Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Emergency Managers Monitor Colorado Wildfire with Amateur TV Video

The Boulder (Colorado) Amateur Television Club was able to provide live video feeds of October's CalWood forest fire to the Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Service command post at the county emergency operations center (EOC), where the pictures were displayed on a large-screen monitor. 

According to the ARRL Letter, the images were shot by a camera located about 15 miles from the fire and equipped with a telephoto lens. The transmissions were relayed via the club's W0BTV repeater, which also carried audio from the Boulder County ARES emergency net on 2 meters. The fire consumed more than 10,000 acres and destroyed more than two dozen homes. It was not expected to be fully contained until late November.