Manager Ro Cornelio with Line-X Total Truck Center in Chehalis
When the Centralia ARES team received our second communications van we knew it would be quite a project but we had completed an exact copy only a year or two earlier and knew we were up to the job. Any project funded with donations and volunteer help needs people willing to go that extra mile to make their community a safer place to live.
Our help from Line-X Total Truck Center began with team member Paul Barwick, KE7PCB, working diligently day after day to polish the van and bring back some of its original luster.
Dan Beebe (left) with team member Paul Barwick, KE7PCB
It next moved to a conversation between Paul and his neighbor, Dan Beebe who used to work at Line-X and is now retired. Dan and Paul decided the van bumpers needed some extra attention and suggested a Line-X coating. Dan arranged with Manager Ro Cornelio to have the work done at no cost as a donation to our project. The great mechanics at the Centralia City Street Department gave their time to remove the bumpers and sandblast them in preparation for the Line-X coating work. Within a week or so, the job was done and it really looks amazing.
Our thanks to Manager Ro Cornelio and his team from Line-X Total Truck Center in Chehalis for making the front and rear bumpers on our new Communication Van, Comm III, look absolutely fantastic. The whole crew were great to work with and we are very happy with the amazing results. Thanks again for all your help.
No project like our communications van comes together without the help and generosity of many people. Within a week, the bumpers will be reinstalled by Matt and Terry at the Centralia City Shop and we’ll be moving on to flooring and walls.
Thanks to everyone who has been willing to lend a hand to make this project work.
With the addition of several new members to the Centralia Amateur Radio Emergency Service team recently, an orientation and information meeting is planned for Monday, September 25th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Riverside Fire Authority Training Room, 1818 Harrison Avenue, in Centralia.
Fall is normally our time to go over deployment plans, go-bag information and general flood season response preparedness so it seems a great time to bring our newest members up to speed and answer questions as well. All team members or those thinking about joining Centralia ARES are welcome.
Entrance to the Riverside Fire Authority training room is located at the back of the facility through the double doors. Please bring your Field Resource Manuals with you as we will cover its contents as well.
Icom IC-7300 HF+6 Meter Radio System
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.
EC Bob Willey with Chief Carl Nielsen and Commander Stacy Denham of the Centralia Police Department
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.