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Ham radio operators and disaster response communications

Ham radio operators are an important component to think about in disaster response communications.

The International Association for Disaster Preparedness and Response (DERA) is a non-profit organization that links professionals, volunteers, and organizations involved in all phases of disaster preparedness and emergency management. I Incorporated in 1962 as a not for profit with a base in Amateur Radio [Ham] communications, DERA started many years earlier when communications over distance was expensive, often difficult and sometimes not readily available. At that time disasters were only referred to when they were large in size. Fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, railroad accident, ships floundering at sea, etc.

In this episode we speak with DERA founder and current board chair Howard Pierpont about how ham radio operators can play an important role in communications during and post disaster.

A few ham radios to check out:

Other links:

ARRL (National Association for Amateur Radio):

IARU (International Amateur Radio Union):

Radio Amateurs of Canada:

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