Field Day 2017 was a Great Success!

Once again the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) a program of the Office of Emergency Management conducted an emergency communications preparedness exercise as part of a national amateur radio “Field Day” event. The purpose was to demonstrate the capability of amateur radio operators to set up and operate field radio stations under emergency conditions for an extended period of time and contact as many other teams across the US and Canada using amateur radio.

Events like this help our volunteer emergency communications teams train and prepare for responding in times of disaster and emergency when electricity and conventional means of communications are disrupted. The ACS team invited other local amateur radio groups to join them for this event and  powered operations around the clock using solar generated energy.

The Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services (Seattle ACS) is a volunteer group of Amateur radio operators that provides radio communications support to the City of Seattle, Office of Emergency Management, as well as other government agencies. Seattle ACS will conduct this Emergency Communications Field Exercise at South Seattle Community College in the field at the south/east corner of the campus behind Olympic Hall. This event will take place over the weekend beginning with set up on Friday morning June 23 at 9:00 AM. The event activities began at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 25 and ended at approximately 11:00 AM on Sunday June 25, 2017.

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.

 

Exercise Planning Notes 2/12/17

We had our first meeting of the exercise planning team for 2017 on February 12th at Oak restaurant on Beacon Hill. Thanks to those who attended. We had some productive discussions and good ideas came out of it.

We have a lot of work to do before the April 29th drill. Check out the full notes here:

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Next meeting will be March 12th at 13:00. RSVP to Jessica, jsroder @ gmail.com for directions or if you want to volunteer for any of the activities in the attached notes. I’ll also be putting together an exercise survey to get feedback on what you want to see during our drills. Look for that link in the next week or so.

— Jessica, W7EMF