Authors note: I’m sorta taking off the month of January, as far as blogging goes, and devoting my time to working toward a full recovery from my recent heart surgery. I’ll also be studying to take the FCC General License Exam for amateur radio within the next few months.
I will re-blog a couple of my older posts in coming weeks, and add some links to other hiking and amateur radio-related posts of interest. Many of the re-blogged links will discuss QRP (low-power), amateur radio operations in a SOTA (Summits On The Air), battery-powered environment — thus maintaining the hiking/climbing/backpacking theme, plus the off-grid aspects of amateur-radio operations, including ’emergency/public service’ radio ops.
- One of my favorite places to spend time hiking and camping is Idaho. I’m reblogging ‘Hiking the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho’ part of my 2010 Roadtrip, which I documented here in July of last year. In my next post, I’ll get back to Idaho as part of my 2012 Roadtrip, and recall some Lewis and Clark history along the way.
2. Another area of personal interest involves ’emergency/public service’ radio ops, as described in this Atlantic article from March, 2016 — The Amateur Radio Operators Preparing for the Worst, by Jennifer Hackett. In her article, Jennifer discusses the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) which is affiliated with the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).
The mission of ARES is to provide communications assistance to local and regional government and relief agencies such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and National Weather Service. ARES may also assist local and regional emergency management agencies or even the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if normal communications systems fail.
Membership in ARES is open to any licensed amateur radio operator. Training may be required or desired to participate fully. ARES members have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public interest when disaster strikes. I plan to join a local ARES group this summer, and pursue additional emcomm training.
73 de Mike, KEØGZT