Greetings everyone...Guest_Temporary_Name is no longer. My plans on getting radio/s and license have been implemented. An update to Neighborhood Radio Watch...in the Greater Mt. Ida area where I live, the neighbors there have banded together ad hoc and are implementing a system. There was a presentation at our local amateur club that had to have a larger venue due to the increased awareness and interest. My inviting the local Fire Safe Council and other work behind the scenes may have helped just a little bit. But the presentation titled "Radio for the Rest of Us," by Alan Thompson was well attended and received. The ultimate goal is for local citizens to set up their radio watch and have the amateurs stay out of the way for the most part. There are technical and other such considerations where licensed amateurs can lend assistance, but the idea is to keep this out of ARES and other such hands. We will see what happens.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with ARES and other ecomm groups, but this is for local neighborhoods to inform and help themselves, rather than wait for direction from outside. Of course, somewhere down the line there has to be an interface to pass information up and down the line, but for now, locals want to be able to communicate amongst themselves during PG and E power shut downs during Fire Danger times. (Yeah that makes a lot of sense, right?) We have already experienced one such regoing power shut down and that meant no cell service, no internet, etc... Generator sales have taken off as one can imagine.
Anyway, greetings and I just wanted to give an update now that I am an offically registererd member of MYGMRS.