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

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.