HAM radio operators play vital role when disaster strikes

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Radio operators can be a big help in a serious emergency. This weekend, HAM radio operators showed just how much of an impact they can have when disaster strikes.

The Austin Amateur Radio club held a field day this weekend at the Central Texas American Red Cross, training people how to get emergency messages out when cell phones are down and power is out.

The radios can connect people all across North America, and sometimes as far away as Asia.

“We’re there to help support those people, do the communications for them when it’s needed,” Lori Schmidt said.

The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Waterloo Icehouse on Burnet Road.

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