California Officials declare Ham Radio no longer a benefit

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California Officials declare Ham Radio no longer a benefit

Post by PascalD » 11 Oct 2019 14:42

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Re: California Officials declare Ham Radio no longer a benefit

Post by daveB » 16 Oct 2019 11:12

I remember in an RSGB publication about how the UK "Radio Amateur Emergency Network go started. Before 1953 the authorities dismissed the offer of 'hams' to provide an emergency service. "We've got it covered - we don't need 'amateurs' was the attitude.

Then on 31 January 1953 major flooding affected the East Coast of England. Coastal radio stations were off-air as a result and amateur radio stations responded to distress calls from shipping passing information on to the authorities. By the end of 1953 RAYNET was formed.

According to wikipedia, in the Netherlands amateur radio operators provided the only means of communication in the disaster area for 10 days.
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