Emergency Communications

HF Radio emergency communications

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With SCSmail there is no need for GSM, UMTS, LTE or satellite contracts.  SCSmail even makes you independent of the established e-mail providers and internet access.

Using SCS Mail  emergency administrations are able to establish long distance reliable HF data communication that does not rely on internet access.

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From our experience, most of the emergency communications in British Columbia has relied primarily on VHF/UHF voice and Packet with little or no HF in many areas.  This makes a lot of sense as the most active areas are usually large and most widely populated making good VHF/UHF communication a requirement.

 

However, the remote areas of the Province have very little to no emergency communication infrastructure plus a lack of qualified individuals to operate the equipment if it was available.  It would appear that these areas have been forgotten by the Provincial Government.   Many of these locations are in mountain valleys and some have access to amateur radio repeaters.  Local first responders also rely on repeaters to access their administrations and will be totally isolated if those repeaters are lost.  There is a good argument to be made for reliable backup HF communication in these locations using either amateur or commercial HF communication equipment.

 

As the only Canadian direct dealer for SCS Pactor modems White Squall Consulting Inc. is happy to provide pricing discounts to emergency communication administrations.  Our only requirement is that the order request be on the emergency administration letter head and include a purchase order.

 

District Of Ucluelet Emergency Comm Center HF Configuration

The District of Ucluelet is a small town on the west coast of Vancouver Island well isolated from the rest of the island by mountains and with also quite isolated from a commercial communication standpoint.  Ucluelet however, is an excellent example of an administration that is well aware of their communication issues and has moved to solve them.  We installed an HF communication system for them several years ago which has provided them with reliable HF backup.

The Ucluelet communication system uses a Barrett 2050 HF transceiver with its associated AC power supply, interfaced to an SCS DR7800 Pactor modem.  The 12Volt DC cable supplied with the Barrett 2050 can be connected to a 12Volt supply while using the AC power supply.  This provided uninterrupted operation if AC power is lost.  This equipment configuration can be used for both mobile and portable applications by removing the AC power supply and connecting the transceiver to a 12Volt power source.

 

Antenna Installation

An NVIS antenna was installed on the roof of the EMC located in the Ucluelet Fire Hall.  This antenna was configured for 75 and 40 meters.  Testing has confirmed excellent SSB voice and digital operation between other stations located within the Province of BC.

 

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SCS Mail client configuration testing has been very successful using 75, 60 and 40 meters communicating with a server located at our premises in Ladysmith, BC.

Ucluelet Tx-Rx Setup

Barrett 2050 Transceiver with

SCS DR7800 Pactor Modem

 

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BHI NES 10-2 MK3 Noise Elimination Speaker was included for SSB Voice application.

NVIS antenna

NVIS Antenna Configuration similar to that installed on the Fire Hall in Ucluelet BC

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NVIS Antenna Transmit Characteristics

Portable NVIS Antenna System

White Squall Consulting Inc. has built and tested several of these portable NVIS antenna systems.   Test results were consistently excellent.

This inexpensive antenna structure was constructed using a 6 foot length of 1 1/2" PVC plumbing pipe with the radials were cut for 75 and 40 meters. The antenna structure was mounted on a 4'x4' piece of 3/4" plywood attached to the roof racks of the vehicle.

A simple mounting bracket was attached to the PVC antenna structure that could be quickly mounted on the plywood base.  The antenna radials with egg insulators on each radial were coiled separately.  When the vehicle arrived at the operational location the antenna structure was setup, the radials uncoiled and connected  to short lengths of 3/8"  rebar driven into the ground.  The coax feed line was also uncoiled and connected to the transceiver mounted in the trunk of the vehicle.  The time from parking to being on the air using either voice or data was less than 30 minutes.

This NVIS application could provide a quick, easy and inexpensive operating option if the local Emergency Communication base station suffers building and antenna damage during an earth quake.

Emergency Communications

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A MUST FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION ADMINISTRATIONS!

With SCSmail there is no need for GSM, UMTS, LTE or satellite contracts.  SCSmail even makes you independent of the established e-mail providers and internet access.

Using SCS Mail  emergency administrations are able to establish long distance reliable HF data communication that does not rely on internet access.

 

SCS Mail client configuration testing has been very successful using 75, 60 and 40 meters communicating with a server located at our premises in Ladysmith, BC.

Download SCS Mail 2.0.1.5         Call for further information

 

Emergency Communications in British Columbia

From our experience, most of the emergency communications in British Columbia has relied primarily on VHF/UHF voice and Packet with little or no HF in many areas.  This makes a lot of sense as the most active areas are usually large and most widely populated making good VHF/UHF communication a requirement.

However, the remote areas of the Province have very little to no emergency communication infrastructure plus a lack of qualified individuals to operate the equipment if it was available.  It would appear that these areas have been forgotten by the Provincial Government.   Many of these locations are in mountain valleys and some have access to amateur radio repeaters.  Local first responders also rely on repeaters to access their administrations and will be totally isolated if those repeaters are lost.  There is a good argument to be made for reliable backup HF communication in these locations using either amateur or commercial HF communication equipment.

As the only Canadian direct dealer for SCS Pactor modems White Squall Consulting Inc. is happy to provide pricing discounts to emergency communication administrations.  Our only requirement is that the order request be on the emergency administration letter head and include a purchase order.

 

District Of Ucluelet Emergency Comm Center HF Configuration

The District of Ucluelet is a small town on the west coast of Vancouver Island well isolated from the rest of the island by mountains and with also quite isolated from a commercial communication standpoint.  Ucluelet however, is an excellent example of an administration that is well aware of their communication issues and has moved to solve them.  We installed an HF communication system for them several years ago which has provided them with reliable HF backup.

Ucluelet Tx-Rx SetupNES10_2MK3_Front

 

 

 

 

 

SCS DR7800 Pactor Modem and BHI NES10-2 MK3 Noise Cancellation Speaker

The Ucluelet communication system uses a Barrett 2050 HF transceiver with its associated AC power supply, interfaced to an SCS DR7800 Pactor modem.  The  12Volt DC cable supplied with the Barrett 2050 can be connected to a 12Volt supply while using the AC power supply.  This provided uninterrupted operation if AC power is lost.  This equipment configuration can be used for both mobile and portable applications by removing the AC power supply and connecting the transceiver to a 12Volt power source.

Antenna Installation

NVIS antenna

An NVIS antenna was installed on the roof of the EMC located in the Ucluelet Fire Hall.  This antenna was configured for 75 and 40 meters.  Testing has confirmed excellent SSB voice and digital operation between other stations located within the Province of BC.

Portable NVIS Antenna System

Portable NVIS Application

White Squall Consulting Inc. has built and tested several of these portable NVIS antenna systems.   Test results were consistently excellent.

This inexpensive antenna structure was constructed using a 6 foot length of 1 1/2" PVC plumbing pipe with the radials were cut for 75 and 40 meters. The antenna structure was mounted on a 4'x4' piece of 3/4" plywood attached to the roof racks of the vehicle.

A simple mounting bracket was attached to the PVC antenna structure that could be quickly mounted on the plywood base.  The antenna radials with egg insulators on each radial were coiled separately.  When the vehicle arrived at the operational location the antenna structure was setup, the radials uncoiled and connected  to short lengths of 3/8"  rebar driven into the ground.  The coax feed line was also uncoiled and connected to the transceiver mounted in the trunk of the vehicle.  The time from parking to being on the air using either voice or data was less than 30 minutes.

This NVIS application could provide a quick, easy and inexpensive operating option if the local Emergency Communication base station suffers building and antenna damage during an earth quake.

 

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