Scheduled Activities & Training

NOTE: There may be training class or other schedule changes; make reservations and confirm dates with NU7D Randy before attending. Some activities may not be included on this schedule.

Last Update: 24 October 2021
(Changes in Bold)

The following schedule is tentative as Cowlitz County continues to operate under Washington's pandemic regulations. In compliance with those regulations, LCARA Business meetings will resume at reduced capacity in April. In-person ACS meetings will return at a later date. Periodic concurrent virtual meetings will be announced to the membership via email.

October 2021 Activities:

November 2021 Activities:

December 2021 Activities:

Required Training

Currently all volunteers must have completed two FEMA Independent Study courses before they can be issued a Washington State Emergency Worker card by Cowlitz County DEM. The required courses, along with many others related to emergency management, can be taken online through the FEMA Independent Study website at: Independent Study Program (ISP)

The two courses are:

In addition, supervisors and leaders must have:

Amateur radio volunteers must also take a series of short classes sponsored by the County, and coordinated through the Cowlitz County SAR Council. Schedules for these classes will be posted when available. You MUST register for classes with Randy, NU7D, to ensure you are advised of any changes to the schedule. Classes without any preregistrations will be cancelled, so don't just show up without notice. These classes are:

ACS Monthly Meeting

The ACS group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 8pm. Unless weather prevents it, all ACS meetings will be at the LCARA clubhouse.

Regularly Scheduled Nets

Cowlitz County ACS conducts a regular Monday evening net at 2000L on the LCARA 2 meter repeater, W7DG. The frequency is 147.26, + offset, 114.8 PL tone. ACS announcements as well as LCARA and general interest announcements are made on this net. Check-ins from non-members are welcome. In the event of an emergency this net would be activated for check-in and further information.

Washington State ARES® conducts the Washington State Emergency Net every Monday at 1830L on 3985 kHz (alt. 7245 kHz) except during the winter months when it begins at 1730L. There is a Saturday morning edition every Saturday at 0900L on 3985 kHz (alt. 7245 kHz). This HF SSB net accepts checkins statewide. Net control duties are rotated around the state.

Common Frequencies

W7DG - LCARA Repeater (Columbia Heights)
147.26, + offset, pl tone: 114.8

W7DG - LCARA Repeater (Woodland)
147.30, + offset, pl tone: 114.8

N7DEM-10 - ACS Winlink 2000 RMS Packet Station

W7AIA - Clark County ARC (Vancouver)
147.24, + offset, pl tone: none

N7PRJ - Baw Faw Repeater Group
147.06, + offset, pl tone: 110.9

NU7D Repeater
224.660, - offset, pl tone: 114.8

W7DG - LCARA Repeater (Columbia Heights)
444.900, + offset, pl tone: 114.8

AB7F Linked Repeater System- (Longview)
440.375, + offset, pl tone: 123.0