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Radio operators step up in ‘emergency’


April 25, 2017

AMATEUR RADIO operators Edie WIlcox, left, and Ken Saunders participate in an emergency drill Saturday at a station in front of Sweet Home Police Department. Wilcos holds up an inexpensive radio useful at the local level.

When everything goes pear shaped and sideways, the power is out, gas lines broken, telephones down, cell towers out of service, roads blocked, bridges fallen or there are any other number of infrastructure failures, radio signals will still work.

That’s why a group of local ham radio operators participated in a statewide drill Saturday, April 22, responding to simulated emergencies. Their means of communication is among the most durable, capable of surviving and functioning when the rest of civilization’s infrastructure does not.

“We’re simulating major flooding,” said local ham...

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