Connected via Amateur Radio

In the aftermath of many types of disasters, the social infrastructures that we rely on day by day are unable to function. Although, governments may still exist, it is sometimes difficult, or impossible for  services to reach those in need.

In the aftermath of a Tsunami, a Hurricane, an earthquake, or even a terrorist incident, the need to be connected to those who are able to help, can mean the difference between life and death.  When mobile phone or land line telephone services are unavailable, it is often ham radio operators that step in and relay messages into and out of the incident region.

There are national associations of amateur radio operators all over the world, who are constantly on standby, listening out for emergency situations. When a situation arises, they willing maintain their stations and relay messages until the situation is resolved.

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For people who are preparing themselves in case of a difficult situation, or a societal breakdown, gaining your amateur radio license is a big help, and can keep you connected. It will give you the knowledge and skills to be able to help you to protect your family and friends. It will also enable you to be able to relay messages which may be able to help and protect others in need.

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For people wanting more information about amateur radio and the emergency networks, follow the links below.

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio  in the United States

RAYNET, The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network in the United Kingdom

WIA, The Wireless Institute of Australia in Australia

HFN,  the Global ALE High Frequency Network, a global organization.  

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10 Responses to Connected via Amateur Radio

  1. theaustraliansojourner says:

    Very helpful thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Just a little plug for CB, citizens band radio.
    Used by lot of people for close range, plain voice communications.
    Simple to use, channelised with most monitoring one or two main calling channels (14 or 19), these cheap alternatives, needing no licence, rugged little sets are worth looking at.

    They come in two main styles, hand helds (think walkie talkies) and vehicle mountable i.e. used in a car or lorry, or boats.

    As for talking to hams or them talking to you?
    Don’t be afraid, most enlightened hams also use CB sets or have the equipment to be able to respond to you.

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  3. Great read. Thank you. Dan

    Like

  4. truthspew says:

    Yes indeed, what most people don’t realize is that the PSTN is about a 4:1 ratio of subscriber to actual connections. And cell phone ride over the PSTN. So whenit goes belly up the only thing that works is amateur radio.

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