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 email@example.com.
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.
Below is the information about our ACS-ARES meeting for January 08, 2024. It will be held at the City of Oxnard Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 360 West Second Street, Oxnard.
We will also stream the meeting for those that don’t wish to attend in person. I will post the Zoom info on groups.io the day of the meeting.
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.
Sunday the 17th, from 1100 to 1500 as usual. As always, the purpose of the event is to hang out with hams from all over the area, and play with radios! Could there be a better way to spend an afternoon? Plus, it’s a chance to make sure you keep your familiarity up with your portable gear over the winter.
For SOTA enthusiasts, December 31st is “Zulu New Year” at 4 in the afternoon, so here’s a chance to give the gear a shakeout before heading out for that double-dose of points. If you still haven’t come to a Micro Field Day yet, we typically have 10-15 stations operating and 40-50 people just having a nice time. Last month, we had representatives of 5 different clubs on hand.
As before, 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.