Field Day 2017 is June 24-25

Once again the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) a program of the Office of Emergency Management will conduct an emergency communications preparedness exercise as part of a national amateur radio “Field Day” event. The purpose is 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 will invite other local amateur radio groups to join them for this event and plans to power 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 begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 25 and will end at approximately 11:00 AM on Sunday June 25, 2017.

Upgrades to a Couple of ACS Repeater Sites Completed

caphill_2Thanks to ACS’s Tech Committee members and Seattle’s Radio Shop staff, We were able to upgrade a couple of our repeater stations.

On the left is a picture of Carl, (N7KUW), finalizing the installation of the new antennae installed at Capitol Hill 1 Repeater site on the Group Health Facility last month.

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The  picture on the right is of the new-and-improved repeater tower just installed at our Magnolia site. Thanks to the work of the City’s Radio Shop, and technical support from ACS members Frank, (K7RSD), Jeff (WB7AHT) and Tom, (N7OEP), It now has a newer and taller tower, new cabling and equipment, and a new cabinet to safely house everything! – Thanks to everyone who contributed to these projects!