ARECC Emcomm Level 1 Class, “Basic Emcomm”, or “Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications” satisfies one of the training objectives for ACS Senior Radio Operator (S-RADO); Objective 309 Understand theory and practice of basic radio emergency communication procedures.

The class will be held over 2 sessions, Saturday November 21 and Saturday December 5 at SSCC Olympic Hall. Classes will run from 8:30am to approximately 5pm both days. 100% attendance is required in both sessions in order to complete the class. Students will be asked to bring a lunch and snacks with them – there will be “working lunches”.

In addition to the classroom learning, students will be required to complete a number of activities outside the classroom. These activities will be provided  by the instructor approximately 2 weeks prior to the first class session – half the exercises must be completed prior to the first session, and the remaining prior to the second session. It should take no more than 10 hours total to complete the activities.

The cost for the class is $50 for ARRL members and $85 for non-ARRL members and includes the class and exam fees. Bring checks or money orders on November 21st; payable to “Brian Daly”. The exam will be given on the second day of the class.

The class text is required and may be purchased from the ARRL directly – preferably order early to have a copy while doing the pre-classroom exercises. The cost for the book is $19.95. The book may be ordered from http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=8462-R#top.

To register, send an email to Brian WB7OML at: wb7oml@arrl.net. Please include your name, call sign, ARES group affiliation, mailing address, phone number, email address.

Registrations will be taken on a first come basis and in the case of full registration preference will be given to ACS and MST members.

Submitted by Chris Yody KE7JBF c.yody@comcast.net

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

webeoc-training0005On Thursday evening March 19 – Pioneer Square was jumping as Sounders FC opened it first season to a joyful crowd.  Parking was at a premium but some how resourceful ACS members were able to park and make it to the EOC for hands-on radio training.   Those in attendance included Jacob KE7 TNP, Tom Nl7FQ, Jeff Chang WB7AHT, Mike Toot KE7WBE, Frank McJunkins K7RSD, Todd WA7FOX and Tammy WA7TZ.  webeoc-training0001

The purpose of the training, which will be repeated, is to give ACS and MST operators experience operating the new Motorola CDM 1250 UHF and VHF radios and using the NCS mini-switching console.  This system was installed at the beginning of year by Tom Saunders N7OEP from the City’s Radio shop and an ACS member.  The system replaces the old 1980’s vintage Motorola gear that came out of police and fire vehicles when the City upgraded to 800 MHz trunking system in the 1990’s.  This gear was at end of life after serving the City well – our new gear really works well and has made a big difference in the signals coming out of the EOC. webeoc-training0007

Here are a few more pictures of ACS members involved in the training.

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We will be holding the monthly training meeting on Saturday March 28, 2009 at South Seattle Community College West Seattle Campus in Olympic Hall (south end of campus) 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA‎  –

This will be a joint ACS/MST training and will have two parts.  Part 1 will be a presentation by Willie Nunn from FEMA, Willie will discuss the mission and capabilities of the FEMA Incident Management Support Teams.  These resources are available to assist local jurisdictions with complex and long term disasters.  Part 2 will be presented by Brian Daly and will address basic HIPAA training and orientation to the MST forms and proceedrues.  This part of the training supports our efforts to provide basic skills and knowlege so ACS and MST can work to support each others missions.

Hope to see everyone there it will be a good training – coffee is at 8:30 … thanks Mark, N7LYE

here is a URL to a Google Map for the Campus:

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