BTG Communications traces its roots back to 2013 when it was initially established as S.H.T.F.L.I
(Shit Hits The Fan Long Island) by a group of friends who recognized the urgent need for reliable backup communications in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The project began with various radio communication attempts, starting with CB radio equipment which proved ineffective due to coverage limitations.
The team then explored Amateur radio equipment, but encountered challenges. Some of these challenges were the need for licenses for each family member and non-reliable infrastructure across the island. Through research the founders discovered the GMRS Radio band. This radio service offers repeater capabilities and expansive coverage similar to Amateur radio but with broader accessibility. This solution perfectly aligned with their goal of providing reliable communications for themselves, their families, and the surrounding communities.
Over the years BTG Communications has evolved into a network spanning three sites situated on commercial towers. Each location is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and generator backup. Tower locations include Nassau County (Plainview), Suffolk County (Selden), and Eastern Long Island (South Hampton). This establishes BTG as the largest GMRS repeater system on Long Island, and the tri-state area. The interconnected towers ensure seamless communication across the entire island with just one key press of the mic.
BTG also collaborates with the Midwest GMRS repeater system in Illinois and Indiana on specified days and times, fostering interesting and enjoyable conversations with stations nationwide.
As a family-oriented organization, BTG offers technical assistance in various aspects of communications, from equipment purchases and setup, to radio programming and mobile/base station installations.
Drawing lessons from Hurricane Sandy, they emphasize the importance of being prepared for major disasters,
as regular communication methods will likely become unavailable.
This groups entire drive has been based on the words of Benjamin Franklin.
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
Join BTG Communications to ensure you're ready for whatever comes your way.