ACS Activities & Events

ACS & HUBS Field Exercise – On Saturday June 1st, 39 volunteers from OEM’s Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) worked collaboratively with community volunteers from 14 Emergency Preparedness HUBs to test capabilities for responding to a major earthquake.  A primary focus was establishing back-up communications networks within the communities and with the City for exchanging damage assessment and resource request information. 

The drill simulated conditions the day after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake along the
Seattle Fault has caused extensive infrastructure damage. The damage from
such a quake would likely include a failure of grid power and cellular service,
making communications and emergency services a challenge. Because the Hubs
are key gathering points for neighborhoods, communications between the Hubs,
ACS, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are critical. Much of the
exercise involved moving simulated messages around the city using field deployed,
off-grid communications. See photos of the exercise activities at the HUBs, Sectors and EOC.

ACS will conduct an on-line after-action review on Saturday June 8 at 10 AM check your email for details

Field Day 2019 – Sign Up is Open Please join PSRG, WSARC and Seattle ACS at our ARRL Field Day event located at South Seattle College. Set up begins at 9 AM on Friday June 21, we need a large crew to set up the site and get ready for operations to begin Saturday morning. Please visit the PSRG website and complete the survey to get signed up. See you there. This year many educational and community involvement events are planned as well as a picnic and radio demonstrations.

Meeting Notes – April and May 2019

If you didn’t make it to either or both of the last two meetings, here are some of the highlights for what you missed.

At the April 20th meeting, we discussed some tools that can be used to help find a line of sight for things that may require it, like Hamwan. Randy – W3RWN sent those out to ACS members just before the meeting but took some time to demonstrate how they worked.

Great turnout for Comm Academy – such high participate that some people actually had to be turned away. Considerations are being made for a new location in future years and the potential for bringing in more sponsorships and investigating grant opportunities.

Field Day is coming up on June 22nd. It will be a partnership between WSARC, PSRG, and ACS, with the potential of the hub and/or Red Cross joining. It will be hosted at South Seattle College again, but an investigation of alternate locations for the future is being done. This year, there is going be more effort put into community inclusion and outreach as well as educational opportunities.

The majority of setup with take place the day before on Friday the 21st. As always, volunteers are appreciated. Beyond that, we need volunteers to take some leadership positions. Thanks to Petyr – W7ELN for volunteering to lead the dipole construction crew. We also have openings to lead the ACS tent construction and someone to take lead in coordinating the documenting of “Extra Point” activities of field day, like messaging, safety, trainings and education, etc. Reach out to Doug – KD7DK for more info and to volunteer.

Winlink trainings are being held at North Seattle College. The next one will be on Tuesday, May 14th. If you are looking to get started or just need some troubleshooting help, reach out to Christian – K7XTN

Mark posted dates in the previous article for upcoming events. To add to that is RAMROD which is the last Thursday of July – the 25th this year. If you are interested in helping with RAMROD, reach out to George – AE7G. If you are interested in Fat Salmon or the Solstice Parade, reach out to Franz – N3HFS

There was an update on the June 1st exercise. 14 hubs will be participating. Expect to receive a message from Alert Seattle Friday afternoon about a net that evening. Saturday morning, sectors and the EOC will stand up. All North sectors will be combined into one as will the South, but the South sector may operate out of the EOC.

Lastly, Doug and Randy gave a high level overview of DMR, including how it works techinically, what ways it can be used, and future plans for its expansion.

News & Activities

The May ACS Meeting and Training will be held Saturday May 11th at North Seattle College in the Education Building room ED2843A, coffee at 8:30 AM – business meeting starts at 9:00 AM and our training and presentations begin at about 10 AM. Dave and George will discuss our plans for conducting the June 1st emergency communications field exercise with the HUBs. Doug and Randy will lead practical discussion about the structure, use and future plans for the Seattle area DMR system and DMR use for Emcomm. This should be a fun an interactive session.
Location and directions: North Seattle College and see campus map

Up-coming public service events (and the list will grow)

Field Day June 21 (set-up) Event June 22 – 23

Fremont Solstice Parade – June 22

Fat Salmon Open Water Swim – July 13