New EOC Acquisition

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.

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