Dallas County REACT, Inc., a chartered team of REACT INTERNATIONAL, INC., has grown in many ways since its inception in 1967. For many years, we monitored CB channel 9 from high atop the former Southland Life building in downtown Dallas. With our base station and Super Scanner antenna, we had solid coverage of nearly all Dallas County. For many years motorists knew that if they needed assistance, all they had to do was to call on channel 9 and REACT would be there, loud and clear, to help.
Several factors, including the decline in popularity of CB radio, spurred a change in direction and operating procedures of our group. With the strength and unity of our team, we began to focus on our role as a mutual aid organization. We abandoned our fixed downtown location in favor of a “mobile command center.” No longer tied to a particular location, we could now establish our central point of operations wherever we were needed. Our membership began pursuing amateur radio as a communications resource in addition to the public frequencies we had always used. We also formed relationships with local government agencies and let them know we were capable and ready to assist during times of disaster.
Today, most of our team’s routine operations are conducted on GMRS. We are capable of operating on almost all HF, VHF and UHF amateur radio, public safety, and business bands.
We discontinued regular monitoring of CB channel 9 several years ago. However, we do continue to support the use of CB radio and include it among our array of communications options.