Volunteers utilize Motorola communications equipment to increase radio connectivity across the region

Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Illinois recently breathed new life into some nearly-forgotten communications equipment in the Illinois River Valley.

After last summer’s tornado in the Woodridge/Naperville area, a gap in communication services was identified when many systems went offline during the response to that disaster. Though it has been off for many years members of the Disaster Workforce Technology team updated the Red Cross Repeater system, a Motorola CDR500, at the Wheaton Center to have additional communication services in the area.

The volunteers worked on the system for about four hours; tuning the radios, replacing cables, and tuning the cavity system. They also installed a temporary antenna system bringing the 20-year-old system back into full working order. Now in blue or gray sky operations, the system will allow Red Cross and emergency management officials to continue communicating no matter the situation.

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