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Veteran's Hospitals -- Where can we assist?


Subject: Vet's hospital

From the Desk of K4SHE #204075196 Washington, Utah We are having meetings with the Vet’s Hospital Staff in Ivin’s Utah laying the ground work to install a Ham shack at the new Vet’s Hospital at no charge to them in order to teach classes there to get interested patient’s in Radio as a new hobby or for license hams a Shack to go to and reduce the boredom. Any suggestions would be helpful. please rely to

(This message was submitted to TALARC by email on November 18 from Ken and Maxine Forshee, It seems to be a terrific topic--have others around the country done this? Or might have the opportunity to start such a program?)



April 17, 2014 - 5:18pm

For those ham vets who don't have radios, but can lay their hands on an iPhone - there is a free EchoLink app. It will use the cell towers when you can't reach a WiFi. It's an affordable way to participate.

73 de n7net


April 25, 2014 - 1:52pm

You might want to contact K6VAH.

Veterans Affairs California Amateur Radio Emergency Service ( VACARES )

This station is located in the Administration Building of the Sacramento VA Medical, Mather, CA.

Our mission, provide communications in times of emergency and disaster for the Veterans Affairs and the general public. The station consists of 2 HF operating positions and 1 VHF/UHF position. The station has an assortment of antennas, Inverted Vee's, Slopers, Dipoles and Vertical Antennas, we operate from 160 Meters to 6 Meters, future plans are to install a 5 Band Yagi at 90 feet and 40 Meter 5/8 wave vertical, roof mounted with radials.

In addition to this station, there is an HF, VHF & UHF backup station located atop the Hospital Tower Building. We have over 40,000 square feet of roof space to erect antennas, most of the antennas are at least 70 feet above the ground and those on the Hospital Tower Building are presently at 120 feet.

This station is one of 6 proposed sites that are being erected. They are located in Northern California, Central California and Northern Nevada. Future sites will be located in Hawaii, American Samoa and Guam. When all the site installations are completed, we will have the capability to communicate via voice and digital modes. All stations will have Multi-Band HF Yagis in addition to wire antennas, some will have HF Verticals.

We will continue to update this site information as we progress through the phases of design, installation, testing and operation.



Station Engineer & Trustee
nt to get in contact with K6VAH. From the site:


May 9, 2014 - 12:31pm

Good point about EchoLink. Our monthly TALARC IRLP net may more properly be called the IRLP/EchoLink net, since we've moved to a node that allows both IRLP operators and Echolink operators to participate at the same time. Instead of connecting to IRLP 9205, now we connect to IRLP node 9735. EchoLink users may join us there by navigating to the "CROSSRDS" conference.

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