We have a Red Cross facility here in town, and I have seen new vehicles with shiny new whips on them. I have no idea what freqs are in use, never really tried to monitor them. I'm figuring they would not be putting new LB antennas on new vehicles if they are not using the band. Hope that helps. Maybe I'll plug in the freqs mentioned here and see what I hear.Does the red cross still use the low band frequencies. If so, I'm thinking on days when six meters opens, if it opens during this Irene mess, I will try to receive some propagation, and that seems like something to listen for.
Well it's interesting that for being on vhf low, very little traffic is ever mentioned? I checked with a ARC member here locally, and she said they are in the trucks but didn't "work" the last she knew?Nothing has changed. You will never see PLs on these low band frequencies due to interop issues.
Check your local and statewide systems for ARC operations.
They are only used for interop during major disasters. They may go for years without being used.Well it's interesting that for being on vhf low, very little traffic is ever mentioned? I checked with a ARC member here locally, and she said they are in the trucks but didn't "work" the last she knew?
If those chapters are anything like heartland, then it's indicative they won't all be usable...Can't say anything about Illinois, but I am aware of new installations of low band stations in the southwest U.S. Same old frequencies. Don't expect to hear much on them, unless they actually need them.