Although ham radio is primarily a pastime, amateur radio operators have often provided emergency communications when a disaster has struck somewhere. Ham radio operators are uniquely placed to be able to set up radio communications systems and they often have a variety of radio communications equipment and expertise that are not available anywhere else. Time and again, ham radio operators have provided the only radio communications from a hurricane stricken island, or they have been able to provide radio communications systems that no other service has been in a position to set up. Many ham radio operators prepare themselves for using their ham radio equipment to provide essential emergency radio communications. With their expertise, flexibility, and the ability to draw on the variety of radio communications equipment they possess, they are able to set up communications systems in a variety of difficult circumstances. One very notable example occurred on 11 September when the "Twin Towers" were struck in New York, all communications systems were overloaded, and many others were put out of action.
Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (RACES)
In Uncategorized. Disasters in remote places have historically involved amateur radio operators. These "hams" have stepped in to provide assistance when other forms of communication fail. Disasters still happen regularly, and ham radio operators continue to serve the public with their skills and radio equipment. Emergency management professionals still need to include ham radio operators in their planning processes because of the vital help they can offer.
Forgot Password? Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by the disaster. Amateur Radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages and destruction of telephone, cellular and other infrastructure-dependent systems. Many radio amateurs are active as communications volunteers with local public safety organizations. In addition, in some disasters, radio frequencies are not coordinated among relief officials and Amateur Radio operators step in to coordinate communication when radio towers and other elements in the communications infrastructure are damaged.
In times of crisis and natural disasters , amateur radio is often used as a means of emergency communication when wireline , cell phones and other conventional means of communications fail. Unlike commercial systems, amateur radio is usually independent of terrestrial facilities that can fail. It is dispersed throughout a community without "choke points" such as cellular telephone sites that can be overloaded.