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Local station set up for amateur radio operators on Field Day, June 23-24

Published 06/16/2012, Park Rapids Enterprise

Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail, and modern communications; every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice, floods, and hurricanes can leave people without the means to communicate or can take down the power grid. One emergency service that has never failed in these dire situations is amateur radio. Amateur radio operators, often called “hams,” have provided backup, emergency communication for the American Red Cross, local law enforcement, search and rescue teams, civil defense, FEMA and even for the International Space Station.

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