Thomas County ARES has a new radio for the EOC, courtesy of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, an Icom IC-2820.
The IC-2820 is a true dual band VHF/UHF radio which is analog and D-Star capable. In D-Star mode, the radio can pass voice traffic while also passing digital message traffic.
GEMA also included a Comet GP-3 dual-band base station antenna for the installation.
Current plans are to also acquire an HF radio and have a permanent Amateur Station at the EOC so that if called out, an operator can deploy straight to the EOC without going home to pick up any gear.