Ham radio is a great means of emergency communications,
with significantly greater range and capabilities, for those who are licensed ham radio operators. Lake Balboa conducts an EP simplex net every Sunday at 9:00 am on 145.570.
Our FRS/GMRS net is expanding its coverage area thanks to more participation.
If you have an FRS radio, those “walkie-talkies” you can purchase just about anywhere and which do not require a license to operate on FRS channels,
the second Sunday of each month is a great time to test them out. At 9:45 am,
we meet on-the-air using channel 5. With fully-charged batteries
(or fresh non-rechargeable ones, depending on the radio)
turn on your radio, set it to channel 5,
and listen for Net Control to call for check-ins.
When you hear that announcement, press the talk button and say your name and location, and then release the button and see if you hear a reply.
Due to the very limited range of these radios in the city
(do not believe the distance claims on the package),
don’t be surprised if you hear no response. You may not hear Net Control,
but you might hear someone else who is nearer to you.
Check in on our Lake Balboa Emergency Preparedness FRS/GMRS EP
net the second Sunday of every month, 9:45 am, on channel 5.