Meet Some of the Coast's Amateur Radio Volunteers Preparing for Emergencies
From : coastreporter.net
Every Wednesday morning, Neil Nicholson -- call sign VE7TBN -- is one of the volunteers who squeeze into a small windowless room at the Sunshine Coast Regional District's Field Road office. Surrounded by stocks of first aid supplies, equipment to shelter in place, and desktops, Nicholson checks the radio equipment, contacting part of the Coast's local network of amateur radio operators over the air. "This is sort of the flagship station on the Coast," Robert Beaupre said of the SCRD’s radio room. Beaupre, call sign VE7RBE, is the president of the Sun Coast Amateur Radio Club Society (SCARCS). The club has around 30 members from Hopkins Landing to Egmont and everywhere in between, and Beaupre estimates there are more than 100 people with their amateur radio license on the lower Sunshine Coast. If the internet and phone lines go down, these are the people who can still communicate with the outside world. "In an emergency, those people (would) probably come out of the woodwork to help. We have very good resources," he said. Most people with such a license have their own equipment at their homes, and some have their call signs on their license plates to signal their skills.
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