[HamWAN PSDR] Seattle/King County Red Cross now on HamWAN

Bart Kus me at bartk.us
Wed Jan 16 06:50:15 PST 2019

Great to see the end-user adoption tick up here.  IMHO, that should be 
the #1 priority for HamWAN at this stage.

I would like to see the Everett branch online, and it looks like it may 
have a path.  Who can I talk to, to make that happen?

Do the RC folks run regular comm checks?  Should they get a conference 
bridge for their ops?

You may also wish to send your message to the official PNW DMR group 
here: https://dmr.groups.io/g/PNW


On 1/15/2019 9:42 PM, Dylan Ambauen wrote:
> Thank you Randy, welcome Red Cross!
> Dylan, KI7SBI
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 6:43 PM Randy Neals <randy at neals.ca 
> <mailto:randy at neals.ca>> wrote:
>     FYI,
>     Today I attended KC Red Cross in Seattle with Frank, K7RSD.
>     They operate a Red Cross Disaster Services radio room in the
>     basement of the Seattle RC building and have a 50' tower on the
>     roof with VHF and HF antennas / station.
>     We installed a Mikrotik SXQ on the tower pointing at Beacon-S3.
>     The path is short/visual and about -65dBm / 7 Mbps up/down.
>     We deployed a small ethernet switch and HamWAN / Seattle ACS IP
>     Phone in the RC radio room, all of which can run on building
>     generator system.
>     Tested SIP phone with Seattle ACS / Seattle EOC. (HamWan ext 8081)
>     Red Cross team is interested in connectivity from Seattle to Spokane.
>     Apparently Spokane is a staging area for moving disaster
>     assistance west to Seattle. I advised nothing near term, but that
>     longer term something is likely to develop re Ham Networks to
>     Spokane.
>     I also recognize that the disaster potential/risk factors for E
>     Washington are different than for W Washington. Having a HamWan
>     network extend over the mountains to Yakima/Wenatchee and relying
>     on public Internet to then reach Spokane is likely workable as the
>     typical Earthquake scenario for Puget Sound that emergency
>     planners work to isn't likely to affect infrastructure in Eastern
>     Washington.
>     The Northwest Region Red Cross is HQ in Seattle. There are
>     branch/chapter offices in Kennewick, Spokane, Bremerton,
>     Bellingham, Everett and Tacoma.
>     Most have a disaster service radio station.
>     If you have an interest in helping your local Red Cross chapter
>     office with a connection to HamWAN, I can put you in touch with
>     hams at the Seattle regional office and perhaps there is a
>     pull-through effort to get more of the braches on the network.
>     For our DMR friends...
>     There may be a good opportunity to support NW Red Cross disaster
>     services via DMR talk groups. Given the wide reach of DMR, that
>     might be a tool the RC could have in their kit. The wide spread
>     nature of Red Cross offices and regions, seem to be a poster-child
>     use-case for PNW DMR.
>     Randy
>     W3RWN
>     Seattle
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