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  • Friday, February 24, 2012

    Arlington Seeking Licensed Ham Radio Users:

    Arlington is putting out a call for a local licensed ham radio operator to help the town with a back-up emergency communication system. The town has issued a notice seeking an amateur radio operator to volunteer with Arlington's public safety departments in case communications systems, such as police and fire radios and telephones, fail during an emergency. Arlington Fire Chief Robert Jefferson said it would likely have to be a very extreme scenario for the town to resort to using a ham radio, but the medium does offer some extra redundancy to other communication methods. "You never know," the chief said. Several years ago Arlington used a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase a ham radio for emergency use. But Jefferson said the town was relying on other communities in the Battle Road Regional Emergency Planning Committee to supply someone who was trained at using the equipment.
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