Communications System

for the Pasco West 10th & Pablo Canyon Neighborhoods
Instructions for the Walkie-Talkie Operators
and general instructions for everyone

We have 20 Kenwood FreeTalk walkie-talkies (w-t’s) distributed to key people throughout the Pasco West 10th and Pablo Canyon neighborhoods, with 13 in the Pasco West 10th, one to a walkie-talkie operator in each Group of 10. These w-t’s are Family Radio Service (FRS) radios and operate on 3 AA batteries, having 14 channels and 38 sub-channels (i.e. 38 scramble codes for each of the 14 channels).  Unlike ham radios, when someone in the area is on one of the 14 channels, no one else can talk on that channel until the person stops talking and stops holding down the talk button.  Scramble codes keep people on other sub-channels from understanding what you are saying, but they do not give you an additional channel.  Our assigned channels are:

Pasco West 10th:  channel 14.10,   &   Pablo Canyon:  channel 13.10.

In the event of the kind of disaster necessitating going to our Staging Areas, such as an
earthquake, having secured your own family, grab your CERT/NEST rescue bag, and go to the Staging Area and:

    • Turn on your w-t immediately, and TURN UP THE VOLUME TO FULL BLAST to increase your chance of hearing it.
    • Leave it on for the duration of the rescue and clip it securely onto your belt.
    • To change channels if you accidentally get off the right one, once the power is on, just push the up or
down button to get the main channel to where you want it.  Then holding down the thumb-talk button, push up or down again and it will ring the other person’s w-t.  Once they have answered, push the thumb button to talk, take your thumb off to listen.
    • To call someone specific on the w-t, use clear language, stating your name and theirs: for example:
“This is Wid Tanner calling Gordon Osborne, come in Gordon.”  Then TAKE YOUR THUMB OFF THE TALK BUTTON so that you can hear their answer.  If they don’t answer within a few seconds, try again.  After reaching the person you want to talk to, when you are finished with your statement or question and want a response from them, say , “OVER” so that they know you are done talking.  For example:

“This is Connie Koller calling Command Central. Over”
“Hi Connie, this is Karla Ashton at Command Central. What is your message? Over.”
“Can you send two men to us who can help us carry some injured to the neighborhood hospital?  Over.”
“Yes, we can send Ben Higgins and Brett Malmfeld right now, Connie. Where should they go?  Over.”
“Please send them to our Staging Area on Nelson’s front grass. Over.” “OK, thanks. They should be there in 2 minutes.  Over and out.”

    • Don’t let people play on the walkie-talkie during the drill -- it’s very confusing
    • Take batteries out of it for storage (but keep them in the box with the w-t).

If we have the type of disaster that does NOT necessitate going to our Staging Areas, such something that requires in-place sheltering, the Captains will try to call you when possible to find out the status of your family and to make a report to the Bishop.

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