Due to the close proximity to holidays, The November MESAC Meeting will be on November 15th. There will not be an open meeting in December, however we will have our Annual Christmas Party at the Chicken Coop on December 13th for MESAC Members and a guest.
Communications Support, Saturday, April 22, 2017
The 10th Annual Costa Mesa Community Run will take place April 22nd at Fairview Park. This event features one of the best 5K and 10K courses you’ll find in Southern California. The run raises money for Costa Mesa’s schools.
MESAC provides communications support staff through out the course and provides logistical communications, including coordination should a runner need medical attention or just assistance off the course. MESAC also provides the staff with business band radios to improve set up, course coordination, event management and tear down.
The 10k course takes the runners on an out-and-back course through Fairview Park, onto the Santa Ana River Trail towards the beach, and then back to Estancia High School for a stadium finish.
Sunday, February 5, 2017: For the third year, MESAC volunteers provided additional communicators to support the Huntington Beach RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) Group under the Huntington Beach Fire Department. The RACES volunteers provide health, safety and welfare communications on the marathon race course, at medical tents, in support vehicles and at the police/fire/lifeguard unified command.
MESAC personnel took the Costa Mesa Police Mobile Command Vehicle (MCV) to Huntington Beach to participate in the Southern California communications exercise known as the “Radio Rodeo”
On November 15, 2016, public safety personnel from all over southern California participated in the annual Radio Rodeo, a training and testing exercise for mobile communications vehicles. During the exercise, specific radio channels are tested in roll call fashion. It is likely our Orange County participants were familiar with the 800 MHz channels tested, but may not have been as familiar with the channels tested in the VHF and UHF bands.
Unlike a typical first responder vehicle, many have more than an 800 MHz radio. In general, public safety agencies across the nation operate on one (or more) radio bands, commonly called VHF Low Band (30-50 MHz), VHF High Band (150-170 MHz), UHF (450-512 MHz), as well as the band familiar to Orange County, 800 MHz (our Countywide Coordinated Communications System (CCCS). Since the VHF and UHF channels are not used day to day, the annual Radio Rodeo allows an opportunity for testing these interoperable resources.
MESAC participated in the Costa Mesa Scarecrow Festival Oct. 17 & 18, 2015, at Goat Hill Junction. Visitors to our booth learned more about how MESAC assists with emergency communications in times of need. Adjacent to our info booth was a group of Scouts operating ham radios for the worldwide JOTA (“Jamboree On The Air”), an annual scouting event involving ham radio communications.
MESAC hosted a group of local Scouts on October 17, 2015, at Goat Hill Junction. The event is known as “Jamboree On The Air” and scouts from around the world participate by operating ham radios and connecting with other scout groups. Scouts of all ages participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Temporary ham radio stations were set up at Goat Hill Park and the communication involved scouts speaking into a microphone and listening on the station speakers. The exchanges included such information as name, location (called QTH in ham speak), Scout rank, age, and hobbies. The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2014 JOTA had more than 1 million Scout participants from more than 11,500 stations, nearly 20,000 amateur radio operators, and reached 157 countries.