Amateur Radio / ACS

About

The Marysville Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) is a group of registered volunteers that can assist the City with emergency communications during a disaster. This group of amateur radio operators train and exercise on disaster operations, meet regularly, and check in on a weekly net. If you would like to get involved, e-mail preparedness@marysvillewa.gov for meeting location. No license or equipment required to get started. 

Background

February 28, 2001: the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earth quake shook the Puget Sound causing $2 billion in damages, 1 death and 407 injuries. Cellular phone systems were overloaded and failed.  Incoming long-distance telephone communications were cut.  Many government buildings were evacuated and closed.  Emergency Operations Centers were activated all over Western Washington.

March 22, 2014: a hillside outside Oso slid across the valley, covering SR 530 and severing phone and internet connections to the Darrington area. Amateur radio operators on the Snohomish ACS team staffed the ECC radio room in Everett and a command vehicle in Darrington for the duration of the event.

While Amateur radio has always provided infrastructure for innovation and emergency communications, technology has evolved over the years from simple personal communications over radio to people providing communications using voice and data over radio, linked via the Internet, television, and satellites. Whether you want to talk around the world, assist during emergencies, or simply upgrade your personal communications from FRS radios while skiing, hiking, or traveling, amateur radio provides many opportunities - something for every interest.

Marysville & Tulalip Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS)

Weekly Net

A net is held every Sunday at 8pm on the Marysville and Tulalip repeaters. The net starts on the Marysville repeater and then switches to the Tulalip East DMR repeater on the Local 1 talkgoup. In the event of a Marysville repeater failure, we will communicate via the Firetrail 4 repeater. 

If you are operating as net control, click here for the script. See below for repeater details:

Repeater:
MarysvilleTulalip EastFiretrail 4
Short Name:MSVL RTUL EFIRET4
Mode:AnalogDMRAnalog
Frequency:147.380442.350444.200
Offset:+ 600 kHz+ 5 MHz+5 MHz
Tone:DCS  156CC  1DCS 172
Callsign:WA7COMKJ7ICLWA7DEM

If you are interested in joining Marysville ACS please contact preparedness@marysvillewa.gov or call 360-363-8718.

Bimonthly ACS Meetings

There is a Marysville ACS & Quil Ceda Creek Radio Club Meeting on the second Wednesday of every other month (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov) from 6p.m. - 7p.m. Contact us if you'd like to attend. Meeting location varies.

Meetings are open to all levels of radio experience, and no license or equipment is required. 

For more information on getting involved, email preparedness@marysvillewa.gov or call 360-363-8718.

HAM