MST/ACS HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND MEETING December 9th, 2017

Please plan to join us for a special Holiday meeting of the Medical Services and ACS Teams.

WHEN: Saturday – December 9th 11:00 am until 1:30 PM

 

WHERE: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle 98199

WHAT:  Annual Meeting and Holiday celebration – Recognition of our teams’ accomplishments this past year.

Opening Comments:  Barb Graff, Director and Carrie Brazil, Volunteer Coordinator Seattle Office of Emergency Management

Guest Speaker: Melanie Cole from Seattle Emergency Management, deployed with Team Rubicon during the recovery from the floods in Texas – she would like to speak to our group about her experience – the Rubicon team is about returning veterans with a mission to respond and help rebuild. It sounds like an interesting and worthwhile discussion.

We hope you can join us for this fun and educational event – we will be providing lunch.

Happy Holidays from the leadership of MST and ACS

UPDATED Information – October 14th ACS Meeting – HamWAN Presentation & Deployment Training

HamWAN at Beacon Hill

Thank you for joining us  Saturday, October 14th, for our monthly ACS meeting and training.  We have posted documents referenced at this meeting on the ACS website and have linked these individually below – meeting agenda

We had a great guest speaker, Kenny Richards, who provided a very informative presentation about HamWAN – what it does, how it works, and how it benefits us individually as amateur radio operators, and what if offers as a backup network to support response and recovery during emergencies and disasters.

Seattle OEM and ACS are strong supporters of HamWAN, as it brings us high bandwidth data communications throughout the Puget Sound region totally independent of any other existing internet/data communications network. Learn how you can tap into this incredible resource, and like any other ham radio pursuit, there are no subscription or recurring fees to do so.

Access from Home N7KUW

HamWAN is supported by contributions from the ham radio community. What you say? Free internet? Sending messages in an emergency just by connecting to a wifi hotspot (when all commercial internet services and cellular are not working)?

There was a brief business meeting and training regarding deployment.

Access from the field Bob KG7UCL

Public Service Events – Use of APRS with Bicycle Support Vehicles

                                                                                        posted by George AE7G

I first have to confess that while I love using APRS in public service events, I am far from identifying myself as an expert in the technology.

The Columbia Winery charity run event is a great place to test out technology. The event is pretty easy, almost nothing ever goes wrong and there is plenty of time to test new things and work out kinks.

Since I became involved as team lead for this event, we have been making greater use of bicycles to patrol the course and track walkers and runners. Any halfway fit bike rider can easily keep up with even the fastest runner.

APRS allows command to easily track support team members and determine allocation of resources. With the use of a decent APRS mapping program such as APRSIS32, it becomes very easy to track your resources in the field.  This is both an excellent tool for managing events and a good way to impress observers.  Just use a simple projector to project the image on a screen and suddenly your net control operation becomes professional. Continue reading