The Emergency Role of Amateur Radio.
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The report is a management study of the role amateur radio plays in civil defense emergencies. The study includes the 1 assessment of the operation of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service RACES, which is administered at the federal level by DCPA, Defense Civil Protection Agency 2 evaluation of the need for the expanded RACES potentially including all frequencies assigned to the Amateur Radio Service in civil defense emergencies 3 determination of the civil defense-military support role for radio amateurs and 4 development of recommendations for strengthening the role of amateur radio communications in emergencies. The study found that federal management of RACES has declined markedly in the 1960s. A parallel finding is that increasingly effective dedicated communications systems have been provided by civil defense agencies at all levels of government, obviating some of the need for amateur communications. Nevertheless, amateur radio can still play an important role in emergency operations if the federal government reaserts leadership and restructures RACES5 Specific recommendations are developed. Author
- Sociology and Law
- Civil Defense
- Radio Communications