Photo by Sid Hastings
Ever since Marconi tinkered with wireless transmissions in the early 1900s, people have been fascinated with communicating via the airwaves. Today there are over 700,000 amateur radio licenses issued to private individuals in the U.S. In our rural county alone there are approximately 300 license holders. Granted not all of those are active, some haven’t touched their radio in years and some are simply no longer with us.
Amateur radio operators (also known as “hams”) have played a vital role in disaster response for decades. Groups such as ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) are well established and have good working relationships with other disaster planners. In our city alone there are ham radio stations set up at the local hospital, the City Hall and the Fire Department”
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