On Saturday, January 27, the Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team (HI CERT) will operate and demonstrate their new emergency Starlink communications system to team members and the public.
The demonstration and operational instruction will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Salvo Day Use area as part of the Winter Field Day event for amateur Ham radio operators.
“All are welcome and invited to attend!” stated HI CERT in a social media post. “Learn how to make free Wi-Fi calls from your cell phones during a communications outage.”
The demonstration is part of a new initiative by the non-profit organization to provide communication stations at strategic points throughout Hatteras Island in the event of an island-wide outage.
Over the course of 2023, HI CERT purchased three trailers, which are now outfitted with the new Starlink satellite systems. When needed, these stations will be set up at three central island locales – like Hatteras, the Tri-villages, and Avon or Buxton – with instructions posted on how to connect to the Starlink systems’ phone and internet.
As a result, when communications are down, residents and visitors will be able to drive up to the mobile trailer site, break out their cell phones or laptops, and reach out to the outside world.
The first station was successfully set up and utilized in December, after a communications outage in southern Hatteras Island.
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