Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

Hams standing by and ready to help during disasters or other events. More Americans than ever have been licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as amateur radio operators, and those in the know say that emergency communications is driving their passion to be “hams.” “There has been a tremendous amount Read More …

The Amateur Radio Operators Preparing for the Worst

There’s a sense of urgency in the air at a Virginia nuclear power plant. Everything within at least a five-mile radius is at immediate risk due to a critical meltdown. One of the emergency responders opens the envelope she’s holding, scans its contents, and announces the bad news: “We just Read More …

Ham club puts repeater on air in Lewisville

The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association recently installed a 220 MHz (1.25 meter) repeater to serve the Lewisville area. A repeater receives radio transmissions on one frequency and rebroadcasts them from a fixed position on a slightly different frequency. Repeaters are used by hobbyists as well as for emergency communications. The Read More …

Property owner wants to remove ham radio towers from atop Islandia hotel

ISLANDIA – There is controversy about a plan to take down ham radio towers from an Islandia hotel that’s set to become Long Island’s first casino. On top of the Island Marriott, the site where the controversial casino will be built, sits an antenna and amateur radio repeater used in Read More …

Over the air

You can’t see them, but they’re all around you. Nobody knows that better than hams, who mostly use the unseen radio waves for fun but who can also become the lifeline for communities that have lost the normal modes of communication in times of distress. KK4BJZ, otherwise known as Buck Read More …