Welcome to Clatsop County, Oregon Aux Comm

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

Announcements

New Local Area Net!

A CERT/MRC net will take place every Tuesday at 7:00pm on the Arch Cape repeater, 146.74


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.



 Tsunami destruction in Japan

Katie Frankowicz | November 3, 2017 | The Daily Astorian

This fall a child care center moved into a building in Astoria that Oregon State Police had left because it was in the tsunami inundation zone.

This summer, Patrick Corcoran, a coastal hazards specialist with Oregon State University’s Sea Grant program, circled articles in an issue of Warrenton’s weekly newspaper about apartment complexes planned in the inundation zone in Warrenton.

One day, an event that hasn’t happened since 1700 will shake much of the West Coast. The “Big One” — the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. But the North Coast is already in motion. Large apartment complexes are going up, permits are in process. There’s more development on the way.

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firefighters

Larissa Paschyn | October 30, 2017| Emergency Management

Too often, businesses and organizations rely on the hope that first responders will be able to reach them in time during a major disaster. However, the bigger the disaster, the more strain on limited resources, and the less likely the government will be able to respond. As a result, it is imperative that everyone in an organization can use their own resources and skills to take care of each other.

FEMA maintains the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program as an official emergency preparedness program. However, there is no obligation or requirement for schools and employers in high-hazard areas to implement or maintain such programs on site.

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New York City blackout

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

10/24/2017 | ARRL

Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.

“This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.

During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Martian invasion

By D.B. Lewis | October 20, 2017 |  The Columbia Press | Reprinted by permission

Martians landed in Oregon Saturday, causing local county officials to activate Emergency Operation Centers across the state.
 
That was the premise for the training exercise, which gave local emergency leaders an opportunity to practice for crucial radio communications when other modes aren't sufficient.

As in the December 2007 hurricane here, military and police radio systems were knocked out by electrical failures. Even the Internet, landlines and cellphones wouldn't work. Roads were blocked with no way for crews to communicate with each other, and even the Red Cross couldn't know where the needs were.

So, once again, it was up to local licensed amateur radio operators - aka "hams" - to get the word out using battery-operated gadgets.

electric 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.

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.