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 ARRL.net

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: https://tinyurl.com/GamesMed  For questions, please email volunteers@emgwa.org  

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.

 

 

Emergency Communications Field Exercise – March 31st

 

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.

 

 

Up-coming Trainings, Meetings and Exercises

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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  

  1. 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 davidwilma@comcast.net is the contact for getting to the radio room and coordinates the training.
  2. 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 acs-leadership@seattleacs.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.