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