Events and Activities

PSRG, HamWAN and ACS Team Work Party at Capitol Park

On Sunday February 17 the ACS Tech Team working with members of PSRG and HamWAN conducted a work day at the Capitol Park facility to install and up-grade shared equipment and systems.  Thank you to Randy Neals – W3RWN, Kenny Richards – KU7M, Casey Hickerson – AE7SL, Mark Sheppard – N7LYE, Alan Scott – AC7MX, Dave Krause – KD7PWB, Barry Palmore – K7PAL, Tim Helming – WT1IM and Todd Heuer – WA7FOX for participating in the work party this past Sunday.  Special thanks to Doug Kingston – KD7DK for planning, organizing and leading this very successful work.

This was a safe and productive work party that accomplished the following:

  • Moved 12 103 lb. AGM batteries to the penthouse
  • Raised the new PSRG antenna, a mast pipe, and a ladder to the roof up the side of the building
  • Installed a new mast pipe on the NE corner with a new MiMO capable HamWAN sector and a Diamond X300 dual band antenna with a new run of Heliax, all nicely heat shrink sealed.
  • Installed replacement light bulbs behind our racks to improve lighting
  • Remove 3 old TV aerials from a mast pipe on the west stair tower
  • Pulled 2 runs of Cat5e from the penthouse to the West stair tower via PVC conduit
  • Mounted a new 2 post aluminum rack to the floor
  • Mounted a new DC circuit breaker panel
  • Mounted a new Router with additional port capacity
  • Cleaned up the penthouse interior (trash removed, vacuumed, swept)

That’s a lot of accomplishment!  Thanks to everyone who provided manpower, transport, tools and know-how to make this a success.  This was done safely and with great positive engagement with the building residents when needed.  It was a real success.

We have more work to do, and there will be subsequent work parties. The next one will be on Saturday February 23.   I you would like to participate send a note to Doug KD7DK and ask to be added to the ACS Tech mail list.

EOC Fundamentals Training March 16 – more info to follow

ACS February Meeting cancelled – Next meeting March 26 

The Seattle ACS monthly meeting and training will be held Saturday, March 26, 2019 in at the South Seattle College, Olympic Hall Room 101. Coffee at 0830 and the meeting begins at 0900.  Please join us.

Communications Academy April 13 & 14 – On-line Registration begins February 24th for more information visit the web page.

PSRG DMR Repeater – give it a try

Information about the PSRG DMR repeater and how to use it can be found at https://web.psrg.org/new-psrg-dmr-repeater-operational/

It’s Summer Join the Fun – Sign up for a Public Service Event

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 gtlaw@seanet.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 COURSErevised 8-10-18 (Please note – this is not an official ACS or City of Seattle sponsored event)

Emergency Communications Field Exercise – March 31st

 

On Saturday March 31st Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS) conducted a city-wide drill. Forty two ACS amateur radio volunteers participated and were organized into 5 sector teams throughout the city as well as a team staffing the EOC.  The exercise instructions and plan were kept secret from the participants until the start of the activities.

The exercise scenario was that a significant wind storm had knocked out all power to the region and caused widespread damage from downed trees.

The drill ran from 0830 to 1200 hours. During that time the teams we able to:

  • assemble rosters of members participating on each team
  • visit 52 emergency hub sites and conduct radio frequency path testing
  • submit 172 simulated damage reports derived from scavenger hunt like activities
  • as well as contact the State EOC and coordinate with other teams across the region

Overall, ACS volunteers drove approximately 300 miles in their own vehicles throughout the City to support this mission to collect and provide critical information that would be essential in a disaster situation.

These tasks were accomplished through the use of amateur radio voice communication as well as digital email-over-radio messaging. Special thanks and appreciation to Dean Lambert an ACS volunteer for planning and managing the exercise.