It can be said that communication is one of the most important aspects of disaster contingencies. It is relied upon by every facet of response, rescue, and recovery, but is often times damaged or hampered from the actual disaster. Once the usual lines of communication go silent, many jurisdictions are left in the dark regarding critical decisions and fail to receive important updates because they have no back-up plans. This is where amateur radio, often referred to as HAM radio, fills in the gap.
With the ability to broadcast from your home, vehicle, or on mobile units, and cover an incredibly large and diverse region rather inexpensively, ham radio should be on the forefront of your preparedness checklist. It is also quite easy to power ham radio units with small solar panels for off-grid or remote communications. While there are various regulations concerning the use of the airwaves, one can obtain a license to become a radio operator for disaster preparedness, hobby, or recreation with just a small amount of studying and a brief written exam.
Here is a handy little “cheat sheet” for common Q codes, the phonetic alphabet, morse code, and what frequency range each license class has access to. There is also a printable version linked at the bottom.
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