Many of you have asked how your volunteers might help without using ham radio? The following is an actual and typical case:
The first problem was the fire communications van at the base camp could not reach its repeater with its 33 Megahertz mobile whip. This required an expedient and low cost antenna to be designed and fabricated out of coaxial cable, PVC pipe, TV mast sections and nylon rope. They then proceeded to the mountaintop to set up the fill-in repeater.
Amateur Radio was used only for personnel resource coordination, assignment, intercom, and travel channel purposes.
This is another example of how your communications volunteers in government service can knowledgeably, cheerfully, and effectively serve without necessarily using Amateur Radio.
If you have questions, suggestions, comments, or more examples: please contact us! Thank you.
/sgd/Stanly Harter, Auxiliary Communications Service program coordinator, KH6GBX [kh6gbx@wa6nwe.#nocal.ca.usa.na]
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL FROM ALL OF THE STAFF OF THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES!
---Dr. Richard A. Andrews, Director