Radio operators ‘vital’ to emergency response – WTSP 10 News

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Radio operators ‘vital’ to emergency response WTSP 10 News Amateur HAM radio operators like Sochon and club vice president Bob Goldberg are Sun City Center’s last resort for communication if cell phone networks and power are cut off this storm…

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Excellent article from WTSP-TV 10 Tampa Bay-Sarasota reporter Mark Rivera on the role of amateur radio operators in providing emergency communications backup for civil defense officials in the state of Florida.  I hope Rivera’s interview with Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club President Rick Sochon opens some eyes, especially those who think hams are rank “amateurs” when it comes to natural disasters.  Rick Sochon sums it up fairly well:  “These people (amateur radio operators) are trained professionals, they’ve taken FEMA training, they’ve taken electronic training, they hold licenses with the FCC.”  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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