Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect – Fox News

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Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect
Fox News
ATLANTA – Seeking reliable backup communication in a crisis, emergency managers are finding new solutions in an old technology: ham radio.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

A pretty decent article from Fox News describing how hospitals are joining other public service agencies in using amateur radio to provide back up communications capability in the event of natural or man-made disasters.  Herb Schraufnagel, the public safety captain with Emory University Hospital Midtown, says many hospitals have learned a valuable lesson from  the hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods which have lashed the country in recent years.  He adds that ham radio is valuable tool–"it’s just another avenue, another opportunity for us to be able to communicate."  Amateur radio operators can make themselves even more useful by getting certified in First Aid, CPR, and in the FEMA disaster protocols.  There are several online courses that will bring you up to speed.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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