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More than one professional in the field of Search and Rescue or Emergency Response Management has been known to say that "hams can be too much of a good thing." What they refer to is the propensity of hams to respond en-mass to a call out without regard to their own skills, physical limitations, body condition, time commitment, and mental state. Over time, these professionals, often "hams" themselves, reach a state where they decline to again issue a call out or utilize other hams in their operations. In essence, they've been "burned" once too often by the untrained and unskilled responders who think just because they hold an Amateur Radio license they are natural emergency operators.
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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