McARCS can offer communications services for both disasters and public service events

Here is the schedule for some of the events that McARCS is planning for 2020 with event coordinators listed:

  • Annual coastal Tsunami Watch communications exercise – Mendocino OES
  • Annual school district earthquake damage report exercise – Open KJ6EIF
  • Communications for the Mendocino Ultra Marathon – April 19 WB9NJS
  • Communications for the annual “The Human Race” event in Ukiah – May 2nd W6JRC
  • Annual County-Wide Health System communications exercise – May 14 WB9NJS
  • Communications for the annual “Mendocino Monster” bike ride event, Ukiah to the coast and return – June 7th KK6UEV
  • Annual Nation-Wide Field Day communications exercise at the County Museum in Willits – June 22 - 23 W6FQX
  • International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend Operating event, Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse – August 22 - 23
  • Annual State-Wide Shakeout exercise – October 15th - KC6MGM

We can offer communications for other events where ham radio can provide an essential safety or logistical service particularly where other forms of communications are not appropriate or available.


Once again McARCS participated in The Great California Shakeout drill exercise this year on October 17, 2019

Shortly after 10 AM many local nets activated and recorded participation via a net check in on the usual local net frequency.

Starting at about 10:17 AM a county-wide net was activated on the county-wide linked repeater system with a call for the usual local nets following in general the procedures of the Wednesday evening county-wide net. At this time only the number of participants in each local net was transmitted and recorded.

To save time in the exercise, traffic relating to emergency conditions and damage reports were not transmitted. Exception: If there is a true emergency requiring a public safety response, a Break Break Priority message can be transmitted to the net control station together with a “This is not a drill“ announcement.

There was a separate call for those medical facilities that have indicated an interest in participating in the exercise and at which a licensed operator is present.

There was also a call for school district offices facilities that have indicated an interest in participating in the exercise and at which a licensed operator is present but there was no participation from any school district..