The below text is from an email where Kevin McCoy lists some Red Cross projects here in Texas that can use help from the local ARES groups or Ham clubs.
Hey, so the counties that will benefit the most would be Bexar and Midland / Ector. But both of those stations are Chapter headquarters and support 12 - 15 counties a piece.
Permian Basin (Midland / Odessa) is a new build out. I will be reaching out to MARC separately as they are not in STX section - but are in WTX section. John McKee KF5YKP is the lead out there and will be working with David Overton the ARES EC for Midland County.
The majority of the cable (400') is slated for Bexar county - and that is the chapter office for Greater San Antonio Area, and the station needs a refresh. Great station, but a lot of work needs to be done. Lead there is Hector Campos KG5OTM and Ray Mueller AE5HN and is being done in conjunction with the local club there.
Basically, we are trying to keep a quality station in each chapter HQ with Emergency Power, HF, VHF, and UHF capability. Winlink 2k. The intent is to be able to reach our ARES partners and EOCs in an emergency. We also want to be able to communicate between our chapters in the Region and other regions so that we can reach out for mutual aid as needed.
ARES and Red Cross have been partners in Disaster Response since 1935. We try and keep our radio stations fresh and active so that we will be ready to work with you when the time comes. We try and maintain Emergency Power, HF, VHF, and UHF capability at each station. We also have Winlink as an important part of maintaining communications during outages. As a part of this effort, we have been asking for donations of LMR 400 class cable. I have no doubt that as these projects progress we will be reaching out to local clubs and ARES teams for help as we proceed. Thank you for helping us stay ready.
So talk about this at your next meeting and let's put these projects behind us.
The plan for this area is to place a "splash page" or at least a link for every ham radio club or group in South Texas. I'm thinking they should be sorted by County but let's get started and work on the details as we build up the list.
Name of the Club or Group
- Where they meet, location...
- When they meet, date/time...
- The; who, what, when, where, why, and how so others can join you...
Please use the contact form to email the above info on your radio club or group to the webmaster so it can be posted here for other to see.
If you would like to be the Club and Group webmaster let me know I've been waiting for months and nobody wants to post info on their favorite ham club/group...