The Elmore County Fire Fighters Association used funds purchased a new VHF repeater for the Elmore County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and a new VHF repeater for Volunteer Fire Departments in the South end of Elmore County. The funds also purchased a new, commercial quality antenna for the Elmore County ARES repeater and the associated coaxial cables, connectors, lighting arresting equipment, as well as the programming software to allow end-user maintenance of the repeater.
Since the new repeater for the South Repeater was a replacement for an existing repeater, no additional cabling was required. Installation costs from Hurricane electronics, as well as a rack, surge protector, battery backup equipment and lightning protection equipment are included in the cost.
This equipment increased our capabilities to communicate both with firefighters during emergency and non emergency situations and our local amateur radio group to communicate efficiently and clearly during response to their duties. Without receipt of these funds, we would not be able to provide the ability to purchase this equipment.