Mt. Hood white-outs no match for satcoms

A $10,000 donation by the Clackamas Federal Credit Union will fund nearly a dozen two-way satellite communication units like this one. (KOIN 6 News, July 30, 2013
A $10,000 donation by the Clackamas Federal Credit Union will fund nearly a dozen two-way satellite communication units like this one. (KOIN 6 News, July 30, 2013)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council received a grant Monday for equipment that’s expected to help save lives in the timberline areas it covers.

Search and rescue volunteers trained on the new satellite communication units Monday, July 29, 2013, at Portland's Laurelhurst Park. (KOIN 6 News)
Search and rescue volunteers trained on the new satellite communication units Monday, July 29, 2013, at Portland’s Laurelhurst Park. (KOIN 6 News)

The $10,000 donation by Clackamas Federal Credit Union will be used to purchase nearly a dozen brand newDeLorme inReach satellite communicators.

Search and rescue volunteers showed off the new text-messaging devices Monday at Portland’s Laurelhurst Park, at SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and Stark Street.

“It uses the satellite network,” said a demonstrator, “so you don’t have to have cell coverage, you don’t have to have any kind of infrastructure at all. Because in the rural areas that we cover, there is very little — or no infrastructure.”

An inReach satellite communication unit, as shown at July 29, 2013, search and rescue training at Laurelhurst Park. (KOIN 6 News)
An inReach satellite communication unit, as shown at July 29, 2013, search and rescue training at Laurelhurst Park. (KOIN 6 News)

The communicators also give base command the ability to direct a rescue team to a missing subject in a white-out condition.

 

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