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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 Supervisors to Honor Ham Radio Volunteers June 7

On Tuesday June 7, the Ventura County Supervisors will present a proclamation honoring the county’s Amateur Radio volunteers at their regularly scheduled meeting at 10 A.M. at county hall 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

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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April 30th µField Day

µField Day Site

µField Day (“Micro Field Day”) is a monthly meeting put on by the BORED Net controllers. And it’s back again…this time April 30th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This is a special meeting, since we’re holding the event with the new Cal State Channel Islands Amateur Radio Club on the CSUCI campus. It’s still a chance to blow the dust off your mobile radios, practice with your Field Day setup (it’s almost June) and hang around with other hams like usual. It’s also a chance to show the members of the new club and the rest of the college community what we’re capable of doing with a portable setup, both with HF and VHF/UHF and emergency comms. The club has plans for their own radio room complete with a mast and HF radios (as well as possibly building an EOC on campus), so let’s make sure they get a good look at the things we do!

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KM6ZJK (Bruce Schubert) SK

Bruce Schubert-KM6ZJK has passed away. He had been battling cancer for some time  His intellect and kindness will be missed.

He was an ARES member in Ventura and had great technical skills. A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, April 19th at Coastline Bible Church, 426 S. Mills Road, in Ventura. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program.

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HT Evaluation Day

Have you ever wondered if your HT was working to it’s full capability? Is it transmitting within FCC guidelines? The Ventura County Amateur Radio Society will be evaluating up to two HTs per amateur on Saturday April 23rd in the parking lot of ACT USA in Newbury Park.

We are taking appointments so please select a time on this form and we will contact you to confirm and provide more info.

https://forms.gle/UgwLwJaCdUh8otPC7

If you have any questions please respond back to me directly,

Stu Sheldon-AG6AG

stu@ag6ag.org

Volunteers Needed For Santa to the Sea Marathon

The Santa to the Sea Marathon is coming up on the 12th of December. I still need volunteers! This event can be done with no more than an HT. It’s a great training ground for new operators, but can also have challenges that will test seasoned veterans.

If you want to be a part of this great event, just drop me an email at stu@ag6ag.org and let me know! Looking forward to working with all of you on the last big event of 2021!

Stu-AG6AG

California ShakeOut Exercise Set For October 23

Exercise plan and timeline:

  • Exercise has a digital element consisting of Winlink messages (DYFI and Welfare via VHF and HF, and a phone element using VHF simplex
  • Date: Saturday Oct 23rd
  • Simulated Quake timeline 9:15am approx.
    • Winlink activity 9:15 to 10 am, VHF/HF as you are able
      • Check your house as you would if there had been a real quake.
      • Send DYFI message to USGS, CC to dyfi@vccomm.org
      • In the Optional Exercise Field of the DYFI form, please enter” SOCAL ARES Shakeout 2021.”
      • Send a welfare message to your out-of-town friends and family.  Members are encouraged to send messages for their neighbors.
    • Phone Simplex VHF check-in 10 to 11am, using 145.615 MHz, VC ACS/ARES Channel 19
      • Rob, W6RH, will go up to Rasnow and call for check ins.  This is a good opportunity to see who you can hear across the county.
  • Email updates via CVARC main group

Volunteers Needed for Share the Road Ride

The Share the Road Ride will take place on Saturday October 2, 2021.

I still need four (4) volunteers for fixed aid stations:

  • Need to have a dual band 50-watt radio (144/440)
  • Antenna mast and antenna (should be able to go up at least ten (10) feet (more is better).
  • Power to run the station for eight (8) hours
  • Pop-up shelter is really handy

I need one (1) volunteer to ride with the event people:

  • Need to have dual band radio (144/440) with power cable to cigarette lighter
  • Mag mount antenna
  • APRS radio, power cables, mag mount antenna
  • I can provide one if you don’t have a portable APRS station

This is one of Ventura County’s big events for the year, so I would really like to be able to fully support it.

If you can help, please let me know soonest.

Many thanks in advance.

Email Steve King-KE6WEZ

EC Area 1 Simi Valley

Silent Key Picnic Set For September 4

Saturday September 4th is the first annual Silent Key Picnic put on by the people behind the BORED Net.

Ventura County is lucky to have such a large ham radio community that extends beyond all of our clubs and organizations. Whenever someone is lost, it affects the entire community, not just those people who were closest. Over the last year and a half, the BORED Net has turned into a touching point for all the hams in the county, so it seemed like it would be a good fit if we were to organize an annual event where we could gather and remember those who aren’t with us any longer. This isn’t intended to be a traditional memorial. Instead, it will be a chance to tell stories, remember friends, and spend some time with our larger county-wide community.

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