Finding Wanders Quickly — Middletown FD finds hiding boy

Middletown Fire Dept (MFD) demonstrated the SafetyNet tracker bracelet system on Sunday October 20th at Glen Park in Portsmouth.  Pictures can be viewed online here

Aided by MFD, a citizen volunteer (Rob White KB1ZZU)  used MFD’s  tracker equipment to find a well-hidden 10 year old Cub Scout in about five minutes. MFD fire fighters then let the 10 year old scout track down another 216 MHz radio tracker bracelet well-hidden up a distant tree.

It was pretty clear to all that this tracker technology could save hundreds of labor hours trying to find a wandering person before they fall into the water or die from exposure.

An estimated 24,000 Rhode Islanders fit into the wandering category.   Newport’s city council recently passed a resolution asking city staff to look at this tracking option. The tracker equipment and training is provided at no cost to the city. The tracking bracelet has a nominal monthly charge.

Portsmouth FD is also trained in the use of this equipment.

This demo was arranged by the Newport County Radio Club who hosted local Boy Scouts this last weekend at a Jamboree on the Air training event at Glen Park.


Lunchtime turns Glenn Park into a Ham Paradise

The antennas have been raised, and the rigs have been tested, so NCRC is all ready for the Boy Scout Jamboree which starts Saturday morning and continues through Sunday at Noon.

Listen to W1SYE if you get a chance and help the scouts with a on-air contact.  Complete information on JotA can be found here.

If you click on this link you will see how Willy, W1LY, launched one of the lines used to support the HF antenna (a 135 foot dipole):  W1LY Launching Antenna

Help Us Help Scouts with a QSO

W1SYE will be on the air this weekend, starting at 8:30 AM Saturday morning, as the Jamboree on the Air station for the Boy Scouts.  Each scout will need to make 10 minutes worth of QSOs as part of their merit badge requirements.  We will be staffing a HF station and a VHF station, and would very much like to have club members standing by to help a scout with a QSO.

If you can help us out, please go to this link