Announcements

Invitation to Become a Member

Clark County ARES/RACES is a group of licensed ham radio operators who have volunteered to provide emergency and disaster communications support to our community.  Members develop and maintain emergency communications skills via ongoing training and regular participation in drills and exercises.  More information can be found at this link.


Position Descriptions and Policies:  The process of updating several sections of the Clark County ARES/RACES Resource Guide is now complete.  Some formatting and indexing work still needs to be done, but they have been released and can be viewed here:
  •  Position Descriptions and Training Opportunities
  •  Policy - Member Participation and Retention
  •  Policy - Served Agency Relationships


How will you get there?  Bridges and overpasses may not survive a major earthquake.  See the interactive Washington State Bridge Resiliency Assessment map to view the bridges and overpasses in your area.  The “Layer List” (upper right corner) lets you select potential damage or how long it will take to reopen.


Notice:  Until COVID-19 meeting restrictions are lifted, all General Meetings will be virtual on either Free Conference Call or Zoom.  Contact your Team Leader or the EC for the URL.


Did you miss a virtual meeting?  Click here to access our meetings playlist on YouTube.


June 21, 2021 – General Membership Meeting

All are welcome to attend

Monthly Training Focus – Prepare for Deployment

Meeting program:

• Core skills training – Personal Earthquake Preparation

Presented by Team 10:

Joe / KF7UOQ

Overview:

We want radio operators to survive the proverbial “big one” and be able to provide critical ESF #2 communications support after the shaking stops.  Part of our preparation efforts need to focus on arranging and securing items in our homes so that they do not become hazards to our survival, and our communications equipment remains operational.  This presentation will give you ideas on how you can better prepare for earthquakes.

• Briefing – Position Descriptions and Policies_

Presented by Team 0:

Michael / AE7GQ

Overview:

The process of updating several sections of the Clark County ARES/RACES Resource Guide is now complete.  Position descriptions (Member, TL, ATL, EC/RO, AEC/ARO, OES, PIO, ESF Liaison, EOC Relay Station, and Quartermaster), member training opportunities, as well as policies on member participation and relationships with served agencies are all now effective.  This presentation will give an overview of the documentation and what additional FEMA classes you may need to take by the end of 2021.

• Advanced skills topic – Strategic Plan Update

Presented by Team 1:

Toby / KH7FR

Overview:

In 2020 we began the process of creating a strategic plan for the organization.  The presentation tonight will focus on the importance of “Credentialing” the capabilities which each member brings to the table and how we might collect and organize this information in order to be of greater value to our served agencies.

June 26, 2021 – Field Day (day 1)

ARRL Field Day is a great opportunity for all Clark County ARES/RACES members to get outdoors and practice operating under “field” conditions, work closely with members from other teams, greet public officials and the general public, and to have fun.

Participation in Field Day is part of the Clark County ARES/RACES Annual Training Plan (which was submitted to the state Emergency Management Division to obtain our group mission number).  Normally for Field Day, we would encourage members to get outdoors and practice operating under “field” conditions, work closely with members from other teams, greet public officials and the general public, and to have fun.  Like 2020, we need to make adjustments for the pandemic.

The ARRL has extended the Temporary Rule Waiver from 2020 allowing individual stations to aggregate their results into a combined Clark County ARES/RACES score.  Technician Class licensees can help out my making and logging VHF and UHF simplex contacts.  So, please participate in Field Day 2021 as an individual, or perhaps a very small group of individuals (while practicing “social distancing”).  If you have not done Field Day before, are apprehensive about entering, or have not participated in Field Day as a single operator station, please contact your Team Leader or the EC for help.

June 27, 2021 – Field Day (day 2)

ARRL Field Day is a great opportunity for all Clark County ARES/RACES members to get outdoors and practice operating under “field” conditions, work closely with members from other teams, greet public officials and the general public, and to have fun.

Participation in Field Day is part of the Clark County ARES/RACES Annual Training Plan (which was submitted to the state Emergency Management Division to obtain our group mission number).  Normally for Field Day, we would encourage members to get outdoors and practice operating under “field” conditions, work closely with members from other teams, greet public officials and the general public, and to have fun.  Like 2020, we need to make adjustments for the pandemic.

The ARRL has extended the Temporary Rule Waiver from 2020 allowing individual stations to aggregate their results into a combined Clark County ARES/RACES score.  Technician Class licensees can help out my making and logging VHF and UHF simplex contacts.  So, please participate in Field Day 2021 as an individual, or perhaps a very small group of individuals (while practicing “social distancing”).  If you have not done Field Day before, are apprehensive about entering, or have not participated in Field Day as a single operator station, please contact your Team Leader or the EC for help.

July 28, 2021 – Virtual Tsunami Communications Exercise

Times:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Initial information from the Tsunami Program Coordinator of the Washington Emergency Management Division indicates that this exercise does not have an “on-the-air” amateur radio component.  Additional information will be made available as we learn more.

Morning session:

“Will include seminar presentations on a variety of topics.”

Afternoon session:

“Will include the tabletop exercise itself and a hotwash.”

August 16, 2021 – General Membership Meeting

All are welcome to attend

Monthly Training Focus – Activate a Station

Meeting program:

• Core skills training – Activating a Station with an Orange Kit

Presented by Team 4:

Gary / N7HAR

Overview:

From deployment to demobilization, an Orange Kit can be an effective piece of equipment.  This presentation will cover unpacking, set up, use, and repacking of an Orange Kit as well as how to properly complete the “after action” inventory of the kit contents.

• “Lessons Learned” – Discussion-Based Drill

Overview:

This session will review the lessons learned during the “5th Saturday” drill on July 31, 2021.

• Advanced skills topic – __________

Overview:

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