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Here in Pennsylvania, I head up an Amateur Radio w...

Here in Pennsylvania, I head up an Amateur Radio working group that tests and trains with the Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS) digital sound card radio communications software.<br /><br />We transmit detailed messages in ICS message formats and spreadsheet data on HF radio frequencies with the primary goal of reliable communications out to about 500 miles, and on VHF/UHF for local communications up to about 50 miles or more. Our radio operations are completely non-dependent on commercial power and/or telecommunications infrastructure.<br /><br />We're hoping to continue to improve our proficiency and develop working relationships between our communications volunteers and served agencies which we hope will include Federal, State, County and Local government emergency management agencies as well as disaster relief agencies. <br /><br />Perhaps we'll be given the opportunity to work with some of the served agencies in PA during this exercise.<br /><br />-Dave Kleber, KB3FXI<br /> Pittsburgh, PA