News and Activities

ACS Meeting & Training

We will hold our monthly ACS meeting and training Saturday, September 21st, at South Seattle College, Olympic Hall, Room 101.

  • 8:00 am – voluntary – Rapid Tag system training for anyone interested.
  • 8:30 am – normal “doors open” and coffee.
  • 9:00 am – Meeting starts
  • 12:00 pm – Meeting ends.

The meeting will cover all the activities we have done over the summer months, including public service events, technical work and site improvements, some important announcements about upcoming events, and more. Please attend as we gear up for our fall/winter/spring meeting and training series.

Rapid Tag is the system we now use to log people in and out of missions and exercises. We started using it to sign people in and out of our meetings also.  This is an easy to use system that provides excellent tracking and documentation benefits for emergency workers. It is the system we use to scan the QR code on the front of your new badges.

New Member Orientation

ACS will conduct a new member orientation on Saturday September 21st from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which is located at 105 5th Ave S., Seattle. This is the corner of 5th Ave S., and S. Washington Street.  The EOC is adjacent to Fire Station 10, which occupies the entire block on Washington between 4th Ave and 5th Ave.  The EOC entrance in on 5th Ave, just north of Washington Street.

EOC Training Series

There are two classes that all EOC responders are required to take.  ACS members who respond to the EOC are expected to take these classes.  All other ACS members (those who will not normally respond to the EOC) are welcome and encouraged to take these classes.  The two classes are EOC Fundamentals and EOC in Practice.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is offering these classes during normal business hours as indicated in the attached flyer, and will also offer the classes on Sunday October 6th from 9 am to Noon (EOC Fundamentals) and from 1 pm to 3:30 pm (EOC in Practice).  ACS members may attend either the weekday classes or the October 6th classes. All classes will be held at the Seattle EOC, 105 5th Ave S., Seattle.

For more information see the September 12th email from Carl Leon or contact him directly on how to register.

Field Day 2019!

In partnership between WSARC, PSRG and ACS, Field Day was once again held in the large field at the South Seattle College in West Seattle. This year, other groups including; King County Search and Rescue, King Public Health Reserve Corps, Medical Services Team, Red Cross and the Community Emergency Preparedness HUBs participated adding several community education activities into the mix alongside the radio operations. These included seminars on urban survival skills, demonstrations of “go-bags,” and information sessions about building hyper-local community disaster preparedness capabilities.

The event began on Friday June 21 and concluded on Sunday afternoon; a total of 165 people participated. Operations continued over-night simulating emergency conditions; all electrical power for radio operations was provided by an on-site solar generator.  

I’ll update point totals as I get them, but early numbers suggest that we got at least 1000 points on contacts alone. That said, there were some initial impressions that commitment from additional operators would be of great benefit in future Field Days.

As these events like this go, some things went really well and some things offered opportunities to improve for the future. If you missed this Field Day, we hope you can make it next year to help us make it even better!

Field Day Setup

Setup is in moving along in high gear. We hope to see you all tomorrow!

Here is a tentative schedule of events for tomorrow.

Seattle ACS/PSRG/WSARC Field Day List of Events
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019South Seattle College

9:00 am
AN INTRODUCTION TO RADIOHAM RADIO 101
Where to start with Amateur Radio?
What are your options if telephones or cellphones do not work? Information on how to get started will be discussed. There will be a variety of hand-held radio examples to see.

9 O’CLOCK PSRG SOCIAL NET
THE HAM VERSION FOR A RADIO CALL-IN SHOW! See and hear the fun sociable on-the-air meeting known as the 9 o’clock net hosted live from Field Day!

10:00 am
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Are you prepared anywhere you are? Got a “GO-BAG”?
A “Go-Bag” has a variety of necessities in an emergency. Quick access to anything from a mini first aid kit with a tourniquet to handy tools and quick meals in a pinch.

11:00 am
FIELD DAY OFFICIALLY STARTS
Field Day starts at 11am and runs till Sunday at 11am! You too can operate the radio and communicate around the US and beyond!!

PORTABLE RADIO SETUP
The Next Step up from a lower power hand-held radio. Find out what is in a portable radio kit.

SOLAR ROVER
The power of the sun at your fingertips!

URBAN SURVIVAL SKILLS FAIR
A variety of topics and information provided by the City of Seattle Emergency HUBs to help your household and your neighborhood be prepared.

12:00 pm
Picnic time! WSARC, PSRG and ACS group picnic!

2:00 pm
HAM RADIO 101 FOR YOUNG ADULTS
A presentation geared towards kids and teens to introduce Information on how to get started will be discussed and a variety of hand-held radio examples to see.

2:30 pm
HOW TO BUILD AN ANTENNA
An introduction to different antennas, how and why they correlate with different types of radios, why antennas are important, and how to make one!

3:00 pm
HAMWAN
Getting internet long distances over a radio frequency? Using a telephone–without a telephone company? Is that possible with HamWAN? Come find out how!

3:30 pm
Do you know what “FOX HUNTING” is? We promise no animals will be harmed in this hunt!
A radio “fox hunt” is a Hide-and-Go-Seek Game for Ham Radio operators. Learn more about finding stray radio signals.

4:00 pm
WINLINK
Emailing anywhere over a radio frequency is not “fake-news”. WinLink is real and can do it.

5:00 pm
DMR RADIO
What is beyond using analog frequencies? Learn how Digital Mobile Radio works and how this technology is another way to reach out and communicate.

6:00 pm
DINNER and TRIVIA with Phil Tavel