Gainesville Residents Demonstrate How to Use Amateur Radios in Serious Emergencies
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — The Gainesville Amateur Radio Society has practiced setting up amateur radios to show the public how they can communicate in serious emergencies.
Vann Chesney, the president of GARS, said the radios are used in the event of a power grid failure.
“Mobile phones are the communication equipment of the police. If it’s bad enough, it can all die out. when this happens, there is always the possibility that the hams have the equipment that can install and use it easily.
Lorilyn Roberts started using ham radios just a year ago, so she’ll have to contact someone if she can’t use her phone.
“Many years ago here in Gainesville we lost power and there was no way to communicate. So I went on the radio so if something happened I could actually talk to someone. one other than my next door neighbour.
With an amateur radio, you can exchange call letters and wait for people to answer.
Roberts was able to talk to a man from Italy just by having an antenna above her house and she thinks it’s important that everyone knows that.
“There have been people who have been saved through the use of amateur radio. Maybe they were on a boat in the middle of nowhere and they got caught in a storm and how are you? communicate to you?”
In the event that these emergencies occur, you can rely on an amateur radio for communication.
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