When wires can’t do the job, UVA radio club stands ready to help


Big Island ARRL News, 18 April 2017, 15:45 hrs, UTC, Post #174.


Reporter:  Fariss Sarrarrai.

Accessed on 18 April 2017, 15:45 hrs, UTC.

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Today is World Radio Day, honoring the 92nd anniversary of the founding of the IARU (International Amateur Radio Union).  It is fitting that we note just how important Amateur Radio is in serving the needs of our communities and nation.

In this well-written article by Fariss Sarrarrai, we get a better understanding of what motivates radio amateurs at the University of Virginia to continue working with one of the oldest communications technologies around–an art and science that have saved lives since the HMS Titanic disaster in 1912.

According to reporter Fariss Sarrarrai, Mike McPherson, the trustee for the University of Virginia’s Amateur Radio Club (W4UVA), and his fellow radio amateurs, community service is their top priority.

“He has used “ham” radios to coordinate county emergency communications a couple of times when tractor-trailer accidents took out wired communications services.”

“Licensed amateur radio operators can relay messages between emergency services providers and help coordinate the activities of first responders,” he said. “This kind of communication is crucial during natural disasters, such as hurricanes or wildfires or earthquakes – any event that disrupts wired electronic communications in a region.”

:The UVA club, through McPherson’s efforts, is set up to step in and help the communications of UVA’s Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness during any potential crises.”

“Amateur radio operators can help rescuers locate transponders from downed aircraft in remote areas, and help find lost hikers who carry such equipment. Local clubs also provide communication services for events in remote areas, such as the Jefferson Cup Road Race that passes through areas of southern Albemarle County with intermittent cell service.”

And, along these lines, the East Hawaii District Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the Puna Emergency Radio Club invite you to “Radio Day” on Saturday, 29 April 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. local time at the Eden Roc park and community pavilion.  See what Amateur Radio has to offer, see radio amateurs in action, and learn how to upgrade your license. For details, contact Kim at

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Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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