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Posted: 06/11/22 06:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last month, I used camper (and enclosed internal space) to program a brand new ham's HT to certain frequencies related for an off-road "endurance" 100k event; held in challenging high altitude terrain (high Sierras). This was the new Ham Operator's first ever support event; we both were called in from "out of the area" to help provide support. The camper provided me with a sheltered space within which to perform this programmiung.

Much later that day, we had a runner go missing and close to midnight we started a search effort using the local County's Search and Rescue team. We're in an area well out of cell phone range. She was lost somewhere in a 4.7 mile trail stretch, extreme darkness and temperature dropping. The new Ham was dispatched (with his HT) with the S&R team to the field. I maintained a radio link in my camper using antenna mast with him and local Net Control. Around 12:20 am he was ecstatic to report over radio that they had found her! She was quite disorientated; she reported "blacking out" and didn't recall ever passing through the previous aid station.

She was transported to town and recovered quickly.

The use of the truck camper provided a great temporary, remote and weather protected "base" station; we were well off-road and out of cell range; very remote (4WD, "off grid"). I had previously provided external Anderson Power Poles and "through hull" antenna connections to keep us working during this event.

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Posted: 06/11/22 06:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How exciting and gratifying!!! Guess I never thought of our TCs as rescue vehicles? Good job!

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Posted: 06/11/22 09:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm glad you were able to find them. Thanks for helping.


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Cool!


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I have meant to get an amateur license since the days of the morse requirement.


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These CC running events are interesting to attend. Amazing athletes.


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Hooray for you and ham radio!! Had my license since I was 15 years old, which was decades ago. [emoticon]


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