Public Health Amateur Radio Club Established

 

HealthRadioTransparent EDIT copyAs incidents over the past several years have demonstrated, developing a robust and reliable system for communicating during a disaster continues to be a challenging task. Land-lines tend to be one of the first victims of natural and man-made disasters, with cell phone networks generally close behind. During times of disaster, many public health organizations are turning to amateur radio (ham radio) to maintain communications and ensure continuity of operations.

There are more than 720,000 licensed amateur radio operators throughout the United States and we have heard from many public health departments and medical reserve corps units that rely on amateur radio for communications support.

The formation of the Public Health Amateur Radio Club will allow for the exchange of information and resources, while providing a community where amateur radio enthusiasts within the public health profession can come together for camaraderie, learning and fellowship.

If you are interested in amateur radio and public health – this group is for you!

Sign up today – click here!

About Andy Roszak

Andrew Roszak serves as the Senior Director for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Twitter: @AndyRoszak

One thought on “Public Health Amateur Radio Club Established

  1. December 5, 2014 at 11:43 am

    This is a great opportunity!. MRC groups / Members have taken advantage of the “renaissance” occurring in the world of Amateur Radio. The testing for Ham license no longer requires morse code qualifications. Passing a 35 multiple answer question test will qualify you for basic emergency communications. The price of new equipment starts at about $35 – $50 for a hand held radio.
    The benefit in a time of need is a battery operated system that works, period.
    When all else fails is not just a slogan but the way things work in the world of Amateur Radio. Try it and see!

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