Reconfigured news van will provide mobility to Loma Linda emergency communications capability that simply doesn’t exist today.
Room for shortwave broadcast equipment
Self-contained generator to power all equipment, as well as radio station broadcasts
Operable roof mounted antenna system will provide capability for longer range communication with Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel.
R.A.C.E.S. HAM radio group takes lead to transform former news van into rolling CERT communications command post
Above: Major makeover for news van will involve stripping out all the old TV-oriented equiment and using racks to hold shortwave and more common long-wave broadcast equipment.
Left: Alex Vasquez points out both maintenance and safety procedures to be used when deploying the antenna mast
KNBC-TV Donates News Van to CERT
KNBC/Telemundo employees Alex Vasquez and Jody Nema review complete operations and safety procedures with Loma Linda CERT and R.A.C.E.S. volunteers.
A very special “thank you” goes out to Shannon Kendall for his forward thinking, communication, negotiation, and patience in bringing about the arrival of this news van to Loma Linda. And we are especially grateful to KNBC-TV for their generous donation of this vehicle. When this van becomes fully operational, it will contribute greatly to the future safety of Loma Linda residents and to the timely communication between R.A.C.E.S./CERT volunteers and our Loma Linda First Responders.