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.

µField Day Set for Sunday, November 19th

The BORED Net µField Day is ON for November! We weren’t able to get one in last month between my sudden trips out of town and availability of a suitable site, but the long wait is finally over thanks to Dan Dicke-KE6NYT. Dan has arranged for the use of the Ventura County Fire Department’s Regional Fire Training Center at the Camarillo Airport, which will certainly top the list for unusual and special places we’ve operated.

The event is Sunday, November 19th, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The easiest way to find the spot is to put 34.2089, -119.0707 into your favorite GPS navigator. Take the 101 to the Las Posas exit and head South to Pleasant Valley Road, and turn right/West. Then turn right on Airport Way (there’s a traffic light there.) Take that a few short blocks until it ends, and make another right on Durley. It will curve first to the left and then the right, and come to a gate. Turn right again, the two very short blocks to Post. Make a left and drive to the end.

If you’ve never come to FFD before (say “micro field day”), this is really the time. The latest QST magazine has the 2023 ARRL Field Day final results, and HALF of the top 6 operations in the entire country were here in Ventura County. Portable ham radio is what we seem to do very well in these parts. It’s not a club event…or you can say it’s an event for ALL clubs. I think of it as something for any and all hams and anyone else who is interested or curious. I’ve never seen a better place to practice your portable skills, try out equipment, steal ideas, and find advice. Personally, I have never failed to have a great time hanging around with my fellow hams. To top it all off, the weather is expected to be pretty nice. See you Sunday!

Keith Elliott-W6KME

ACS/ARES Meeting Set for Monday, November 6th

The next ACS/ARES meeting will be held Monday, November 6, 2023 at 3701 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010.  

We will also stream the meeting for those who don’t wish to attend in person. Zoom login details are available by joining our discussion group: https://vc-acs.groups.io/g/main.

The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 P.M. You are welcome to arrive at 7:00 P.M. for a bit of social time before the meeting.

Yellow shirts are appropriate, either the County one or ARES shirts. I will have ACS-ARES patches if you want to add them to your clothing or gear. Wearing your ACS ID is suggested.

The meeting is open to all, members, non-members, and the curious. Anyone interested in what we do is encouraged to attend.

We will review progress on our systems, and new information about upcoming events will be discussed.

  • A report on our activities with a review of upcoming and recent events
  • Progress reports on EOC and infrastructure systems.
  • An update on the ACS-ARES web portal
  • Info on the HF net
  • An overview of Winlink activities.
  • A report from ARRL Section Manager
  • You will have a chance to tour the ACS radio installation at the station.

If you have a subject that you would like to discuss or have discussed, please let me know and I will put it on the agenda.

Directions from the 101 Freeway:

  • Head northeast on N Lewis Rd and travel 2.2 mi
  • Turn left onto E Las Posas Rd and travel 0.6 mi
  • Destination will be on the right

Please join us if you can.

73 Rob – W6RH

Next ACS-ARES Meeting September 11

The in-person meeting will be at the City of Thousand Oaks Emergency Operations Center which is located in the Oak Room at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/City Hall.

2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks CA 91362

If you haven’t seen the ACS station there, you are missing out on an excellent example of a ham operation.

The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 P.M. (1930).

You are encouraged to arrive at  7:00 for a bit of social time before the meeting.

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Tim Wheeler-K6POI, SK

Tim Wheeler-K6POI, SK

ACS member and past CVARC President Tim Wheeler-K6POI has passed away. For the last several years he has been living with increasing problems due to Parkinson’s disease. He was 81.

ACS Area 2 Emergency Coordinator Zak Cohen-N6PK described Tim as a good friend and regular dinner companion who was knowledgeable and helpful in his role as an Assistant Emergency Coordinator. Tim is remembered by Norm Campbell-AB6ET as a friend, mentor, and “all around good guy” both in person and on the air. James Smith-KK6YAM recalled, “Tim was the first person I met when I joined the club. He saw I was new and came over and welcomed me.” Wendy Joffe-WB6ADC, who attended the ham radio classes he taught remembered Tim’s “kind smile and the twinkle in his eyes when he’d share a joke.” 

Memorial plans have not been announced. Tim’s family has created a tribute page on the Michael J. Fox Foundation website. Contributions in honor of Tim to the foundation’s Parkinson’s research would be welcome.

µField Day Set for Sunday, July 16th

We’ve all survived ARRL Field Day, so it’s time for…another field day! The next µField Day will be this Sunday, July 16th, from 1100 to 1500 as usual, at the Rancho Potrero West parking lot again. CVARC is currently holding a General License class, and the students will be there to get a taste of HF radio and start deciding what will be going into their shacks. I’m hoping for a good turnout with a lot of equipment to show off.

We’ve had a mild spring and early summer, but this weekend will probably be hot. Bring plenty of water and, if you can, something to provide some shade. On maps it’s the “Rancho Potrero West Entrance”. This is next to the horse rental/boarding facility on Potrero Road in Dos Vientos, up the hill from Cal State Channel Islands. The GPS location is 34.155935, -118.982024. If you’re familiar with what3words.com, it’s barbershop.state.ribbing.

Don’t pull into the horse facility — it’s one more driveway to the west, with the large yellow gate. There are restrooms at the site, but no electricity so bring those batteries. Hope to see you all there!

Keith Elliott-W6KME

ACS-ARES Meeting Set for July 10

The next ACS-ARES meeting will be held Monday July 10th at the Camarillo EOC 3701 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA .

The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 P.M. You are encouraged to arrive at 7:00 P.M. for a bit of social time before the meeting. Yellow shirts are appropriate, either the county one or ARES shirts. Wearing your ACS ID is suggested. I will have ACS-ARES patches if you want to add them to your clothing or gear. Bill Boyd will have the new ACS badges. Be sure to bring your current badge, as getting the new one is by exchange only.

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June is Amateur Radio Month in Ventura County

Rob Hanson-W6RH received the proclamation from Board Chair Matt LaVere.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 2023 as Amateur Radio Month in Ventura County. The June 20th presentation was held in the supervisors’ hearing room in the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center in Ventura. The event was well attended by ACS volunteers, ham radio club members and other amateurs from throughout the county.

May 13 µField Day

Another special edition of µField Day is coming with the Ventura County Amateur Radio Club, at their wonderful home digs at the Dudley House in Ventura. It was a fantastic location last year, with plenty of room plus all mod cons like restrooms and a kitchen. Lots of trees for antennas, lots of really great people. And this year is special. VCARC is holding a VE session at the same location just before µFD, so all those new hams and new upgrades will be able to step right out the door and get on the air! The club is also firing up the barbecue on the site, so bring your own food and have it cooked up in style. As always, everyone is welcome…come rub elbows with hams from all over the county.

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