TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 19.19 DATE: May 12, 2019
SUBJECT: BRING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT
When you're asked to help provide communications for some activity, try to have your own equipment with you, and available in case you need it.
There's are several reasons to bring your own equipment. The last time you may have used someone else's equipment might have been quite a while ago, and it may not work, you may have to re- learn how to use it, or some of the equipment may be missing. If the equipment is there, and it's programmable, it may have lost its memory, or may have been re-programed, which will cause you lost time providing the service. If the equipment has been setting very long, it may be okay at first, but may fail, or quit working while you're using it.
In any case, by having your own equipment with you, you'll know its condition, how to use it, and there's a better chance of providing the service that you've been asked to provide.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV