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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ted Lansing-W6TEL, SK was remembered in a moving “End of Watch” ceremony during the July 14, 2020 ACS County net:
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).
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.
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.
Following new State guidance, Ventura County will close indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult. The following sectors may only operate outdoor operations with appropriate modifications, including physical distancing and face coverings: Dine-in Restaurants, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos and Museums. In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor and outdoor operations. Movie theaters and cardrooms are not allowed to operate at this time. The closures will last for at least three weeks. Read the latest updates on Ventura County orders.
Ventura County beaches have been ordered closed for the 4th of July weekend due to an increased threat from COVID-19. Also traditional fireworks shows in the county have been cancelled. Click here for the complete story in the Ventura County Star.
The latest revision of the Ventura County health order extends quarantines and social distancing until June 14, 2020. However, the gradual reopening of the county continues as part of State’s Roadmap to reopening. Read the latest order.
Special restrictions on people 70 and over have been lifted. The state has also cleared the way for the reopening of indoor shopping malls, provided they follow safe opening requirements such a limiting store capacity to less than 50%.
The County moved forward with Stage 2 of the reopening on May 8, 2020 and has amended its order several times since then. “Our community has worked so hard to social distance and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our County. As we move further into Stage 2, we must do so with caution. We must continue to practice social distancing and businesses must make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure. This will help keep our numbers low so we can continue to move forward,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.
Our May ACS/ARES District Meeting will be conducted on Zoom. Below is the information you’ll need to join us. Please note that the meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. (1900) rather than our usual 7:30 P.M. The meeting is open to anyone interested in what we do, members, non-members and the curious. Please join us if you can.
Time: May 4, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Thousand Oaks Police Chief Jim Fryhoff thanked Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Operators for their service as part of #NationalVolunteerWeek2020. The recognition included the video below and posts on social media sites Twitter and Nextdoor.
County of Ventura Public Health Officer, Doctor Robert Levin, has announced the extension and modification of the Stay Well At Home Order. The Order shall be in effect until 11:59 pm on May 15, 2020.
“It’s understandable that our community members want to get back to work and return to normal life as quickly as possible,” said Levin. “The best path forward is a cautious one —a path that proceeds gradually, carefully, and incrementally. A path that relies on science and facts to determine each step forward. The data is looking good, thanks to the diligence of our community members in following these Orders, but we must be cautious in how we move forward. We must continue to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. Community members must continue to practice social distancing.” The extended order is in line with State of California directives.