Backcountry Emergency Radio Channel Ready for Action – Buckrail

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WYOMING – A new radio program designed to help search and rescue teams locate people in emergencies is ready and active, should backcountry users need it.

Created by the State of Wyoming, radio channel 307 operates on portable radios and is monitored only during active searches. It’s not a 911-type service – you still have to call emergency assistance to let someone know of your emergency – but by tuning into the right channel, you can communicate directly with search and rescue personnel.

To use the new channel on a portable radio, program your radio to channel 3, privacy code 07 (307) or UHF UHF 462.6125 privacy code 85.4.

Wyoming search and rescue personnel average more than 300 missions a year across the state for those who become lost or stranded. Although several of those rescued were from out of state, a higher number were Wyoming residents.

“The most common missions involve searches for people who were hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing/snowboarding, or related to motor vehicles,” the Wyoming Bureau of Homeland Security said.

Here are some steps you can take to increase your chances of being rescued:

  • Buy an FRS/GMRS compatible radio or walkie-talkie and program channel 307 into the radio
  • Program on UHF 462.6125 Privacy Code 85.4 or Channel 3 and Privacy Code 07 (307)
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Ask local authorities if a registration form is available
  • Pack the appropriate equipment and supplies
  • Check the weather forecast and avalanche forecast

You can see more Wyoming search and rescue statistics at www.wohs.us.

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Buckrail @ Shannon

Shannon is a writer and journalist from Wyoming pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at Boston University. Jackson molded her into an outdoorswoman, but a love of language and the human condition compelled her to write. She believes there is no story too small to tell and no adventure too small to take.

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