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.



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.

highway traffic

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.

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What you should know about Oregon’s new ‘distracted driving’ law related to licensed amateur radio operators

KeepSafe

Be Ready.

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.

Find Out More...