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QUESTION: Why don't you go outside of government for all of your communications volunteers? That is, such as directly to clubs or local non-government organizations?
The weekly RACES Bulletins are prepared for and by all communications volunteers in government service -- not just the RACES.
All of our RACES bulletins now carry a 3 letter designator as an identifier of the subject category in response to requests from around the country. Note the example on this bulletin. The following identifiers are now used:
Nine members of the City of Barstow (CA) RACES provided communications support to augment fire department communications during a fire control training class.
This function, which served as a drill for our organization, was held in Barstow with several local and military fire departments participating. Seven condemned houses were used for fire control training and subsequently burned to the ground.
CA State OES began the Bulletins in the early 1950's to assist agencies and radio operators to become more familiar with RACES. They were issued periodically until 1985, at which time they began to be issued weekly over voice and digital radio systems of Amateur Radio and in print. Originally intended for California, increased demand, and a 1988 request by the ARRL for national distribution, led to their eventual worldwide distribution.
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