Baker 2 Vegas 2016 March 22, 2016 No Comments
Thanks to all that participated this year. Another daytime scorcher: 98 degrees air temp at 3 pm when our team started and over 120 degrees on the blacktop. Our team did well but there were a number of medical casualties from other teams, some serious enough to require medevac out to Vegas (see attached video).
Our communication skills were top notch and an integral part of HBPD team 50’s successful completion of the event. As they say every year, they couldn’t have done it without us.
Thanks to Roy (N6SLD) for pre-wiring the power harness for the follow van here in HB before we headed out to the desert. The power harness worked perfect and was a snap to set up out at Baker high school.
And thanks to Tim (WD6AWP) for maintaining his linked repeater system for us which provided seamless comms from HB to Vegas and throughout the desert race course (except for an expected few dead spots tucked in tight between mountain walls).
If you didn’t get a chance to participate this year, please plan on joining in for the event March 25-26, 2017! This is the best communication skills training you can get as an HBRACES member (and HB CERT). Mark your calendars now.
The April 4th RACES meeting at the EOC will include a debrief of this event. Even if you didn’t participate, please attend the meeting to learn about the event and all the skills utilized for successful continuous communications in a most hostile environment.
Steven R. Graboff M.D. W6GOS
Huntington Beach Fire Department
RACES Chief Radio Officer
SurfCity Marathon 2016 February 8, 2016 No Comments
Another great job by HBRACES to support the event this year. Weather was very hot and dry, but fortunately there were no serious medical calls. A lot of heat exhausted runners in need of transport, but for about 1.5 hrs there were a significant amount of “downed runner” calls for medical aid.
HBRACES, supported by MESAC, FV RACES, OC RACES, and HB CERT communicators, were professional showing excellent training and communication skills.
Thanks to all that participated!
Here are a few pictures from the event:
SurfCity 10 2015 October 25, 2015 No Comments
Thanks to all of you that got up early Sunday morning to work this event. This was a great training exercise for the big SurfCity Marathon coming up February 2016. Today there were about 5,500 runners. At the marathon there will be about 20,000! The crowds, issues, setup, and communications are the same so today was a good day to prepare.
Fortunately for all concerned, it was a slow day for us (except for HB Fire battling a 2 alarm commercial/residential fire in Sunset Beach that started towards the end of the event). Here is a video to give you a feel for the activity at the SurfCity 10:
HB Fire Open House 2015 October 11, 2015 No Comments
In spite of the oppressive heat there was a great turnout for the event and great demonstrations of fire attack and extrication of trapped victim from MVA. A big thanks to all HBRACES that braved the heat and help setup, teardown, and represent us at this important event. For those of you that were not there, here are some photos:
800 mhz Failure Shadow Drill 2015 September 27, 2015 No Comments
On September 19, 2015 HBRACES conducted the 800 mhz failure “Shadow Drill” where our members were assigned to each fire apparatus (engines, trucks, ETs, HazMat, and BC, etc.) covering the entire City of HB as well as to the HB PD 911 dispatch communications center and the Fire Department Operation Center. The drill lasted 10 hours and was purposed to simulate failure or OVERLOAD of the 800 mhz system with HBRACES then providing all HB Fire dispatch and tactical communications. We dispatched via 2 meter and 440 amateur radio a record 34 calls and made many more tactical comms from the field units to the FDOC command center over “HAM” radio. We were supported, with great enthusiasm by the HB Fire Staff, who participated in the exercise with us. The event was a resounding success and reinforced our position to provide seamless amateur radio dispatch and tactical communications to HB Fire (as well as HB PD) should the need arise. We are proud to be the only city (that we know of) in Orange County that can provide this vital service, and we are willing to teach our method to any other city should they so desire.
HBRACES FIELD DAY 2015 June 28, 2015 No Comments
Congratulations and a job well done to all participating in Field Day 2015. Great time, great food, great scenery, and, oh…….yeah, GREAT RADIO !!!
Here are some pictures of our fabulous Field Day site on the Beach, SurfCity USA:
Announcing: Field Day 2015 June 27 and 28 June 6, 2015 No Comments
Who: Huntington Beach Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) team will demonstrate and practice their emergency radio communications skills in a nation-wide drill called “Field Day.” RACES (pronounced “RAY-sees”), is a program endorsed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407), that uses trained amateur radio operators (Hams) during emergencies. Administered by the Fire Department, RACES members use their personal equipment and skills, and volunteer their time to provide this service at no cost to the City of Huntington Beach.
When: Saturday, June 27, 2015, at approximately 11 AM – 5 PM (RACES volunteers will participate 24 hours)
Where: PCH and Goldenwest on the bluffs.
What: During Field Day, amateur radio (HAM) operators from the US and Canada will practice their emergency communications skills over a 24 hour period with the goal of demonstrating portable and completely independent communications. The public and the news media are invited to observe and participate in the radio exercise.
During an emergency, normal lines of communications can fail leaving amateur radio communications as the only means to communicate. In addition, they support public events such as the Surf City Marathon and the 4th of July Parade, and participate in the National Weather Service weather spotter program. Ham radio is a public service as well as an international educational technical hobby. Whether it’s contacting someone across the street or across the globe, or even outer space, ham radio operators are ready to supply reliable communications when normal lines fail. Ham operators range from ordinary citizens to astronauts. There are 18 city RACES groups within Orange County, operated under their respective city and county public safety departments. For more information on the RACES Program, visit www.hbraces.org.
HBRACES City Hall Antenna Farm Work Detail December 22, 2014 No Comments
Tim (wd6awp) and Roy (n6sld) on the roof of HB City Hall replacing the old triband 2m/220/440 and 2m/440/6m antennas with new units. Hardline checks to the EOC confirmed no issues. Radio tests in the HB EOC RACES radio room confirmed significant improvement. Additional support provided by Jim (kg6zdp), Steve (ke6oce), and Steve (w6gos). Thanks and great job!
HB RACES Field Day 2014 Wrap-Up July 13, 2014 No Comments
There was a small turnout at the 2014 Field Day event. But the weather and scenery were great and the food was excellent. All participants had a good time.
A contact with the ISS – the International Space Station NA1SS – was made. In the picture below, Tim Sawyer WD6AWP, is steering the antenna while Pete Zilliox K5PZ operates the radio. Watching in the background are Marilyn Sawyer KH6FL, Chief Radio Officer Steve Graboff W6GOS and Jim Hansen KG6ZDP.
More information on the NA1SS Field Day 2014 operation is posted on the ARRL website.
In addition to the usual Morse Code and phone contacts, the City of Huntington Beach Police helicopter captured the RACES Field Day operation via Amateur Television (ATV). Here are some random photos of the event, from Assistant Radio Officer Steve Albert KE6OCE.