Welcome to the OPERATION Team Website

The Ohio Pennsylvania Emergency Radio Amateur Tactical Information Operation Network Team which was created in 2003, is an all volunteer service that is dedicated to Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania for Emergency and Disaster Communications Response, Public Service and Education.

 

Our Mission:

To provide mission critical radio communications when all other systems fail.
To provide radio communications to public events for the betterment of the communities in which we live in.
To provide education in the field of electronics through Amateur Radio to continue the cycle of innovation through our youth.

Who we are:

We are an all volunteer team, comprised of Amateur Radio operators that specialize in Emergency and Disaster Communications. Our members have a wide variety of backgrounds from Fire Fighters to Communications Technicians to EMT's. We pride ourselves by providing effective communications when everything else fails.

What is Amateur Radio?

It is both a hobby and a service - better known as ham radio. Unlike most hobbies, however, operators are licensed by their national government (in the U.S., by the Federal Communications Commission) and provide a number of services to their nation. Because It is a true service its formal name is the Amateur Radio Service. It is a non-profit hobby in which ham operators communicate with other hams in all parts of the world and out of this world! They donate their time for emergency communications, local events. Communications is accomplished via means of what is called modes of transmitting and receiving. Once licensed, ham operators are able to use a wide variety of communications technologies. With an appropriate ham license, you can use high technology radios for personal communications between friends and family. You can provide assistance to your community during emergencies. Amateur radio operators have pioneered the various types of communications over the years by their designs and experimentations. The amateur radio service is the only place to build and test your own designs. Hams can use every mode of communication from Voice to Television to Digital. The possibilities are endless.
 

Interested?

Here's the basics of what we are all about.
We are a regional group serving Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania. We have no dues and have no boundaries and encourage all amateur radio operators to join.
Each member is trained to work within the Incident Command System and is required to test annually to keep up with the ever changing world of Emergency Management. We require each member to have certain FEMA ICS training as well.
We provide Emergency Communications assistance to local and county government agencies in times of emergencies or disasters. We also provide assistance to local amateur groups
We support Ashtabula County SKYWARN. We help coordinate SKYWARN training and activities.
We provide Public Service Communications to all types of agencies and groups. Some of these events but are not limited to Parades, Races, Bike Runs, Carnivals and Special Events.
We provide Education to prospective new operators in the form of licensing classes. We also provide technical guidance to help hams further their knowledge and work towards having a better understanding of the hobby.
We do operating activities. Including Contests, Field Day and Special Event stations.
We also schedule Foxhunts for all amateurs. We do not limit this activity to OPERATION Team members. Check our Events Page for the Foxhunt Schedule.
And last but not least, we HAVE FUN! This is a fun hobby and that's why all of us got involved. We're determined to return FUN to amateur radio! However we need your help, each of us can't do it alone but we can do it as a TEAM!
If this sounds like something you want to be involved with, please drop us an email at info@operationteam.org