Click on the tabs above to see pictures from events where SFFMA members have participated.
Amateur Radio Public Service Corps
the Community Better Through Amateur Radio
of us as technical experts in communication.
First and foremost, we’re Amateur Radio Operators licensed by the
Federal Communications Commission to use radio spectrum and equipment to
communicate. As the FCC puts
it: “Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the
public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with
respect to providing emergency communications.”
We come from all walks of life.
Many of us also specialize in communication in our professional life.
Our driving principle is to use our skills to benefit our community. Our
skills in times of emergency are polished at Public Service events.
do we do?
We’re all equipped with two-way radios and the training to use them
effectively. We provide
communication at fundraising events open to the public.
We observe and report to the Command Post we set up.
From here, we interface to professional law enforcement and medical
personnel. We help you coordinate
logistical issues, finding supplies and getting them to the places where
they’re needed as quickly as possible. We do this by using Automatic Vehicle Location
technology as well as voice communication.
We can also distribute radios to your other volunteers, including the
We are also available as consultants for other logistical concerns. We would be happy to participate in the planning of your event. As well as communications, many of us enjoy finding cost effective solutions to any technical challenge, for example, wireless networking, lighting, power and public cooling. Our training in disaster response can help prevent a problem where the public is involved.
Events we have participated in for many years:
can we help your non-profit organization?
you’re on the committee of any large-scale public event for fundraising for a
non-profit organization, we would like to hear from you.
Planning is important, so please contact us early so that we can fit your
event into our planning schedule.
do we ask for in return?
law, we cannot accept money for our Amateur Radio activities.
We cannot help a for-profit organization.
We donate our time, skills and equipment for the public good. In return, all we ask is for your recognition of our
work. This can be in the form of a
mention on your web site or event literature.
This helps us improve the awareness of Amateur Radio among the public.
We will need space for our mobile command post, usually a trailer,
parking for our vehicles, and if possible, food and drink for our volunteers.
MAKING THE COMMUNITY BETTER THROUGH AMATEUR RADIO
of Miami Dade
Contact: Ray J. Vaughan, KD4BBM