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Ham Radio is Very Important During Emergency Situations

Many people may not be aware of how their city officials and emergency workers communicate during emergency situations when all electric and cell phone service has been knocked out. Chances are the backup plan is amateur radio also called ham radio. KSMUs Joe Morgan has more information about the importance of ham radio plus information on an upcoming event that will showcase this radio network to the public.

Ham radio is a form of communication that allows operators to speak from radio to radio without any wires. Ham radios rely on battery power, solar power and other forms of power to allow operators to communicate. Rod Kittleman is Public Information Officer for Amateur Radio Operator of Southwest Missouri. He says that many people have a common misconception about what ham radio really is.

Kittleman explains the importance of ham radio to homeland security as well as the significance of it in emergency situations.

Kittleman says that ham radio is extremely important in the Ozarks because of its major roll in aiding the National Weather Service during severe weather.

This weekend is the Ozarks Regional Hamfest and Homeland Security Convention at Remington's event Center. Kittleman explains what will be showcased at this weekend's event.

The convention will be Friday from 4:30 to 9 pm and Saturday from 8am to 2pm. The event will feature sessions and forums for everyone to participate in. It's is open to the public with an admission fee of six dollars. If you would like more information about ham radio or this weekend's convention, there will be a link along with this story at For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.


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