New sciences attract a lot of people who like to experiment and build their own stuff. Radio has received a good share of the attention since it was discovered. Many in remote areas had radios as
their only means of communication. Clubs started. Associations were formed. Networks were established. CB radio is restricted to low power, about 5 watts, and short range communications. Amateur
radio is allowed to use up to 1000 watts and unlimited range. CB channels are limited to 40 and in an urban area, they can become very busy. Amateur wavebands are wider and have more space, so it is
not as crowded. Amateur operators may use AM, SSB. (Single Side Band), FM teletype, and TV. CB doesn't need a license or testing. Amateur radio operators must pass examinations and purchase
A less known group of volunteers provide essential communications throughout the race course. A group of icom 2 way radios
as B.A.R.C., the Beargrease icom radio Coalition. These dedicated enthusiast's supply all the radio equipment and personnel to man all the check points and road crossings 24 hrs a day throughout the
whole race. Many of them are on the radio, tracking the position of every sled and every dog continuously for 24 hours at a time.
She has created the Sally Ride Science, which was created to introduce young girls to the field of science and math. It has been one of her lifetime goals regardless of the age group she was
teaching. The Sally Ride club is especially geared to upper elementary and middle school girls in an attempt to get them interested in science, math and technology.
Learn some weather prediction skills. One of the biggest dangers on the water is sudden wind changes. Wind can make kayaking very difficult to impossible at times. Learn how to view the clouds and
what they mean. Pay attention to the stories from your area about what to look for for wind or for rain. Get licensed for icom marine radio to listen to the forecasts and be able to communicate to
other mariners about the weather. Local kayak centers often provide short courses in the local weather patterns and what to look for.
At first I thought this division of labor ridiculous. Blue and pink? How sexist! Over time, though, as I thought about that conversation, I saw method in the surface madness. Thinking about my own
experience, I realized that my cruising partner and I had implicitly divided our jobs along similar lines. I was responsible for basic homemaking stuff - like cooking, cleaning, laundry, keeping
water tanks filled - as well as being the primary radio operator, family communicator, and business manager. He took care of the engine, the sailing systems, the outboard, the electrical system, and
he made sure all of our electronics stayed in working order. We just hadn't acknowledged our division of labor like Tom and Elaine had.
Supply them with GPS Tracking technology. With the simple use of a Motorola GPS enabled radio you can deploy a mobile tracking solution that keeps you in touch with your aid workers 24/7. Not only
can you communicate with them via icom communications (should the local infrastructure allow) but you can also use the integrated GPS transmitters to track positions of the workers at all
3) Water - Remember to take water, and lots of it. Dehydration occurs a lot out on the open water. People lose track of time and after a full day in the sun most people will become dehydrated. The
trick is to drink small amounts regularly. Be careful to make sure children drink heaps of water too.
From a safety standpoint, PURPLE is the color that ensures a successful cruising life, but I don't think the sailing community will ever leave pink and blue behind!