Skamania County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SCARES) has recently installed a radio repeater on Augspurger Mountain for the primary purpose of facilitating emergency radio communications when normal methods of communications are unavailable.
At an elevation of 2900 feet, Augspurger Mountain provides the ability for amateur radio operators (aka “hams”) to communicate throughout most of southern Skamania County along with Klickitat, Hood River, and Wasco counties. Repeaters provide a relay between radio operators extending the distance they can communicate and also around physical obstacles such as mountains.
This repeater installation was made possible by the donation of equipment, material, and labor by local area hams. Local hams also acknowledge landowners Broughton Lumber Co. and SDS Lumber Co. for managing the property, for their permission and support in allowing the placement of the repeater on their tower.
SCARES is a volunteer public service organization of radio amateurs that provide emergency communication capabilities to the Skamania County Department of Emergency Management during emergencies and disasters.
“Our SCARES personnel were instrumental in providing emergency communications support for the Skamania County Emergency Operations Center during the 2017 Eagle Creek and Archer Mt fires” said Dave Brown, Skamania County Sheriff.
For more information, see http://skamania-prepare.org/ares/.
SCARES is always looking for licensed amateur radio volunteers. For persons interested in getting an amateur radio license, Radio Amateurs of the Gorge (http://w7rag.com) is giving a free class Nov. 15 and 16 in Hood River.