On a recent trip to New York, John, EI7IG, met with Charles J. Hargrove, N2NOV. New York City ARECS/RACES Citywide Radio Officer/Skywarn Co-ordinator, and his wife Karen, N2ZYF, to discuss various aspects of Emergency Communications.
Charles was involved in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 where the Office of Emergency Management requested that their organisation provided communications for the Red Cross. The wide ranging discussion covered all aspects of emergency communications. Charles, gave great insight into how their Emcomm Group operates from an organisational, training and operational perspective. John, EI7IG related how AREN as developed over recent years, and has engaged in demonstrations, exercises, and indeed some joint events with other organisations.
Discussions included the APRS and voice repeater networks, their use in AREN events, the recent donation of the trailer and the ongoing work to convert it for use as a Mobile Command Post. It is planned to keep the communications links open for further exchange of information in relation to Emergency Communications.
Interestingly Charles and his partner have roots in the Waterford and New Ross area and were in Ireland earlier this year.