Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting

WECG meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 PM (19:00) at the SAR building: 1041 W Smith Rd, Bellingham.

Minutes and recordings to meetings are available on the WCSAR SharePoint site. For more information, contact meetings@wecg.org.

Upcoming training

Comm Van training: Wednesdays and Saturdays, August 24 and 26, and September 14 and 24, 9:00 AM to noon at the SAR building To prepare for the upcoming rainy season and all missions that WECG may be asked to support, we will continue our training sessions that started with Field Day. Also SAR Topo training: Saturday, September 10 at 9:00 AM to noon at the SAR building.

Subjects that we can cover include:

*  Sartopo usage. We had a short session on this during Field Day but more people will want to fully understand this program.

* The process of “calling out” the van and putting it into service.

* Details of supporting a Search and Rescue mission.

* Using the com van resources:

– Operation of the various radios ie. DEM, HF, SAR, DMR, GMRS, etc.

– Digital operation; Winlink (VHF, HF)

– Logging and other documentation

For those of us that are new to the van, I have started a document that describes, in detail, the processes involved with van deployment and operation. This document is attached to this email both as a .doc (if you would like to edit, or contribute) and a .pdf for reading. Please help me make this document complete and correct and let me know of other subjects you would like to see.

I also had hoped to attach a video created by Andy Saylor on Sartopo operation. The file was too large so it can be found on “Teams” here: Microsoft Teams

Regional Events

Find amateur radio events around the northwest here.

Field Day 2023

Field Day 2023 is the weekend of June 24-25. Great fun will be had by all. See you then!

Communications Van
Food is always a big part of Field Day.

 

Field Day is a time to put up big towers
For a different kind of DXs

 

 

Missions

When dispatched by the Whatcom County Sheriff Department, call-out coordinators will assess our resources and respond accordingly. The call-out coordinators operate on a rotating schedule:

Would you like to be a call-out coordinator or a van driver or a net control operator or a support person? If so, contact volunteer@wecg.org. There is always a need for volunteers.