Ham radio hobbyists offer help during disasters
By JENNIFER CALHOUN
When a tornado ripped through Enterprise eight years ago and wiped out most forms of communication, an unlikely group of heroes were there to help – the Enterprise Amateur Radio Society.
The club is made up of about 12 to 15 people, all of whom are interested in ham radios, a wireless technology that allows people to communicate with others all over the world — and in space – through radio waves.
But it’s not just about trading jokes with people around the world, Todd Pippin, president of EARS said. Ham radio has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Association as part of the national’s disaster preparedness infrastructure……
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