Accession Number : AD0759072

Title :   The Emergency Role of Amateur Radio.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Rosenthal,Murray

Report Date : 15 DEC 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 223

Abstract : The report is a management study of the role amateur radio plays in civil defense emergencies. The study includes the (1) assessment of the operation of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), which is administered at the federal level by DCPA, Defense Civil Protection Agency; (2) evaluation of the need for the expanded RACES potentially including all frequencies assigned to the Amateur Radio Service in civil defense emergencies; (3) determination of the civil defense-military support role for radio amateurs; and (4) development of recommendations for strengthening the role of amateur radio communications in emergencies. The study found that federal management of RACES has declined markedly in the 1960s. A parallel finding is that increasingly effective dedicated communications systems have been provided by civil defense agencies at all levels of government, obviating some of the need for amateur communications. Nevertheless, amateur radio can still play an important role in emergency operations if the federal government reaserts leadership and restructures RACES5 Specific recommendations are developed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, *CIVIL DEFENSE), RADIO EQUIPMENT, FREQUENCY, RADIO STATIONS, BANDWIDTH, EFFICIENCY, OPERATION, AREA COVERAGE, ORGANIZATIONS

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Civil Defense
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE