ACS Activities & Events

ACS & HUBS Field Exercise – On Saturday June 1st, 39 volunteers from OEM’s Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) worked collaboratively with community volunteers from 14 Emergency Preparedness HUBs to test capabilities for responding to a major earthquake.  A primary focus was establishing back-up communications networks within the communities and with the City for exchanging damage assessment and resource request information. 

The drill simulated conditions the day after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake along the
Seattle Fault has caused extensive infrastructure damage. The damage from
such a quake would likely include a failure of grid power and cellular service,
making communications and emergency services a challenge. Because the Hubs
are key gathering points for neighborhoods, communications between the Hubs,
ACS, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are critical. Much of the
exercise involved moving simulated messages around the city using field deployed,
off-grid communications. See photos of the exercise activities at the HUBs, Sectors and EOC.

ACS will conduct an on-line after-action review on Saturday June 8 at 10 AM check your email for details

Field Day 2019 – Sign Up is Open Please join PSRG, WSARC and Seattle ACS at our ARRL Field Day event located at South Seattle College. Set up begins at 9 AM on Friday June 21, we need a large crew to set up the site and get ready for operations to begin Saturday morning. Please visit the PSRG website and complete the survey to get signed up. See you there. This year many educational and community involvement events are planned as well as a picnic and radio demonstrations.

News & Activities

The May ACS Meeting and Training will be held Saturday May 11th at North Seattle College in the Education Building room ED2843A, coffee at 8:30 AM – business meeting starts at 9:00 AM and our training and presentations begin at about 10 AM. Dave and George will discuss our plans for conducting the June 1st emergency communications field exercise with the HUBs. Doug and Randy will lead practical discussion about the structure, use and future plans for the Seattle area DMR system and DMR use for Emcomm. This should be a fun an interactive session.
Location and directions: North Seattle College and see campus map

Up-coming public service events (and the list will grow)

Field Day June 21 (set-up) Event June 22 – 23

Fremont Solstice Parade – June 22

Fat Salmon Open Water Swim – July 13

FCC Rule Making Regarding Digital Communications Needs your Review and Comments– IMPORTANT

There is a proposed FCC Rulemaking, RM-11831, which if implemented would basically eliminate most if not all of our digital radio communications modes and capabilities including but not limited to Winlink, P25, DMR, and C4FM.  The potential negative impacts to both amateur radio, and to emergency communications, are huge.

We encourage all ACS members to do the following:

  1. Read the proposal, Petition for Rulemaking RM-11831. First you need to understand what is being proposed before you can comment for or against.
  2. Reviews articles about the issue in these linked publications:
    1. Article from Mission Critical Communications
    1. Article from NYU Wireless
    1. Winlink’s response to Petition RM-11831
  3. Follow this link and read some of the other comments, both for and against the proposed rulemaking.  Consider the various points of view.
  4. Look at these two linked responses, which have already been filed by Seattle OEM/ACS:  Mark Sheppard and Carl Leon.  Please do not simply copy or quote these but read them to perhaps get ideas of what you might want to say. But say it in your own words.
  5. Compose your own thoughts on a piece of paper, in Word or in a text file. Set them aside for a bit, then go back and read them again. Fine tune until what you want to say is concise and clear.  Save it.
  6. Go to this link:  and post your own comment.  The page looks intimidating, but it really isn’t. Fill in the boxes that clearly apply to you and leave the rest blank. Some are required.  You do need to indicate RM-11831 in the first box, and that you are the filer. No need to enter anything in for author, or law firm, or any other fields that clearly don’t apply.  When you have completed all the necessary boxes, at the bottom of the form is a place to upload a file.  Upload the file with your comments (that you saved in step 5 above).
  7. Submit the form. And thank you for taking the time to consider this matter and to submit a response.

Thank you, ACS Leadership