Big Island ARRL News, 14 November 2017, 1510 UTC, Post #371.


Author:  Julian (OH8STN).

Accessed on 14 November 2017, 1510 UTC.

Please click link to read the full story and to view the video.


Here’s a great idea for radio amateurs who serve first responders in emergency situations, such as hurricane-ravaged areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Gulf Coast.  Based on the experiences of ham operators who spent time in Puerto Rico trying to reestablish basic communications, Julian (OH8STN) has designed an “All WX Solar Powered EMCOM Field Station” that is field deployable and man-portable for field operations.

Julian admits that the concept isn’t perfect, but it’s at least a start for those who must set up field operations quickly:

“I’m under no illusion about amateur radios ability to completely replace network communications. However amateur radio can provide essential Communications between hospitals and health centers, pass well & safe traffic, or create an HF datanet to manage amateur radio operator, resources and logistics, while no other communication services exist.

The article is work-in-progress, so it will certainly adapt and change as it becomes more mature. The goals are there, and the ideas are solid. Please do join the discussion.”

Be sure to click on the video.  It should give you plenty of EMCOM ideas.

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