The Northshore Team accomplished a lot in 2018, and we hope to broaden everyone’s horizons in 2019 with workshops, drills, and other activities throughout the year.
The next RACES meetings are on January 2 and February 6, 2019 and are open to the public. Meetings start at 7pm and usually last until 9pm.
Members are encouraged to attend meetings to get important ham radio training as well as take advantage of opportunities to play radio. Visitors will discover what a RACES team does, and maybe even catch the ham radio bug!
Thank you, and we hope to see you at the RACES meetings AND on the air!!
K7RMZ and the NEMCo RACES Leadership Team
After our Sunday Night Net, if you monitor for a few minutes, you might hear the Net Control Operator (NCO) call for K7RMZ to provide “numbers to send to King County”. What is this about?
Long story short, ARES of KING COUNTY tracks the number of active members and any messages passed during a team net, for submission to ARES leadership at the National level. This information helps to support amateur radio volunteer activities and the agencies those amateurs serve, including NEMCo and King County.
So, what is it that K7RMZ does? Check-in to the ARES of King County net as a Northshore Team representative, and supply the following traffic to the NCO:
Count of Member check-ins to our net, and a tally of the number of traffic items passed during our net, no matter the formality or urgency. Other teams in King County do the same, including: Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle ACS, and many others.
As you already know, the King County ARES/RACES team is a major component of NEMCo’s EMCOMM plan, as a communications partner in relaying important messages during an activation or disaster.
As a training exercise, NEMCo RACES Leadership is asking you to check-in to the “ARES of King County Net” on Sunday Nights, at 8 p.m., on the following repeater:
SeaTac Repeater Association W7WWI at 147.080 MHz; Positive Offset; Tone 103.5 Hz. They also have a 2nd 147.080; Positive Offset; Tone 110.9 Hz. Please program both because on channel could be down and they could switch to the other tone. Please start with 103.5 first.
The format of the net is a little different than ours, but basically the NCO asks King County Teams to check-in with their Call Sign. Listen carefully to NCO’s instructions to learn when to put in your call sign, and when to check-in (hint: Kilo thru Papa). When NCO calls you back, provide your Name, Call Sign, Team represented, and Yes or No to Traffic for the net. As a credentialed RACES group member serving a King County agency, you are eligible to check-in as a “Northshore Team” member and representative.
Checking-in to this net is optional. However, doing so will help improve proficiency communicating with other agencies, practice on-air and radio programming procedures, and provides another opportunity to play radio.
Thank you for your support, and I hope to hear you on the air!
For more information about ARES of King County, visit: https://www.aresofkingcounty.org/home
Jon – K7RMZ
Chief Radio Officer
We have received several requests for the list of regular regional VHF & UHF nets to check-in to. Below is the list.
As you find time and capability, check-in with these agencies’ nets and represent “The Northshore Team”. Please share your experiences with the rest of the team during RACES meetings.
Weekly, each Wednesday (except the 2nd of each month) at 0900hrs local time (9:00 am).
145.150, negative offset, tone 114.8
Echolink: “W7JCR-R Port Townsend”
Weekly, Tuesdays (except the 1st of each month) at 1900hrs local time (7:00 pm).
146.760, negative offset, tone 100.0
Echolink: “W7FEL-R Clallum County ARC”
Tuesday afternoons at 1230hrs local time (12:30 pm).
Rattlesnake repeater: 441.775 MHz, positive offset, tone 103.5.
See PSEARES.com for more information.
1st Thursday of each month at 2000 hrs local time (8:00 pm).
Buck Mtn Repeater: 440.950, positive offet, 110.9.
Each one of these teams are likely to contact us during a disaster or other emergency event. As a ham emcomm team, it is important to reach out and be known, and to familiarize ourselves with other regional teams’ people and practices.