BCARES Members – What to do “if the lights go out.”
Just a reminder BCARES is Region1 District 3 = R1D3 = “13”, V = vhf & U = uhf
How to keep in touch if all else fails…
Listen to the primary and secondary repeaters. I suggest you scan them on a regular basis along with Public Service frequencies.
13V01 146.760 – (100.0) Boulder primary, operations net
13V02 146.700 – (100.0) Boulder secondary, logistics net
13V03 147.270 + (100.0) Longmont regional, shelters
13VS1 146.400 simplex Local and tactical net (not repeated)
13U05 449.550 – (100.0) UHF back-up net repeater
13V11 146.805 – (100.0) Gold Hill local net / shelter
13V12 147.030 + (100.0) Allenspark local repeater
13V13 146.910 – (1230.) AirLink mountain-wide area repeater
13V14 146.610 – (100.0) Lyons linked repeater (IRLP)
D-STAR and DMR also have established simplex frequencies for emergencies.
BCFD C Boulder County Fire Dispatch, central repeater (and Ambulance) keep up to date…
Even though many of these repeaters are on emergency power they could stop repeating. If you turn off the positive or negative offset on your radio (check your manual to learn how to turn off the “shift” or “duplex” to not be + or -) it will be transmitting on the OUTPUT frequency. You would have simplex communication and a number of BCARES members might be listening/scanning.
All of the above frequencies can be received at the Boulder EOC and in case of emergencies the BCARES cube radios should be manned. Some signals out of the mountains are better than others. If you know you have a good direct RF path into the EOC you can relay messages if needed.
I hope everyone has access to a storage battery (12 volt car or motorcycle battery) and keep it charged and exercise it periodically. Use it and recharge it.
Anderson connectors are a very good idea for all of your radio power connections.
Anderson 12 volt (RED & BLACK) 30 amp (PP30) connectors: https://powerwerx.com/dc-power-products
George – KA0BSA