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For the new ham radio enthusiast, setting up the gear can be a challenge. This is especially true for starter radios that are known to be high on features and design but low on intuitive usability. To that end, I took the easy road and purchased a couple of portable Baofeng radios so that I could communicate with the rest of the world when the grid is down.
Benton County, MO owns an amateur radio repeater which is maintained by our office. It is open to all regular amateur radio use on a daily basis. During emergencies, the repeater is called into service to provide redundant communications in case primary forms of communications are overwhelmed, inoperable, or inaccessible.
These amateur radio repeaters provide a very valuable service to many stations, and in particular those that do not have particularly good locations or those amateur radio stations that are using only low power. A repeater, whether an amateur radio repeater or even a commercial repeater is a station that receives a signal on one frequency and simultaneously re-transmits it on another. Repeaters are sited in good locations with good coverage enabling stations that can access the repeater to be heard on the output and thereby take advantage of the location of the repeater. Effectively it gives the low power amateur radio station the same coverage as that of the repeater.
South Vancouver Island has a vibrant amateur radio community, but keeping track of all the frequencies can be difficult. I've created the following charts to document some of the more common simplex, repeater and low-speed data frequencies for the region. If you notice any errors or omissions don't hesitate to contact me I've created a Getting Started Guide to help new hams get going on the 2m band.
We also have a very sophisticated Mobile Emergency Communications Trailer that can be deployed directly to an Emergency. VHF Like Like.
Club members support various community events throughout the year. Many of the club members get together Sunday afternoons at 3pm for a coffee and the opportunity to talk about radio and the latest events taking place. Join us we would welcome the chance to meet some new hams and those curious about the technology.
The object of the Club shall be to advance the art of amateur radio communications, to further the knowledge of electronics, to provide communications to the civil authority in time of emergency, to assist when communications are required in other community endeavors, and to foster goodwill and fellowship among radio amateurs. Amateur Radio is a non-commercial radio communication service whose primary aims are public service, technical training and experimentation, and communication between private persons. Amateur Radio operators are commonly called hams. Hams generally communicate with each other recreationally but also provide communications for others at public events or in times of emergency or disaster.
The purpose of the Society is to promote Amateur Radio technology, provide education in its operation and use and support local networks, emergency communications, community events and member activities. Our goal is to foster and promote amateur radio and encourage "radio activity" and be ready to provide communications in time of need. It requires a tone of