Los Angeles Hams Improves Emergency Communication Capabilities With ARDC Grant
To track down these sources of interference, ARESLAX, a branch of the ARRL Los Angeles Section, has a corps of technical volunteers. Without the proper equipment, however, the task is long and sometimes unsuccessful. To facilitate the work of volunteers, ARESLAX recently purchased a Fluke ii910 Acoustic Imager with a grant of $ 23,600 from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC).
The Fluke ii910 Acoustic Imager combines ultrasonic detection with visual techniques to locate the source of interference and produce photographic evidence. This data is invaluable when submitting a repair request to a utility company. The capabilities of the ii910 Acoustic Imager are particularly useful in the dense RF environment of Southern California, which has many potential noise sources.
ARESLAX’s goal is to eliminate all RFI sources in Los Angeles County. This would pave the way for better communications in emergencies and ultimately save lives.
ARESLAX is a non-profit corporation that supports the work of the Los Angeles County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). The Los Angeles County ARES provides back-up communication for most of the county’s receiving hospitals and for the County Department of Health Services Medical Alert Center. To accomplish this mission, Los Angeles County ARES trains amateur radio operators in emergency communications and provides assistance in setting up and troubleshooting amateur radio stations, with the goal of increasing the number operators ready to intervene when emergency communications are required.
Learn more about Los Angeles County ARES at http://www.areslax.org.
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and Internet communication technology. The organization began by managing the allocations of the AMPRnet address space, which is intended for licensed amateur radio operators worldwide. In addition, ARDC provides grants to projects and organizations that follow the practice and tradition of amateur radio technical experimentation in the areas of amateur radio and digital communication science. Such experimentation has led to vast advances for the benefit of the general public, such as mobile telephony and wireless Internet technology. ARDC envisions a world where all of these technologies are available through open source hardware and software, and where everyone has the ability to innovate on them.
Learn more about ARDC at https://www.ampr.org.