Amateur Radio Licensing Class in Blaine [rescheduled]

Always wanted to be a HAM radio operator? Then mark your calendar: September 22nd and 29th, 2018.

Sponsored by: The City of Blaine, the Blaine Police Department, and the Blaine Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS).

Blaine ACS is hosting this entry-level licensing class for people who wish to obtain an Amateur Radio License. The class takes place over two sequential Saturdays in September, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

On Saturday the 22nd , you will receive seven hours of classroom training, with plenty of time for interacting with your instructors and other amateur radio operators (hams) from Blaine ACS. You will also receive study materials and a reading assignment to be completed by the 29th.

Emergency Communications Open House


Saturday, January 24th, 2015, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Official Welcome at 10:15 am.

Blaine Public Library Public Meeting Room

610 3rd Street, Blaine Washington 98230

Sponsored by the Blaine Auxiliary Communications Service

Licensed Amateur Radio Operators

Volunteering for the Blaine Police Department

  • Watch Community Service Volunteers in action. Learn about Blaine ACS and our Emergency Communications Network.
  • Don’t be a victim! Learn about preparing yourself and your family for an emergency. Learn how to assemble a bug-out kit.
  • See ham radio operating demonstrations; talk on a radio; win a door prize.

Blaine ACS is Hiring!

Well, not exactly “hiring”. More like “recruiting dedicated volunteer radio operators”. Due to some recent retirements, Blaine ACS now has openings for new members. If you are a licensed amateur radio operator, or might be interested in becoming licensed, please consider joining ACS. ACS is a group of civilian volunteers who donate our time and energy to provide emergency communications in support of the Blaine Police Department. We offer extensive opportunities for fellowship, personal growth, formal training, and leadership; and we offer year-round opportunities to engage in community events and emergency exercises, not to mention radio station building and operation. If you have any questions, or for more information, please get in touch with me, Chris Doutre, ACS Manager, at

BNSF Offers Hazardous Materials Class

BLAINE, October 23, 2014: Chief Mike Haslip organized this training session at the ACS Training Facility yesterday. He invited Justin Piper from BNSF to present his two-and-a-half hour session on “Hazardous Materials Awareness for First Responders”. Justin is an excellent instructor and the materials presented were first class. We learned about how important it is to contact BNSF’s emergency response center immediately (1-800-832-5452) if we spot a railroad-related emergency. The operators there can provide (by email or fax) all the information needed to immediately determine if a particular train is carrying hazardous materials, what they are, and exactly what cars they’re in.

Ragnar Relay – Northwest Passage July 20, 2012

By Karen Simmons

The Ragnar overnight running relay race began at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine Friday morning with approximately 350 teams of 12 people each (over 4060 participants – many in crazy costumes) and ended in Langley, WA 200 miles later. Blaine ACS Communication Van stationed at Peace Arch State Park and ACS members positoned at four checkpoints along with mobile support provided nine hours of emergency and Relay-related communications within the City of Blaine. Limited sunscreen was needed – it rained!

FIELD DAY WEEKEND June 25th and 16th 2011

Another great Field Day weekend has come and gone, fun was had by all. Set up began on Friday afternoon about 5:00 pm and we were all wrapped up about 1:30 pm on Sunday.

Blaine Police Dept. ACS operated in the 2 (two transmitter) class, we were 2A WWA. Station one was in the ACS communications van using the new ICOM IC 7000 and station two was in the hanger using a Drake TR-7, both stations used wire OCF windom or vertical antennas. This was really great training for our operators that normally don’t use the HF bands. Radio condition were better than the last few years and we made more contacts the ever before, along with the great weather was nice too.


By Brian Lawler

The Blaine Auxiliary Communications Service will operate from the “old Blaine airport” at coordinates 48.989506,-122.732468 Set-up for ACS members will begin Friday night, with operations open to the public from 1100 PDT Saturday until 1100 PDT Sunday. The emphasis will be on training in radio operations rather than point chasing. Directions: Take the “truck border crossing” exit on I-5 (WA 543) North and turn EAST on BOBLETT St. Make an immediate SOUTH turn on to YEW and continue about a block to the City Park sign on your left. Turn left on the gravel past the park and Blaine City shop, following the road around to the North again, through the open gate and around to the front of the steel building. YES- It is a little hard to find, but worth the effort 🙂 “Talk-in” on Sumas Mtn 145.230 -.600 tone-103.5

WebEOC Training Announced – 1/5 at OCC Bellingham

There will be a two-hour WebEOC class on January 5th, at 9:00 am, at the OCC in Bellingham. Contact KP2X for more information or to register. As Jim said at the ACS meeting last night, WebEOC will be a critical part of our emcomm future so we need to get this training sooner rather than later. If you can’t make this class, be aware that there will be more classes in the future. Stay tuned.