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Who ya gonna call? Washington's radio hams!

Jun 20, 2013
Photo by: Mark Lukins Each summer Washington area amateur radio operators demonstrate what they can do to help with communications when all else fails. This year the "hams" will be located on the lawn at Walmart June 22-23.

The Washington's ham radio operators plan a public demonstration of emergency communications on June 22-23 on the Walmart lawn. The demonstration will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and continue through midday on Sunday.

Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio.

Radio operators, often called "hams," provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. The area's "hams" will join thousands of other amateur radio operators in showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

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