Amateur Radio Operators across the State of Hawaii conduct 4-day emergency training exercise.
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Amateur Radio Operators across the state conduct 4-day emergency training exercise
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HONOLULU (KITV4) – Amateur radio operators across the state conducted a training exercise Saturday, to ensure they are ready if an emergency were to happen or disaster strikes.
Hawaii Amateur Radio Emergency Service or ARES® is made up of Hawaii residents providing their free time to help with communication services in times of disaster. Organizations such as the Red Cross or County Emergency Services such as police and fire will call these volunteers to help fill communications issues.
ARES® exercised and trained using the Incident Command System Structure this Saturday. The exercise will simulate a 4-day period of catastrophic rain and wind covering the Hawaiian Islands from Kauai to the Big Island with loss of power, internet, and cell towers in order to train ARES® members and non-members in radio operations and procedures.
ARES has been called on around the Nation after the Texas ice storm in 2021 and Hurricane Maria when it hit Puerto Rico.
There are over 778,000 amateur radio operators in the United States, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, and over 3,800 in Hawaii.
Those interested in learning more about Hawaii ARES, visit their websites: Hawaiiares.net and HAMradiohawaii.com
They offer free classes throughout the year and can help you get your official license through the FCC. Licenses cost $15 and last for 10-years.