Red Cross gets help from Radio Club

By Portia Williams

October 31, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

Thanks to the Portsmouth Radio Club, the American Red Cross had their Amateur Emergency Communications established.

The Portsmouth Radio Club, a local amateur radio organization, arranged for the American Red Cross to get their Amateur Emergency Communications established at their headquarters on Robinson Avenue.

Members of the Amateur Radio Community donated funds to buy a new power supply as well as an antenna for use in Scioto County at the Red Cross facility.

William Massie, member of the Portsmouth Radio Club, said they learned of the need and decided to act.

“When the Portsmouth Radio Club became aware of this, we received donations from some of the members to purchase a brand new Astron 20-amp power supply for use at the Red Cross at 1801 Robinson,” Massie said.

Gary Caldwell, president of the Portsmouth Radio Club, said they are excited about helping the Red Cross.

“We are thrilled to be able to help the Red Cross with their Emergency Communications. Not only will it help them, it will serve the community as well. We look forward to a long lasting relationship working with the Red Cross,” Caldwell said.

Eli Allen, Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross, believes this will strengthen the organization’s ability to communicate during an emergency or disaster situation.

“The American Red Cross has had a long history with Amateur Radio in our community during disasters. Like the Portsmouth Radio Club, the American Red Cross is not a government organization, but our goal is to alleviate human suffering in event of a disaster and partnering with Amateur Radio allows us to be timely, efficient, and good stewards of the donor dollar,” Allen said.

Allen said he is thankful for the assistance of the Portsmouth Radio Club.

“Thanks to the Portsmouth Radio Club, we now have expanded our capabilities to communicate more efficiently with this great service-oriented volunteer organization that is Amateur Radio, in the event of a disaster,” Allen said.

For more information on the Red Cross, you can visit their website at www.redcross.org/oh/portsmouth.

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