She said 32, were granted in , 32, in , and 33, in Total active FCC-issued ham radio licenses hit an all-time high of , in November When regular phone service fails, amateur radio operators fill the communications gap with their independent transceivers and battery power backups. They assist in directing first responders to victims, providing real-time situational updates from the disaster scene to emergency management agencies, and offering victims a way to contact their families and friends when normal communications channels have failed. Many also use amateur radio as part of their own family communications plan and use the skills they learn as amateurs to assist neighbors during emergencies and disasters. Walt Palmer is a licensed ham radio operator, and also director of broadcast operations, engineering and programming at NewsRadio WGMD Emergency managers have taken note the usefulness of amateur radio operators during manmade and natural disasters — and many have ongoing relationships with their local ham communities.
Forgot Password? Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership. In order to provide support in the event of an emergency—or even in a non-emergency situation—you need to have the proper training and licensing. What if when you get to a location, there is no food and the sleeping conditions are undesirable? When you leave home and head for a disaster area, your family has to be both physically and mentally able to cope.
Amateur radio emergency communications
Forgot Password? Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by the disaster. Amateur Radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages and destruction of telephone, cellular and other infrastructure-dependent systems.
International Amateur Radio Union. Region 1 Region 2 Region 3. Participants are headquarters stations of national IARU Member Societies and of Stations of specialized emergency communications groups world-wide.