- NEXT VECOM MEETING: Friday, February 9, 10:00-noon, at Fire Station 61 on Lawrence Street.
- ACES CLASS: Sat/Sun, January 27-28, at Fire Station 61 on Lawrence St.
FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations that may take part include, but are not limited to, other FEMA stations, DHS, USCG, SHARES, DoD, and National Weather Service. Stations (both federal and amateur) associated with agencies and organizations that provide response support in accordance with the National Response Framework are encouraged to participate.
The COMMEX will use all five 60-meter dial frequencies: 5,330.5 kHz; 5,346.5 kHz; 5,357.0 kHz; 5,371.5 kHz, and 5,403.5 kHz as part of the exercise.
Thanks to member Mark Bauserman for his diligent and thoughtful compilation of amateur radio repeaters in the Puget Sound area.
The Puget Sound HAM Repeater Maps book is available as a printable PDF file (11 pages, see link below) and consists of several maps and lists to help the ham trying to establish VHF or UHF communications in the region. Especially valuable are the excellent repeater maps including Jefferson and Clallam Counties, Kitsap County, and northern Puget Sound. A couple of linked repeater systems are also mapped out, covering the greater Puget Sound area and southwest Washington coast.
We’d highly recommend that all members download a copy and print it out so it is available when the chips (and the Internet) are down.
Elements of the US Department of Defense will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
“This exercise will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement. Continue reading “Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set”
Here are some files that were requested during the VECOM meeting this morning.
Here is the latest Jefferson County VECOM frequency list in csv and pdf formats. I looked for Clallam lists to add a cross reference and found that their lists seem to be password protected. The only ones I found were from 2006. They were very different. I think it is best to have a printout of our list in your go kit and to know how to add new channels when needed.
There was a request for the all milepost form for the Rhody Run. Here it is.
Thanks to those of you who attended this month’s meeting.
Roger KL7HI will be doing the June meeting and will likely do a live demo of HF or VHF email data.
73 Dick Illman
Jeffco ARES EC
If you did attend the training there might be an opportunity to provide the rest of us training content we could use.
Continue reading “ACES Training Opportunity”
VECOM Meeting Highlights:
- Words from DEM Lynn Sterbenz
- ARES/VECOM Profile and Capabilities
- Repeater update
- Cape George FireHall
- 60m HF Interoperability nets
- Communications Academy update
- Health and Welfare update
- What to do when all else has failed
Click HERE to download the PDF file from Dick Illman’s March VECOM presentation: