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:
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.
Columbia Winery Charity Walk & Run – benefiting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital HAM volunteers are needed to support safety and communications for this event, scheduled for Saturday August 18, 2018.
This is an annual charitable event to fund uncompensated treatment at Children’s’ Hospital. Children’s’ hospital provides specialized care for children with unique and difficult medical needs. Their physicians and staff are generally regarded as the best in the Northwest for their areas of specialty..
This event involves tracking and supporting runners and walkers in 5 and 10k events. The event is of short duration and you can expect to be done and on the way home before noon.
In addition to fixed posts we especially need people who can operate by bicycle with APRS. We will have one or two loaner radios for this purpose.
Where: Directions – The race will start & finish at the Columbia Winery:14030 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072 Volunteers are asked to report before 7:30 at the Net Control Shelter near the Starting Line
Please contact George Thornton AE7G at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available to help. (Please note – this is not an official ACS or City of Seattle sponsored event)
Plain 100 – Endurance Run September 15 and 16 in the mountains between Lake Wenatchee and the Entiat River.
EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WILD FIRE ON COURSE – revised 8-10-18 (Please note – this is not an official ACS or City of Seattle sponsored event)
On Saturday March 31st Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS) conducted a city-wide drill. Forty two ACS amateur radio volunteers participated and were organized into 5 sector teams throughout the city as well as a team staffing the EOC. The exercise instructions and plan were kept secret from the participants until the start of the activities.
The exercise scenario was that a significant wind storm had knocked out all power to the region and caused widespread damage from downed trees.
The drill ran from 0830 to 1200 hours. During that time the teams we able to:
- assemble rosters of members participating on each team
- visit 52 emergency hub sites and conduct radio frequency path testing
- submit 172 simulated damage reports derived from scavenger hunt like activities
- as well as contact the State EOC and coordinate with other teams across the region
Overall, ACS volunteers drove approximately 300 miles in their own vehicles throughout the City to support this mission to collect and provide critical information that would be essential in a disaster situation.
These tasks were accomplished through the use of amateur radio voice communication as well as digital email-over-radio messaging. Special thanks and appreciation to Dean Lambert an ACS volunteer for planning and managing the exercise.
Winlink Training March 17th This training will be Saturday morning beginning at 9 AM and running until approximately 12 PM, coffee at 8:30. Location: South Seattle College, Olympic Hall, room 101 (where ACS normally meets) This is intended to be hands-on training with as much one-on-one help as possible.
If you are coming for help, you need to do the following:
- Bring your radio, laptop, and whatever other equipment that is meant to be part of your Winlink setup to the class, ready to use. This is hands on, not lecture.
- Before you come, go to the following new link: Winlink – E-Mail Over Radio Operations a course developed by Scott Currie for the City of Auburn also see his two presentations from last year’s Comm Academy Winlink Presentation 1 and Winlink Presentation 2
We look forward to seeing as many people as possible on March 17th, and welcome PSRG members and others not involved with ACS to participate.
Other Winlink Training Opportunities
- Every Monday during our Monday Night ACS net you can go to North Seattle College to our radio room, and get help with Winlink. Dave Wilma email@example.com is the contact for getting to the radio room and coordinates the training.
- Additionally, we can offer one-on-one remote control help through an audio/video chat room where you can share your screen so we can see it, and do a lot to get you going that way. The challenge is finding the right person to help and matching them up with you and finding a time that works for both people. This is a powerful tool for us to use. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to try and schedule one of these sessions. Include days and times you are available.
ACS March Meeting and Training
The next ACS meeting and training will be held March 24th 2018, 9 AM until 12 PM coffee at 8:30 at South Seattle College in Olympic Hall, Room 100. There will be updates on current projects and work program items, a presentation on the HF SHARES radio system, other training topics and information about the coming exercises.
ACS Scheduled Field Exercises
The March – 5th Saturday drill This will be a fun field exercise designed to mobilize our ACS sectors and practice field work. The EOC will activate and communicate with the sectors and other jurisdictions – more information to follow.
April 28th Field Exercise – this drill will focus on practicing emergency communications with our community partners, the Hubs and other teams. We will be using voice and digital modes of communications – more information to follow.