COMMUNITY COMMENT: Amateur radio participates in emergency test

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The simulation included a power failure for several days.

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On October 1, 2021, six amateurs radio operators participated in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) simulated emergency test. The test prepares radio operators to handle actual communication needs in an emergency.

The simulation involved Hollister being hit with a blackout that would last for several more days. The operators who participated collected “messages” from Bené Gifts Hollister in San Benito Street.

The messages contained instructions to take information to another location or to travel to a location and report the condition. Messages were also sent to the San Benito County Emergency Services office and the Red Cross. In a real emergency, amateur radio operators (also known as amateur radio operators) would help local government, the agencies served, and citizens meet their communication needs.

They buy their own radios, antennas and batteries and are not paid for their services; they give of their time to help their neighbors.


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