Work Party at Capitol Park – 3/10/19

It was another chilly, but beautiful day to be outside. We accomplished our primary goal of raising the new VHF antenna. There is still a bit of work to be done to cap it off, but it was the last big project to complete here. Big thanks to Randy and Doug for spending time devising a simple and safe way to hoist and mount the antenna and also thanks to Mark, Carl, Bod, Casey, Alan, Todd, and Barry for all the help.

Antenna Construction
Interior Work
Hoisting the antenna | Final mounting position

News & Activities

The March ACS Meeting and Training will be held Saturday March 16 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. There will be updates on the recent work at Capitol Park and other projects and activities. There will be a presentation on the tunnel radio test and report as well as a training session on ACS operations, sector structure and working relationship with the HUBs.
Location and directions: North Seattle College and see campus map

Congratulations to Carl Leon, N7KUW on being selected to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for the Disaster Preparedness / Response. Carl was nominated by the Seattle office of Emergency in recognition of his many years of service and leadership as a dedicated community volunteer. There will be an awards ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Olympia on April 12, 2019. Additionally, there will be a special on field recognition before the Mariner’s game that evening at T-Mobile Park for Carl and the other award recipients.

Office of Emergency Management – Annual Report – OEM has just published the 2018 Annual Report which provides a comprehensive overview of programs and accomplishments – including a very nice section about ACS.

Work Party at Capitol Park – 3/3/19

Thank you to Casey, Randy, Carl, Mark, Michael, and Alan for their work this past Sunday at Capitol Park.  We made further preparations for the PSRG relocation, continued to improve the HamWAN installation and did further site cleanup.

  • Got the new mounts and pipe for the PSRG/ACS 24GHz Link in place at Cap Park. 24GHz link is partly operational, good path/signal, needs for IP config to put in service.
  • New 70cm antenna on top for high speed Packet on 430MHz.
  • Baldi Backbone BBQ Dish was relocated temporarily to mount above S2 which is there for a dual band vhf/uhf antenna we haven’t yet installed.
  • Removed a defunct 70 MHz beam which blocked wall access
  • Removed 3 more TV aerials and their supporting superstructure (an eyesore, hindrance to wall access, and a potential safety hazard).

Photos courtesy of Michael Kostis and Randy Neals.
Our next work party on March 10th will focus on getting the PSRG VHF antenna mounted.  There are a couple more coax/heliax runs to make and 2 dishes to put up, but the major exterior work is starting to come to a close.  There is some more interior work which is also ongoing to improve the power systems.
Regards,  -Doug-, KD7DK

Before and after