Amateur Radio is something that becomes very useful during natural disasters.
The Amateur Radio Association of Jackson County got together on Saturday to participate in a nationwide field day to promote Amateur Radio and the importance of it.
The men and women contacted people all over America from California to Pennsylvania. Thirty to 40,000 amateur radio groups participated.
The Jackson County participants believe that it is important to teach youth about amateur radio. They say when a natural disaster strikes and cell phones quit working this will be the way we are able to communicate. Amateur radio Operator Bill Musa said, “It’s a matter of readiness. If you have the stuff at home in a box and you never turn it on and you never exercise it, it’s like when you need it, it won’t be there.”
Amateur radio Operator Lloyd Kirk said, “We want the public to know that amateur radio exists, that we’re available and that they can also get licensed. It’s not very difficult to get an amateur radio license. It’s not just about emergency services. It’s about learning electronics and all kinds of wondrous things.”
If you would like to learn more about amateur radio contact the Jackson County Amateur Radio Association. They welcome all to learn this skill that they believe is so vital for the future.