CATCH THEIR SIGNAL: Public demonstration of emergency communications scheduled this weekend

CATCH THEIR SIGNAL: Public demonstration of emergency communications scheduled this weekend

CATCH THEIR SIGNAL: Public demonstration of emergency communications scheduled this weekend

Members of the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club in the Philadelphia area prepare for their weekend Field Day exercise operation in Horsham.

Howard Thompson, with the Germantown Fire Department explained.

An amateur radio clumb in Albemarle County is demonstrating how the world would have to communicate if cell phones go out during an emergency situation.

The radios use things like solar panels to operate and allow the operators to relay messages to their counterparts across the nation. "We're only missing a few section in Canada and they're not the heavily populated ones", said Hawk.

There are about 25 members in the Lawrence County club. For Field day that information consists of the operators the state and section within that state.

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"The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications", said Allen Pitts of the ARRL.

The practice is a hobby that could be used should other means of communication be impacted during a disaster.

Licensed Ham Radio public relations officer Melanie Reap said one of the missions of the club is to provide communication during emergencies and promote interaction with the general public. "We need nothing between us but air". Through the ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

The Columbia Amateur Radio Association participated in the drill at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Ellicott City. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. To be clear, enough of your signal needs to get to the other end for it to work, but after that, you're just wasting electrons.

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