Operation Spring Break – April 29th ACS Sector Exercise – After Action Review Completed

Seattle ACS conducted an Emergency Field Communications  Exercise on Saturday, April 29 0900 – 1200.  This event was part of the regularly scheduled Statewide 5th Saturday Drill.  ACS demonstrated and tested various communications capabilities and paths within the city, between sector radio posts and with other Emcomm teams and jurisdictions.  Primary objectives included operating in the field using temporary shelter and emergency power sources, testing the ability to communicate between neighborhood radio posts and the Seattle EOC without using radio repeaters that could be damaged in a disaster as well as using high frequency (HF) or short wave systems to connect locally as well as with EOCs and ACS teams outside the area.  Additionally, the exercise plan called for using the North Seattle College radio room as a back-up EOC, a good test should the City EOC be damaged or inaccessible.

A total of 46 ACS team members participated in the drill setting up six sector radio posts across the city and staffing North Seattle College. Messaging took place on and off amateur radio infrastructure and included both voice and e-mail based messaging with attachments.

For photos and more information about the exercise see Exercise Summary

After Action Report – Completed

The ACS Team conducted its after action discussion at our meeting on Saturday May 13 0900 – 1200 at South Seattle College. Please see Final After Action Report.


Ham Radio Representation at “GeekGirlCon” – October 9, 2016


GeekGirlCon (www.geekgirlcon.com) is an annual event held in downtown Seattle whose mission is to “celebrate and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology, comics, arts, literature, and game play and game design by connecting geeky women worldwide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.” This will be the sixth year for this convention; last year (I was told) they got 3,000 attendees.  It’s held at the Conference Center, 8th and Pike, across the street from the Convention Center.

The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club will have a table this year in the “GeekGirlConnections” area of the convention. I’m soliciting volunteers to staff the table.  Because GeekGirlCon is focused on providing role models for young women and girls in the STEM fields (among other things) I’m asking for female ham radio representation.

“The Connections area . . . exists in order to create a space for like-minded community organizations, leaders, and producers to share their experience and work within our community. It is focused on leadership development, mentorship, and connecting women with professionals in their desired career fields.”

Ham radio is clearly a perfect match!

Our table at GeekGirlConnections will have three areas: one, a small display of equipment; two, information and materials on how to get licensed and other ham resources (such as Ham Radio for Dummies, publications from the ARRL); and three, an area in which public service activities of the ham radio community can be highlighted, including the KUOW piece and the ARRL Public Service publication.

We will have our table on Sunday, October 9th, from 9:30 – 5:00.  I hope to staff three shifts with two to three volunteers each:  9:00 – 12:00; 12:00 – 3:00; and 3:00 – 6:00.  Memberships will be provided (I have some two-day memberships; the rest are Sunday-only.)

If you are available to staff the Ham Radio/Amateur Radio Service/WSARC table at GeekGirlCon in October, please email me, Susan Matthews, KF7RTF, with your contact information and which shift(s) you would be available to work.  My email address is foxndrgn@comcast.net; my phone number is 206-323-1959; and I also attend the Monday evening WSARC net, the Monday evening ACS net, and the Tuesday evening Western Washington Red Cross Disaster Technology net.

Any questions, comments, and suggestions (but most of all volunteering!) please let me know. I hope you get as excited about this opportunity to reach this audience of young female techno-geeks as I am, and hope to hear from you!