Welcome to Clatsop County, Oregon Aux Comm

Providing Amateur Radio Emergency and Public Service Communications Throughout Clatsop County, Oregon

Announcements

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.

Click here to contact Net Manager Robin KN0LL


Be Sure to Check the Activity Calendar for Upcoming Events!


ATTENTION AUX COMM VOLUNTEERS

Please remember to record your volunteer hours.



solar eclipseBy Michael Zeiler, GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Traffic, along with weather, will be the chief challenges for people wanting to see the total solar eclipse. I analyze how the US population is distributed with respect to the US road network and the path of total solar eclipse to predict how many people will visit the path of totality and the resulting traffic congestion. Using advanced ArcGIS.com software by Esri, US Census data, and a road network model of every street in the USA, I present estimates for where people will gather for the eclipse and in what numbers.

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ham radio

Agencies at the local and state level recognize the importance of the ham operators.

Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. |  June 20, 2017

(TNS) - Police, fire and medical personnel immediately come to mind when the citizenry thinks of emergency responders, and for good reason. They are highly trained, highly skilled professionals who put their lives on the line in times of natural or human-caused disasters. For government agencies, an essential link consists of dispatch crews that garner information and quickly get the word out about trouble spots. That critical function gets a huge assist from a group of volunteers who perform a key role on the airwaves.

Radio operater

By Jade McDowell | February 17, 2017 | East Oregonian

The biggest natural disaster in the history of the United States, with the power to alter life forever in the Pacific Northwest, will start in Eastern Oregon with the rattling of windows.

That’s what the scientists say.

Rattling windows could mean Cascadia — the “big one” — an 8.0 to 9.0 magnitude subduction zone earthquake that seismologists at Oregon State University predict has about a one in three chance of hitting Oregon and Washington in the next 50 years. Research suggests such a quake has happened an average of every 243 years and the last one was more than 300 years ago.

It could happen 20 years from now. It could happen after we’re all dead. Or it could happen tomorrow.

If it happens tomorrow, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management predicts Umatilla County residents will likely notice some light shaking for four to six minutes, while some Morrow County homes might shake hard enough to knock over unsecured furniture. Next, the lights will probably go out. Then, cell phones, landlines, the internet and natural gas.

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Amateur radio

In natural or man-made disasters, ham-radio enthusiasts put their hobby to work.

There’s a sense of urgency in the air at a Virginia nuclear power plant. Everything within at least a five-mile radius is at immediate risk due to a critical meltdown. One of the emergency responders opens the envelope she’s holding, scans its contents, and announces the bad news: “We just lost 911 and the cell towers are overloaded.”

There are some groans, but the team of amateur radio operators knew this was a possibility, and they’re prepared. They have their radios at the ready to coordinate evacuations, making sure that no shelters are overwhelmed and that evacuees arrive at the right locations. Two detach themselves from the rest and make their way over to the lead coordinator. They’re acting as the points of contact for all emergency services, which means they’re responsible for relaying information about everything from fires to urgent medical care to illegal activities.

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Mayday 150The Rescue-21 system indicates that the transmitter is South of Cape Disappointment Coast Guard station. However, there is no cross bearing to give them a good location. 

Local amateur radio operators are asked to monitor 156.800 MHz, no PL, 5 KHz wide (not the new VHF Narrow-band used by public safety agencies).  Unfortunately, you will hear routine status announcements & the occasional ship-to-ship transmissions.  What you are listening for is the following voice: https://www.dvidshub.net/audio/45774/rescue-21-recording-false-mayday-call

The suspect is described as a white male adult, 35-40 years old, with an accent indicating he is from SE states or the East coast.  If you hear such a transmission, note your location, the signal strength, & time.

Phone the Coast Guard tip line at 503-338-9021.

Then, phone Don Hillgaertner WA7TEM at 503-338-7428 so he can update Clatsop Emergency Management.  Also keep track of your “monitoring hours”, so they can be submitted as volunteer time.  Any questions can be forwarded to Don at 503-338-7428 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Don Hillgaertner WA7TEM
Clatsop Auxiliary Communications Officer
Clatsop ARES/RACES EC