McARCS can offer communications services for both disasters and public service events

Here is the schedule for some of the events that McARCS is planning for 2022 with event coordinators listed:

Until further notice many of these events requiring in-person meetings may have been cancelled due to COVID-19 Quarantine

  • Annual coastal Tsunami Watch communications exercise – March 23, 11 AM KC6MGM
  • Annual school district earthquake damage report exercise – Spring KJ6EIF
  • Communications for the Mendocino Ultra Marathon – April 23, KC6MGM
  • Communications for the annual “The Human Race” event in Ukiah – May W6JRC
  • Annual County-Wide Health System communications exercise – May WB9NJS
  • Communications for the annual “Mendocino Monster” bike ride event, Ukiah to the coast and return – Virtual only
  • Annual Nation-Wide Field Day communications exercise – June 25 - 26 KJ6EIF .
  • International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend Operating event, Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse – August 20 - 21
  • Annual State-Wide Shakeout exercise – October 20th - KC6MGM

We can offer communications for other events where ham radio can provide an essential safety or logistical service particularly where other forms of communications are not appropriate or available. SHAKEOUT 2021

Once again McARCS participated in The Great California Shakeout drill exercise this year on October 21, 2021.

Shortly before 10 AM many local nets were activated and record simulated shaking intensity resulting from the simulated earthquake via a net check in on the usual local net frequencies. There was a separate tsunami watch net for those stations on the coast that had concerns about that event. Starting at about 10:10 AM a county-wide net was activated on the county-wide linked repeater system with a call first for participating health care facilities followed by a report from the Mendocino County Office of Education regarding participation from various school district ofices. Following that were reports from the various local nets regarding local operators prepared to pass emergency traffic. After that there was an opportunity for individual stations to check in. The Tsunami net provided a report on wave and bridge conditions after collecting reports from multiple locations. Multiple linked repeaters on the coast coordinated the activities and observations of that net and the final report was made via the county-wide linked repeater system. Following the Tsunami net report, the county-wide linked repeater system was opened for digitally transmitted reports via fldigi/flmsg.