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, 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.
Here are some photos from this year’s ARRL Field Day
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!
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
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.
Our next “Beast Day” will be held at the hangar on 12/29 at 9:00 am. See you there.
QST QST QST To all Blaine ACS Members QST QST QST
The lighting of the Christmas tree will take place on Saturday Dec 4 at 1600 hrs. at H street and Peace Portal. ACS will provide the PD support we will set up the Comm van . We will all meet at the PD 1530 that’s
330 pm. for a short briefing. Dress for cold and rain/snow ? ACS jacket and your field equipment.
Jim Elston KP2X
Communications ACS Manager
By Brian Lawler
Time for some radio FUN that might prove very valuable during an emergency. Go to www.W1HKJ.com and download the FLDIGI software for your computer. It is available for Windows, Linux and Apple OS. Also on the downloads page you will see the MANUAL and GETTING STARTED GUIDES in PDF format. Get those too, and read through them. If you need a PDF reader, get FoxIt.
We are going to experiment with the MT-63 mode which has proven very useful on VHF and UHF repeaters. This mode of sending computer text can even be used without a computer interface. Just hold the radio mic up to the computer speaker to transmit, and position the computer mic near the radio speaker to receive!