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#21 Jones


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 06:39 PM

Ideally, you wouldn't want EVERYONE to be trying to communicate at once during an area-wide emergency.  Let the communicators do the communicating, and get the message to another party who can let everyone else know what to do and where to go.  Let's see, what type of service could reliably do that???


BROADCAST RADIO, particularly a LOCAL live-staffed AM radio station.  No one wants to lug around a TV set for emergency information, so forget them.  Most FM stations in California (and the rest of the US for that matter) are automated music stations with no one actually live-on-duty, so forget them also.  Cellular phone service in most cases will be DOA.  Find a local AM station, make a plan that includes them, and tell EVERYONE that in times of emergency, they need to grab a portable AM radio, and tune to whatever frequency to get continuous updates on the emergency.  The local hams and GMRS operators, as well as first responders and government officials can all be in contact with the radio station to give them updates, and they will tell everyone else... many times with live on-the-scene audio actualities.


That local AM radio station has between 1,000 and 50,000 Watts of transmitter power with backup.  You don't.  They have hundreds of miles of relatively high-fidelity audio coverage.  You don't.  Between emergency updates, they can tell the audience where to find help, and keep them calm with a few music selections.  You can't.


If you know how to use a 2-way radio, then great, but most people only need the radio that they are most familiar with.  Broadcast.  Just let them know in advance what station to tune into if there were to be a local emergency.

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 01:16 AM

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.

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