‘Ham’ operators play role in emergency response

Amateur radio operators – called radio amateurs – are always ready to spring into action to provide a vital communication link in the worst conditions, including when there is no electricity and telephones, and even for fun events such as rallies and concerts.

The American Radio Relay League, the national association of amateur radio operators, describes amateur radio — which is known as amateur radio, although the reason remains a mystery, though there are several plausible explanations — as “a mixture of entertainment, public service and experimentation.”

Locally, members of the Marion County Emergency Radio Communications Team exemplify the contributions of radio amateurs during emergencies.

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