(Grant) Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber-optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. Rob Koppert, Cass County 911 Director has been a HAM Radio Operator since the early 90s.
“What we are mainly tasked to do are basically two different things,” stated Koppert. “One is to provide emergency backup communications in the event that something fails. And the second is to further exploration of radio and radio technology.”
Rob Koppert along with Red Oak Police Chief Drue Powers, who is the emergency communications liaison for Montgomery County, will operate their Amateur radio stations at Pilot Grove County Park on County Road H14 about 3 miles west of Grant, Iowa. The plan is to operate from 2:00pm on Saturday until sometime early Sunday morning. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!
Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org.
June 23, 2012