Welcome to the Western Washington Medical Services Emergency Communications Team

 

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If you would like to volunteer to do Net Control for the MST Weekly Net on Thursday Nights at 1930 hrs please sign up by logging into the Members Page
and follow the link there.
We really need more people to help fill out the rest of the year - Thank you.

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Please review current announcements appearing below in this section. If there is an ongoing emergency or mobilization, current information and/or instructions will appear on this page.

 

 

 

 

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Most Current MST Team Schedule:

(Last updated: 01/13/2022 - periodically updated for new content and changes)

Next WWMST Training Meetings and Current Events


July 2022 Meeting

WHEN: Saturday - July 16th, 2022 09:00 AM on ZOOM (Start checking in by 8:45)

WHERE: Zoom online - see below for information

WHAT: A Virtual Tour of the Hanford B Reactor

Conducted by: Dave (K7YFM):

As per our traditions, the July topic is general interest. Our David Chou, K7YFM, will tell us about his recent Hanford B Reactor tour offered by the National Park Service. The B Reactor is the first large-scale nuclear reactor and was built as part of the Manhattan Project.
For a PDF of this click on link: Hanford

Other Business:

Announcements, etc. including:
* Committee updates
* Other announcements and updates

HOW:

Zoom call instructions and the link and the manual meeting ID and password:

PLEASE NOTE: Zoom instructions will not be on the Web page, due to recent spam/hack problems - please get the info from the flyer emailed earlier to all members. Thank you.
If you did not recieve the email, please contact Paul KI7VDA or Marina N7LSL

For printable flyer of Zoom instructions please refer the flyer e-mailed to all members.

We hope you can join us, and are looking forward to seeing you online .



June 2022 Meeting

WHEN: Saturday - June 18th, 2022 09:00 AM on ZOOM (Start checking in by 8:45)

WHERE: Zoom online - see below for information

WHAT: Field Operations: Scaling Your response to the Event
Do you need a PACK MULE or a Fannypack to haul it around?

Conducted by: Paul (KI7VDA)and Frank (K7RSD):

With Field Day coming up on June 25/26 this year, and other events that we may volunteer for or be called out to do, our preparedness and response needs to be scaable to the event. Paul (KI7VDA), Frank (K7RSD), and David Yarborough(of Mike and Key fame, but via PowerPoint form only) will lead the discussion of Field Day and field operations. We look forward to hearing your experiences and thoughts as well...

Other Business

Spring 2022 SET Exercise debriefing - We will also review the Spring 2022 Simulated Exercise Test we did on May 21st.

Announcements, etc. including:
* Committee updates
* Hospital access and needed actions
* Other announcements and updates

HOW:

Zoom call instructions and the link and the manual meeting ID and password:

PLEASE NOTE: Zoom instructions will not be on the Web page, due to recent spam/hack problems - please get the info from the flyer emailed earlier to all members. Thank you.
If you did not recieve the email, please contact Paul KI7VDA or Marina N7LSL

For printable flyer of Zoom instructions please refer the flyer e-mailed to all members.

We hope you can join us, and are looking forward to seeing you online .



SPRING SET 2022

WHEN: SATURDAY MAY 21, 2022 09:00 AM - LIVE, NOT ON ZOOM (Start checking in by 8:45)

WHERE:LIVE, NOT ON ZOOM - At see your assigned or designated hospital station, or from a safe place close by via your personal equipment - see below for more information

WHAT: MST SPRING SET 2022

Please join us from your hospital radio station or on your mobile radio for the monthly training meeting. See the next pages for instructions. You might need to make some preparations.

Our May 21 meeting will be held on our ham radios starting at 09:00 at your assigned hospital. If you have technical difficulties, do your best to resolve them on your own. If you do not succeed, email paulthomsen@hotmail.com with a description of the problem (but we will not be able to help you during the exercise). Review what you would do to help your hospital, assuming you could connect to the net. members..

Spring 2022 Simulated Exercise Test (SET)

In this exercise we will be simulating a full deployment. This exercise builds on our 2020 and 2021

SETs where we talked about what a deployment would look like.

IF you can pre-arrange to enter you assigned hospital and go to your radio room, please do so. Otherwise we will do the exercise from outside the hospitals.

Even if you do the exercise from the vicinity of your assigned hospital, you are still reviewing your readiness and can test your personal radio equipment’s ability to connect to the MST repeaters from your hospital.

Other Business We will have an after-exercise hotwash net.

SCHEDULE:

* Before 09:00: drive to your designated hospital with your prepared materials. Go to the radio room or find an out-of-the-way place to park, which might be at a nearby commercial parking lot or park (don’t impede hospital traffic)
      o Set up the radio and other resources as necessary. Anticipate working at least a 12 hour, stressful shift (in reality it will be a fun 1.5 hour shift)
* 09:00: tune in to the MST net as you would Thursday evenings. Listen for details and follow instructions
* 10:30: return to the MST net for a hotwash (review)
* At home, after the exercise:
      o Make note of what could be improved and plan to do so       o Email paulthomsen@hotmail.com with your self-assessment and any further thoughts (beyond what was shared during the hotwash)

PREPARATION:
Ideally you already have a well-prepared go kit (radio, etc.), go bag (personal items), and means to get to your hospital. If not, take some time to consider preparing or improving such items. In particular:

Go Kit:

    o Mobile radio and antenna (could be an HT, but more powerful radios are preferred)
    o Cables and batteries
    o Headphones (optional but are very helpful in noisy environments)
    o Manuals or similar radio technical details
    o Forms/paperwork
            * See www.ww7mst.org/Members/Documents.php for MST forms
            * You might have to log onto the ww7mst.org first
    o Hospital details for your assigned hospital
            * See Station Access Info Page (ww7mst.org) if you don't have the details already
    o MST team details (frequencies, procedures, contact details, etc.)
    o Optional: tools and hardware for repairs and improvising solutions
    o Optional: WinLink hardware

Go Bag:

    o Appropriate clothes
    o Credentials (badge, logowear, vest, certificates, etc.)
    o Lighting (headlamp, etc.)
    o Food and water options, possibly including heating/boiling, utensils
    o Sleeping solution (bag, pillow, cot, earplugs, etc.); shelter option (tent, in-car sleeping, etc.)
    o Navigation options, including paper maps
    o Entertainment – reading, cards, videos, as you like

Means to get to your hospital:
    o This could be a vehicle or your feet, if you live close enough or can’t drive all the way. If you plan on the latter, you might include a backpack, cart, or large suitcase with wheels.

ON SATURDAY:
In a real deployment you wouldn't have advance notice and we wouldn't all be ready at the same time. However, to keep the schedule reasonable, we'll assume your initial deployment steps have already been completed:


1. You became aware of the disaster (the earth shook)
2. You attended to your personal safety and that of your family, roommates, or other people that are physically near to you
3. You have no reason to think it would be unsafe to deploy, including travelling to the hospital
4. You were asked to deploy with relevant details (possibly via telephone or an MST net):
    o Mission number
    o Where to go and when; how long you might be there
    o Who to report to
    o Your potential roles
    o Equipment needed
5. You put your go kit, go bag, and related items into your vehicle (or other means of getting to the hospital)
6. You drove (or walked) to your hospital and found a safe parking spot
7. You join the net

HOSPITAL ASSIGNMENTS:
If you are unsure of your hospital assignment, contact Paul Thomson via email ASAP at paulthomsen@hotmail.com

For printable flyer of these instructions please refer the flyer e-mailed to all members.

We hope you can join us, and are looking forward to hearing from you on the radio! .



April 2022 Meeting

WHEN: Saturday - April 16th, 2022 09:00 AM on ZOOM (Start checking in by 8:45)

WHERE: Zoom online - see below for information

WHAT: MST Tech Series Kickoff

Conducted by: Carlos, AA7SB, and Nick, N7QOR:

Carlos, AA7SB, and Nick, N7QOR, will use this session to collect information from you, the MST members. It will be the first of a series of possibly quarterly technical discussions based on member-defined topics addressing member interests and concerns related to the technical-side of amateur radio operations as MST members..

In preparation for this session, complete this quick survey prior to Saturday: Please Answer this One MST Tech Series Question: (click on link below) https://forms.gle/fVE6XMuXCwLRgV6UA

Other Business Announcements, etc. including:
* Committee updates
* Hospital access and needed actions
* Other announcements and updates

PLUS: Quarterly Board Meeting @ 1300 hrs (lunch is on your own in between the two meetings)

The quarterly board meeting will be held at 13:00. This includes review of the most recent quarterly treasurer reports, thanks to Richard, KR7L. Everyone is welcome but board members and officers are especially encouraged to attend.
The same Zoom details will be used.

HOW:

Zoom call instructions and the link and the manual meeting ID and password:

PLEASE NOTE: Zoom instructions will not be on the Web page, due to recent spam/hack problems - please get the info from the flyer emailed earlier to all members. Thank you.
If you did not recieve the email, please contact Paul KI7VDA or Marina N7LSL

For printable flyer of Zoom instructions please refer the flyer e-mailed to all members.

We hope you can join us, and are looking forward to seeing you online .


HOW:

Zoom call instructions and the link and the manual meeting ID and password:

PLEASE NOTE: Zoom instructions will not be on the Web page, due to a recent spam problem - please get the info from the flyer emailed earlier to all members. Thank you.

For printable flyer of Zoom instructions please refer the flyer e-mailed to all members

We hope you can join us, and are looking forward to seeing you online .



WHEN:Saturday - Sept 18th,2021 09:00 AM on ZOOM (Start checking in by 8:45)

- and also Saturday Sept 18th 2021 LIVE! @1300 hrs

WHERE: Zoom online - see below for information -
also: LIVE! @ Maple Leaf Park - 1020 NE 82nd St, Seattle 98115

WHAT: Catch up with Tom Cloonan! at 09:00 AM on ZOOM
plus: WinLink Training in the afternoon.

Speaker: TOM CLOONAN, NL7FQ:
FIRST @ 0900 on ZOOM:

Tom Cloonan, NL7FQ, former EC for MST, will share what he has been doing in Arizona. He has a packet/VARA gateway at home and solar powered packet digipeater on a 6,800 foot peak 25 miles away. The digi reaches Phoenix and Flagstaff. It is part of ARES RACES 11 gateway systems. He has incorporated a 501c3 for Yavapai County ARES RACES last year and have received 2 grants ($15,287 & $9,000) to put MESH around the Verde and Prescott Valley - EOCs, fire, police, hospitals.

The Forest Service shut down a year ago February so he went back to the Red Cross. Amongst other activities, Tom also does comms and network for the Red Cross. He got them started on WinLink and MESH and has put in an All-Star FM node and started on a Hamshack Hotline system.

Other Business Announcements, etc. including:
* Committee updates
* Hospital access and needed actions

Presenters: Bill Thomassen,N6NBN and Christian Helfrich, K7XTN:
SECOND @ 1300 on Maple Leaf Park:

WinLink Training Bill Thomassen and Christian Helfrich will lead WinLink training at Maple Leaf Park, at or adjacent to the picnic shelter, starting at 1:00 PM.
If you're already comfortable with WinLink, you can test your mobile solution and help elmer others.
If not, you will be helped with any technical and procedural issues. The goals are to:

  • Encourage any operator who hasn't yet prepped their own Windows laptop for MST support, to "plug in" to one of our working stations in the field
  • Encourage our operators to build up their own mobile Winlink capabilities
  • Help WinLink operators who have only used Telnet, or have only used one or more of the hospitals' stations, to use WinLink on their own equipment
  • For more on this and a list of things you have to do and need to bring for this exercise Download and read the info on the flyer below

HOW:

Zoom call instructions and the link and the manual meeting ID and password:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88500198426?pwd=YmlaNENRNGRpOGc0S3JFbjBMMStmQT09
Meeting ID: 899 1416 5005
Passcode: 432305

One tap mobile
+12532158782,,89914165005#,,,,*432305# US (Tacoma)
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbp1tUG6S9

For printable flyer of Zoom instructions and WINLINK exercise info click here

For map and directions to Maple Leaf Park click here: Maple Leaf Park 1020 NE 82nd St, Seattle 98115

We hope you can join us and are looking forward to seeing you online and LIVE!.


** SPECIAL NOTICE!!!**
Something went "wonky" with our repeater system recently, and we will be temporarily using a different repeater for our monthly Thursday night nets

"Same Bat Night and Time, Different Bat Channel!"

For the time being, ACS has given us permission to use Seattle ACS repeater AJ7JA, located on the Capital Hill radio tower. This is a UHF repeater, frequency 444.375, positive offset, PL 88.5. It is listed as CH9A on the ACS IC-217.

For those of you that will be running the Net meetings until ours are fixed, we have developed a new Net Script for you to follow:

We hope you can join us and are looking forward to talking to you on the Net!


** Special September Extra Meeting (LIVE!)**
(This will be in addition to the Normal September meeting scheduled for Sept 18th, 2021.
Details coming soon for that meeting!)

WHEN:Saturday, September 11, 2021 0900 Hrs to 1300 Hrs

WHERE: BEST CPR SEATTLE - First Aid and CPR Training Center
1755 NE 48th St, Renton, WA 98056

WHAT: Community First Aid and CPR / AED Training


This will be a joint class with Medical Services Team and Seattle ACS members, hosted at BestCPR’s "Bellevue/Renton" facility (see details at their web site linked above and below). 8 MST members took this course in 2020 and found it to be excellent.

Course description, including Covid protocols: https://www.nwbestcpr.com/first-aid-cpr-class-seattle.html

You hope you never have to perform First Aid or CPR on your family or friends, especially your children, but when you do, you will want to know the correct methods - RIGHT NOW!

BestCPRSeattle provides professional First Aid and CPR training including the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in scenarios you are most likely to encounter in daily life. You will learn to confidently recognize and provide immediate emergency First Aid or CPR to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Training will be highly efficient, effective, and engaging during a fast-paced 4-hour class.

The life you save may be your own!

Fee: $50 per person for a 4-hour training including adult, child, and infant choking and accident prevention.

RSVP required!

Prepayment greatly appreciated. Payment accepted by cash, check, or credit card the day of training. PayPal to https://paypal.me/PaulThomsen or checks to address below.

To RSVP, prepay, or for more information, contact: Paul Thomsen, KI7VDA, 425 275-1869, paulthomsen@hotmail.com 1906 163rd Avenue, Bellevue, 98008

For printable flyer click here

We hope you can join us and are looking forward to seeing you online.


June 19th Monthly Meeting

WHEN:Saturday - June 19th,2021 09:00 am on ZOOM (Start checking in by 8:45)

WHERE: Zoom online - see below for information

WHAT: Forensic Science and Its Relationship to Mass Disasters.

Speaker: Ray, KF7DOD:
Ray will present our 2021 general interest topic, as is traditionally done during our June meeting. Ray is a forensics professional and will share insights on the field and even how it relates to disasters.

If time permits, Ray will also present: Kent ShoWare Mass Vaccination Site - Clinical Logistics. This is based on his experience in that role at that site.

Other Business Announcements, etc. including:
* Committee updates
* Hospital access and needed actions
* NWHRN exercise
   o Northwest Healthcare Response Network is hosted an exercise June 17th from 13:00 to 15:00. Participating facilities were exercising their emergency communications plan, so we will discuss our participation in this exercise.