Up-coming Trainings, Meetings and Exercises

Winlink Training March 17th  This training will be Saturday morning beginning at 9 AM and running until approximately 12 PM, coffee at 8:30. Location: South Seattle College, Olympic Hall, room 101 (where ACS normally meets)  This is intended to be hands-on training with as much one-on-one help as possible.

If you are coming for help, you need to do the following:

  1. Bring your radio, laptop, and whatever other equipment that is meant to be part of your Winlink setup to the class, ready to use. This is hands on, not lecture.
  2. Before you come, go to the following new link: Winlink – E-Mail Over Radio Operations a course developed by Scott Currie for the City of Auburn also see his two presentations from last year’s Comm Academy   Winlink Presentation 1 and Winlink Presentation 2

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible on March 17th, and welcome PSRG members and others not involved with ACS to participate.

Other Winlink Training Opportunities  

  1. Every Monday during our Monday Night ACS net you can go to North Seattle College to our radio room, and get help with Winlink. Dave Wilma davidwilma@comcast.net is the contact for getting to the radio room and coordinates the training.
  2. Additionally, we can offer one-on-one remote control help through an audio/video chat room where you can share your screen so we can see it, and do a lot to get you going that way. The challenge is finding the right person to help and matching them up with you and finding a time that works for both people. This is a powerful tool for us to use. Please email acs-leadership@seattleacs.org if you would like to try and schedule one of these sessions. Include days and times you are available.

ACS March Meeting and Training

The next ACS meeting and training will be held March 24th 2018, 9 AM until 12 PM coffee at 8:30 at South Seattle College in Olympic Hall, Room 100. There will be updates on current projects and work program items, a presentation on the HF SHARES radio system, other training topics and information about the coming exercises.

ACS Scheduled Field Exercises

The March – 5th Saturday drill  This will be a fun field exercise designed to mobilize our ACS sectors and practice field work.  The EOC will activate and communicate with the sectors and other jurisdictions – more information to follow.

April 28th Field Exercise – this drill will focus on practicing emergency communications with our community partners, the Hubs and other teams.  We will be using voice and digital modes of communications –  more information to follow.


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

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