We all use our smartphones and the internet to communicate with each other every day, but have you ever thought about what happens when these towers go down and there’s no way to call for help? ?
Over the weekend, Amateur Radio Operators, also known as Amateur Radio Operators, from across the country participated in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day, which practices the methods communication when cell phone towers and Internet are not available.
“The goal is to try and hit as many grid squares, locations, states, counties, all over the county,” said Bart Breeding, an amateur radio operator in Lexington.
During this year’s event, the Lexington Group moved to Veterans Park. To make communications, licensed amateur radio operators have used dedicated radios and antennas to reach other people across the country, but there is a problem. They communicated completely outside the network without relying on smartphones, the internet, or standard power.
Breeding says, “All the operators provide their own equipment, we set up antennas. Everything is portable, nothing works with standard electricity, or generators.”
Using only power from generators or even solar panels, these amateur radio operators are able to communicate with their radios via specific wavelengths across the country. This is useful whenever natural disasters strike and state, government or emergency service authorities are unable to communicate.
“It must not be anything other than messages that people are safe, but for the state and local authorities where they cannot get phones because cell phones can be out of order, we can communicate and pass this information on to various managers, ”says Elevage.
While these types of operations aren’t widely used here in Kentucky, Breeding says their club members have traveled with the Red Cross to the Gulf Coast to help with disaster communications.