Update on Community Communications Network

When the lights go out, the water rises and disaster strikes, will you be connected?

Future Net is a group of licensed ham radio operators who have been diligently putting together a communications network for just such a scenario.

Future Net operators have regular on-air meetings every Monday at 8 p.m. (146.500 MHz) to familiarize themselves with their equipment and to develop a community relay communications system. Anyone with a radio scanner or 2-meter ham radio can listen in, but one must be licensed in order to speak.

This initial fundamental structure can now be expanded upon to include other means of communication. Some neighborhoods and road groups have set-up Citizen Band (CB) or Family Radio Systems (FRS/walkie-talkie) networks. One does not need a license to communicate on CB or FRS and the equipment is relative inexpensive and easy to use.

Future Net is now focusing on expanding to those with CBs, since some of the ham radio operators also have CB equipment. The ham radio operators will serve as relays to get needed information dispersed to more communities.

If you are interested in building this network and have CB equipment, please email Heidi Gould at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our next step will be to include FRS and 10-meter ham radio operators who can communicate over extremely long distances such as New Zealand and Japan….Stay tuned.

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0 #1 Jennie 2012-10-22 21:17
Hi Heidi,
Thank you for writing about your network in Masters connection!I am very interested in getting involved and participate in your network, but I currently have no equipment. How would you advise beginner on a budget to get started?
Thanks so much,
Jennie

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