The staff at the Austin Tour de Cure office have been busy, with the help of donated video services during this past event. Here is their story….
If you are a Ham Radio Operator and work for Boeing, then BACS Wants You!
The Boeing Auxiliary Communications Service (BACS) is a team of employees and contractors who are FCC-licensed amateur radio (“ham”) operators, who provide backup communications when normal channels become damaged or overloaded due to natural or man-made disasters.BACS is a Boeing Enterprise S&FP Disaster Preparedness Org. and is the only official ham radio organization that supports Boeing S&FP DP.
BACS primary task is to provide Emergency Communications, using Amateur Radio Frequencies to communicate from Boeing site EOC’s to Boeing site EOC’s during a disaster. Secondarily, provide emergency communications between local government authorities and local Boeing site EOC’s.
Other duties may include but are not limited to (depending on your sites needs):
- Supporting Volunteer Disaster Responders (VDRs), facilities personnel, and anyone else responsible for protecting lives and property at Boeing.
- “Shadowing” fire and security personnel.
- If needed, field communications.
- Operate company radios during all three phases of a disaster.
BACS teams are all ready operating at Boeing sites around the country. Including; Enterprise ECMC and 14 other sites in Washington/Oregon, California, Texas, Utah, Alabama. More are coming on line as they learn about us.
This is your opportunity to use your amateur radio skills to protect yourself and your coworkers in an emergency. All you need are your ham license (technician or higher) handheld radio, and a desire to help.
Don’t have a team at your site?? We can help with that too. For more information, contact Tom Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org) Or visit our (INTERNAL WORK PC’s ONLY) web site: http://bacs.web.boeing.com/bacs.htm
Locally – Steve Castle N7FUL and Bill Mayfield KF5QVM both work at the Boeing facility at Kelly Field here in San Antonio. They have volunteered to help recruit and organize licensed ham operators, who are also employees here, to participate in the Boeing Auxiliary Communications Service at this facility. But so far, other than Steve and Bill, they have not found any other hams here. There is bound to at least a dozen, we just need to put the word out.
Here is the PDF brochure with application. Only Boeing Employees & Contractors may join. BACS_recruiting_flyer
Bill Mayfield KF5QVM
Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer
Boeing Global Services & Support, Kelly Field San Antonio, TX