Ham radio operators could be superheroes when the earthquake hits

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When the big one hits the Puget Sound region, one of the best technologies to rely on for communication may NOT be cell phones or computers. It could be radio. Amateur radio. The City of Seattle has roughly 3,000 people with amateur, or ham radio licenses. And each week a few dedicated ham radio enthusiasts who volunteer for the city practice their protocol. On a recent Monday night downtown, volunteer members of Seattle's Auxiliary Communications Services checked in. Kathy Shuman (ham handle “Kilo Foxtrot Seven Tango Tango Mike”) has been in amateur radio for about four years. On a recent evening, she led the weekly practice. Shuman sat at a desk clutching a radio handset, talking to ham radio operators around the region on a special emergency frequency. Read More: KUOW News and Information

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