No Cell Service? No Problem for Georgia Hams

Georgia Mountains’ District ARES Trains On Public Event Comms Supportcourtesy ARRL ARES E-Letter, Rick Palm K1CE, Editor
The mountainous Northwest Georgia District ARES program supports four public events each year as a public service and training exercises for its operators.
This month, the organization is supporting the Georgia Jewel foot races of 35, 50 and 100 miles and the seven aid stations situated along the course. ARES operators establish communication centers at each station and track all runners for event safety and progress.
The 36 hour event in the mountains has only 5% cell coverage, hence the focus on Amateur Radio for essential communications.