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:


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

Our ACS and MST Holiday Luncheon and Meeting was a Good Experience

annualmeetingThank You to all who joined us for a special Holiday meeting of the Medical Services and ACS Teams.

Our meeting was held on Saturday December 10th 11:00 am until 1:30 pm at the  Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center. During our Annual Meeting and Holiday celebration, we highlighted some of our teams’ accomplishments this past year.

Barb Graf, Director of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management gave a very nice synopsis of her appreciation and praise, she also reminded us of our value in supporting Emergency and Special Event Operations for the City.

Our Guest Speaker was Robert Montaque, Shift Supervisor for the City’s 911/Police Dispatch Center.  Rob explained what happens when we make a call to 9-1-1 in the city of Seattle, how calls are processed and how calls are dispatched and resources are allocated.  He also discussed some new developments in the system, and answered some technical questions.

A hearty and bountiful lunch was provided for all who attended…

Happy Holidays from the leadership of MST and ACS

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!