If there’s a terrorist attack or a natural disaster and our landlines and cell phones are dead, ham radio operators are constantly training to save the day.
Amateur Radio Field Days were held nationwide and in more than a half-dozen Nebraska cities over the weekend, according to ham enthusiast Gordon Mooneyhan.
“It’s a chance for amateur radio operators and clubs to get out into a public setting, meet the public and show them what we do in an emergency,” Mooneyhan says. “We’re operating under simulated emergency conditions.”
Mooneyhan says amateur radio operators can provide the vital communications link when cell towers and phone lines go down in a disaster.
“Infrastructure designed for daily use can’t always handle what an emergency will bring,” he says. “Ham radio operators, we’re basically the communications of last resort. When all else fails, we’ll still be there.”
Anyone may become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the country, as young as 9 and as old as 100. Local ham clubs help interested people get involved.
Events were held over the weekend in: Kearney, Hastings, Norfolk, Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue and Murray.