Why Ham Radio is so vital

We read about how hams in Italy are serving their communities affected by the recent earthquake that has so far killed around 200 and made 10,000 homeless. 

But it doesn’t take an earthquake or someother major disaster to create an opportunity for hams to serve their communities. Case in point (and this thanks to the RAC ARES email reflector), was a power failure in Silicon Valley in California. Seems that vandals cut the fibre-optic cables that carried the areas vital tele-communications. While police officers were dispatched to alert sleeping civic officials, ham radio operators with their ability to field scores of radio equipped vehicles were dispatched to watch over their affected neighbourhoods.

Read the story here, which appeared in the Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12119261?nclick_check=1

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