December ice storm leads to interest in ham radio

Emergency Management Alert, February 3, 2009

An infamous ice storm that hit areas of New England in December is being credited with generating interest in ham radio, considered one of the most effective forms of communication during emergencies that knock out traditional services.

Almost 20 people gathered last weekend at the Brookline (NH) Safety Complex for day one of a course to become licensed amateur radio operators, commonly called “hams,” reported the Nashua Telegraph. Many in the group were there to prepare for future emergencies. Participants included five employees of the Southern New Hampshire Medical center, including four nurses and the security director.


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