It’s Summer Join the Fun – Sign up for a Public Service Event & Field Day

Supporting public service events is a great way to hone your Emcomm radio communications skills and gain experience working on a team as well as supporting good causes in your community. Watch this space for upcoming opportunities:

The Fat Salmon Open-water Swim – July 14 

The 2018 Fat Salmon Swim will take place on the morning of Saturday, July 14th. Fat Salmon is a 3.2 mile open water swim on Lake Washington between the I-90 and SR-520 bridges.  This event is expected to be completed by the time the PSRG event on that date begins, so there shouldn’t be a conflict if you want to participate in both. Posts are available on boats, on shore and if you are qualified in a kayak we can use you there.

To sign up for these events contact Franz Niedermeyer at his email: N3HFS at

The Special Olympics USA Games – June 29 through July 7, 2018 – Volunteers needed to fill medical, emergency management, communications, security, and safety positions. For specific information and registration for these volunteer opportunities, click here or go to:  For questions, please email  

Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day – RAMROD July 26th, 2018 – Support team folks are needed – volunteer for SAG, Logistics support, fixed post radio and many more opportunities.  Sign up Link

Big Foot 200 – August 10-14, 2018 (Friday – Tuesday) Join an outstanding group of Amateur Radio operators, gathered from across Western Washington and Northern Oregon, in providing communications for a 200-Mile Ultra-Endurance Trail Run.  For more information follow this link.



Basic EmComm Class available for Sign-up (Oregon ACES)

Seattle ACS is offering the Oregon ACES course on Saturday and Sunday May 19 and 20 at South Seattle College Olympic Hall room 101; 0800 – 1700.   You can sign up for the class by going to  finding the applicable class listing and clicking register.

There is a cost of $25 per student which pays for the course materials. You pay when you arrive at class by check or cash. ICS-100, 200 and 700 are required to obtain a course completion certificate, but you can take the ACES class first and your course certificate will be provided after you complete the ICS classes.

The class runs the full day both days, please plan accordingly.  For further information you can contact Carl Leon (

ACES classes tend to fill up, so if interested you are encouraged to register soon.

ACS & HUBs Emergency Communications Field Exercise 4-28-18

Disaster Exercise – Media Advisory

On April 28, 2018, from 0830 to 1200, the Seattle Neighborhood Hubs and Seattle ACS will hold a field exercise. ACS will support the hubs by deploying sector teams and hub operators simulating a general communications failure.  Please follow this link to view the Media Advisory Information

Participating amateur radio operators will need radios programmed with the ACS frequencies and the ability to receive Fldigi digital messages. Winlink email will be the default mode for sending messages from hubs and sectors. Voice will be used for coordination and as a last alternative for messaging. The emphasis of this exercise will be efficient and accurate message handling as well as practice deploying and operating as cohesive teams.

To simulate an unplanned emergency a full briefing will be broadcast the night before at 1900 on UHF Channel 4, the Columbia repeater. The net will also be announced via Alert Seattle. ACS will activate at 0830 on Saturday morning. The exercise will conclude at 1200. Please plan to participate, we hope this will be a helpful learning opportunity and a lot of fun.

After Action Review – .We have set a date for a joint Hub and ACS After Action Review, it will be Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm at the Discovery Park Environmental Center. 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199 .  If you can’t attend, please get feedback you want to share to me or someone in your sector who can present it for you.