Welcome to Clatsop County, Oregon AuxComm

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

This website is published by Clatsop County AuxComm for the benefit of members and the community of amateur radio operators supporting emergency and public service communications within Clatsop County Oregon.

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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
asteroid

November 5, 2016 | Sputnik International

Asteroids are coming for us, NASA says. The only question is when.

To prepare for the low-likelihood but high-consequence possibility of a relatively large asteroid fixing Earth in its sights, NASA and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held asteroid-impact simulation exercises in El Segundo, California, last month.

This was the third in a series of exercises the agencies have held to help increase collaboration, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement November 4. NASA and FEMA would lead the US response to a major asteroid hit.

drop cover hold on!

By Lyra Fontaine | October 21, 2016 | The Daily Astorian

SEASIDE — At 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Seaside High School Principal Jeff Roberts used the loudspeaker to tell all students to take cover for the earthquake. The students dropped to their hands and knees, took cover under their desks and held on.

Seaside High School took part in the Great Oregon ShakeOut for the first time this year after Associated Student Body leaders suggested the statewide event. Homes, schools and organizations in other states and countries also participated in the drill Thursday.

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Aurora Borealis

By Michael Kuhne | October 20, 2016 | AccuWeather.com

In an age where human lives are increasingly dependent on electricity, computers, satellites, GPS and digital communication systems, the threat of space weather has become an increased concern for government officials around the world. Powerful solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can devastate the world's interconnected power grids, airline operations, satellites and communications networks.