For those interested in Neighborhood Radio Watch (NRW) programs, here are links to two Facebook pages + a webpage:
1) Columbia College GMRS Group (NRW nets on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm);
2) Groveland GMRS Radio Watch (NRW nets on Saturday nights at 7 pm):
and 3) Groveland GMRS Radio Watch Repeater webpage:
Twain Harte Area – check in on GMRS , channel 17 (no tone) Sunday mornings at 9am
With the potential for massive failures of our land lines and mobile phone infrastructure, during a wildfire, there is increased interested in developing neighborhood based radio watch groups.
Everyone in a neighborhood can participate with a Family Radio (FRS), General Mobile Radio (GMRS) or Ham Radio and enable local area or county-wide communications without physical infrastructure. When all else fails, these radios will work. The cost of the radios range from $20 (FRS) to $40 (GMRS) to $100 (Ham).
Key to success is identifying interested individuals from each local neighborhood throughout the entire county. If you would be interested in seeing this happen in your local neighborhood, please click on the button below and fill out a short form to register your interest in the program.