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19 July 2011

Amateur radio operators don't need phone signals to communicate

When cell phones don't work and land lines are knocked out, what do you do? About 6,000 people in Orangeburg County got a taste of that on Thursday when a cut fiber line knocked out 911 service for several hours, but one group of people says no phone or Internet is no problem.

You can keep your satellites, cell phones and tweets. Thom Ashton has a flagpole antenna. It bounces radio waves off the atmosphere, reaching anywhere from France to New Zealand and beyond.

Ashton is an amateur radio operator, or ham, and has been at it for 21 years.

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