The Centralia ARES team has received a welcome addition to our emergency communications equipment with the delivery of the first of three Icom IC-7300 radios generously donated by the Centralia Police Department.
The IC-7300 is an HF+ 6 meter, 100 watt transceiver with a large color touch screen, built in automatic antenna tuner, 15 band pass filters and 101 channels. It also has an SD memory card slot for saving data with capability across the SSB, CW, RTTY, AM and FM bands. Of special interest to our emergency communications team is its ability to access the 60 meter band.
Current plans are to place one of the radios in the downtown Centralia Emergency Operations Center and one in each of our ARES mobile communications vans, Comm II and Comm III. One of the nice things about these medium sized amateur radios is how easily they can be moved from one EOC to the alternate EOC at Riverside Fire or from the communications vans into a shelter if needed.
With the arrival of this first IC-7300, we will begin training EOC and van operators on the radio’s many functions as well as testing with our current communications van antennas.
Thanks again to Chief Carl Nielsen and the great people at the Centralia Police Department for their support.