Ham radio ops set up 24-hour emergency demo
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re almost a month into Hurricane Season; and since June is typically a quieter month, now is a good time to get yourself ready and learn about the folks who help in severe weather situations.
Because they use radio frequencies, amateur radio operators are often the first to communicate after a severe weather event and can work when cell phones and TV’s and radios are out. The area’s three local amateur radio clubs are set up and camped out at Ogden Park for 24 hours this weekend to demonstrate their capabilities.
“The tornadoes this year, some of the forest fires; amateur radio supported those operations,” said Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club President Charlie Vaughan. “Generally they are on the air first in terms of supporting the officials that are trying to deal with the particular emergency.”
Hams not only communicate in severe situations. It’s also a hobby many use to get in touch with people around the world.
The hams will be at Ogden Park until Sunday at 2 p.m.
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