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Ventura County ACS/ARES

Welcome to the website for the Ventura County Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS/ARES).

The Ventura County ACS mission is to serve the County in support of any possible communications need in an emergency. ACS members act as emergency communications reserves to support the County in providing reliable, point-to-point voice and data communications anytime, anywhere. In addition to emergency activations, ACS is involved in promoting emergency preparedness. If you would like to know more, please contact ACS Radio Officer/ARES District Emergency Coordinator, Rob Hanson – W6RH at ec@vccomm.org.

Ventura County Moves Back to Purple Tier

Due to increasing case rates, Ventura County will move back to the more restrictive COVID-19 Tier 1 Purple. “Community members have taken action. Our average number of tests per day per 100,000 population was in the 200s and has increased to 400 this past week. This hard work from the community allowed for the State to provide the County with an adjustment factor downward. However, because our case rate was at 12 the week ending November 7th, even with the large adjustment factor, we were not able to get under the required metric of 7 or less,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “Testing is still very important for future case rate adjustments, but also for the Public Health team’s timely and effective contact investigation and tracing efforts. We are encouraging all community members to get tested. Testing is available 7 days a week at sites throughout our County.”

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New Ventura ACS/ARES Check-In Template for Winlink

There is a new custom Winlink template to be used for weekly ACS/ARES check-ins. When checking in, send your Winlink Message to: winlink@vccomm.org. It will be automatically processed and if everything looks good, you should receive an email confirmation to your Winlink address within 10 minutes.

You can download the template via this link:

http://www.ag6ag.org/ACS-current-Winlink-Templates.zip

Once unzipped, place all three template files (not the “Instructions” directory or this file) in your “RMS Express\Global Folders\Templates\” directory and you will see the new template under the the “Global” list.

Restart Winlink and you should be set. If you have questions, feel free to contact Stu Sheldon-AG6AG at stu@ag6ag.org.

“Did You Feel It” and the “Great California ShakeOut”

Over the last few weeks a group of VC ACS/ARES members have been working to get on the air using Winlink on HF and VHF.  This is to prepare for a “ShakeOut” exercise on Oct 17.

We have our next Zoom meeting this Wednesday, September 9, at 7 p.m. where we’ll review the simulated earthquake scenario, how to complete the DYFI form, test results using Winlink under conditions of low power and  discuss a VHF comms exercise as part of the ShakeOut event.

If you would like to join us there is still ample time to get on the air using Winlink and participate in the ShakeOut. If you are not ready to work digital ops just yet, the VHF comms exercise is simplex phone and may be more to your liking.

The Zoom meeting details maybe found  at this link:
http://www.cvarc.org/2020/08/30/preparation-begins-for-dyfi-shakeout-event-october-17/

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Andy Moorwood-K3CAQ

Ted Lansing-W6TEL, SK

Ted Lansing-W6TEL, SK

Ted Lansing-W6TEL, SK was remembered in a moving “End of Watch” ceremony during the July 14, 2020 ACS County net:

Ted Lansing “End of Watch” from VC-ACS by Bill Boyd.

Ted became ham in 2008.  His interest in emergency communication and CERT activities led him to become a member of the Ventura County Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) and he served at the  Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Area 3 (Camarillo-Somis).

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Business Closures Return as Covid-19 Cases Increase

As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a number of previously reopened business to close again.

All counties are required to close indoor operations of restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, card rooms and all bars. 

Ventura County is one of 30 counties also ordered to close additional businesses including indoor fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, hair salons, barbershops and indoor malls.

July ACS-ARES Meeting On Zoom

The July ACS-ARES meeting will be held on Zoom July 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (1900 PDT) rather than the usual time of 7:30 p.m. Zoom login information is below.

The meeting is open to all, members, non-members, and the curious. Anyone interested in what we do is encouraged to attend. Feel free to pass on this information to others you believe might be interested.

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