SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Being an amateur radio operator is both a hobby and a service to the community.
In the amateur radio emergency service group, they serve people who are in the middle of a crisis or emergency situation.
They serve people who are unable to utilize “regular” communication devices like your phones.
Participants said when you call someone on a cellphone, it doesn’t let anybody else know what may be going on.
“Ham radio allows others to hear your communications. So in the events of weather emergencies or something like that, everyone can know and have awareness of what is going on around them,” said Brent Slane, a class participant.
“And so we come in, provide emergency communications, we can coordinate communication work that we do with certain volunteers,” said Bill Robison, the assistant coordinator at amateur ardio emergency services.
Robison said they can also communicate with emergency response teams who are already out there doing search and rescue.
“So that if they need something in the field, we at headquarters location can get that material out to them as quickly as possible,” he said.
Around 35 people attended the amateur radio service training Saturday, that’s usually offered once
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