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28 August 2011

South Carolina Radio Amateurs (Hams) 'Keep Communications Open'

News 13 TV in South Carolina say radio amateurs are always ready to assist emergency management officials when the big storm strikes.

The report describes how members of the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club are equipped with - and quickly becoming trained to use - new computer terminals called packet systems.
The packet essentially uses the same over-the-air frequencies most long-range and shortwave amateur radios use to transmit text-only messages from one computer to another.
The advantage is, amateur radio operators deployed during an emergency can react better and sometimes more quickly to a request from another location.

Watch the video 'Ham radio operators use new tools to keep communication open'



Read the News 13 TV article at:
http://www2.scnow.com/news/grand-strand/2011/aug/24/ham-radio-operators-use-new-tools-keep-communicati-ar-2315975/
Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club
http://w4gs.org/
Introduction to Packet Radio
http://www.southgatearc.org/articles/packetintro.htm
Winlink
http://www.winlink.org/

- Southgate Amateur Radio News