Bob k7au – k7if Station Trustee/Engineer
There are (2) 24×7 gateways installed at the Emergency Communications Center k7if . The first access is via VHF FM Packet on 145.630 mHz. The radio is a Kenwood TM 241A running 10 watts into an OPEC dual band vertical collinear antenna at 25 ft. The second input is HF and can be accessed worldwide on 30 meters 10144.0 mHz USB @ 40 watts via a Maldol vertical antenna at 25 ft. It is a GPSDO disciplined TCXO in an FT897d being REF locked to a cellsite 10mHz signal derived from a Nortel/Trimble Standard.
The station is available to the Amateur Emergency Response Organization and is maintained by the k7if Panorama Residents Radio Club.
The purpose of the gateways is to provide Emergency Communications via Amateur Radio Emergency Services support to the FEMA Command structure which includes the map your neighborhood and CERTS organizations via the ARES network and under the direction of the Incident Command discipline and ARES Radio NET Control. The significance is the ability to operate in a complete loss of the GRID. No Power, No phones, No Internet. Diesel Generator, gasoline powered generator and 12 VDC batteries are the backup methods employed.
Bob Kalkwarf k7au