Ham Radio Isn’t Just a Hobby Anymore


Big Island ARRL News, 29 June 2017, 16:25 hrs, UTC, Post #241.


Reporter:  Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson (“The Cordova Times”).

Accessed on 29 June 2017, 16:25 hrs, UTC.

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Correspondent Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson has written an excellent, positive article describing the growth of Amateur Radio and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) in the closely-knit community of Cordova, Alaska.

According to “The Cordova Times”, Amateur Radio in this relatively isolated Alaskan town evolved to fit the emergency communications needs of the community during disasters.  Cordova, like many Hawaii Island communities, faces threats from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Public Service concerns motivated several residents to get their Amateur Radio licenses and to begin forming an ARES communications system for their city.  The club membership grew over the years and is now an active element in backup communications plans for the town.

Cordova Amateur Radio Club President Stephen Phillips says new members are always needed to keep the emergency communications lines open:

“The big picture is really about keeping the hobby alive,” Phillips said. “Even with the use of cellular phones and other technology, this still is a viable means of communicating. People learn how to locate a radio signal, commonly used in plane crashes and avalanche rescue operations, for example. During Alaska Shield 2016, the club worked with police dispatchers, practicing relaying distress messages to Alaska’s Emergency Operations Center in Anchorage.”

Joining ARES is an excellent way of “giving back” to your community.

Just a reminder for all Hawaii Island radio amateurs:  Dean (KH6B) and Barbara (NH7FY) invite all Hawaii hams to join them for an informal get together and breakfast on Saturday, 01 July 2017, 8:00 a.m. at the IHOP Restaurant in Hilo’s Prince Kuhio Plaza.

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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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