Supporting public service events is a great way to hone your Emcomm radio communications skills and gain experience working on a team as well as supporting good causes in your community. Watch this space for upcoming opportunities:
Big Foot 200 – August 10-14, 2018 (Friday – Tuesday) Join an outstanding group of Amateur Radio operators, gathered from across Western Washington and Northern Oregon, in providing communications for a 200-Mile Ultra-Endurance Trail Run. For more information follow this link.
Columbia Winery Charity Walk & Run – benefiting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital HAM volunteers are needed to support safety and communications for this event, scheduled for Saturday August 18, 2018.
This is an annual charitable event to fund uncompensated treatment at Children’s’ Hospital. Children’s’ hospital provides specialized care for children with unique and difficult medical needs. Their physicians and staff are generally regarded as the best in the Northwest for their areas of specialty..
This event involves tracking and supporting runners and walkers in 5 and 10k events. The event is of short duration and you can expect to be done and on the way home before noon.
In addition to fixed posts we especially need people who can operate by bicycle with APRS. We will have one or two loaner radios for this purpose.
Where: Directions – The race will start & finish at the Columbia Winery:14030 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072 Volunteers are asked to report before 7:30 at the Net Control Shelter near the Starting Line
Please contact George Thornton AE7G at email@example.com if you are available to help. (Please note – this is not an official ACS or City of Seattle sponsored event)
Plain 100 – Endurance Run September 15 and 16 in the mountains between Lake Wenatchee and the Entiat River.
EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WILD FIRE ON COURSE – revised 8-10-18 (Please note – this is not an official ACS or City of Seattle sponsored event)
Seattle ACS is offering the Oregon ACES course on Saturday and Sunday May 19 and 20 at South Seattle College Olympic Hall room 101; 0800 – 1700. You can sign up for the class by going to www.OregonACES.org finding the applicable class listing and clicking register.
There is a cost of $25 per student which pays for the course materials. You pay when you arrive at class by check or cash. ICS-100, 200 and 700 are required to obtain a course completion certificate, but you can take the ACES class first and your course certificate will be provided after you complete the ICS classes.
The class runs the full day both days, please plan accordingly. For further information you can contact Carl Leon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ACES classes tend to fill up, so if interested you are encouraged to register soon.
Disaster Exercise – Media Advisory
On April 28, 2018, from 0830 to 1200, the Seattle Neighborhood Hubs and Seattle ACS will hold a field exercise. ACS will support the hubs by deploying sector teams and hub operators simulating a general communications failure. Please follow this link to view the Media Advisory Information
Participating amateur radio operators will need radios programmed with the ACS frequencies and the ability to receive Fldigi digital messages. Winlink email will be the default mode for sending messages from hubs and sectors. Voice will be used for coordination and as a last alternative for messaging. The emphasis of this exercise will be efficient and accurate message handling as well as practice deploying and operating as cohesive teams.
To simulate an unplanned emergency a full briefing will be broadcast the night before at 1900 on UHF Channel 4, the Columbia repeater. The net will also be announced via Alert Seattle. ACS will activate at 0830 on Saturday morning. The exercise will conclude at 1200. Please plan to participate, we hope this will be a helpful learning opportunity and a lot of fun.
After Action Review – .We have set a date for a joint Hub and ACS After Action Review, it will be Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm at the Discovery Park Environmental Center. 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199 . If you can’t attend, please get feedback you want to share to me or someone in your sector who can present it for you.