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.

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

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