SARCOM owns and operates a variety of specialty radio equipment that help make searches successful. We are capable of supporting operations of any size, in any terrain, and adapting to unusual circumstances.
Our primary communications unit, a retired box ambulance, is designed to be a self-sufficient mobile dispatch center. Com 1 contains 4 dispatch radios (3 VHF and 1 UHF) and two dispatcher positions, 2 mapping/logging stations with computers, a dual band ham radio, and a printer/fax/scanner.
To supplement the technology used, Com 1 also carries generators, antenna masts, a heating and air conditioning unit, and printed maps and charts.
Due to mechanical issues, Com 2 was retired and replaced with Com 3.
Soon to take over the role of primary communications unit, Com 3 is a 14 foot long utility trailer. The unit is currently under construction. Once complete, Com 3 will have equivalent capabilities to Com 1.
A hasty vehicle is designed to be a temporary substitute for our communications units. These vehicles are capable of managing search operations until a communications unit arrives on scene, or in the rare event that a communications unit cannot respond.
SARCOM currently has two fully-featured hasty vehicles. Additionally, team members have varying amounts of equipment in their vehicles that also supplement search operations.
A repeater picks up a signal and broadcasts it across a larger area. This allows all field units to maintain radio contact with base despite mountains, trees, and other obstacles. SARCOM has one portable cross-band repeater.