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California Wildfires Show the Value of Old Tech

When cell coverage goes down, it’s all ham radios and sirens to the rescue. Wildfires that killed nine people in a remote Northern California county last month also crippled landlines, cell phones, and internet service, the local sheriff said Thursday, … Continue reading

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Rim Fire Communications and Camp Life

Here’s a behind the scenes video of radio communications at the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.  The video was made by a person who is a radio communications technician and shows setting up portable repeaters and other communications gear … Continue reading

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Cal EMA is Once Again Cal OES

What’s in a name?  Maybe not so much. In the hundred-year history of emergency management and response in California, the state government organization that coordinates and supports those activities has been known by many titles: The State Council of Defense, … Continue reading

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Video: California Highway Patrol Cars on Jay Leno’s Garage

CHP Captain Matt Guthrie and former commissioner Spike Helmick stop by Jay Leno’s Garage with five of the finest cop cars of the last 40 years – and the brand new Ford Explorer that will be hitting California highways soon. … Continue reading

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KI6AIX Mobile Communications Go Box

SCMA Member Dennis, KI6AIX, LA-140, put together a portable communications center in a little suitcase.  It has both VHF and UHF transceivers and a scanner.  It can be powered by an internal rechargeable battery, an internal power supply (if AC … Continue reading

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