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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 Board of Supervisors Declares June “Amateur Radio Month”

Please plan to attend the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, June 18, where all Ventura County Amateur Radio operators will be recognized with a proclamation honoring their service to the community.

This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our presence and to receive recognition for the many activities we engage in throughout the year. The meeting is televised and it’s also a great way to promote our Field Day activities later that week.  Call sign badges and tasteful ham-related apparel would be good to wear if you have them.

The meeting will be held at: 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura CA 93009  on June 18 – Please plan to arrive by 10 A.M.

Thank you!

Jeff Reinhardt-AA6JR  

ACS-ARES Meeting Set for May 6, 2024

The in-person meeting will be at the City of Thousand Oaks Emergency Operations Center.

Oak Room – Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/City Hall

2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks CA 91362

34.174602020350555, -118.84817421583557

https://w3w.co/impulse.beyond.clothed

We will also stream the meeting via Zoom. To get Zoom credentials please refer to our discussion group at: https://vc-acs.groups.io/g/main.

If you haven’t see 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.

Talk-in frequency is the county repeater (channel 9) 145.200 – PL 127.3

 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. This is a chance to put a face to the people you may only know as a voice on the radio.

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

•              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

•              Report on past events and information on future ones

 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.

 Please join us if you can.

73

Rob – W6RH

Congresswoman Julia Brownley presents $963,000 to the County of Ventura for Regional Public Safety Radio Project

On Wednesday, April 3, Congresswoman Brownley presented $963,000 to the County of Ventura to upgrade the region’s 15-year-old analog simulcast radio communications system. The funds will go toward establishing a state-of-the-art digital radio communication system which will utilize 700MHz frequencies. The upgraded radio system will be used by all public safety entities throughout the county to improve communications interoperability for public safety and first responder individuals as they respond to incidents and disasters.

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µField Day Sunday, April 21

It’s time for µField Day again…and at last, it looks like the weather is on our side. It’s expected to be a bright sunshiny day in the mid 70s. Same location, the Ventura County Fire Department’s Regional Fire Training Center. Thanks again to the Ventura County Fire Department as well as Dan Dicke KE6NYT for arranging the site (details below). The event is Sunday, April 21 from 1100 to 1500.

Sunday is also the ARRL’s Rookie Roundup, which is a fun low-pressure contest just for people that have been licensed for three years or less, with any license. And to get as many people on the air as possible, Ventura County Amateur Radio Society VCARS will be there with equipment and Elmers. So even if you’ve never come to µFD because you don’t have an HF setup, you should come this week. As we say on the net every morning, it’s an opportunity to exchange ideas, share news, ask questions, practice skills, make announcements, and most of all hang around with some good people. We may also have one of the YouTube personalities that are slated to speak at the µExpo there to stream for a while.

Put “34.2087, -119.0726” into your phone and it will get you there, or use what3words timeless.budget.glitter. 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 and look for the hams.

ARRL Rookie Roundup http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup

VCARS http://www.vcars.org/

Keith W6KME

keith@w6kme.org

theborednet.net

Next µFD Set For March 24th

It’s on…µFD (Micro Field Day) will be March 24th from 1100 to 1500 or so. Back again at the Ventura County Fire Department’s Regional Fire Training Center at the Camarillo Airport.

As always, µFD is open to EVERYONE, all hams, all clubs, all people with or without licenses interested in ham radio and having a good time with like-minded people. Try new things, get questions answered, maybe try some Random Metal Objects of your own after seeing Keith’s talk on the subject at the CVARC General Meeting March 21st. Plus, we’ll be showing off some of the merch N6XEW has designed to help support the µExpo coming up on August 31st.

Put “34.2087, -119.0726” into your phone and it will get you there or use what3words timeless.budget.glitter. 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 to the right and come to a gate. Turn right again and look for the hams.

Keith W6KME

keith@w6kme.org

theborednet.net

ACS-ARES Meeting Set For March 04, 2024

The next ACS-ARES Meeting will be held on Monday, March 4 at the Camarillo EOC.

Camarillo Police Department Community Room

3701 East Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

From the 101 Freeway, head northeast on N Lewis Rd and travel 2.2 miles. Turn left onto E Las Posas Rd and travel 0.6 miles. Destination will be on the right.

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.

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µField Day Sunday, January 21st

Micro Field Day is back again at the VCFD training center at the Camarillo airport, from 1100-1500 on Sunday, January 21. There’s a possibility of some rain, but nothing heavy predicted. Plus, last year we got POURED on at the airport and still had a great time. Keith will bring a couple of pop-up canopies. Bring more if you’ve got one.

The following week is Winter Field Day, so it’s a good chance to haul out your Field Day rig and make sure you remember how it works 😉  We’ve got a couple of people planning to activate some nearby SOTA peaks as well. Last month we took part in that, and several people had their first HF contacts, as well as a chance to try some Morse Code. If you’re wondering how to set up your own shack, or curious about what other hams are doing for portable setups, µField Day is a great place to be. Plus it’s always a good hang.

Put “34.2087, -119.0726” into your phone and it will get you there, or use what3words timeless.budget.glitter. 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 and look for the hams.

Keith Elliott W6KME

http://theborednet.net