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.
Volunteers Needed for 4th July Celebration
Help with communications & safety patrol at Seaside beach fireworks event.
Net Controllers Needed for Monday Night!
Unique opportunity to sharpen your net control skills. Contact Net Manager Robin for more information.
Attention CC AuxComm Volunteers
You may now record your volunteer hours!
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.