San Diego/Imperial County Chapter of the American Red Cross

The San Diego/Imperial County Chapter of the American Red Cross has a communications group and a radio room with 4 uhf, vhf radios, a HF rig with amp., a packet station,  A scanner for emergency information.  We have a full time connect for APRS.  We are expanding our low band national radio usage with additional radios.  We are in the planning stage of UHF and low band links for back country coverage. 

We now have over 20 active hams in our group and new hams are joining as they learn more about what we do. Of course, The Red Cross has the most extensive life saving training of any second responder group.  It gives the individual a full panorama of ways to serve the community: Sheltering, Logistics, Damage Assessment, Communications, Liaison to first responders and other government agencies, spiritual care, mental health services,  WIC (women infant care), Blood Services to name a few.   

You can become qualified to respond to disasters all over the United States and in some instances the World. As you can see it certainly qualifies for an amateur radio operator to belong to the Red Cross as an Emergency Group. is the web link and click on Volunteer Resources.

The Contact for volunteering is:  Beth Burns  1-619-542-7434 or 1-619-542-7433.  She heads the human resources department.  Of course you can call Ted Thompson his no is 619-542-7645 He is Response Technology Manager. You can call me Jim W6SST at 760-598-3252. Iím a volunteer in communications and Disaster Response.

Courtesy of Jim Egerton W6SST