Memorial Hospital donates transmitters to radio club

LUFKIN, TEXAS (Press release) - When all other forms of communication fail, amateur radio provides a means of communication.  Amateur radio operators have responded to local and regional disasters since the 1970s and more recently during hurricanes.  Memorial Health System of East Texas recently donated 2 paging transmitters to the Deep East Texas Amateur Radio Club.

"We can modify these transmitters to be utilized in the frequency range allocated to amateur radio operators," said Steve Glass, Deep East Texas Amateur Radio Club, Inc. President and Angelina County ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator.  "We can also build another primary or backup repeater that could be a means of communication during an emergency (hurricane or otherwise) in which primary communication mediums fail."

According to Michael Miles, the District Emergency Coordinator, The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) is a program and registered trademark of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  Individual ARES® units are autonomous and are locally operated.  They consist of FCC licensed operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for the common purpose of providing emergency and/or auxiliary communications service to public safety and public service organizations.

"With advancements in technology, Memorial is no longer in need of these paging transmitters," stated Kristi Gay, Chief Financial Officer at Memorial Health System of East Texas.  "We felt by donating the transmitters to this group many people could still benefit from this equipment in times of emergency."

The Deep East Texas Amateur Radio Club has put in many hours of their time over the past years in aiding in different disasters or emergencies that Angelina County has experienced.  From providing communications in the Shuttle Columbia Recovery in 2003 to more recently implementing a 34 hour continuous communications network during Hurricane Ike, the Club has provided much needed assistance in times of need.