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Amateur Radio Plays Critical Role in Mountain Rescue

08/08/2016

Glenn Fowler, N5TDJ, of Allen, Texas, reported via Facebook that Amateur Radio served him well on August 4.

“We were on a treacherous Jeep trip up at about 13,000 feet with several other Jeeps in Colorado,” he said in his post. “One person there from Texas had a heart attack. There was no cell phone service."

"I tried a few repeaters and the National Simplex Frequency and was amazed that no one was monitoring any of them. I kept trying and finally reached an ARES station on a Breckenridge linked repeater that took our GPS coordinates and dispatched an ambulance to meet us at the first place they could intercept the trail.”

Fowler reports the individual who suffered the heart attack was hospitalized, “and, thankfully, he received lifesaving help from paramedics a lot sooner, due to ham radio.” Fowler is a member of the Plano Amateur Radio Club. 



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