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This weekend I attended a HAM radio course held at Welfare Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Next Saturday I will take the test for the Technician level.
In my recent “preparedness mode” mindset, I’ve been thinking of what all I can do to be best prepared. A few weeks ago I became CERT trained, and another goal was to get a HAM radio license so that I could communicate in times of emergency (and for fun to practice!).
I think that we often take for granted the systems currently in place, whether it be the fragile food supply chain or POTS and cell phone networks. A recent example is how during the recent Trolley Square shootings, the cell phone network was jammed with traffic, leaving many people unable to get through and contact their loved ones.
In the event of a catastrophic emergency such as the earthquake we Utahns have been expecting, surely we will be unable to use standard methods of communication. Even the FRS “walkie talkies” that families like to use will be jammed with traffic as people will seek this option as a backup. Communication pandemonium will naturally ensue.
Having a HAM radio is yet another backup solution for your communication needs and will be another notch in your emergency preparedness belt! :) I highly recommend that anybody interested find a local HAM radio class (or just study the book yourself) and get licensed!
We are constantly charged with preparation in time of plenty against want in time of need. (via Quoty)