Local club showcases importance of ham radio

Violet Tucker
June 26, 2017

An amateur radio field day demonstrated the science, skill, and service, of the ham radio.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the operators set up a shop Saturday at two different locations in Howard County.

Ham radio operators can provide important communication during emergencies like wildfires and tornados.

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions of our nation find themselves in the dark.

Club member Tom Christovich said about 30,000 ham radio operators from around the country took part in the drill, which was sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. All equipment in use Saturday afternoon is owned and maintained by members, whose motto is, "Ham radio works when other systems don't". Members of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club, which covers Aiken County, are participating in the exercise and taking shifts during the weekend.

Czaikowski said he's been a ham for 54 years and he sees more people becoming hams than 50 years ago.

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He's been able to make contacts as far as Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Reap said there are also contests around the world to make worldwide connections through ham radio.

Josuweit says the operators serve at the call of local, state, and federal officials and routinely are called out in times of storms, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

The radio operation is expected to continue until 2 p.m. Sunday.

"No one really knows why we're called hams, but one theory is that operators like talking - like show business hams - you know, hamming it up", he said. He believes one of the reasons is because it has become simpler to get a license, which is acquired by passing an examination.

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