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Police Preparing for Big Protests as Trump Makes First California Visit as President

With President Trump heading to the Los Angeles area Tuesday for a high-dollar campaign fundraiser on his first White House visit to California, law enforcement will be ratcheting up in preparation for potential protests. While details of the Trump visit … Continue reading

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NBC News Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

  A team from NBC News’ digital news unit Left Field was in Hawaii to visit with some radio amateurs to produce a report when the false nuclear missile alert happened on January 13. Left Field’s report points out how … Continue reading

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Fake ‘Mayday’ Calls to Coast Guard Under Investigation, Public’s Help Sought

At least eight false Mayday calls since the start of the year have the U.S. Coast Guard’s Los Angeles/Long Beach command center concerned, and the public’s help was sought Thursday to find the man who’s been making them. The false … Continue reading

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How Amateur Radio Played a Role in the Hawaii EAS Emergency Response

In the minutes after the false missile EAS alert was delivered in Hawaii, there was a great deal of general confusion — a lack of communication, general perplexity about the next steps, and phone call after phone call that didn’t … Continue reading

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Signal Strength – It Is All Relative

By Rich Carlson, N9JIG So what does Signal Strength really mean? Most scanners these days have a Signal Strength indicator, usually with up to 4 or 5 bars to indicate a strong signal. How are these calibrated? Is 4 bars … Continue reading

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LA-RICS Radio System Construction Update

Drill rigs and concrete trucks crawl up mountaintops at the break of dawn, forming silhouettes along LA basin and northern desert hillsides. Delivery trucks loaded with tower steel and heavy earth moving machinery mark the start of 2018 in grandiose fashion for the Land … Continue reading

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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Radios Now Digital Encrypted

The following is a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: Effective February 1, 2018, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department radios will switch from analog to an encrypted digital communication system. The improved communication platform is vital to … Continue reading

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Senior Los Angeles Fire Department Aircrewman Retires

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) firefighter flight paramedic Greg Sanderson has retired after 32 years of service, with 18 years assigned to the Air Operations Section. During Sanderson’s time at Air Operations he interrogated many skills, equipment, and rescue techniques … Continue reading

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LASD Prepares to Assist with Mudslide Operations in Santa Barbara County

In a continuing effort to efficiently work with partnering governmental agencies, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, through January 22, 2018, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) will be providing resources to assist current mudslide recovery and clean-up efforts in … Continue reading

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Arson Suspected in Overnight Fire at 129-Year-Old Church in Pasadena

A fire that damaged a 129-year-old Episcopalian church Saturday morning (1/13/18) in Pasadena has prompted an arson investigation. Authorities said the cause of the non-injury fire at Church of the Angels, which was reported at 2:20 a.m. at 1100 N. Avenue 64, … Continue reading

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