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Feb 25, 2018
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Feb 16, 2018
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Feb 16, 2018
Category: General
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Commemorative 20th
Anniversary Pins Available
For $5.00 at the registration
desk AFTER Saturday Keynote
 

Saturday April 14th

Our 2018 Communications Academy theme is:

"DON'T PANIC!: Be Prepared to Respond to Communications Emergencies."

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08:00 Registration Begins

09:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

09:30 Keynote:

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Session 1 - Keynote Speaker: Robert Ezelle, Director of Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division (EMD)

Topic - "Disaster Response and Emergency Communications":

Emergency management nationwide, functions in accordance with federal doctrine promulgated through the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Planning Frameworks. This doctrine provides a common framework by which emergency management functions at every level of government. Mr. Ezelle will explain the roles, responsibilities and relationships between the various levels of government and the capabilities each brings to an incident or disaster. Washington State delivers capabilities to disaster response and recovery through Emergency Support Functions (ESF). Following the 2016 Cascadia Rising exercise, ESF-2 Communications is one of five key planning areas EMD has chosen to prioritize. EMD’s focus is to build out a survivable communications system that will allow communications between all levels of government and critical infrastructure such as hospitals and schools. Finally, the importance of amateur radio cannot be overemphasized. It will play a critical role following a major disaster.


Bio: Robert Ezelle, Director of Washington Military Departmen's Emergency Management Division (EMD)

Robert Ezelle was appointed Director of the Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division (EMD) on April 1, 2013 by the Department's Adjutant General, Major General Bret Daugherty.Ezelle joined the Division in October 2010 as the Homeland Security Section Manager and in May 2011, management of the State's E-911 section was added to his portfolio. As the E-911 and Homeland Security Unit Manager, he oversaw the planning and operation of the statewide Enhanced 911 emergency phone system as well as management of the state's homeland security and emergency preparedness grant programs.

Prior to joining Emergency Management, Ezelle spent nearly 17 years in the Washington Air National Guard, in various senior leadership roles. Most recently he served as Vice Commander of the Western Air Defense Sector. The sector is responsible for air sovereignty and air defense of the western United States. He started his career in the Air Guard as air liaison officer and detachment commander for the Air Support Operations Group and Close Air Support Detachment.

Prior to joining the Washington Air National Guard, Ezelle spent 13 years as a fighter pilot, pilot trainer and operations officer in the U.S. Air Force. He flew F-4 and F-15 fighters and AT-38B fighter trainer aircraft.

Ezelle's strategic vision for the Emergency Management Division includes facilitating closer collaboration between the Emergency Management Division team and stakeholders statewide to better prepare for a catastrophic event such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. As director, he will continue to lead the charge to ensure Washington residents have access to next generation emergency telephone (E911) services.

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10:30 Break

10:45 Morning Sessions

Session 2 - Sarah Miller, K7SKM - CEM

Topic - "Communications in Catastrophe: A view from Hurricane Harvey":

2017 brought with it a historic set of hurricanes, the first of which was Hurricane Harvey. This session will present a case study from Rockport, Texas, as experienced by a member of the non-profit Field Innovation Team. We’ll examine impacts to the community, including response and recovery, from a communications perspective. You will learn about some of the unique assets that exist to assist in times of catastrophic disaster, and how those might apply in our own region following a large-scale disaster.


Bio: Sarah Miller, K7SKM, Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and Independent Emergency Management Trainer and Consultant

Sarah Miller, K7SKM is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) who is currently an independent emergency management trainer and consultant. She most recently served more than 9 years as the Emergency Manager for the City of Auburn, Washington. Her 25+ years of public service includes 12 years as a public safety dispatcher and 9 years as a search and rescue volunteer. Sarah has been an adjunct instructor of Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University since 2002. She currently works with a number of FEMA training partners to deliver courses across the country on topics including social media, whole community, situational awareness, and CERT, as well as teaching in the National Basic and Advanced Emergency Management Academies. Sarah is active in the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), currently serving as Vice-Chair of Region 10, Vice-Chair of the Emerging Technology Caucus, and as a member of both the USA Training and Education Committee and the Global Communications Work Group. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Emergency Management, is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, and is currently working towards a PhD in Public Policy and Administration. A native of Oregon, Sarah has lived in Washington State since 1997 with her husband and a random assortment of cats. You can find her on Twitter as @scba.

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Session 3 - Scott Honaker, N7SS

Topic - “Antennas Demystified – Antennas in Emergency Communications”:

There is plenty of mystery and magic surrounding antennas. Don’t believe the marketing distractions and learn some of the physics behind antennas that no amount of marketing can overcome. Covering the breadth of antenna theory is impractical but we can look at basic concepts and look at the antenna designs most commonly used for emergency communications.


Bio: Scott Honaker, N7SS

Scott Honaker, N7SS has always been interested in electronics and worked at Radio Shack and ABC Communications during college. He got his ham radio license later while working for Microsoft and became active in digital and VHF weak signal communications. He was a charter member of both the Pacific NW VHF Society and MicroHams and later became president of both organizations. He was also Chair and current Vice-Chair of WWARA. In 2005 Scott began volunteering with Snohomish County Emergency Management and was later hired as the County Communications Coordinator. Scott is also the author of the digital chapter of the ARRL Amateur Radio Handbook and chair of the MicroHams Digital Conference.

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Session 4 - Kenny Richards, KU7M

Topic - “HamWAN – What, Why, and How?”:

HamWAN is several things, including a local group of Hams who have built a high-speed IP based network over Amateur radio here in the Puget Sound area, as well a standard for how other groups can build a similar network. The talk will attempt to answer the “what is HamWAN” question first, targeted at those hams with limited networking backgrounds. Using that basis of understanding, it will move on to Why it is may be interesting to EmComm groups by covering some of the more popular use cases for this kind of technology. Ultimately finishing the talk by going over the basic requirements and equipment needs to get started.


Bio: Kenny Richards, KU7M

Kenny Richards, KU7M has been a ham for nearly 30 years now. His interests cover many aspects of the hobby, but do tend to gravitate to VHF/UHF/Microwave things and all stuff digital. He is currently a Senior Technical Program Manager at Amazon, in the AWS core networking group. He serves as the WWARA Secretary, is a Red Cross volunteer and a member of various radio clubs in the area. He became involved with the HamWAN effort several years ago and this summer helped build the HamWAN node on Beacon Hill in Seattle.

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Session 5 - Beginners' Track #1 - Carl Leon, N7KUW

Topic - “Radio basics: How to Choose Your First Radio”:

A Series of six classes designed to take the new radio operator from buying your first radio, how to program it, how to use it, and how to join the Amateur Radio community and Emergency Communications:

  1. 1)   Session #5 Radio basics: How to Choose Your First Radio – Carl Leon, N7KUW
  2. 2)   Session #11 Radio basics: I have my Radio – Now How do I Turn It On? – Joel Ware, KD7QKK and Bill Thomassen, N6NBN 
  3. 3)   Session #15 Radio basics: Radio Safety for Beginners – Jon Newstrom, KL7GT 
  4. 4)   Session #22 Radio basics: But I am Afraid to Talk into the Microphone – Alan Jones, KD7KUS 
  5. 5)   Session #27 Radio basics: This is Fun – What’s Next? - Don Marshall, KE7ARH 
  6. 6)   Session #31 Radio basics: Where Do I Go from Here? – Carl Leon, N7KUW

The Beginners' Track is both a series of six individual classes, each containing a lot of information, but it is also designed to be a cohesive collective experience offering more than just six classes. There will be a special simplex radio net for members of the beginner’s series to monitor and participate in to help get experience with, and become comfortable with, using their radios, and there will also be a separate workshop area where people can drop by at their convenience for help programming their radios either from the front panel/keypad, or by using a computer and software. While these topics are covered to some extent in the classes, there is rarely sufficient time to meet all student’s needs, which is why the additional resources are being made available. The workshop area will have experienced instructors from the beginners’ series to help students with whatever unique or individual questions they may have as a supplement to actual classroom time.

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Session 6 - Ronald Wright, Globalstar Sales Manager

Topic - “Using Globalstar Satellite Phones for data”:

Globalstar’s low-earth orbiting satellite constellation provides communications for voice and data throughout the US and beyond in a portable package. Our network of earth stations provides geographic diversity in the event of even the largest interruptions to local communications infrastructure and provide connectivity outside the footprint of cellular. Emergency managers and volunteers can utilize this cost- effective service for more than just a phone call. Utilizing optional hardware and smart devices to send and receive email, text, images and documents can extend the value and enable “in the field” responses formerly limited to stationary and expensive satellite hardware. Even weather and internet access is possible with a little preparation and practice. This presentation will help expose you to ideas and examples of ways to increase your return on investment and value of satellite communications within your budget. We will discuss applications available for your PC and smartphone. Active hardware will be available for demonstration and training.


Bio: Ronald Wright, Globalstar Sales Manager

Ronald Wright has 25 years of experience in the communications and electronics industry. A former communications and marine business owner and FCC licensed technician who provided consultation, sales, installation and repair for commercial vessels, public service vehicles, scientific technology, and government electronic programs has provided a unique background to discuss the application of GPS, two-way radios, satellite communications and electronic safety equipment. Ron lives on the Oregon coast with his wife and three beautiful children when he isn’t travelling throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska to work with businesses and government agencies to prepare for the unexpected or plan extended communications.

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12:00 LUNCH - Door Prize Drawing - Van Viewing

13:30 Early Afternoon Sessions

Session 7 - Robert “Tom” Cox, VE6TOX

Topic - “Understanding Communications Failures”:

“Communication fails in Disasters” is a perfect example of how badly communications fails; it says nothing of what failed, how it failed, or why it failed. It is the exact equivalent of saying “Something went wrong.” We need to have a better understanding than that. Exactly how many ways does communications fail and what are the implications of those failures?
This presentation will provide a more exact list of the types of communications failures along with specific examples from various disasters illustrating the points. Along with the types of failures, this session will look at why we misunderstand communications failures, how to identify exactly what failed, and will present key implications for emergency management that proves we don’t understand communications failures, we don’t understand communications solutions, and we sure don’t understand why communications failures are a certainty .


Bio: Robert “Tom” Cox, VE6TOX

Tom Cox has managed to combine a passion with a career. Tom started as a volunteer in first aid, amateur radio, and evacuation centres, which eventually became a career in emergency management. Along with his work with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, he is one of Canada’s top Incident Command instructor trainers and has written numerous papers on ICS training. Tom has been involved with seven of Canada’s recent disasters or near-disasters. Tom is especially passionate about public warning, understanding disasters, preparedness, communications failures, incident command and the failure of lessons learned.

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Session 8 - Terry Pietras, W7JOC Ward Silver, N0AX - Editor at ARRL

Topic - “Oregon Communications Reserve – RACES” "Grounding & Bonding for the Little Pistol & Medium Gun":

This interactive presentation will discuss the following topics:


  • What IS “ground” anyway?
  • What IS “bonding” anyway?
  • AC Safety
  • Lightning Protection
  • RF Management
  • Ground System
  • Resources


Bio: Terry Pietras, W7JOC Ward Silver, N0AX

Ward Silver is the Lead Editor of the ARRL Handbook and the ARRL Antenna Book. He is the author of all three ARRL License Manuals and the Q&A Study Guides. He released the well-received "Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur" in 2017. His 15 years of the monthly QST column "Hands-On Radio" has just concluded but the columns are now available in book form as a three-volume set. He also serves as a Contributing Editor to the ARRL and consults on a variety of projects and programs in the ARRL Contest Branch. He was awarded the ARRL's Bill Orr Technical Writing Award for a second time in 2016.
The ham radio detective mystery, "Ray Tracy: Zone of Iniquity" is his contribution to the dramatic side of ham radio. He has a good time mangling song lyrics with the Spurious Emissions (Out Of The) Band and The Pin One Problem for occasional after-dinnertime entertainment at ham conventions.
You will also find his byline in the popular Wiley "for Dummies" series; Ham Radio (with a 3rd edition just introduced), Two-Way Radios and Scanners, and Circuit-building Do-It-Yourself.
An electrical engineer, he designed microprocessor-based products and medical devices for twenty years before beginning a second career as a teacher and writer. Ward was first licensed in 1972 as WNXGQP and enjoys DXing, contesting (elected to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 2015), and participating on his local ARES emergency communications team. He is a co-founder of the World Radiosport Team Championships and is President of the Yasme Foundation.
Outside of ham radio, Ward plays the mandolin, dabbles in digital photography, and enjoys camping, canoeing, kayaking, and Ultimate Frisbee.

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Session 9 - Scott Currie, NS7C

Topic - “Winlink Express Installation and Configuration Overview” Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 is Session 13 - same room):

This presentation will cover installation, configuration, and operation of the Winlink Express client software and other utilities, focusing on V/UHF packet radio operation. HF operation will also be briefly covered.


Bio: Scott Currie, NS7C

Scott Currie works for the City of Auburn in the Emergency Management office as an assistant to the Emergency Manager. At the city, Scott works in the Emergency Operations Center during activation's, drills, and exercises, and also provides public education on disaster preparedness, ICS, CERT and First Aid/CPR/AED. He also maintains and upgrades the communications equipment at the EOC. Scott has been an amateur operator since 1981 and holds Amateur Extra class license NS7C. He teaches amateur radio license classes and enjoys mentoring new hams. Scott also serves as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Auburn and Maple Valley emergency communications teams..

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Session 10 - Scott Honaker, N7SS and Frank McJunkins, K7RDS

Topic - Open Forum - Radio Topics:

This is an open forum for general radio topics to be decided by the audience.

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Session 11 - Beginners' Track #2 - Joel Ware, KD7QKK and Bill Thomassen, N6NBN

Topic - “Radio basics: I have my Radio – Now How do I Turn It On? ”:

A Series of six classes designed to take the new radio operator from buying your first radio, how to program it, how to use it, and how to join the Amateur Radio community and Emergency Communications:

  1. 1) Session #5 Radio basics: How to Choose Your First Radio – Carl Leon, N7KUW 
  2. 2) Session #11 Radio basics: I have my Radio – Now How do I Turn It On? – Joel Ware, KD7QKK and Bill Thomassen, N6NBN
  3. 3) Session #15 Radio basics: Radio Safety for Beginners – Jon Newstrom, KL7GT 
  4. 4) Session #22 Radio basics: But I am Afraid to Talk into the Microphone – Alan Jones, KD7KUS 
  5. 5) Session #27 Radio basics: This is Fun – What’s Next? - Don Marshall, KE7ARH 
  6. 6) Session #31 Radio basics: Where Do I Go from Here? – Carl Leon, N7KUW

The Beginners' Track is both a series of six individual classes, each containing a lot of information, but it is also designed to be a cohesive collective experience offering more than just six classes. There will be a special simplex radio net for members of the beginner’s series to monitor and participate in to help get experience with, and become comfortable with, using their radios, and there will also be a separate workshop area where people can drop by at their convenience for help programming their radios either from the front panel/keypad, or by using a computer and software. While these topics are covered to some extent in the classes, there is rarely sufficient time to meet all student’s needs, which is why the additional resources are being made available. The workshop area will have experienced instructors from the beginners’ series to help students with whatever unique or individual questions they may have as a supplement to actual classroom time.

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14:45 Break

15:15 Late Afternoon Sessions

Session 12 - Dale Williams, WA8EFK - Director, Great Lakes Division, ARRL

Topic - "ARES Advances into the 21st Century":

This presentation will discuss the significant changes to the ARES program, at the National level, which are being planned by the Public Service Enhancement Workgroup. This session is recommended for Team leaders in particular, but others are welcome to attend.


Bio: Dale Williams, WA8EFK Director, Great Lakes Division, ARRL

Dale Williams, WA8EFK has been licensed since 1962, currently Amateur Extra. Primary interests are VHF/UHF but operate 1.8 through 450 MHz, including modes JT 65 and FT-8.
Retired after 30 years with Motorola, served as Project Manager, responsible for the implementation of large-scale multi-site radio, mobile data systems and 911 dispatch centers. Served as Assistant EC, EC, Section EC and two tours of duty as Section Manager; the first in the 1990s and later 2002-2011. From January of 2012 to July of 2014, served as Vice Director for the Great Lakes Division, and then moved to Director. Served as the Chairman ARRL Emergency Communications Advisory Committee. Currently a member of the ARRL Executive Committee and the Ethics and Elections Committee and chair of the ARRL Public Service Enhancement Working Group.
Member of the Monroe County Radio Comm. Assn. and River Raisin Repeater Assn. Also serve as chairman of the Dundee Village Planning Commission and hold positions on the Monroe County Emergency Planning Team, the Detroit / Southeast Michigan Urban Area Security Initiative Communications Interoperability Committee, Board of Directors of the Lake Erie Transportation Commission and is the Chairman of the Board for the Monroe County Library System VEBA Trust.

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Session 13 - Scott Currie, NS7C

Topic - “Winlink Express Installation and Configuration Overview” Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 is Session 9 - same room):

This workshop will assist attendees with the installation, configuration, and adjustment of the Winlink Express client software and other utilities on their own station equipment, focusing on V/UHF packet radio operation.


Bio: Scott Currie, NS7C

Scott Currie works for the City of Auburn in the Emergency Management office as an assistant to the Emergency Manager. At the city, Scott works in the Emergency Operations Center during activation's, drills, and exercises, and also provides public education on disaster preparedness, ICS, CERT and First Aid/CPR/AED. He also maintains and upgrades the communications equipment at the EOC. Scott has been an amateur operator since 1981 and holds Amateur Extra class license NS7C. He teaches amateur radio license classes and enjoys mentoring new hams. Scott also serves as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Auburn and Maple Valley emergency communications teams..

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Session 14 - Ward Silver, N0AX - Editor at ARRL

Topic - “Contesting: Training for Public Service Radio Fitness”:

This presentation, by a world renowned radio contester, discusses how to use contesting techniques to train public serve radio operators for their roles as emergency communicators. This is a great class for team leaders and others who want to improve their skills, or teach others, in message handling and high-speed radio traffic.


Bio: Ward Silver, N0AX - Lead Editor of the ARRL

Ward Silver is the Lead Editor of the ARRL Handbook and the ARRL Antenna Book. He is the author of all three ARRL License Manuals and the Q&A Study Guides. He released the well-received "Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur" in 2017. His 15 years of the monthly QST column "Hands-On Radio" has just concluded but the columns are now available in book form as a three-volume set. He also serves as a Contributing Editor to the ARRL and consults on a variety of projects and programs in the ARRL Contest Branch. He was awarded the ARRL's Bill Orr Technical Writing Award for a second time in 2016.
The ham radio detective mystery, "Ray Tracy: Zone of Iniquity" is his contribution to the dramatic side of ham radio. He has a good time mangling song lyrics with the Spurious Emissions (Out Of The) Band and The Pin One Problem for occasional after-dinnertime entertainment at ham conventions.
You will also find his byline in the popular Wiley "for Dummies" series; Ham Radio (with a 3rd edition just introduced), Two-Way Radios and Scanners, and Circuit-building Do-It-Yourself.
An electrical engineer, he designed microprocessor-based products and medical devices for twenty years before beginning a second career as a teacher and writer. Ward was first licensed in 1972 as WNXGQP and enjoys DXing, contesting (elected to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 2015), and participating on his local ARES emergency communications team. He is a co-founder of the World Radiosport Team Championships and is President of the Yasme Foundation.
Outside of ham radio, Ward plays the mandolin, dabbles in digital photography, and enjoys camping, canoeing, kayaking, and Ultimate Frisbee.

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Session 15 - Beginners' Track #3 - Jon Newstrom, KL7GT

Topic - “Radio basics: Radio Safety for Beginners”:

A Series of six classes designed to take the new radio operator from buying your first radio, how to program it, how to use it, and how to join the Amateur Radio community and Emergency Communications:

  1. 1) Session #5 Radio basics: How to Choose Your First Radio – Carl Leon, N7KUW 
  2. 2) Session #11 Radio basics: I have my Radio – Now How do I Turn It On? – Joel Ware, KD7QKK and Bill Thomassen, N6NBN 
  3. 3) Session #15 Radio basics: Radio Safety for Beginners – Jon Newstrom, KL7GT
  4. 4) Session #22 Radio basics: But I am Afraid to Talk into the Microphone – Alan Jones, KD7KUS 
  5. 5) Session #27 Radio basics: This is Fun – What’s Next? - Don Marshall, KE7ARH 
  6. 6) Session #31 Radio basics: Where Do I Go from Here? – Carl Leon, N7KUW

The Beginners' Track is both a series of six individual classes, each containing a lot of information, but it is also designed to be a cohesive collective experience offering more than just six classes. There will be a special simplex radio net for members of the beginner’s series to monitor and participate in to help get experience with, and become comfortable with, using their radios, and there will also be a separate workshop area where people can drop by at their convenience for help programming their radios either from the front panel/keypad, or by using a computer and software. While these topics are covered to some extent in the classes, there is rarely sufficient time to meet all student’s needs, which is why the additional resources are being made available. The workshop area will have experienced instructors from the beginners’ series to help students with whatever unique or individual questions they may have as a supplement to actual classroom time.

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Session 16 - OPEN - no session scheduled

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