Good Evening. This is VRN Emergency Radio broadcasting on our new and improved system with 2 FCC licensed repeaters from Naples, Florida on WQDB 284.
I want to mention something that some of us may have forgotten. The only way you can find out if your radio is working is to depress the PTT button and call Control. Then give your name or community. It would be good to do this at least a few times a month until the end of hurricane season. It only takes a minute to be sure your VRN radio is ready.
Now, let's talk about the channel and tower line-up.
Tower One is located in Pelican Bay at aproximately 300 feet.
Tower Two is in the Vineyards at approximately 100 feet.
Each is licensed under WQDB284. However, each tower operates independently on different frequencies. This will be an advantage to us in the event that one tower goes down in a hurricane. We now have a Back-Up Tower.
Your radios have all been reprogrammed to operate on Narrow Band and now have 12 assigned channels plus additional channels that are not assigned.
If you scroll up or down on your radio, you will hear 12 channels.
CHANNEL # TOWER ASSIGNMENT
1 1 GENERAL ON PELICAN BAY REPEATER
2 1 EMERGENCY OPERATION (HURRICANE)
3 2 VILLAGE WALK
4 2 ISLAND WALK
5 1 C.E.R.T.
6 1 PELICAN BAY
7 2 AVE MARIA LAW
8 2 VINEYARDS VCA-GENERAL MEETINGS-ON-AIR
9 1 E.O.C.
10 1 FIRE DEPT.
111 2 WILSHIRE LAKES
12 2 RED CROSS
If Tower One (Pelican Bay) should go down in a storm. all Emergency Traffic will move from Channel 2 to Channel 8 (Tower 2 at Vineyards.) Or vice versa.
As you can see, the first two channels are reserved for general and emergency operations for everyone. Your community now has a dedicated non-emergency channel on which you may broadcast information which may be of interest to your community. You might want to run a C.E.R.T. exercise, or an On-Air Net just in your community. It's your channel....use it!
As we begin the active hurricane season, let me reming you that your community will be expecting your radio to give them help in time of crisis. Check your battery to make sure your radio is ready to perform.
Let me know if you need a new battery.
Our Treasurer, Georgia, will now take the roll! We welcome your comments or Questions.
That concludes this evening's Net. Until next time, remember....Be Aware...e Safe...With the VRN Radio. This is WQDB284 signing off. Good Night.