Compassion in Action!
Emergency-Preparedness and Disaster-Response
Communications Support for the Peninsula & Beyond.
While Jesus did say that His Kingdom "was not of this world" (John 18:36) that doesn't mean that His
people are never concerned with the issues that surround or disrupt daily life for their fellow human beings.
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 believers who are willing to be the
hands and feet of Christ when needs arise in ways that are either routine or well beyond the norm.
Believers can break down the strongest opposition by taking a personal interest in the people they meet.
Christ took a personal interest in men and women while He lived on this earth. Wherever He went He was a
medical missionary. 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. The communication activities of Oly-Comm help to facilitate
this real-life demonstration of Christianity to those in need. Preparing for a "Cascadia-Rising" 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..."
Individuals and/or local church groups wishing to be Oly-Comm participants are invited to respond with full
contact information, group or agency affiliation (if any), general areas of interest or frequent travel and any other
information that may be helpful in determining how to best proceed together. Send Mail Here.
In the event that you have not had much experience with repeater-based, UHF-FM, two-way radio systems,
our basic configuation 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 indentical
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 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.
Contributions toward project competition (about $5000.00) can be made via our donations page or mail.
For a detailed explanation of this Community-Service Project click here. pdf
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 remote transmitter power.
This map was generated with an arbitrary distance cut-off beyond about 100 miles.
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