Emergency radio repeater installed above Highway 19 | New
On Friday, July 16, four amateur radio operators installed a radio repeater to provide emergency radio communications for Highway 19, according to a press release from the Grant County Amateur Radio Emergency Services.
The Kimberly area at Picture Gorge has little or no mobile phone coverage and has only been partially covered by radio repeaters. The repeater is on land owned by Bob and Cheri Cook and Spencer and Katie Humphreys.
Those who participated in the installation were Craig Palmer of Long Creek, Jake Bellinger of Mt. Vernon, Ryan Palmer of John Day and Steve Fletcher of John Day.
“This section of Highway 19 is very difficult to cover, and people should be grateful to the Cook and Humphreys families for allowing the repeater to be placed on their land,” Fletcher said in the statement.
The repeater has been fully funded by voluntary funds and has procedures and protocols in place in accordance with “best practices” provided by ERIC (Emergency Radio Infrastructure Coalition). It is open to amateur radio operators licensed by the FCC and, in the event of an emergency, is open to first responders.
Residents of Grant County who are interested in amateur radio communication can visit W7GCO.org for more information.