Jun 2, 2009
Just a little look into life in a small village, but shared by many villages of all sizes here in Alaska.
To have a phone in Ugashik you must buy some special equipment that basically makes your phone line carried over a radio frequency to a place where it can hook into the regular phone system that serves the rest of the world. (We are too small to warrant the investment by a phone company to invest in equipment for our village)
Our connection point is Pilot Point so each resident that wants a phone has a special radio receiver unit at their home and the partner unit in Pilot Point hooked to the standard phone system. (these systems are thousands of dollars so it is a major investment for most)
All homes have a VHF radio as we use it for much of our communication with everything from airlines to kids out playing. Most villagers in an area tend to all monitor at least one common channel for a variety of reasons; emergency alerts, airline arrivals, community and school announcements, etc.
The cottage that Ann’s family are residing in for the summer does not have a phone system set up any longer as we only use it in the summer. They are staying on the property that has our processing plant and some of the fishing activities that go on. Our home is about 1/2 mile away from where Ann and family are staying.
Since there is no phone line Ann and I end up talking on the VHF. We usually start on the common channel and move over to another quickly, but all of this is conveyed on the open channel, so anyone who chooses can follow you there :-)
Anyone who follows us much on the channels is going to find that we are pretty routine and boring as we work, feed our families, try and make this summer successful for ourselves and our local fishermen/villagers!