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Equipping a CERT response trailer

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KD0TAZ

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Did you not read the post right above you? Ham radio isn't the answer here.
LOL thanks, I could swear I posted an answer to him along those lines but I guess it didn't go through. :D

I also forgot to ask, since you've all pretty much said no to LMR-400 for the feeds, would Superflex Heliax work here? What size would you recommend? I'm guessing 3/8", but since it is a better cable to begin with, would 1/4" work for us? Not concerned with cost, just the difference in loss over the 75' or so. Will Heliax "self coil" when the mast is extended/collapsed or does it need to be sleeved in Nycoil? Remember there will be three feeds.
 

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Ok I've got one for all you experts.. I belong to our county CERT team, and we are purchasing a new response trailer to replace the one that we currently have as it is too small. We have also applied for and expect to receive a decent grant to (among other things) buy new radios to replace the ancient/inadequate Motorola Talkabout FRS radios we currently use. Since I'm the only licensed ham and real tech nerd on the team they looked to me to come up with a workable radio solution. I have some ideas but there's some things I'm not sure about and want to be sure (and make sure I'm not missing anything) before I bring them my plan.
I don't wish to change the subject as I'm interested in your plan. I'm in your shoes in my CERT team. I'm the tech guy and we're trying to update our stuff as well. Would you mind telling me or linking me to where you found info to apply for your grant? We'd very much appreciate it.
 

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I don't wish to change the subject as I'm interested in your plan. I'm in your shoes in my CERT team. I'm the tech guy and we're trying to update our stuff as well. Would you mind telling me or linking me to where you found info to apply for your grant? We'd very much appreciate it.
I was not the one who applied for them (there were actually two), one was a "community improvement" grant from a local ISP so it wouldn't help you, but the other (larger) one I believe was a national organization so I will find out for you next time we meet, which will be in about two weeks.
 
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