MICA MIEP HAM DEMO
Ken Collins (MICA President) asked me to say a few words during the MICA business meeting tomorrow night (11/10/2014) about our amateur radio (HAM) activities on MI. Here is what I plan to say as I stand near the demonstration display board pictured below. (Larger image) I will be bringing it (or a modified version) to all future MICA meetings.
- The MI Emergency Preparedness (EP) Committee has divided MI into 6 Sections as shown in the large and small map on the right side of the display board.
- MIEP is trying to have two and more licensed Ham Radio operators in each of 6 Sections.
- Information about HAMs of the Island can be found at www.miep.us/ham
- The RED push pins show our seven (7) active HAM operators; the RED yarn depicts their communications with our MI Repeater at the WSU Extension at Twin Vista Ranch.
- The BLUE yarn depicts our line of communication with the JC EOC (Emergency Operations Center) and WA State District 2 ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services).
- The GREEN push pins and yarn and the radio display to the left depict our plans to create numerous Neighborhood FRS/HAM Radio Networks throughout the 6 Sections on the Island.
- NOTE that you can buy the same radio we use (Baofeng) for under $30 plus S&H. (Amazon) We will help you program it so you can listen to 2 KEY frequencies: our MI Repeater and the JC EOC. Also, please buy FRS (walkie-talkie) radios and test them out with your neighbors and find a HAM operator in your neighborhood. See more at www.miep.us/frs