“MONROE — While Keith Cartwright was working in his shop Oct.10, 2015, he didn’t expect what his ham radio received — a call for help.
An amateur radio operator had broadcast the SOS, which had been transmitted through the Monroe Peak repeater, which in turn had picked up the signal from the Skyline Radio Club system.
“The signal was weak and had some steam on it,” Cartwright said. “I expected to hear someone respond to the call before I could move across the shop.”
However, when he reached his radio, no one had responded, so he broadcasted a message back. Cartwright acknowledged receipt of the mayday, and asked how he could help.
“It surprised me,” Cartwright said.
On the other end of the broadcast was a man, Andrew Burger, who was transmitting from the Ashley Twin Lakes area near Vernal. Burger was with a possible heart attack victim, Gene Bigelow.
“I didn’t even know where that was,” Cartwright said.
Burger and his friend Brandon Smith had completed a ham radio operator’s course at Brigham Young University earlier in the year, and happened to have their radios with them.
Cartwright was able to get Burger’s GPS coordinates and forward them to dispatchers in Richfield, who in turn connected him to 911 operators in Vernal.
Cartwright said he listened to radio traffic and could tell that Bigelow had been transported off of the mountain in a helicopter…..READ MORE“
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