National Weather Service when needed. We have agreements with many of the local CERT groups and many of our members have taken the CERT Training and are part of those same groups.
We not only provide emergency communications to the community, we also take time as a club and friends to take part in many of our own activities. We have regular Monthly Meetings, get together for picnics and dinners through out the year and partake in various Amateur Radio events, such as Field Day, the Ohio QSO Party, the Ohio State Parks on the Air Event and the Scouting Jamboree on the Air to name a few. We all like to have a little fun and enjoy the company of our friends and family in our hobby.
Like any group, we strive to create and maintain the spirits of teamwork and cooperation necessary to the pursuit of any successful communications team and look forward to additional challenges where we might improve our skills. As such we have a number of things we do to maintain our level of training and excellence.
We sponsor the Tri-state Amateur Traffic Net, which is the local outlet for the ARRL’s National Traffic System . This net handles all types of radio message traffic into and out of the Tri-state area and provides numerous net control operators with constant training in passing messages, and handling communication nets. The Tri-state Amateur Traffic Net is also a training net and our members are encouraged to participate for the purpose of improving their message handling, and associated, skills.
Every week, ARPSC holds a training net, to stimulate procedural discussion and on-air radio practice. This training consists of anything from a short lecture about some aspect of emergency communications to actual skill practices of changing frequencies, passing traffic and many many other things.
Other training includes routine, ARRL sponsored, Simulated Emergency Tests (SETs,) ARRL Emergency Communications courses, FEMA ICS and NIMS courses, and various EMA-sponsored training courses.
We look forward to any opportunity where we may apply our radio skills, and related knowledge, Not only in emergencies, but for the members of our communities and our fellow neighbors.