Ham Radio Operators Gather In Montogmery County For Emergency Exercise

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Ham radio operators from Northeast Philadelphia are joining their counterparts from around the country in an emergency exercise designed to test their preparedness.

Members of the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club are setting up and operating portable amateur radio stations through Sunday afternoon in Avelthorpe Park in Jenkintown.

Bob Josuweit, whose ham radio call sign is WA3PZO, is local coordinator of the Field Day exercise. “Often-times, in an emergency, ham radio is the only way to communicate when other means of communication fail. And this is a test that we can bring our communication systems out into the field, set up a station and test our preparedness in case we would be called upon to help out with communications.”

Josuweit says ham operators have responded to help re-establish communications in recent disasters, including the wildfires in the West and the tornadoes that raked Joplin, Missouri.

Reported By Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio

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  • Astronomer

    Very smart move. Next year if the solar flares knock out all out satellites we will need them. The solar maximums happen every 11 years. They shorted out telegraph wires everywhere in the 1860’s and in the 1960’s a solar flare knocked out power grids in Northern Canada. We can either be in for a great light show of Aurora borealis, or all our radio communication can be knocked out completely

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