UPDATED Information – October 14th ACS Meeting – HamWAN Presentation & Deployment Training

HamWAN at Beacon Hill

Thank you for joining us  Saturday, October 14th, for our monthly ACS meeting and training.  We have posted documents referenced at this meeting on the ACS website and have linked these individually below – meeting agenda

We had a great guest speaker, Kenny Richards, who provided a very informative presentation about HamWAN – what it does, how it works, and how it benefits us individually as amateur radio operators, and what if offers as a backup network to support response and recovery during emergencies and disasters.

Seattle OEM and ACS are strong supporters of HamWAN, as it brings us high bandwidth data communications throughout the Puget Sound region totally independent of any other existing internet/data communications network. Learn how you can tap into this incredible resource, and like any other ham radio pursuit, there are no subscription or recurring fees to do so.

Access from Home N7KUW

HamWAN is supported by contributions from the ham radio community. What you say? Free internet? Sending messages in an emergency just by connecting to a wifi hotspot (when all commercial internet services and cellular are not working)?

There was a brief business meeting and training regarding deployment.

Access from the field Bob KG7UCL

Mike Maloy, Emcomm Leader and Dedicated Volunteer is a Silent Key

Our friend and long term member of Seattle ACS and the Medical Services Team, Mike Maloy KF7DTI passed away Sunday September 17th.  Mike was with family and experienced a medical event, 911 was called, responding EMTs were not able to revive him.

Mike was a very dedicated member of our Seattle/King County Emcomm radio community giving freely of his time and energy. He was an energetic and dedicated member of the leadership of Seattle ACS, MST and the Comm Academy planning team – we will miss him – he was a great contributor, a dedicated team member and leader and a wonderful friend.

We are waiting to learn more information from Mike’s family about services and how we may be able to assist. We will pass along information as it becomes available.

KF7DTI: QRT and best of 73’s de W7ACS

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Public Service Events – Use of APRS with Bicycle Support Vehicles

                                                                                        posted by George AE7G

I first have to confess that while I love using APRS in public service events, I am far from identifying myself as an expert in the technology.

The Columbia Winery charity run event is a great place to test out technology. The event is pretty easy, almost nothing ever goes wrong and there is plenty of time to test new things and work out kinks.

Since I became involved as team lead for this event, we have been making greater use of bicycles to patrol the course and track walkers and runners. Any halfway fit bike rider can easily keep up with even the fastest runner.

APRS allows command to easily track support team members and determine allocation of resources. With the use of a decent APRS mapping program such as APRSIS32, it becomes very easy to track your resources in the field.  This is both an excellent tool for managing events and a good way to impress observers.  Just use a simple projector to project the image on a screen and suddenly your net control operation becomes professional. Continue reading