Page 1 of 2  > >>

Oct 12, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: cmsadmin

An ARRL Approved Event

May 24, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: cmsadmin

( Click on Pic to Enlarge )


Saturday April 14th

Our 2018 Communications Academy theme is:

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


08:00 Registration Begins

09:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

09:30 Keynote:


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

Working together to enhance emergency communications planning and preparedness


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.


Van Viewing available Saturday Only from 10:30 - 15:30

Saturday Morning Sessions:    10:45-12:00

2 - Natural Disaster Early Warnings and Automation of Communications Infrastructure – Michael Marzouk

A discussion on how Natural Disaster Early warnings exist today and how to best automate an entire city’s infrastructure to minimize casualties and damage

Michael Marzouk has spent over 10 years working with public-safety first responders on their communications infrastructure.  He has been involved in numerous city and state-wide interoperability projects.  Leveraging his relationships with manufacturers and integrators, Michael sought to build a cooperative group whose goal was to interoperate various systems that integrate clients’ existing infrastructure.  A small system that can communicate and automate proprietary radio systems, all mass notification systems, all building infrastructure, PA systems, paging systems, magnetic door locks, etc.

Company Bio:  Alert System Group specializes in All-Hazards Automations systems which are used to simultaneously control public-safety radio systems, 911 systems, city, county, and state-wide mass notification systems, fire station alerting systems, and all infrastructure including generators, elevators, PA systems, paging systems, call stations, etc. Alert Systems Group is comprised of major industry partners that have come together to deliver a turnkey early warning and automation solution for emergency managers, utilizing all of their existing infrastructure and minimizing any new equipment.  ASG helps emergency managers automate all of their emergency protocols and action plans instantaneously while integrating all infrastructure to function harmoniously.

To this day, ASG is the only company capable of providing true earthquake, tsunami, tornado, and weather early warning while automating all infrastructure based on varying degrees of impact at a client’s location.


3 - Winlink Express (formerly RMS Express) Overview - Session 1 - Scott Currie, NS7C

This is a general presentation covering the basic theory and operations of the Winlink network, its hybrid architecture and its many modes of network access and peer-to-peer operations.  The presentation will broadly cover Telnet, VHF/UHF Packet, HF Pactor and HF Winmor operations and some discussion of sound card technology for both VHF/UHF and HF operations.

Scott Currie, NS7C, works for the City of Auburn in the Emergency Management office as an assistant to the Emergency Manager. Scott works in the Emergency Operations Center during activations and drills, provides public education on disaster preparedness, CERT and CPR/First Aid, and also maintains the communications equipment at the EOC. Scott is an Extra Class amateur radio operator. He teaches amateur radio license classes and enjoys mentoring new operators. Scott also serves as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Auburn and Maple Valley EMCOMM teams.


4 - Beginner’s Track: Getting Your First Radio  - Carl Leon, N7KUW

An introduction to handheld, mobile and base station amateur radios, antennas and more, with tips on how to get a radio that fits your needs without breaking the bank.

Carl Leon, N7KUW, has been an amateur radio operator for over 25 years, and has extensive experience in commercial radio. He supports VHF and UHF radio voice communications for King County Search & Rescue, and is a member of Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS).  Carl has completed the FEMA Communications Unit Leader (COML) course and the Department of Homeland Security Communications Unit Technician (COMT) and Auxiliary Communicators (AUXCOM) courses.


5 - Emergency Managers need Amateur Radio Operators – Panel Discussion

Moderator: Barb Graff, City of Seattle Emergency Manager

Panelists: Chris Utzinger, WA. State EMD

Jason Biermann, Snohomish Co DEM

Charles (Chuck) Wallace, Grays Harbor Co. DEM

Jeff King, Klickitat Co. DEM

Barb Graff is the Executive Director of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management.  For 15 years prior to her 10 years with Seattle, she held the same post with the City of Bellevue.  She serves on the national Emergency Management Accreditation Program Commission and chairs the EMAP Program Review Committee

Chris Utzinger is the Response Section Manager with the Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division. He is responsible for the operation of the State EOC at Camp Murray. Chris has twenty-three years of information technology and twelve years of emergency management experience.

Jason M Biermann is the Director of the Snohomish County, Washington, Department of Emergency Management. He oversees the day-to-day operations of a staff that provide comprehensive emergency management services to 18 cities and towns, two Tribal Nations, and unincorporated Snohomish County. He also represents the department on a wide variety of policy and programmatic initiatives focused on diverse topics such as statewide catastrophic planning and climate adaptation.  He joined the Snohomish County team following tenures as a county emergency management coordinator and public health response planner.

Chuck Wallace is the Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Grays Harbor County, WA. He is a 32-year veteran of the fire service, retiring from the Philadelphia Fire Department in 2007 and currently the Fire Chief at Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District #11. He also serves as an elected Fire Commissioner for Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District #11. He was a member of the first graduating class of FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy held at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, MD. He is the current Vice Chairperson for the Washington State Homeland Security Region 3 Committee, a member of the Washington State, Region 3 Healthcare Coalition Executive Board and the President of the Washington State Emergency Managers Association. Chuck holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College.

Jeff King is the Director of Klickitat Co. Emergency Management, in the Klickitat Co. Sheriff’s Office.  He is the Search and Rescue Coordinator and a reserve deputy in Goldendale, WA.  He has held an amateur radio technician license since 2004, and been a volunteer member of Klickitat Co. SAR for 16 years.


6 - Radio Direction Finding (RDF) Introduction and Lite Application – Mike Sterba KG7HQ

At the conclusion of this presentation the audience have received information on Radio Direction Finding (RDF) containing a: Brief History; Skills Needed/ Skills Used; Starters Guide – Keeping it Simple (KIS); Available Advanced Equipment; and Let’s Experiment (Play Time!)

Michael Sterba, KG7HQ, has been an active radio enthusiast since the early 1970s starting with an old Knight receiver and a piece of old copper wire as an antenna. Since those early days, he has expanded his horizons into the many different facets of amateur radio and the radio communications hobby.

Locally, in the Pacific Northwest, Michael has assumed the roles and responsibilities of an Assistant Director, Technical Specialist and a Volunteer Examiner, Northwestern Division, American Radio Relay League (ARRL). He finds great enjoyment operating AM, CW, FM, SSB and especially Digital Mode technologies on the bands from 33cm through 80 Mtrs both base and mobile.

In addition to operating on the bands, Michael provides assistance with RFI/EMI complaints and/or problems in both the private and public sectors. Whether isolating and tracking power-line noise or assisting with complaints of interference, he tries to render assistance towards an equable resolution.

Professional: The Boeing Company - Employee Development Specialist with over 28 years of advanced domain expertise in both commercial and military avionics systems.

Military: USNR (Ret) – Chief Warrant Officer (7388) Avionics Specialization, Aviation maintenance of 25 years. F.C.C. General Radio Telephone license w/ RADAR endorsement. Amateur Radio Extra Class: KG7HQ


Van Viewing available Saturday Only from 10:30 - 15:30

Saturday Lunchtime Session:  12:00-12:45

A - Lunchtime Presentation: Restoring Communications post Cascadia - Chris Utzinger, WA. St. EMD
Observations from the Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise and the path forward.

Chris Utzinger is the Response Section Manager with the Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division. He is responsible for the operation of the State EOC at Camp Murray. Chris has twenty-three years of information technology and twelve years of emergency management experience. As a Master Exercise Practitioner, he is familiar with the challenges that large-scale exercises pose.


Saturday Afternoon Sessions:  13:30-14:45

7 - Weather and Amateur Radio -    Ted Buehner, NWS, NOAA, KD7PWK

Significant or hazardous weather all too often results in tragic fatalities, injuries and property loss. Weather also plays a key role in our economy. Learn more about working with the National Weather Service (NWS) as an amateur radio operator in this session. This session will also address our area’s hazardous weather events, how to get and understand NWS products and services, and how you can help save lives and property by working with the National Weather Service, even in your current role within your organization.

Ted Buehner , KD7PWK, is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS) in Seattle, a key customer liaison position.  He works toward enhancing the “end-to-end” forecast and warning system and decision support services by more closely tying the agency's mission of protecting lives and property, and enhancing the region’s economy, with its customers and partners, such as the emergency management community, the media, and the marine community.  Ted has been with the NWS since 1977, this position being his third tour of duty in Seattle.  Ted also served one year in Boise as a forecaster, six years in Portland as a Lead Forecaster, and two years at the NWS Western Region Headquarters in Salt Lake City as the Western U.S. marine, public, and aviation program manager.  Ted has a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Oregon State University.  Go Beavs!


8 - Engagement & Training - The Non-Technical Side of Emergency Communications – Alan Jones, KD7KUS

The presentation will discuss:

  • Non-technical assets any emergency communicator must have including skills, experience, practice, relationships and adaptability
  • Our challenge - staying sharp when there are few disasters in our lives
  • Opportunities in our communities for amateur radio participation and real-world training
  • Engaging hams in training opportunities:
    • What do hams want?
    • What opportunities are there to get what we want?
    • How do volunteers differ from employees?
    • What motivates hams?
    • What problems exist in engaging hams in training opportunities?
    • What things turn us off and dissuade us from participating in training opportunities?

Alan Jones, KD7KUS, has worked with hazardous materials for 25 years.  He is educated as a chemist and works in healthcare.  He surveys hospitals for hazardous materials, prepares hazardous material management plans, and teaches hazardous material emergency response to healthcare staff throughout Washington.


9 - “How small powerful computers are changing the shack” – Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR

I will talk about the raspberry pi and how it is pushing data rates up as well as usability for:

  • Email both winlink and Peer to Peer
  • Return of the BBS
  • APRS including new Authenticated Messaging and Telecommand
  • Why we need multicast and File-Sync

Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR, is a 25-year veteran engineer and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley. Licensed in 2000, Bryan has been involved in EMCOMM since moving to San Juan Island in 2007. Bryan founded NW Digital Radio in 2011 to create a new high performance class of multi- mode digital radios.!


10 - Van Viewing available Saturday Only from 10:30 - 15:30


11 - Beginner’s Track #2:    Now I have my Radio - How do I turn it on?  Joel Ware, KD7QKK and Bill Thomassen, N6NBN

This class provides the basics for working with your VHF/UHF handheld (or portable) radio to “get on the air”.   -  If you wish, bring your radio to class!

Joel Ware, KD7QKK, currently serves as a Communications Unit Leader (COML) and has previously served as Deputy Director for Seattle OEM's Auxiliary Communications Service (Seattle ACS).  He has served also as a military operator while flying over many Southeast Asia locations during the Vietnam War, while serving in the US Air Force 1968-1972. Joel’s other interests include vintage Airstream trailers, and roller derby.

Bill Thomassen, N6NBN, is a computer consultant by trade, and a volunteer with Seattle ACS and the Seattle Red Cross, as well as the Medical Services Team and Public Health Reserve Corps of King County.

He holds an Amateur Extra license.  In an earlier life, he worked as a busy EMT in Southern California for 5 years, and created the first Computer Support Department for Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa, California.  Bill seems to be happiest while simultaneously driving and talking on the Radio. Bill especially enjoys coaching new Hams (known as “being an Elmer”), and helping Hams get comfortable with some of the Digital Protocols, such as Winlink and FL-Digi, for sending/receiving complex information via Radio.


Van Viewing available Saturday Only from 10:30 - 15:30

Saturday Afternoon Sessions:  15:15-17:00


12 - Active Shooter Awareness & Mitigation – Ed Anderson, Seattle Police Dept. Firearms & Tactics Instructor; Leroy Outlaw, SPD

The presentation is an interactive lecture on concepts & techniques to increase survivability in criminal active shooter incidents for the general public, with emphasis on the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol.

Ed Anderson, is an active Law Enforcement Tactics Officer with 23 years of experience. Subject matter expert in Active Shooter incidents & Rapid Intervention Tactics.

Leroy Outlaw is also with Seattle Police Dept. and will be co-teaching this course.


13 - Amateur to FEMA HF Communications, we can hear you now – Laura Goudreau, KG7BQR

For the Cascadia Rising Exercise in 2016, FEMA Region X established the use of the 60M band for HF interoperability.  This “new” concept is not so new.  The capability was established in 2003, yet not fully utilized till last year.  This presentation will focus on some of the history and policies behind the use of the 60M for interoperability, how it was used in the exercise, the future of the 60M band, and information on monthly regional exercises on the 60M for both voice and data between amateurs and other authorized stations.

Laura Goudreau, KG7BQR, has worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency since March 2010.  As the Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator, Laura focuses on developing relations among the multiple tiers of communications entities including commercial telecommunications, public safety, amateur and auxiliary communications, military, and government agencies.  Since beginning with FEMA, Laura has deployed to support over 20 various disasters throughout the nation in multiple different roles including Logistics Section Chief, Operations Section Chief, Disaster Emergency Communications Group Supervisor, Geographical Branch Director, Services Branch Director, and Staging Area Group Supervisor.  Prior to her career with FEMA, Laura was the Emergency Logistics Program Manager for Washington State Emergency Management Division for 5 years and served as an active duty Signal Officer in the United States Army for 6 years with a focus on the buildup and integration of the Army’s first Stryker Brigade.

14 - Winlink Express Demonstration and Q&A - Session 2   Scott Currie, NS7C

This will be a live demonstration of software setup and configuration as well as hardware interface and operations.  This will cover VHF/UHF Winlink Express setup with TNC as well as sound cards (e.g. SignaLink), Winmor HF setup and configuration using sound cards (e.g. SignaLink) and HF transceivers. The demonstration will also discuss how Emcomm Teams can use Winlink Express for handling emergency traffic via the RMS network and peer-to-peer, over direct and digipeater connections. This will include the use of the forms library, message routing, storage, printing and management practices.

Scott Currie, NS7C, works for the City of Auburn in the Emergency Management office as an assistant to the Emergency Manager. Scott works in the Emergency Operations Center during activations and drills, provides public education on disaster preparedness, CERT and CPR/First Aid, and also maintains the communications equipment at the EOC. Scott is an Extra Class amateur radio operator. He teaches amateur radio license classes and enjoys mentoring new operators. Scott also serves as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Auburn and Maple Valley EMCOMM teams.


15 - Beginner's Track #3: Safety for Beginners    Jon Newstrom, KL7GT

An introduction to communications without getting hurt, or hurting your equipment, and not hurting the general public or your neighbors!

Jon Newstrom’s, KL7GT, claim to fame is that he has built radio stations (broadcast) on four continents.  He has spent over nine years abroad in charge of international media development projects in post conflict areas, and nine years as a working journalist at NPR stations in America.  He is currently an Associate Radio Operator and Public Information Officer with the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS) he has worked as a radio operator with ACS, and volunteered as a radio operator at the Everett EOC during the Oso Mudslide incident. 


[This page was last updated on 03/09/2017 at 17:24 hrs]

Previous page: Event Schedule  Next page: Sunday April 15th