Stressing the importance of radio communication

WTHI Photo, David Essex
WTHI Photo, David Essex

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – One local organization put their profession to the test.

The Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Association held Field Day on Sunday.

It’s an annual event that coincides with Amateur Radio Week. Local Ham operators headed to the VFW Post 972 in Terre Haute to demonstrate the new capabilities of Ham Radios.

This is all in an effort to stress the importance of radio communication during disasters.

“There’ve been several natural disasters where all communications get wiped out: Hurricanes, tornados, large hail, earthquakes… those kind of things,” explained Kevin Berlin, Wabash Valley Amateur Radio. “That’s where we would step in and help bridge the gap.”

Through the Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, Ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies.

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