Bainbridge Emergency Auxiliary Radio Service (BEARS)
Have you signed up to join the Bainbridge Emergency Auxiliary Radio Service (BEARS)? It is the best way to be sure you’ll get emails about their trainings and activities and helps you to become part of the Bainbridge Island emergency radio community.
Here is a link to the Bainbridge Emergency Management Volunteer application form. Be sure to include your call sign on page 3, and check the “Ham Radio Operator” box on page 4.
Email the completed form to Bainbridge Island Emergency Management Coordinator, Anne LeSage (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are already a registered emergency worker, you can just send an email to Anne LeSage telling her you would like to join BEARS and giving her your call sign.
Kitsap Auxiliary Radio Service (KARS)
Club members are also encouraged to consider joining the Kitsap Auxiliary Radio Service. This is by no means a requirement for club membership, but is the only way to receive emails about their trainings and activities, and helps you to become part of the wider Kitsap County emergency radio community. Fill out the application, then email it to Michele Moen at KCDEM (MMoen@co.kitsap.wa.us ).
Frequencies – Island
|147.60||ACS assigned 2m simplex for Bainbridge Island|
Frequencies – Off-Island
|Island||Color JPG, no ham information|
|Color PNG, no ham information|
|>B/W JPG, no ham information|
|B/W PNG, no ham information|
|Rotary Auction||Color, no zone data|
|B/W, no zone data|
|Color with zones|
|B/W with zones|
Getting on to or off of the island
|Ferry||About every 50 minutes, via Washington State Jumbo ferries. Check-in advance for possibly long waits. Schedule and other information are available.|
|Agate Pass Bridge||At the north end of the island, connects to the Kitsap peninsula. About ten minutes after each afternoon ferry arrival, this becomes totally clogged until ten minutes after the NEXT ferry arrival. Plan your drive to avoid afternoon rush hour.|
|Stoplights||The island is proud of owning no stoplights. Yet. As of this writing, if you see a stoplight, it belongs to Washington State, and we disavow all responsibility.|
From time to time, we have run exercises using an emergency simulation program, which generates personalized disaster scenarios. This is available for anyone to download and use, and can be customized for pretty much whatever you can think of.