Hello to the Staff and others in the Group. I’ve put together a little update on Emerging Technologies/Communications for this year.
There are NO changes to the CalFIRE Frequency Load for 2019. But expect some coming in 2020.
The FCC has sent a letter out stating that the small compact OVERSEAS radios; Baofeng, Wouxun
and others are not FCC CFR 47 Part 90 compliant (fcc.gov). These are the following reasons:
They can transmit more than 1.75 watts of power.
They are programmable through an outside source, ie a computer
They can be programmed to transmit outside their intended frequency range (Amateur frequencies)
NIFC has explicit orders that you MAY NOT program Federal frequencies into these radios. You should only use the radios that are on the NIFC Approved Radio list. This list can be found on their website (nifc.gov/NIICD). So stop using these radios or you could be fined by the FCC.
Verizon Wireless Emergency Response is going to start charging for their services starting this year.
The Information Technology Specialist (Computer Tech. Spec.) are now under the direction of the
Communication Unit Leader
I will update the list as other items become known.