Compassion in Action!
Emergency-Preparedness and Disaster-Response
Communications Support for the Peninsula & Beyond.

Why is Radio of Hope involved in a project of this nature? Service! While Jesus did say that His
Kingdom "was not of this world" (John 18:36) that doesn't mean that His people are never to be
concerned with the issues that surround or disrupt daily life for their fellow human beings. Christ took
a personal interest in men and women while He lived on this earth. Wherever He went He was a 
We are to go about doing good, even as He did. We are instructed to feed the hungry, clothe
the naked, and comfort the sorrowing. Persons impacted by man-made or natural disaster (whether
large or small) are opportunities for the Kingdom to be seen in a loving and practical manner.

Oly-Comm radio operators are individuals who are willing to be a blessing when practical human needs
arise in ways that are either routine or well beyond the norm. 
The communication activities of Oly-Comm
help to facilitate a real-life demonstration of Christianity to those in need. Preparing for a "Cascadia-Subduction"
type event will provide additional opportunities for the words of Malichi 4:2 to ring loudly and clearly to the hurting;
"But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings..."

Initially conceived to ensure the timely transfer of information between media outlets, in times of disaster,
Oly-Comm has expanded to become so much more. Why not be part of something special in the area? 
All individuals that desire to be Oly-Comm participants are invited to respond with basic contact information,
and group or agency affiliation (if any). Individuals overlapping within other public-service, private agencies and
the Amateur Radio Service are encouraged for purposes of broad interoperability. Why wait for AT&T Firstnet or
a similar Verizon system for Washington State in the future (which itself may or may not survive the next disaster)
when Oly-Comm is here now? Can there ever be too many backups in place? All community- minded individuals
are invited to consider participating within the Oly-Comm framework. Describe your general areas of interest and
any other information that may be helpful in determining how to best proceed together.

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In the event that you have not had much experience with repeater-based, UHF-FM, two-way radio systems,
our basic configuration details are, briefly, presented below. Documents outlining Operational Protocols are here.

As can be seen from this image the ability to communicate over significant distances, and to overcome
local obstacles to a sufficient response, is accomplished with the proper system design. The radio
service in which this installation is licensed is the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) which began
as the "Class A Citizens Radio Service" with roots dating back to the late 1940s & early 50s. Bearing little
resemblance to the 27 MHz "Class D CB Radio Service", so popular (and frustrating) in the 1970s & 80s,
the GMRS is operated with modern UHF-FM communications equipment with performance nearly identical
to current Police, Fire and other First-responder systems, yet still permitting "family-style" operation.

Base, hand-held, and mobile units can communicate directly between individual units, when the local need
exists, BUT they also have the ability to conduct wide-area communications by connecting THROUGH
the mountain-top repeater. In fact, this is the typical mode of communication as it helps to regularly connect
all Oly-Comm members thus developing their two-way radio skills and sense of community.

The first repeater upon which this system is based is a Kenwood TKR-850. It has been installed and operates in a
dual-back-up mode with a UPS which is, itself, backed-up with an on-site generator powered by 400 gallons
of LP gas. The current antenna (Tram-1458) is a proof-of-concept device (5db gain) that will be replaced with
a larger and more capable antenna (DB-413 or Sinclair SD318-HF2P4LDF(D00)) (10db gain) mounted on our
main tower and another 60' above ground. Tower elevation is 2000+ feet above sea level. As means permit,
expansion plans call for additional repeaters to provide coverage over the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia metro area
and West-end of Jefferson and Calallam Counties. A "close-in" saturation repeater for the Quimper Peninsula
is also being considered to enhance hand-held operations over difficult terrain.

Contributions toward the Blyn project competition (about $3,900.00) can be made via our donations page or mail.

Service area map - Blyn Mountain Repeater
(Prediction is based upon typical equipment performance histories and the known terrain.)
Green and gold shading indicate areas of operation, depending upon specific transmitter power. 
This map was generated with an arbitrary distance cut-off beyond about 100 miles. This UHF-FM
system is designed from a distance-coverage perspective. Improved local-saturation-coverage will
ultimately be accomplished when our 10db gain antenna is in place at our highest tower location.

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