Category Archives: Emergency Preparedness

PACT Emergency Drill – This Saturday (December 1)

Next Saturday, December 1, we (Poway Amateur Communications Team) will be conducting another drill with the City of Poway. We are stepping up the game a bit. Red Cross will be conducting a parallel exercise, with some coordination for a shelter setup. We also have a plan for ARES (NA6MB) to set up the gear at Pomerado (aka Palomar Hospital, Poway) to connect with Poway AuxComm.

We are also hoping to get some PNEC Neighborhood Coordinators to connect with nearby hams, and thus to Poway AuxComm, and thus to the Poway EOC.

This is pretty ambitious. This is pretty cool!

For the Poway Auxiliary Communications Team, we would love to have your participation.

We will be making up 3×5 cards with damage/injury reports. These will be available at the breakfast next Saturday, with extras being available at Fire Station 1 (the AuxComm center). We expect to have cards with damage report information in envelopes with addresses. Your mission, should you accept, is to go to the address on the envelope, open the envelope, and report the damage on the 3×5 card to AuxComm.

We plan to set up two radios at AuxComm. One will be on the Mt. Woodson analog VHF repeater (145.180-, PL 107.2), and the other on simplex. This time, Woodson will be the primary. If the repeater is busy, try contact on simplex. We’d like to see both frequencies busy.

More details will be coming. Including guidelines and frequencies.

The drill will be from 0930-1130, with a hot wash afterward (around 1200) at Poway

Bob Barrie, K1ROA, and wife Darlynn

Fire Station 1.

Quarterly Neighborhood Coordinator and Ham Operator Meeting – June 7

Quarterly Neighborhood Coordinator and Ham Operator meeting this week. This meeting is specifically for these two groups to come together for the purpose of strengthening communication relationships in order to find the gaps and holes and test the communication network within our neighborhoods! 


Please join us for our next meeting which is next week on: 

June 7th, Thursday, 7:00 pm  

Fire Station #1, 13050 Community Rd 

(education classroom located on the 1st floor next to the engine bays in back portion of parking lot.)

2017 Poway Emergency Fair Photos

The 2017 Poway Emergency Fair was well-attended and a great source of information on emergency preparedness. In addition to First Responders, community service organizations, and local providers of products and services, Amateur Radio operators conducted an “Extreme Fair Weather Drill” to demonstrate the use of Ham Radio in an emergency.

Smoke Alarm Installation Day was a Success!!

Almost 100 smoke alarms were installed in the Poway Royal Estates neighborhood. Thanks to Mayor Steve Vaus, the San Diego Red Cross, Poway Fire Department, and the many volunteers who participated for making Poway safer.

Amateur Radio Operators from the Poway NEC were on hand to assist with communications between the Command Center and the installation teams, and were able to redirect teams on-the-fly and save a lot of unnecessary trips.