Welcome to Clatsop County, Oregon Aux Comm
Providing Amateur Radio Emergency and Public Service Communications Throughout Clatsop County, Oregon
New EOC Frequency Matrix
Now available for members on Operations Documents page
Net Control Operators Needed!
Help with ARES NET on Monday evenings. It's an excellent opportunity to improve your radio skills.
Be Sure to Check the Activity Calendar for Upcoming Events!
ATTENTION AUX COMM VOLUNTEERS
Please remember to record your volunteer hours.
How Vulnerable Is The Electrical Grid?
Authored by Kurt Cobb | | OilPrice.com
When the electricity stops in modern civilization, pretty much everything else stops.
Not even gasoline-powered vehicles can get far before they are obliged to seek a fill-up - which they cannot get because gas pumps rely on electricity to operate.
When I wrote "The storms are only going to get worse" three weeks ago, I thought the world would have to wait quite a while for a storm more devastating than hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But instead, Hurricane Maria followed right after them and shut down electricity on the entire island of Puerto Rico except for those buildings with on-site generators.
Storm Spotters Needed
Are you interested in the weather? If so, become a SKYWARN Weather Spotter and help us know what's happening in your area during significant weather events. All you need to do is attend one of our upcoming training sessions around the area or online. For more information visit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/skywarn.php. To see the exact locations for each class visit http://www.weather.gov/pqr/SpotterTraining.
New Distracted Driving Law Expands Ban on Cellphones
Old-school ham radio operators could be a safety net for communication in the case of a natural disaster, such as a major earthquake, when other communication systems are down. That earned them an exception to the new restrictions.
By PARIS ACHEN | September 21, 2017 / Capital Bureau/Daily Astorian
SALEM — A new distracted driving law that takes effect in October expands an existing ban on using cellphones while driving to all electronic mobile devices and stiffens fines and penalties.
The law is aimed at improving safety conditions on Oregon roads. Drivers who talk on the phone are more than four times, and those who text are more than 23 times, more likely to have a crash, according to a report by the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Distracted Driving Task Force.
KGW8 Keeping You Safe
KGW’s Keeping You Safe Campaign is about empowering you to be resilient in the face of disasters of all kinds by taking individual and family preparedness actions now; having a plan in place for when emergencies occur; and being informed of the risks you may face so you can be ready for anything.
The American Red Cross and KGW are helping our community be prepared for disasters such as a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake by holding Prepare Out Loud earthquake and disaster preparedness forums.
Attendees will experience a unique and interactive presentation where they will learn:
- The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
- How humans behave during disasters
- What to expect during a Cascadia earthquake
- How to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster, and
- How much food, water and other supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others.
American Red Cross Asks ARRL’s Assistance with Puerto Rico Relief Effort
09/24/2017 | ARRL
The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs who can step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico.
- There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment.
- Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as ARC volunteers. This includes passing a background check. The ARC has indicated that it will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging, and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability coverage for volunteers. The only out-of-pocket expense to the volunteer would be personal items purchased during deployment.
- ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed. ARC will provide general deployment training and advanced training in working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training on Amateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting guidelines, and operating guidelines.
- Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks.
- General class Amateur Radio license or higher
- Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications
- Strong technical skills
- Ability to work under difficult conditions
- Ability to deploy for up to 3 weeks
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Spanish language skills
- Previous experience in disaster response
- Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer
- Previous experience with shelter operations
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