Amatuer radio operators prep for emergencies

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Thursday morning local amateur radio operators talked to people on radios in New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina and in other states.  They say  they did this to help them prepare for emergencies.

Mike Coslo is the President of the Nittany Amateur Radio Club in State College.
He says whenever there’s a big disaster like a storm or a power outage, everybody uses their cell phone to call their family and friends to let them know they’re safe. But there are limitations.
 The cell phone tower batteries go down and you’re done, Colso said.
If the power goes out or cell phones aren’t working, a radio operator can talk to other radio operators, as long as they have a generator.  These radio operators help local emergency agencies and people affected by a disaster by spreading information…

A person telling a family member that they’re ok, sometimes we’ll have hospital notices, and sometimes evacuation numbers, Colso said.
Thursday, the Nittany Valley Amateur Radio Club practiced communicating with other radio operators to prepare for outages, floods or other disasters that could affect the people of Central PA.
Coslo says there was a few kinks they had to work out, but better to do it now than in the middle of an emergency.

The digital portion needs some work, but we have a hand on that already and that’s one of the things in demonstrations that you find out what works and what might have a problem.
There are about 20 amateur radio operators and radios with the Nittany Amateur radio club that could communicate in an emergency.

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