Tag: Oregon

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 […]

Amateur radio group dislikes 30-foot limit on antennas (Oregon)

They’re required to refer to themselves as “amateurs,” but only because they’re absolutely prohibited from making any money from the hobby which is their passion. When several local ham radio operators took turns making comments to the Payette City Council at last week’s regular meeting of city government, the operators were quite comfortable explaining the […]

FEMA Region 10 to Conduct Monthly Interoperability Communications Exercises during 2017

FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct interoperability communications exercises (COMMEX) during 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month, 1500-2100 UTC. The initial exercise will take place on January 18. “The intent of this COMMEX is to test and exercise interoperable communications (federal/state/local/tribal/amateur) during a major disaster, where communications infrastructure would […]

FEMA Interoperability Exercise Deemed a Success

Laura Goudreau, KG7BQR, Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator for FEMA Region X, said the December 21 Region X interoperability communications exercise on 60 meters went well. “We had 48 check-ins, of which 42 were amateurs,” she said. “It was very successful and also included our first digital test.” The “COMMEX” consisted of check-ins from authorized state, […]

FEMA to Conduct Interoperability Exercise Using 60 Meters

FEMA Region X will conduct an interoperability communications exercise on December 21 that will use 60 meters. The “COMMEX” will consist of radio check-ins from authorized state, tribal, federal, and Amateur Radio stations to test HF interoperability in case of an emergency or disaster response. FEMA Region X is made up of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, […]

Radio waves: Classic communication can save lives in emergency situations (Oregon)

Our society has become dependent upon technology in just about every area of life, especially when it comes to information and communication, and the systems we rely on are remarkably fragile. Local coastal telephone landlines, for example, travel to the Willamette Valley and back, so, even if making a local call, the signal travels some […]

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