Tag: Washington

Law enforcement radio encryption draws backlash (Washington)

Pushback from the public regarding the encryption of law enforcement radio traffic has led to discussions about the decision, though it’s not likely that those channels will go back to being clear any time soon. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency completed a switch to an all-digital radio system in June, which among other things involved […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #954

This Week in Amateur Radio #954 Week of June 10, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR954 Running Time: 1:04:26 This weeks program was produced and edited by George Bowen, W2XBS. 1. Hamvention improvements for 2018 already underway 2. New distracted driving law in Washington State exempts hams 3. Online trial of Australian radio exams getting a lot […]

Suquamish Tribe Hosts Regional Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference

The Suquamish Tribe hosted the 14th annual Regional Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference May 1-3 at the Port Madison Indian Reservation at Agate Pass on Puget Sound, Washington. Radio amateurs from Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona contributed to the success of this conference. The event was sponsored by the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC). […]

Washington state House votes to ban holding phones while driving

The Washington state House approved a measure Wednesday that would ban holding hand-held devices while driving. The measure passed the Democratic-controlled chamber on a 63-35 vote. It now heads back to the Republican-controlled Senate for agreement on changes made in the House. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center, told the Associated […]

Washington Club Gets North Cook Islands Ham Back on the Air after Lengthy Absence

Thanks to the generosity of members of the ARRL-affiliated Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC) Pia “Papa Pia” Taraeka, E51PT, of Manihiki, North Cook Islands, is back on the after a more than 3-decade absence. “My interest in Amateur Radio started around 1962 as a radio operator working for the Cook Island and New Zealand governments,” […]

Amazon wants FCC approval to test mysterious wireless communications system

A cryptic filing with the Federal Communications Commission reveals a plan by Amazon to test a new wireless communications system at its downtown Seattle headquarters and in rural Washington state. “Amazon seeks FCC experimental authority to evaluate prototype equipment and associated software designed to support innovative communications capabilities and functionalities,” reads the application for FCC […]

FEMA Region 10 to Conduct Monthly Interoperability Communications Exercises during 2017

FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct interoperability communications exercises (COMMEX) during 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month, 1500-2100 UTC. The initial exercise will take place on January 18. “The intent of this COMMEX is to test and exercise interoperable communications (federal/state/local/tribal/amateur) during a major disaster, where communications infrastructure would […]

FEMA Interoperability Exercise Deemed a Success

Laura Goudreau, KG7BQR, Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator for FEMA Region X, said the December 21 Region X interoperability communications exercise on 60 meters went well. “We had 48 check-ins, of which 42 were amateurs,” she said. “It was very successful and also included our first digital test.” The “COMMEX” consisted of check-ins from authorized state, […]

FEMA to Conduct Interoperability Exercise Using 60 Meters

FEMA Region X will conduct an interoperability communications exercise on December 21 that will use 60 meters. The “COMMEX” will consist of radio check-ins from authorized state, tribal, federal, and Amateur Radio stations to test HF interoperability in case of an emergency or disaster response. FEMA Region X is made up of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, […]

Volunteer group honored for emergency preparedness efforts (Washington)

As the Tukwila Emergency Communications Team (TEC) nears its fifth anniversary, the volunteer group received recognition for its role in preparing the city for an emergency. King County Executive Dow Constantine awarded the TEC Team the sixth annual Executive’s Award for Community Preparedness, given each fall to a volunteer organization that trains for and responds […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed to Support Marine Corps Marathon

Amateur Radio volunteers in the Greater Washington, DC, region are invited to support the 41st running of the US Marine Corps Marathon. The annual event takes place on Sunday, October 30. Volunteers will support communication for the Marathon, which covers a scenic route starting near Arlington National Cemetery, into Washington, DC, and past many monuments […]

Ham radio buffs in Blaine dedicate themselves to community service (Washington)

When the deadliest landslide in American history swept Oso two years ago, amateur ham radio operators from Blaine volunteered their skills to save lives. Members of Blaine’s Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) spent 172 hours on duty at the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center and Darrington Command Vehicle. They reported safety issues, injuries and work stoppages […]

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