Happy Holidays to the ACS Team and all our Friends – Thank you for your Volunteer Service

A brief recap of our Seattle ACS Team accomplishments:

During 2017 the ACS team signed up 33 new members and contributed approximately 7500 hours of volunteer service in support of city departments and community organizations. This included: 8 EOC activations, 2 city wide field training exercises, 52 radio nets, and 7 radio system projects. Additionally, ACS members supported multiple public services events which included:   The Seattle Marathon, Fat Salmon Open-water Swim, Pride Parade, Torchlight Parade, Fremont Parade, RAMROD, and the Children’s Hospital Charity Run.  During EOC activations ACS  supports EOC operations by operating the audio-video display system, staffing positions in the Planning Section, and providing general administrative support to the EOC in addition to handling all of the radio communications.

Seattle ACS, along with members of the Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG) jointly conducted Field Day. The event provides an opportunity to showcase the science and skill of the Amateur Radio operations. During the 2017 exercise, our team operated continuously off the utility grid for over 50 hours (mostly by solar). Field Day 2018 is scheduled for the weekend of June 23-24, the public is welcome to stop by South Seattle College and visit the ACS operation.

We thank our team members for volunteering their time, skills and enthusiasm to support the City and our neighborhoods to plan and prepare for future emergencies and disasters.  It is through your efforts we will be better prepared to respond and recover.  Thank you all – we look forward to working together to meet the challenges of 2018.

 

Mike Maloy, Emcomm Leader and Dedicated Volunteer is a Silent Key

Mike’s Memorial Service – November 18th at 1:00pm First Lutheran Church in Bothell 10207 NE  183rd ST Bothell, WA 98011

Our friend and long term member of Seattle ACS and the Medical Services Team, Mike Maloy KF7DTI passed away Sunday September 17th.  Mike was with family and experienced a medical event, 911 was called, responding EMTs were not able to revive him.

Mike was a very dedicated member of our Seattle/King County Emcomm radio community giving freely of his time and energy. He was an energetic and dedicated member of the leadership of Seattle ACS, MST and the Comm Academy planning team – we will miss him – he was a great contributor, a dedicated team member and leader and a wonderful friend.

KF7DTI: QRT and best of 73’s de W7ACS

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W7ACS DSTAR Repeater up and running – thank you to ACS Tech Team

A Cold Day on the Roof

On Saturday November 4th at 0900 the ACS Tech Team assembled on Capitol Hill to install the antenna and repeater equipment to breathe life into the W7ACS DSTAR repeater which has been silent for several months.  It was previously located on top of the Seattle Municipal Tower.  It was not working well at that location and was subsequently removed and remained in storage until now.

Recently, ACS leadership appointed a new team of COMTs to lead the ACS technical planning and work projects.  The first project on the list was restarting DSTAR.  We thank Doug KD7DK for taking the lead and organizing the team to plan and carry out this work which required two visits to the Capitol Park site as well as a lot of work by the team in assembling, configuring and testing the equipment and software.

Antennas at Capitol Park

The final installation took place on Saturday November 4th, a very cold and threatening day following the first snow fall of the year.   The work required transporting all the gear and tools to the site, removing an old 22 foot UHF antenna, preparing the cabling, installing and testing the equipment.  Additionally,  some alignment work was completed to improve the connection of HamWAN with the Queen Ann site.

We want to thank those who participated in this project – the team includes:  Randy W3RWN, Casey AE7SL, Mark N7LYE, Carl N7KUW, Tom N7OEP, and HamWAN engineer Nigel N7NVH.  They donated both their time and equipment to this site installation.  We especially want to thank Doug, KD7DK for his leadership and coordination of the effort, many of the planning methods for this project will be leveraged for future work.

Equipment Rack at Capitol Park

So give the repeater a try:  This is a DSTAR only, digital, narrow band repeater (IC-4000V + IC-RP2C + Raspberry PI Gateway) operating on 440.7625 with a +5.0MHz offset.  It is open to anyone to test out.  We would be interested in your reports of coverage.  Its operating at 25 watts with a modest gain antenna.