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At a statewide meeting of communications volunteers in government service it was evident that some local government officials had no idea what Amateur Radio or CAP Communications might be able to do for them.
A paragraph that appears in the new RACES plan format is paraphrased directly from the FCC Rules and Regulations. It states:
Here are some observations made by Ron Hashiro, a data processing officer for the First Hawaiian Bank in Honolulu, following Hurricane Iniki:
The Buddy System (RB264)
Try not to dispatch a volunteer into the field by his or herself. For safety's sake send two people together.
This is a common sense approach for response to both urban and rural incidents. There is strength in numbers. As well as personal safety,
Some of the recent Bulletins, coupled with reports from the recent hurricane activities, have prompted a considerable increase in comments and feedback. This is healthy and informative.
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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