Originally posted on by web site as a single long page it is too much to post all at one time on Blogger. As done with the mast information it'll be done in parts.
I also edited the original post from 2010. The edits are in green to avoid confusion with links.
Blogger there is a problem. Blogger renders the blue link text as red. I did not re-edit the original. Pleas pardon the crappy green.
From my web site:
Welcome to my emergency communication (EmComm) page.
Part of Emergency Communications is Emergency Preparedness. Be
prepared, always prepared. There are many sites related to emergency
preparedness, but few ham sites cross over and few of the others
mention ham radio. One of the things is to always have first aid
training and supplies in the house and every vehicle. What supplies
may depend on ones amount of training. Also at least one fire
extinguisher in the house, garage, and each car. Each
communicator should be trained in basic and even advanced first aid,
CPR, and fire suppression. Many A.R.E.S and RACES groups require
several FEMA classes and even the ARRL Emergency Communications
courses. All are topics requiring more space than can be handled on
In Florida we not only get hurricanes we also get wild fires and
search and rescue deployments. We've got an active A.R.E.S. group
here in Flagler County, www.flaglerares.org,
and Flagler County Emergency Communications Association
as well as REACT http://www.react4800.org.
Flagler County Emergency Communications Association and members
maintain several repeaters throughout the county. The 2-meter band is
used as the primary emergency band as well as 70 cm, D-Star and GMRS.
For those interested in D-Star and more information on some of the
ham radio activities in Flagler County please visit the Noth East
Florida D-Star repeater blog at NE-FL
This page was copied from the original web
site. The ARES link may or may not work as Flagler ARES has changed
sites several times since this was originally posted. The D-star
group is also not as active as it was at first so the link may or may
not be current.
Several amateur radio operators in Flagler County belong to all of
the above listed organizations as well as being emergency volunteers
for the County EOC and the local fire departments. Many also belong
to the Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club. Information on this
club can be found here: W4FPC.
Please visit the above sites (or Facebook)
for more information on our repeaters and if you live in or
near Flagler county and are interested in getting your amateur radio
license please contact one of our members for information on
licensing. The sites also contain emergency information. The county
emergency site is http://www.flagleremergency.com/
To be prepared for an emergency deployment I decided like many
hams to build a jump kit or go-kit. These kits can be as simple or
complicated as desired. My first kit was made from an ammo can which
held a gel battery and VHF amp to power my HT. As things progressed I
decided to get with the program and build a bigger kit that I could
use at home, on the road, or for emergency communication. I've seen
kits built from file carriers, large ammo cans, tool boxes, tube
caddies, wooden boxes and even the $7.00 orange box from Wal-Mart
that now costs about $18.00 (find them in the marine section in
sporting goods). File carrier boxes can be bought for less than
$10.00 or choose the more expensive ones. As far as the
emphasis placed on water proof by some, water proof is not necessary.
Will the station be operated under water? It it nice to have a case
that keeps the rain water out during transport, but unless all
connectors are sealed, all screws and other mounting hardware that
goes through the case is sealed, a water proof case will no longer be
water proof. I used o-rings between the connector flanges between the
case and around the connectors, silicon seal in the screw holes, but
I do not think I would like to subject my kit to being submerged. My
cases are made by MTM-CaseGuard and all state -- water resistant, not
submersible, NOT waterproof.