EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio
A ham radio probably isn't the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it's the only one that works. Ham radios can use wireless transmission to send messages to battery-operated radios. And they can be useful when large storms knock out telecommunications, says Mike Johnson, the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management co-ordinator. Storms that knock out telecommunications for long periods of time create more problems for co-ordinated emergency response, he said.
He is partnering up with EOS Eco-Energy and the WestCumb Amateur Radio Club to hold a free workshop in Sackville to try get more people interested in ham radios.
Not only do ham radios continue to work when the telecommunications infrastructure is out, but many operators also have portable and mobile models that will allow them to stay in communications with a network of other hams while on the move. This means being able to communicate to the entire group for coordinating actions. The more digital convenience we experience with the Internet and mobile phones, the more vulnerable we become if these services go down.
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A ham radio probably isn't the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it's the only one that works.