Field of Tents

Field of Tents

Seattle ACS and MST enjoyed a great turn-out for Field Day 2009.  Many members and friends visited the event site at the West Seattle Campus of South Seattle Community College.  It all got started early Friday morning when the CBRNE Support Team of the Seattle Police Department delivered a 35 x 20 foot tent along with generators and furnishings.  A team of ACS and MST volunteers worked with the SPD crew to set up the tent in only 45 minutes – definitely a well oiled operation.  The tent served as the primary facility for operations, mess and socializing.  Over the course of the day many of the participants set up antennas, operating shelters as well as personal tents.  Power was generated by solar, wind and gasoline and stored in large batteries. 

Ethan our Newest Member with Frank

Ethan our Newest Member with Frank

 

 

Bob Helling with friends - photo by K7PAL

Bob Helling with friends - photo by K7PAL

 

 

The official event began on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM and ran to 11:00 AM Sunday.  Tammy Zoch Field Day event coordinator is in the process of compiling a Field Day after action report which will include attendance numbers as well as our contest points.  It was generally agreed that this year we exceeded our past performance in the number of contacts made and the different types of modes employed. 

Stay'en Kool in the shade

Stay'en Kool in the shade

Thanks to Frank McJunkins for burning up the ether on CW and bagging some great DX, Curt Black for introducing us to some new digital modes and pulling an all-nighter working SSB and Jim Hadlock – who took us into SPACE, the final frontier, demonstrating the technology and snagging satellite contacts.  Special thanks to Tammy, Lee, Dave Mann, Jim Hadlock, and Curt who brought their radio gear a made it available for all to use.  

Curt with a new Ham - photo by K7PAL

Curt with a new Ham - photo by K7PAL

Sat Radio Discussion

Sat Radio Discussion

The food was great, thanks Todd for providing ACS with our official Field Day grill which will be deployed at subsequent events – Dave and Todd great job grilling.  Thanks to all who brought and shared food and drink.  Our appreciation to Bob Helling for his work as Safety Chief – you kept us briefed and safe.  Thanks to Greg Eastman for organizing over-night security for Friday and to all those who stood watch.   Dave Mann – great job as PIO getting the message framed and out to the media and special thanks to Tammy for organizing the whole event – getting us tracking and making it happen…

K7WA SpaceMan

K7WA SpaceMan

South Seattle Community College provided us a great site – this was our third year there.  We thank Greg Gillespie, Interim VP for Administrative Services for his and his staff’s support which was essential to making this event a success.  Thank you for the use of the site, mowing the grass and assistance from the security crew. 

Wind Generator - photo by K7PAL

Wind Generator - photo by K7PAL

It is important to remember the reason for doing Field Day is to practice Amateur Radio’s ability to operate for extended periods of time, off the power grid and support local jurisdictions in their disaster response and recovery operations.   In the City of Seattle ACS and MST are blessed with the strong support of our City government.  We were visited by Deputy Mayor Ken Nakatsu who was there to convey Mayor Greg Nickels strong support and appreciation for both emergency radio teams and amateur radio. 

Dave Mann and Deputy Mayor Ken Nakatsu

Dave Mann and Deputy Mayor Ken Nakatsu

We want to tell more of the story of our Field Day – this is just the first page of the story.  Please send Mark Sheppard your photos, reflections and stories about Field  Day. What was your most memorable moment? – what did you get out of being there?  e-mail Mark at mark.sheppard@seattle.gov and we will post here.  

I had a great time – hope you did – 73’s Mark

ACS/MST Field Day 2009

June 19, 2009

fd-picSEATTLE HAM RADIO OPERATORS PARTICIPATE IN NATION-WIDE EXERCISE 

Seattle:  Ham radio enthusiasts will join thousands of Amateur Radio operators across the nation to show off their emergency communications capabilities this weekend at South Seattle Community College June 27th and 28th.  Seattle’s “Auxiliary Communications Service and Medical Service Team” that serve the City’s Office of Emergency Management, will demonstrate their capabilities  as  emergency radio operators showing how to set up and operate field radio stations under emergency conditions, off the power grid, for an extended period of time. 

The two Seattle groups will demonstrate their Ham Radio Communications and preparedness capabilities during the Annual ARRL Field Day exercise using Green-Energy, solar and wind generated electrical power to run amateur radio stations during the event.  Seattle ACS and MST field day planning chairperson for the event, Tammy Zoch said, “The event will offer the public a chance to participate talking on Ham Radio to radio operators throughout the US and Canada and experience the exciting world of amateur radio communications.  New this year will be a display of emergency portable radio stations used by ACS members in deployment during times of disaster and emergency needs.” 

The staging area for the City of Seattle  Ham radio event will be located at the South East sector of South Seattle Community College campus near Olympic Hall.  On-Air operations will start at 11AM Saturday and continue till 4PM Sunday.

 Map to SSCC

http://www.southseattle.edu/campus/campmap.htmThe public will have a chance to meet and talk with ACS and MST members and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.   On display will be the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, as over 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participate in the ARRL Field Day event. 

 

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events word-wide.  During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham radio” – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundred of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property.  When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. 

In the event of an emergency such as an earthquake, with failure of normal communications systems, ACS is responsible for establishing emergency back up communications networks in the field providing support for the Seattle’s Emergency Operating Center.  The other Team, MST is responsible for establishing a similar network between City hospitals, the Department of Health and the City and County Government. 

Field Day is an annual event climaxing the week lone “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.  Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and back yards around the country.   Their slogan, “Ham radio works when other systems don’t” is more than just works to the hams as they can send messages in many forms with out the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.

“We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather’s radio anymore.” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL.  “The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded.  And beside that – it’s fun!” 

For more information about the Seattle ACS or how to join the team please visit the Seattle ACS website: http://www.seattleacs.com.  Information on the Western Washington Medical Service Team (MST) can be found at http://www.ww7mst.org.  To find out more about ham Radio or how you get started, visit the American Radio Relay League home page on the World Wide Web http://www.arrl.org

written by:  Dave Mann, KD7ZYM – Seattle ACS PIO