December 9, 2013
Our initial purchase of the lite link repeater goes back many years… I do not have the exact year, but estimate it is 20+ years ago…
At the time, Coquitlam Search and rescue did not have a fixed repeater, and we had many areas where communications was impossible. What was needed was a repeater that could be placed at strategic locations AND carried in by a hiker. This small compact unit with the option of battery configurations was the perfect combination of portability, extended field usage and simplicity.
We now have 2 fixed repeaters, but with over 1700km2 of some of the most rugged and inaccessible area in the Southwest of BC, we still have many searches that still require the use of the Lite link.
The unit is reliable (Only replaced the batteries 2-3 times over the years) and the simplicity of installation means even the least technical person can set it up. (This is important for tired searchers at 3 am, in blinding snow!)
This little unit has made communications possible and safe in areas that would not be accessible otherwise. We truly appreciate this unit and endorse it fully.
Coquitlam Search and Rescue