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HF for remote wilderness emergency in western US?

Mar 14th 2017, 22:14

K6PAA

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Scenario: A 4WD vehicle equipped with a Ham radio (40 m & 80 m) hopelessly broken down (or with someone with a heart attack) in the remote wilderness of the western US.
(No 2m/440 repeaters are available.)

Question: How would I try to summon help with the Ham radio as above?

Any thoughts greatly appreciated!

Thanks- Peter KF6FZD
Mar 15th 2017, 16:09

AI4BJ

Joined: Sep 2nd 2003, 12:14
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I would try to find a net or QSO in progress (never very hard on 40M), and break in with "Break -- Emergency". Failing that, and only if it were a true emergency, I would find an open frequency and call "Mayday, Mayday, AI4BJ calling Mayday, Mayday".

Mark, AI4BJ
Mar 16th 2017, 17:48

K6PAA

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Hi Mark,
Many thanks for the very helpful response. Just what I was looking for!

Peter KF6FZD

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