November 2014 Franklin County SAR Meeting

The Franklin Co. Search and Rescue November meeting was held on the 20th at the Agri-building in Ozark on Airport Rd at 1900hrs. The main topic of discussion and training was the new hand held radios. Fred Mullen was the subject matter expert and began the training with an over-view of the new radios and what each button and knob was responsible for.

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These radios have the capability of Analog, Digital as well as Simplex. Each radio has 16 zones with 16 channels per zone. These new SAR radios are programmed so that our frequently used channels are all on the same zone. The radios have very good battery life and are much clearer than those we previously used. Those of you who have attempted to use a hand held radio along the OHT from Cherry Bend to Herrod’s creek know how sketchy the signal can be. The new digital capabilities will be a big advantage during SAR missions in that region as well as the north side of White Rock Mt. and along the Mulberry River.

   The FCSAR Christmas dinner will be held on the evening of December 18th. The dinner will begin at 1900hrs. This is a potluck dinner and everyone is welcome to bring their favorite dish. There will be a gift exchange for those who would like to participate. The adult’s gift needs to be $10 or less and the child’s gift will need to be $5 or less. We will have a donation box for anyone who would like to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. We will also have a donation box for anyone who would like to donate an item for the local animal shelter. Some items would include dry food, beds, collars, treats and toys.                                                                                                                                                              

***It is recommended that everyone RSVP for the dinner. This will allow us to have the appropriate number of tables and chairs as well as party favors.                                                                                                 

***To RSVP for the party or if you have any questions please contact:                                                           

Courtney Crawford @ (479) 650-9672    or email her at courtneycrawford@gmail.com                       

Written by: D. Sutter

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