An example of why ham radio is important

In wildfire-stricken areas, the fires are taking down cell towers and sometimes even Internet access, and people in those areas struggle to find out when they need to evacuate. There was a particularly heartbreaking story out of Oregon where a couple was very badly burned and their child died because they were entirely off-grid and had no other means of getting information from the outside world.

Sadly, that entire situation could have been prevented if they had the skills and equipment to stay in touch off-grid, even a simple shortwave receiver. Get your comms up!


  • Comments (2)

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      This breaks my heart.  A hand held HAM radio can do so much.  I am getting books to educate myself more on this remarkable radio.  I also want a book on basic electronics for repairs.  There are so many types of antennas to look into for myself.  I need to prepare for the test for my license.  Best $15. I will ever spend. 

    • 6

      Another story, this one with a much happier ending: http://k0lwc.com/baofeng-saves-the-life-of-ham-radio-operator/