Radio amateurs prepare to communicate in the worst moments

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During life or death situations, amateur radio operators are there to provide vital communications. They are so important for communications during disasters and emergencies that the US Department of Defense is also working more with them.

During life or death situations, amateur radio operators are there to provide vital communications.

They are so important for communications during disasters and emergencies that the US Department of Defense also works with them.

They are behind the scenes in many ways serving the public.

Since the Peace Race, the Panerathon and the Saint Patty’s Day Parade, radio amateurs have been behind the scenes along the routes, providing communication in case a participant needs medical help or in the event of a mass emergency.

“There’s another group that actually helps the ‘Celebrate Poland Parade’ today, so where you see parades, or you see public events multiple times, amateur radio is in the background providing communications for this as a public service,” Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association member Frank Sole said.

He tells us that Mahoning Valley ham radio operators at the Mill Creek Metro Park Farm in Canfiled are joining approximately 50,000 others across our country in a nationwide field exercise.

They operate using generators, batteries and solar energy. So when the power goes out, they’re still able to communicate during natural disasters, including floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes.

They are so important that the Ministry of Defense works with them more now.

“They know that in the event of an emergency or natural disaster or war, one of the things we could lose would be cell service, internet connections, phone service might not work, but radio communication is still likely to work,” Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio association member Mark Munroe added.

I asked if they were ready for the zombie apocalypse or an EMP, electromagnetic pulse, weapon strike that could destroy forms of communication.

Soles laughed and replied, EMP is something we trained for and talk about a lot; something we are constantly preparing for. We are always looking to respond to any zombie apocalypse if you mean worst case scenario.

The public is invited to see what happens during this exercise which continues until 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

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