Tag: emergency communications

Will you be able to call 911 during the solar eclipse? Emergency managers prepare for cell towers to jam (Oregon)

When an expected 1 million people converge on Oregon for next month’s solar eclipse — what many call the most dramatic celestial event viewable from Earth — they will be calling, texting, tweeting and posting selfies of their experience to Snapchat and Instagram. Perhaps the only people not smiling at the thought of this solar […]

Law enforcement radio encryption draws backlash (Washington)

Pushback from the public regarding the encryption of law enforcement radio traffic has led to discussions about the decision, though it’s not likely that those channels will go back to being clear any time soon. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency completed a switch to an all-digital radio system in June, which among other things involved […]

How HAM radio operators are your friends (Nevada)

A recent radio conversation between two HAMs raised a disturbing issue that surprised both of them. The conversation involved the NTS (National Traffic Service) that uses amateur radio operators throughout the United States to relay information during large-scale emergencies, such as earthquakes. When phone connections are down, residents in stricken areas want to contact relatives […]

Upcoming Army MARS Communication Exercises Highlighted at Regional Conference

US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, reviewed the upcoming calendar of communication exercises planned for the remainder of 2017, when he spoke via video link to attendees at the Army MARS Region 3 Conference April 6-8 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Hosting the event was Pennsylvania Army MARS, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #946

This Week in Amateur Radio #946 Week of April 15, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR946 Running Time: 1:02:59 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #945 with a release and air date of Saturday, April 15, 2017. This weeks edition is anchored by, Wayne Nelms. N3LMS, […]

Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

More Americans than ever have been licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as amateur radio operators, and those in the know say that emergency communications is driving their passion to be “hams.” “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in emergency preparedness since 9/11 and Katrina, and this is true for the amateur radio […]

Article Links Amateur Radio Growth to Emergency Communications

An April 11 article, “Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators,” in Emergency Management magazine links the growth in Amateur Radio numbers to interest in emergency communications. “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in emergency preparedness since 9/11 and Katrina, and this is true for the Amateur Radio community as well,” ARRL […]

Radio Amateurs Supporting Colombia Landslide Disaster Relief and Recovery Effort

A disastrous landslide in Colombia overnight on March 31-April 1 has left more than 230 dead and devastated the town of Mocoa. Many others are injured or missing, and search crews are scrambling to find survivors in the rubble. An emergency Amateur Radio network now is active on 40 meters (7.093-7.095 MHz, to support the […]

Amateur radio operators keep emergency communication lines open at area hospitals (Illinois)

Andy Finick walks up the stairs and opens the door onto a roof at Franciscan Health in Hammond. He points up to a higher roof at several antennae that would — in an unthinkable emergency — provide communications for the hospital. In Northwest Indiana, Finick, a licensed amateur radio operator, helps hospitals maintain communications when […]

Old technology resurfaces as county prepares for disaster (Texas)

When natural disasters strike it could wreak havoc on modern communication networks, now the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department is turning to ham radios for reliable communication in a crisis. “Poor planning is not a solution,” said Tommy Sullivan, chief for the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. “If you don’t plan ahead and be ready […]

Emergency services a challenge in Mineral County (Montana)

Providing emergency services in small rural areas like Mineral County can be challenging due to the lack of volunteers and other resources needed. However, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, headed by George Gupton, and the LEPC Subcommittee on Communications is aiming to help overcome some of these challenges. Creating better lines of communication between emergency […]

Ministry Enlists Amateur Radio Enthusiasts’ Help In Flood Aid (Malaysia)

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Ministry has enlisted amateur radio enthusiasts’ help to facilitate communication should there be a breakdown during the anticipated floods here. In this regard, Deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said the ministry through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and amateur radio associations would act as go-between in relaying information. […]

via the ARRL: Philippine Hams Team Up to Confront Back-to-Back Typhoons

Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network volunteers were ready for Super Typohoon Haima, which struck the northeastern Philippines on October 19 with winds peaking prior to landfall at more than 180 MPH — a category 5 storm. Roberto Vicencio, DU1VHY, reported that HERO had already activated its net on 7.110 […]

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