A local ham radio club is practicing their skills in the event of an emergency.
In times of a catastrophic disaster or crisis, ham radio operators can share vital information through their network. Saturday, the Mobile Amateur Radio Club hosted their 2018 field day operation.
“So it’s like a training event for every calendar year, for those who have been in amateur radio a long time, or for those who are just coming in, it gives them the opportunity to learn,” said Danny Bush, the extra class amateur radio operator.
The club set up shop in Saraland to rehearse and communicate with other amateur radio operators around the country and world for 24 hours. They set up and test their emergency capabilities in the event of a major storm or catastrophe.
“We’re there as a ready thing to help the emergency societies that are out there in place already. We can relay communications with messages, we can help law enforcement with communications if needed, if there are towers down and things like that, and it’s like in Puerto Rico, it was a good thing down there because they had 50 operators they sent down there for people to see if their family was still alive,” said Dave Huber, the treasurer of the Mobile amateur radio club.
The group set up at the Saraland Kali Oka Clubhouse, to practice operating in a different situation than normal, so they can be prepared to help when they’re asked.