Centralia’s Summerfest & July 4th Downtown Parade

Centralia ARES has been asked, once again, to participate in this year’s 4th of July Summerfest celebration and the downtown parade.  The Summerfest celebration, held in Borst Park, is best described as a “community party”.  Free pancake breakfast early followed by games, music and fun.

The ARES team provides a visible presence during the event, walking through the park answering questions, directing people to various game areas, helping with lost children or first aid needs.  For this event, arrive at the park at 9am and dress for the weather.  You will need your ARES vest and HT radio.  Check in at the CPD van(s) near the lake where we do Field Day.  We will be needed at the park until about noon.

We will have time for a break and some lunch then we will assist with the downtown July 4th parade.  Communications will be set up near the post office.  Again, dress for the weather and wear some sort of identification vest and you will need your HT.  Please be in the area and check in by 3:30pm.  Parade starts at 4:00pm.  You will be assigned to a parade route location and we are asked to help keep everyone, especially the kids who lunge for candy, safe.  For some reason, these parade days seem to be warm.  Consider a hat and bring some water.

CVARS and Lewis County ARES hams are very welcome to participate.  We can use your help and you get a very up close and personal view of the parade.  We will be using either the K7CEM ARES repeater frequency ( 145.490, -600, pl 110.9) or our ARES simplex #1 frequency (146.540 simplex).


Field Day 2015 Approaching

Field Day LogoMark your calendars.  Plans are being finalized for this year’s Field Day event to be held in Borst Park once again.  We’ll have the two CPD command and control vehicles in place as well as our new ARES van, Comm II.  Our location will be shelter #1 near the lake and we will be putting together either five or six stations this year.

Plans being finalized at the Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society meeting on Wednesday.  Chuck Verdon, W5KAV will handle antenna placement again this year.  Linc has generously agreed to work the grill.  Loyann will be bringing her QRP / solar powered radio and we’re planning for a transmitter hunt again.

Dates for this years event are:  Friday, June 26th, 5pm-9pm (setup); Saturday, June 27th, 11am – midnight (operate); Sunday, June 28th (take down and clean up after 11am.

See you then!



5th Saturday Training Exercise May 30th

Centralia ARES will participate in the District 3 training exercise this Saturday from 10am – noon.  District 3 will use the five or so 5th Saturday training dates in the next year to practice and prepare for the 2016 Cascadia Rising Exercise.

This Saturday you can participate by joining AEC’s Linc and Lyle at Riverside Fire Station #2, Harrison Avenue at 10am.  This drill will concentrate on testing Comm II’s VHF capability as well as testing HF communications with the Eastern Washington Regional Communication Centers.

Join the team and be ready when Cascadia Rising arrives.