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Operating in the Polar Environment

Posted by Base Camp Connect on May 5, 2021

Establishing and maintaining communications can be challenging in any environment. What works in one region of the globe may be wholly unreliable in other locations. While each biome offers its own unique set of obstacles to overcome, the polar regions are perhaps one of the most difficult to operate in, especially for communications professionals.

For those who have not ventured to the extreme ends of our planet, the Arctic and Antarctic regions present intense conditions that require individual grit and preparation if one is to complete their mission. Some of the common obstacles include low temperatures, unique and sometimes dangerous wildlife, hazardous terrain, isolation, and atmospheric conditions that can wreak havoc on communications gear.

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Topics: communications interoperability, Communications equipment, polar environment

Communications Exercises: It should be a standalone activity

Posted by Gary Schlotthauer on February 7, 2018

“No matter how good a communication system is, it can, and will, fail at some point.” – David Goldschmitt , MD. 

In 2001 -2002, while assigned to the 557th Military Police Company in the Republic of South Korea like other Military Police organizations and other units we conducted exercises to test our Standard Operating Procedures and reinforce collective and individual skills. For Military Police units, this included Law Enforcement Operations outside the concrete that makes up a city. 

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Topics: communications interoperability, Communications equipment, Law enforcement operations, Incident Command System, Standard Operating Procedures

Communication Interoperability: Lessons from Fort McMurray Wildfire

Posted by Paul Calderwood on July 25, 2017

In the first part of this article, I talked about the Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) and lessons learned from the Fort McMurray wildfire. This week, I will talk about other important communications issues raised in the KPMG report.

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Topics: communications interoperability, radio patch, radio frequency, emergency

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