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Old 11-08-2015, 02:22 AM   #11
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In the county next to us every manned and unmanned station has either
VHF or VHF/UHF radios in them.

The nearest City to me has VHF/UHF radio in the EOC and all the fire
stations, the have 2 emergency com vans both have VHF/ UHF radios in
them and one has HF. The EOC and 2 out of the 5 fire stations has digital
modems in them along with one com van. The EOC runs a full time 24/7
digital system even when not in use with a VHF RMS thought BPQ32.

We are also building a trailer that has a extra generator on it along with a
push up pole, extra lighting, antennas and solar panels to charge batteries.
This trailer will be able to stand along with emergency comms or trail behind
either com van if needed.

Now say all of the above, the county I live in only has one fire station that
has amateur equipment in it and that's VHF/UHF with a digital modem, an
the reason for this is the fire chief listen to the fire chief in the next county
over and wanted to be prepared....

One of the biggest problems I see in our two county close buy is that we
have over 400 amateurs and only 30 members on the ARES teams for county
and city.

We also have at least 1 if not 2 floods a year since we have 2 rivers and a
large creek flowing thought and around our small city.
73 Chuck & Hildi
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73 Chuck W5KAV
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:58 AM   #12
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That's an interesting line in your sig.
National Communication Station (NC045)

Could you tell us about that?

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Old 11-08-2015, 12:46 PM   #13
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Do I think I could drive up to a C Store and buy what I need.. Thankfully since I often drive my house (once I get the engine fixed) I have most everythign I need on board.

And I can drive a long way on a full tank.

I should mention this. I have participated in several SET's back when I was in Michigan... One of them the Simulated emergency was a severe snow storm.. The actuall weather conditions were .... Worse than the simulation (I have a simulated 4" of snow, and an actual 6")...

Some of them the NCS knew his job, did it well (Speaking as a professional NCS (Police dispatcher) I tried to avoid that position, with success, save for a bike-a-thon once but that's not an emergency). Some... Well some were embarrassments. But hey, it's a learning experience in any case.

I mentioned there are but 4 hams registered in this county (Technically I"m the 5th when I posted that) I'm told one died, Yesterday... I met my third ham from this county, So that means I've met 'em all.. one at U-Haul (Manager) one at the Methodist Church (I was picking up for the Rummage Room of Darien after their indoor Yard Sale) one at Cowboy church (WHich is now closed) and another who I believe lives in the country next door at my church. We could hold a "Club Meeting" at Waffle House, one booth.
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