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Thomas Fire Response Also Demonstrates Amateur Radio’s Social Media Value:

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The ARRL Letter

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January 11, 2018

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Thomas Fire Response Also Demonstrates Amateur Radio’s Social Media Value:

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC
https://www.sbarc.org/
)
members kept a close watch on the Thomas Fire after it broke out in
early December. Using a variety of the club’s analog and digital
Amateur Radio assets, radio operators were able to observe
fire-fighting efforts first hand and pass along immediate information,
often before it was reported by official sources or by local news
media. SBARC operates five communication sites in Santa Barbara County,
including sites on Diablo Peak on the mostly uninhabited Santa Cruz
Island, and on Santa Ynez Peak.

“These two sites host [Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast]
ADS-B receivers that are connected via a combination of amateur
microwave IP links and mesh networking and were used to track and
monitor airborne firefighting activities,” Levi Maaia, K6LCM, co-chair
of SBARC’s Telecommunications Services Committee, told ARRL.

Starting in mid-December, a round-the-clock emergency net convened on 2
meters, as commercial power for much of Santa Barbara County was cut
and the fire descended on residential communities in Santa Barbara
County, prompting multiple evacuation orders. With repeaters on
generator power and many operators running on battery power, net
traffic consisted of official information, including evacuation orders,
live reports on the rapidly approaching fire line from operators who
remained inside the mandatory evacuation area, related traffic about
firefighting efforts, and

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