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: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings  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

News & Activities

The March ACS Meeting and Training will be held Saturday March 16 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. There will be updates on the recent work at Capitol Park and other projects and activities. There will be a presentation on the tunnel radio test and report as well as a training session on ACS operations, sector structure and working relationship with the HUBs.
Location and directions: North Seattle College and see campus map

Congratulations to Carl Leon, N7KUW on being selected to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for the Disaster Preparedness / Response. Carl was nominated by the Seattle office of Emergency in recognition of his many years of service and leadership as a dedicated community volunteer. There will be an awards ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Olympia on April 12, 2019. Additionally, there will be a special on field recognition before the Mariner’s game that evening at T-Mobile Park for Carl and the other award recipients.

Office of Emergency Management – Annual Report – OEM has just published the 2018 Annual Report which provides a comprehensive overview of programs and accomplishments – including a very nice section about ACS.