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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.

ACS-ARES District Meeting Monday

The next ACS-ARES District Meeting with be held Monday, November 7th at 7:30 P.M. in Camarillo at 3701 East Las Posas Road. The meeting will start promptly at 7:30. You are welcome to arrive at 7:00 for a bit of social time before the meeting. There are no mask, testing,  or vax requirements, but you are welcome to take any precautions that you wish.

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. Feel free to pass on this information to others you believe might be interested.

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ShakeOut 2022 is on October 20th, 10:20 A.M.

Thursday, October 20th, is the Great California ShakeOut, and ACS will conduct an exercise that you can do from home or work.  We will have a voice check-in on ACS channel 9 (145.200 – PL 127.3) and Winlink check-ins using the USGS form.

The time of the mock earthquake is 10:20 A.M.  Please check in by voice 10:20 and 10:45 A.M. using your member number and FCC call sign.   If you have only a handheld radio, look for a high, clear spot to operate from.  An external antenna will generally provide better results than will a stock handheld-mounted antenna

If you have Winlink capability, please also send a Winlink DYFI form using the built-in template to DYFI@vccomm.org after 10:30 A.M.  Please include your location’s latitude and longitude (decimal degrees with the longitude being a negative number) on your Winlink check-in form, as we will be mapping the results.   If you are unsuccessful, wait a few minutes and try again. 

Link to our exercise plan.

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ACS/ARES Meeting Set For Monday September 12

East County Sheriff’s Station at 2101 E Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 at the East County Sheriff’s Station. You are welcome to arrive at 7:00 for a bit of social time before the meeting. There are no mask, testing,  or vax requirements, but you are welcome to take any precautions that you wish. 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.

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µField Day Set For August 13

Ready for another µField Day?

Back in May, we had an amazing time joining up with the CSUCI Amateur
Radio Club for a µField Day on campus, and actually had 16 HF stations
set up with over 40 visitors. We took June off (I seem to recall there
were several alternative remote operating events to choose from!) and
in July, we had over 30 people come by Rancho Potrero for one of our
regular parking lot events. We had members of SSARC, LVARC, VCARC, CVARC and VCARS in attendance.

Saturday, August 13th, at 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. is another special
event. We’ve been invited by the Lake Sherwood Homeowners Association to use Maid Marian Park, right on the lake, and CVARC is putting the event
on with us. Every ham in the county is invited, any club, no club,
everybody. In addition to being a good chance to play with radios, it’ll
be a good opportunity to meet members of other clubs.

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ACS-ARES Meeting Set For July 11, 2022

Our next in-person meeting is Monday!

City of Thousand Oaks – Oak Room

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/City Hall

2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks CA 91362

The meeting will start promptly at 7:30. You are welcome to arrive at 7:00 for a bit of social time before the meeting. There are no mask, testing,  or vax requirements, but you are welcome to take any precautions that you wish. 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. Feel free to pass on this information to others you believe might be interested.

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Ventura County Clubs Stage Field Day Events

There are several club-coordinated Field Day events beginning Saturday, June 25th in the Ventura County area.  The public is welcome at all venues as the hams are excited to show off their emergency communications skills and techniques.

Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC)

CVARC hams will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise know as Field Day from 11:00 AM Saturday, June 25 to 11:00 AM June 26, 2022. The CVARC event will be held at the Lake Sherwood Development Company field located at 378 W. Potrero Road in Westlake Village on the south side of W. Potrero Road, between Trentwood Drive and Stafford Road. CVARC holds one of the largest and most comprehensive Field Day events in the country as members set up as many as 20 temporary amateur radio stations and operate under the call sign of AA6CV to demonstrate emergency communication skills and services to the public. For more information: http://www.cvarc.org/

Ventura County Amateur Radio Society (VCARS) and the Simi Settlers Amateur Radio Club (SSARC)

VCARS and SSARC members will be joined by other local Amateur Radio operators, all operating under the special events call-sign of N6R (honoring former President and Mrs. Reagan).  The annual 24-hour Field Day exercise (starting at 11 AM on Saturday, June 25th), promotes public awareness and provides training experience for local amateur radio operators.  By its conclusion (at 11 AM on Sunday, June 26th), event participants at the Library will have established amateur radio communications with thousands of other clubs, groups, and individuals throughout North America and adjoining countries, most of whom were also operating under simulated emergency conditions. The event will be located on the grounds of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA.  www.qrz.com/db/n6r

Ventura County Amateur Radio Club (VCARC)

The Ventura County Amateur Radio Club will operate under club’s call sign K6MEP from their Oxnard location at 4000 S. Rose Avenue. Activities have been planned, bands have been selected for operation and special guests and the public are invited. For more information contact Robert Shank at km6rss@arrl.net or visit the website at https://www.qsl.net/k6mep/

Ventura County Supervisors to Honor Ham Radio Volunteers June 7

On Tuesday June 7, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will present a proclamation honoring the county’s Amateur Radio volunteers at their regularly scheduled meeting at 9:30 A.M. in the board’s hearing room at the County Government Center in Ventura.

The proclamation will designate June as “Amateur Radio Month” in Ventura County.

All hams and clubs are welcome; this is the first such presentation recognizing our efforts since the COVID outbreak. If you can attend, please wear ACS uniforms or other apparel such as club shirts and call sign badges that will make a good impression to the supervisors and the TV audience.

At this time, it is not known if a mask will be required at the county complex; best to check ahead or bring one just to be on the safe side. This event is also an opportunity to build public awareness about Field Day activities in the county.

Thank you & 73

Jeff Reinhardt AA6JR

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Santa Barbara Section

Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura

IN PERSON ACS-ARES Meeting Set For May 2nd

Our first in-person meeting in two years is Monday!

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. There are no mask, testing,  or vax requirements, but you are welcome to take any precautions that you wish.

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.

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