Amateur radio in the news: Wisconsin, Kansas, Manitoba

January 12, 2013 Dan KB6NU

Amateur radio, Morse code useful yet today
At first blush, it might seem quaintly antiquated to hear that ham radio and Morse code still have enthusiasts in the 21st Century, what with all the smartphones and Internet-enabled tablets available. However, you can bet your nearest copper wire that not only do ham radio and Morse code adherents still have a place in modern society, but they actually are making it a safer place for all of us, especially in emergency situations and during severe weather outbreaks. That was the primary message being sent during the third annual Kid’s Day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), which took place Sunday in Whitewater’s Cravath Lakefront Building.

Wichita amateur radio operators can offer key link in emergencies
For Mark Spaulding and other amateur radio operators, communication is key. The retired Beech demonstration pilot is a member of the Tec-Ni-Chat Amateur Radio Club and part of a group of about 30 amateur radio operators that volunteer as part of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) for Sedgwick County Emergency Management.

Ham radio enthusiasts keeping old technology alive
Some ham radio enthusiasts in Winnipeg are sticking with an “original” form of wireless technology, despite the popularity of Twitter and text messages these days.


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