Huntington Beach RACES and the Disaster Preparedness Expo September 21, 2013 September 21, 2013 No Comments
By Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ HB RACES Public Information Officer
Six active RACES members were on-hand to meet and greet visitors to the Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Huntington Beach Central Library.
The RACES volunteers explained what the RACES group is and what we do for the City of Huntington Beach. Joe Tom, KB6JOE, brought his portable radio system, shown in some of the pictures. Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ and Public Information Officer (PIO) for the RACES team, brought an Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) beacon, which transmitted the demonstration station location. A screen capture of the map can be seen below. The Expo location is indicated by the eye icon and the KH6WZ-5 callsign. The APRS message also points to the HB RACES website, www.hbraces.org.
The Disaster Preparedness Expo is an annual, free event where the City’s emergency services organizations educate the public about emergency preparedness and the possible disasters that can happen to the city of Huntington Beach, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. The Expo is also a demonstration and recruiting tool for emergency preparedness volunteer groups in the city.
HB RACES Volunteers at the Emergency Expo
Ray Coulon WA6CTS
Mike Fitzgerald KE6WUO
Gary Labb KM6VC
Joe Tom KB6JOE
Jeff Turlis KE6BNS
Wayne Yoshida KH6WZ
Other Groups at the Expo
American Red Cross
HB Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
HB Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
Huntington Beach Fire Department Urban Search & Rescue (USAR)
Huntington Beach Police Department
National Weather Service
Huntington Beach cable TV channel 3 was at the event, and shot plenty of video of the demonstrations and displays. Several of the event volunteers were interviewed and may appear on TV soon.
Here are some pictures of the event. . . .
Field Day has come and gone – if you missed it – you missed out!
Our new location helped to further increase visitor visibility from both Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and the bike path along the beach.
This year, we had many more visitors – Fire Department management, local dignitaries, licensed hams, ex-hams and ordinary people. Our local cable TV channel (HBTV-3) shot lots of video of our operation. There were several minutes of live video from the Huntington Beach Police helicopter via amateur television (ATV).
Al KJ6RIX and Jennifer did an amazingly great job keeping all of us well fed and even sheltered – a huge thanks for their hospitality!
Sometime in the late evening, Tim WD6AWP succeeded in getting a 2-way contact via satellite – this is a first for our team – way to go. Tim!
Huntington Beach RACES looks forward to Field Day next year, hopefully with an improved score and even more participation.
Some videos are posted on my YouTube Channel, KH6WZ
Highlights – City of Huntington Beach RACES Field Day Visitors
Jim Katapodis, Huntington Beach Council Member
Fred Wilson, Huntington Beach City Manager
The guys from Station 46: Bob, Brian, Keith, Mike
City of Huntington Beach RACES Field Day Participants
Huntington Beach RACES Public Information Officer
Here are some random images from the Field Day drill . . . .
Huntington Beach Radio Communications Volunteers Demonstrate Emergency Preparedness in Nation-Wide Drill June 10, 2013 No Comments
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — On Saturday, June 22, 2013, from approximately 11 AM near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Goldenwest, a team of Huntington Beach Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) communications volunteers will demonstrate and practice their emergency radio communications skills in a nation-wide drill called “Field Day.” The goal of the drill is to contact as many other similar stations around the nation as possible in a 24 hour period.
During an emergency, normal lines of communication, including landline and wireless telephone systems, often become over-loaded. Ham radio volunteer groups such as RACES teams, step up to fill these communications gaps during a crisis.
Steve Graboff, MD, HB RACES Chief Radio Officer, said, “The HB RACES team participates in this national exercise every summer to make sure we are ready for an emergency, such as an earthquake, fire or flood.”
“We use our personal equipment and volunteer our time to provide this service at no cost to the City. In addition to Field Day, we provide our radio communication skills to support public events such as the Surf City Marathon and the Independence Day parade and public safety events such as the National Weather Service weather spotter program,” Dr. Graboff added.
The public and the news media are invited to observe and even participate in the emergency communications exercise.
Huntington Beach RACES 2013 Baker to Vegas May 19, 2013 No Comments
2013 Baker to Vegas Communication Support April 8, 2013 1 Comment
The Huntington Beach RACES Baker to Vegas Communication Team will provide mobile communications support to the Huntington Beach Police Department Running Team’s participation in the 29th Annual Baker to Vegas Relay Race Saturday April 13 to Sunday April 14.
HB RACES looks forward each year to providing the best communications resource for the Huntington Beach Running Team. We use this event as an opportunity to practice implementing a reliable communications net in a difficult environment and fostering our working relationships with the Huntington Beach Police Department. This year 13 RACES communicators will provide radio communication support to the running team. This year HB RACES is coordinating with the WD6AWP Repeater Group and testing cutting edge Internet linking of several repeater systems including our local Santiago Peak 2-meter machine. HB RACES communicators should keep an ear on our local machine if they’re not headed out of town this weekend. The linked repeater system allows our local RACES communicators to contact the running team while they are traveling to and from the event. Feel free to contact them Friday, Saturday morning and all day Sunday and check in with the team as they travel between Huntington Beach and Las Vegas.
HB RACES provides live tracking of the runner’s position via APRS ham radio equipment during the race. HB Runner team number 073 shows the real time position of the runner. The position reports are available via any Internet connected PC at Huntington Beach Runner Position Report or http://bit.ly/ZxSyiW Huntington Beach has a 2:00pm (PDT) start time on Saturday, April 13th.
HB RACES communicators follow the Huntington Beach runner and are deployed at the upcoming stages to provide updated position reports and assistance to runners waiting for their leg to start. The stage communicator will have the unofficial leg times for the running team and any special instructions relayed from the team captain.
HB RACES Communicators are available at the Hunting Beach Running Team’s Staging Suite at The Las Vegas Hotel. Runner status information and unofficial leg times are available. Call the room and ask for the RACES communicator. We can assist you in getting emergency messages to the racecourse runners. Cell phone coverage is spotty along the course, but our ham radio resources provide 100% coverage of the racecourse allowing voice communication to all participants and the follow van.
HBRACES Supports the 2013 Surf City Marathon February 3, 2013 No Comments
Thanks to all that spent an early Super Bowl Sunday early morning to support HB Fire and PD at the 2013 Surf City Marathon. With 20,000 runners both 2meter and 440 nets were extremely busy. As usual there was a very hectic period of about 2 hours with “runner down” and medical calls streaming in. Tracking and dispatching of the “SAG Wagons” was done with APRS making for a very efficient dispatch. All of our communicators did a fantastic and professional job! Net control in the combined PD-FIRE command bus was extremely hectic, loud, and busy – occasionally to the point of overload. Congratulations to our net control operators for doing such a great job and adapting to a tough, evolving situation.
Net Control Supervisors for 2013 Posted December 30, 2012 No Comments
New Repeater Antenna November 16, 2012 No Comments
On Tuesday, November 14, 2012 we installed a new antenna on the Santiago Peak repeater. The antenna is a Telewave ANT150D6-9 4 bay folded dipole. It has 9.1 dBd gain. The signal is much stronger than it was and is now on par with other repeaters on Santiago. Thanks to Roy N6SLD, Bob KJ6ISH and Mike WA6SVT for their help with the assembly and install.
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Fire Expo 2012 at Gothard Fire Station October 17, 2012 No Comments
Huntington Beach RACES supported HB Fire at the annual Fire Expo held this year at Gothard Fire Station (Station 1).
Shadow Drill 800mhz Failure 2012 September 30, 2012 No Comments
Here are some pictures of our very successful 2012 800mhz failure Shadow Drill. This year was exceptionally busy and HBRACES was again successful in dispatching and providing tactical communications for all of the HB Fire rigs and personel simulating a complete failure of 800 mhz communications and failure of Metronet dispatch. Incoming fire and medical aid calls were intercepted by RACES communicators at the HBPD 911 communications center and relayed to the FDOC over a 440 mhz link. Fire dispatch and unit
tactical comms took place on a separate 2 meter net. The exercise took place during a busy Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm shift.