by John E. Usalis, Republican & Herald
(TNS) — Even with cellphones, email and other forms of modern communication, the hobby of amateur radio continues to be popular thanks to groups like the Schuylkill Amateur Repeater Association.
The association is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, having been organized by 25 men on March 5, 1975. Of the 25 charter members, 23 were licensed amateur radio operators.
While amateur radio has been a longstanding fun hobby, it is also important for emergency communications. One of SARA’s objectives is to contribute its assistance to the county and local communities in any way possible, and to have available a backup radio communications system, with trained operators, to assist in passing important messages during any emergency.….
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