Ham Radio Operators Save The Day


Big Island ARRL News, 22 May 2017, 05:25 hrs, UTC, Post #201.


Accessed on 22 May 2017, 05:25 hrs, UTC.

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Over 30,000 radio amateurs converged on the Green County Fairgrounds near Xenia, Ohio from 19 May to 21 May 2017 to celebrate one of the largest Hamventions in the world.  While ham operators took in the displays, guest presentations, and the always popular “flea market”, they also remembered when this pleasant Ohio city was ravaged by a class F5 tornado back on 03 April 1974, with radio amateurs answering the call to provide emergency communications for the hard-hit community.

According to “The Xenia Gazette”, amateur radio operators answered the call and kept ties to the outside world open until the city recovered:
“We’re able to provide communications for at least an extended period of time when all the other ways of communicating are down,” said Marion County Common Pleas Court Judge William Finnegan NR8I, a student at University of Dayton when the 1974 tornado hit. “We can use a lot more power than a CB can. Our range can go world-wide. I’ve talked to almost 200 countries. We can communicate thousands of miles if we needed to.”

“Once the tornado hit, Finnegan went to Xenia to help in any way he could.”

This is another good reason to be prepared and to serve your community by volunteering for ARES, RACES, SATERN, and Skywarn programs.

Don’t forget the 2017 ARRL Field Day event on Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 June 2017 at the Eden Roc park and community pavilion. The event runs from 8:00 a.m. Saturday through 8:00 a.m. Sunday.

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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