Why is Ham Radio Still Important?
In an age where communication is often taken for granted, it’s easy to overlook the importance of Ham Radio.
I often receive questions like: “Why do I need Ham Radio when I have a cell phone?” or “Didn’t the internet kill Ham Radio?” While these modern forms of communication may have shifted the attention away from Ham Radio, by no means did it make it unnecessary. In fact, during a disaster, it’s very likely that these modern forms of communication will be the first ones to fail.
The number one reason for preparedness minded people to consider Ham Radio is its reliability during times of crisis. Since the early 1900s, this form of communication has reliably made it through every major crisis, disaster, and emergency situation with flying colors. When all other forms of communication fail, Hams are often the ones who are called upon to help communicate in and out of the disaster zone.
When the grid goes down, the Ham Bands will still be alive and very active.
The next MARS/Amateur Comex will be 20-23 Feb. As we have in the past we will be looking to contact Hams for information about the status of critical resources in their areas. This is a short series of questions to determine the operational status of things like Water, Transportation, Communications, Power, Sanitation and Medical. The responses are for real world actual status. Basically if the MARS Member asks the status of Water in your area the normal day to day response is Operational. Of course if an item is damaged for any reason and it actually failed, then report that.
KL7AA is on the move!
The Anchorage Amateur Radio Club, KL7AA is moving to a new location! After much work the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club will be moving into a new clubhouse! It is the old FCC building behind the Anchorage International Airport at 6721 Raspberry Rd. Congrats to AARC. Here is a link to the full article on their web page.
John/AL7LA has got a Tech class on the schedule starting the 6th of Mar at 7 PM, check with your friends or spouses, please contact John to let him know they are interested. It will be held at the Matsu Hospital in the Matanuska Room.