NEMCo RACES Participating in ARRL Field Day

NEMCo RACES will be participating in the 2019 ARRL Field Day.  ARRL Field Day is on June 22-23 from 11:00am to 11:00am (24 hours)

Field Day will be held at Fire Station 51 in Kenmore, WA and we will be participating as an EOC – Class F. 

The public is invited to come by and see how Field Day works.

We recently learned that the Washington State Emgerancy Management has decided to hold their 5th Saturday Drill on the same Saturday so we will also be participating in that event at the same time.

We will be doing High Frequency radio operations which will include Voice and Digital modes.  We will also be operating using our FM equipment.

We will be passing traffic messages using Winlink to other EOCs and other Field Day Operators around the US.

We are looking for additional Ham Radio operators to help with radio operations during the event.

You can contact Scott Green at k7jsg@outlook.com if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

NEMCo RACES April & May Monthly Meeting Agendas

  • Below are the agendas for our next two NEMCo RACES meetings. 

April 3rd RACES Meeting Agenda:

  • Carl: All things NEMCo
  • Committee updates
    • Gail and Linda and Outreach Committee: Preliminary results from questionnaire
  • Robert: ARRL Field Day discussion; gain interest level in participating as a group
  • Jon: Get preliminary sign-ups for Pack the Park (June 8th 0800 to Noon)
  • ErikD: P2P Seminar

May 1st RACES Meeting Agenda:

  • Carl: All things NEMCo
  • Committee updates
  • Scott and Jon: 5th Saturday Drill review 
  • Carl and Jon: Aug Drill pre-planning discussion/brainstorming
  • Scott: Training WinLink to AirMail Packet P2P/How-to

Happy New Year from the NEMCo RACES Leadership Team!

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!!
73,

K7RMZ and the NEMCo RACES Leadership Team

Please Check-in To The ARES/RACES of KING COUNTY Net on Sundays

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
NEMCo RACES
Chief Radio Officer

Requested Nets to Check-In for NEMCo RACES Members

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.

 

Jefferson County ARES:

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”

 

 

Clallam County ARC:

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”

 

Puget Sound Energy ARES:

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.

 

The Town of Coyle hams:

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.