Field Day 2019!

In partnership between WSARC, PSRG and ACS, Field Day was once again held in the large field at the South Seattle College in West Seattle. This year, other groups including; King County Search and Rescue, King Public Health Reserve Corps, Medical Services Team, Red Cross and the Community Emergency Preparedness HUBs participated adding several community education activities into the mix alongside the radio operations. These included seminars on urban survival skills, demonstrations of “go-bags,” and information sessions about building hyper-local community disaster preparedness capabilities.

The event began on Friday June 21 and concluded on Sunday afternoon; a total of 165 people participated. Operations continued over-night simulating emergency conditions; all electrical power for radio operations was provided by an on-site solar generator.  

I’ll update point totals as I get them, but early numbers suggest that we got at least 1000 points on contacts alone. That said, there were some initial impressions that commitment from additional operators would be of great benefit in future Field Days.

As these events like this go, some things went really well and some things offered opportunities to improve for the future. If you missed this Field Day, we hope you can make it next year to help us make it even better!

Field Day Setup

Setup is in moving along in high gear. We hope to see you all tomorrow!

Here is a tentative schedule of events for tomorrow.

Seattle ACS/PSRG/WSARC Field Day List of Events
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019South Seattle College

9:00 am
AN INTRODUCTION TO RADIOHAM RADIO 101
Where to start with Amateur Radio?
What are your options if telephones or cellphones do not work? Information on how to get started will be discussed. There will be a variety of hand-held radio examples to see.

9 O’CLOCK PSRG SOCIAL NET
THE HAM VERSION FOR A RADIO CALL-IN SHOW! See and hear the fun sociable on-the-air meeting known as the 9 o’clock net hosted live from Field Day!

10:00 am
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Are you prepared anywhere you are? Got a “GO-BAG”?
A “Go-Bag” has a variety of necessities in an emergency. Quick access to anything from a mini first aid kit with a tourniquet to handy tools and quick meals in a pinch.

11:00 am
FIELD DAY OFFICIALLY STARTS
Field Day starts at 11am and runs till Sunday at 11am! You too can operate the radio and communicate around the US and beyond!!

PORTABLE RADIO SETUP
The Next Step up from a lower power hand-held radio. Find out what is in a portable radio kit.

SOLAR ROVER
The power of the sun at your fingertips!

URBAN SURVIVAL SKILLS FAIR
A variety of topics and information provided by the City of Seattle Emergency HUBs to help your household and your neighborhood be prepared.

12:00 pm
Picnic time! WSARC, PSRG and ACS group picnic!

2:00 pm
HAM RADIO 101 FOR YOUNG ADULTS
A presentation geared towards kids and teens to introduce Information on how to get started will be discussed and a variety of hand-held radio examples to see.

2:30 pm
HOW TO BUILD AN ANTENNA
An introduction to different antennas, how and why they correlate with different types of radios, why antennas are important, and how to make one!

3:00 pm
HAMWAN
Getting internet long distances over a radio frequency? Using a telephone–without a telephone company? Is that possible with HamWAN? Come find out how!

3:30 pm
Do you know what “FOX HUNTING” is? We promise no animals will be harmed in this hunt!
A radio “fox hunt” is a Hide-and-Go-Seek Game for Ham Radio operators. Learn more about finding stray radio signals.

4:00 pm
WINLINK
Emailing anywhere over a radio frequency is not “fake-news”. WinLink is real and can do it.

5:00 pm
DMR RADIO
What is beyond using analog frequencies? Learn how Digital Mobile Radio works and how this technology is another way to reach out and communicate.

6:00 pm
DINNER and TRIVIA with Phil Tavel

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.