Equipment Resource Page


Amateur Radio | FRS | GMRS
Last Updated: 6 February 2020


Introduction

This page highlights best practices for equipment used by CARES, CERT, and Citizen Corps.

This page will be updated as additional material is identified.


Amateur Radio

The following table describes the top 4 HTs used by CARES members. Based on the January 2020 HT Survey, there were another 22 different models also owned with Yaesu being the most popular (31 owned), followed by Kenwood, Wouxun, Icom, Radio Shack, and Std Horizon. Operating an Amateur Radio in the Amateur Radio Service requires an FCC license.

MfgrModelBandsType#OwnersNotes
Yaesu FT-60 2m/440HT 19 NiMH+AA tray
Kenwood TH-F6 2m/220/440HT 5 Li-ion, dual-recv
Baufeng UV-5R 2m/440HT 3 Li-ion
Yaesu FT-65 2m/440HT 2 Li-ion, rev-SMA, C4FM

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FRS

The following table describes the FRS equipment used by CERT members. Operating an FRS Radio in the Family Radio Service DOES NOT require an FCC license.

MfgrModelBandsType#OwnersNotes
Motorola T5410 FRS HT 2 0.48W
Motorola T600/T605 FRS HT 10+ 1.3W/0.4W; City ARK plan
Motorola T7400 FRS HT 2 1.0W/0.3W

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GMRS

The following table describes the GMRS equipment used by CARES and CERT members. Operating a GMRS Radio in the General Mobile Radio Service requires an FCC license.

    HT's
MfgrModelBandsType#OwnersNotes
Midland GXT1000GMRS HT 7 0.5W/5W, Rptr
Motorola MR350R GMRS HT 2 0.5W/1.5W, Rptr
Midland GXT800 GMRS HT 1 Replaced by GXT1000

    Mobiles
MfgrModelBandsType#OwnersNotes
Midland MXT115 GMRS Mobile 9 5W/15W, Rptr, City ARK plan
Midland MXT275 GMRS Mobile 2 5W/15W, Rptr
Midland MXT400 GMRS Mobile 1 5W/40W, Rptr
NOTES
  1. Rptr = supports GMRS repeaters

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Upcoming Activities


5 Mar 2020, General Meeting
Topic: introduction to Amateur Packet Radio. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, **EOC, City Hall**   

2 Apr 2020, General Meeting
Topic: Alt911 Update. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

11 Apr 2020, Big Bunny 5K
CARES support for this annual family friendly 5K run/walk. 7:00am to 11:00am.   More Details...

7 May 2020, General Meeting
Topic: Power & Comm Outage Drill Prep. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, **EOC, City Hall**   

16 May 2020, Field Communications Exercise
Details: TBD, 8:00am to 12:00pm   

4 Jun 2020, General Meeting
Field Day, Forth of July Event Prep. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

27 Jun 2020, Field Day!
National Amateur Radio event that promotes emergency communications preparedness. Location TBD, 8:00am to 5:00pm.   

4 Jul 2020, Fireworks Event!
CARES, CERT, and MRC support for Cupertino's annual Fireworks event. 4:45pm to 11:00pm.   More Details...

3 Sep 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

1 Oct 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

24 Oct 2020, S.E.T. Field Comm Exercise
Details: TBD. 8:00am to 12:00pm   

5 Nov 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

7 Nov 2020, 5K Run
Sponsored by the SCC SO, FD, Valley Medical. Details TBD.   More Details...

3 Dec 2020, General Meeting
Year-end Review. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center