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American Red Cross to Phase Out Emergency Communication Response Vehicles:

from The ARRL Letter on February 21, 2013
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American Red Cross to Phase Out Emergency Communication Response Vehicles:

The American Red Cross has made the decision to phase out and decommission its Emergency Communication Response Vehicles (ECRVs) due to changes in technology, as well as a new satellite system and other factors regarding the vehicle fleet. "Retrofitting the decade-old vehicles with new equipment is not a good use of donated funds, as the long-term strategy is to move to more portable systems," American Red Cross Disaster Services Technology Manager Keith Robertory, KG4UIR, told the ARRL. "This is consistent with the trends in the telecom and technology industries."

The American Red Cross will be removing the Amateur Radios from the ECRVs as part of the decommissioning process. These radios will either become part of the deployable inventory or provided to the local American Red Cross chapter to build local capacity. Robertory explained that from a radio perspective, the American Red Cross has a variety of different kits for amateur, business and public safety bands covering HF, VHF and UHF with portable radios, mobile units and base stations: "Two-way radio remains a valuable tool, providing communications in the initial days or weeks of a disaster, until normal communications is restored. Each American Red Cross chapter should continue with -- and improve -- the relationship with their local Amateur Radio operators. In a disaster, Amateur Radio will be the fastest deployed radio network because operators already live in the impacted communities." Read more here


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American Red Cross to Phase Out Emergency Communication Resp  
by N2HBX on February 23, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Where does the line form to pick up one of these when they're dumped?

Larry, N2HBX
American Red Cross to Phase Out Emergency Communication Resp  
by WP4NYL on February 25, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Not to be surprised, the American Red Cross has about the worst reputation in the not for profit world for strategic management and operational management ...
American Red Cross to Phase Out Emergency Communication Resp  
by KB3SDF on February 28, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
well we are members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. We need a trailer for our mobil communications land base back up for the regular Coast Guard. Our Communications unit is a all volunteer force use by the Coast Guard for backup Radio Comms in times of Disasters.
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