Events and Activities

PSRG, HamWAN and ACS Team Work Party at Capitol Park

On Sunday February 17 the ACS Tech Team working with members of PSRG and HamWAN conducted a work day at the Capitol Park facility to install and up-grade shared equipment and systems.  Thank you to Randy Neals – W3RWN, Kenny Richards – KU7M, Casey Hickerson – AE7SL, Mark Sheppard – N7LYE, Alan Scott – AC7MX, Dave Krause – KD7PWB, Barry Palmore – K7PAL, Tim Helming – WT1IM and Todd Heuer – WA7FOX for participating in the work party this past Sunday.  Special thanks to Doug Kingston – KD7DK for planning, organizing and leading this very successful work.

This was a safe and productive work party that accomplished the following:

  • Moved 12 103 lb. AGM batteries to the penthouse
  • Raised the new PSRG antenna, a mast pipe, and a ladder to the roof up the side of the building
  • Installed a new mast pipe on the NE corner with a new MiMO capable HamWAN sector and a Diamond X300 dual band antenna with a new run of Heliax, all nicely heat shrink sealed.
  • Installed replacement light bulbs behind our racks to improve lighting
  • Remove 3 old TV aerials from a mast pipe on the west stair tower
  • Pulled 2 runs of Cat5e from the penthouse to the West stair tower via PVC conduit
  • Mounted a new 2 post aluminum rack to the floor
  • Mounted a new DC circuit breaker panel
  • Mounted a new Router with additional port capacity
  • Cleaned up the penthouse interior (trash removed, vacuumed, swept)

That’s a lot of accomplishment!  Thanks to everyone who provided manpower, transport, tools and know-how to make this a success.  This was done safely and with great positive engagement with the building residents when needed.  It was a real success.

We have more work to do, and there will be subsequent work parties. The next one will be on Saturday February 23.   I you would like to participate send a note to Doug KD7DK and ask to be added to the ACS Tech mail list.

EOC Fundamentals Training March 16 – more info to follow

ACS February Meeting cancelled – Next meeting March 26 

The Seattle ACS monthly meeting and training will be held Saturday, March 26, 2019 in at the South Seattle College, Olympic Hall Room 101. Coffee at 0830 and the meeting begins at 0900.  Please join us.

Communications Academy April 13 & 14 – On-line Registration begins February 24th for more information visit the web page.

PSRG DMR Repeater – give it a try

Information about the PSRG DMR repeater and how to use it can be found at https://web.psrg.org/new-psrg-dmr-repeater-operational/

Meeting notes

Because of Viadocalypse (viaduct-apocalyse), this month’s meeting took place at N. Seattle College.

We reviewed several things including:

  • the progress being made to make the new radio room ready, including the antenna work that had been done and the need to get the HF loop installed.
  • the 5th Saturday drill and some lessons learned from other departments
  • the Hwy 99 tunnel test (more detail in the previous article)
  • PSRG’s trial of DMR, currently on TX 440.775 / RX 445.775, Color code: 2 – Doug also mentioned that there will be some opportunities to learn more about DMR at the Comm Academy.
  • Monday’s multi-repeater net which will include; simplex UHF, DMR, MT63-2k, and a repeater.
  • a few updates that were made to the ICS-217 for incorrect labeling of some digital channels
  • new ACS badges! Rapid tag is now in effect which should provide us with faster check-in/out and better and easier reporting

One additional thing that came up was, if you were at the December 8th meeting at Discovery Park and you received an ACS “Go Drive”, you will need to update the ICS-217s on there as the offsets are incorrect. Delete the ones on the USB and replace them with ones in the Google Drive – link here

After the break, we heard from Lauren Paolini of AT&T about FirstNet. She reviewed how it came to be and explained the different tiers of users and the way AT&T can prioritize FirstNet users, not just over the new Band 14, but across all its bands. Generally speaking the Primary users, with the highest level of access will be Law enforcement, EMS, a Fire, or as Laura put it “Guns, needles, and hoses.” The next tier, “Extended Primary”, would consist of healthcare, utilities, transportation, etc

AT&T claims to have 78+% coverage across the country (2.74 million sq/miles) but also has 72 deployables to extend coverage or service an area that has lost it. Washington has 9 dedicated to the state, with 7 of those being stationed in North Bend.

They are also working on an “Enhance push-to-talk” that would be a radio-like bridge to existing LMR radios over their data network.

Many newer phones are capable of utilizing Band 14, so if you are interested, you can sign up for FirstNet through AT&T. Apparently, the service rates are quite competitive.

Finally, Scott Currie gave us a talk about APRS, what it can do and he’s utilized it at RAMROD. He demonstrated the software they use (APRSISCE/32) to keep track of the various moving vehicles required to support the ride.

If you weren’t able to join us this time, we hope to see you next time!