When wildfires, floods, tornadoes and terrorist events disrupts the communication systems mostly cellular phones at the moment they are most needed, this is when a 100-year-old or older technology can still be reliable. Amateur radio operators, often called “ham radio operators” regularly volunteer their skills and expertise to coordinate responses in emergencies like when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. And as Hurricane Harvey is doing to Texas.
There are more than 725,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the United States. Those that were providing support for the 2013 Boston Marathon became a key communication link when cellphone systems became overloaded after bombs exploded near the finish line killing three and injuring many more.
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The Mission of our group is to recruit, train and help new and committed Ham Radio operators carry on the tradition of amateur radio by using our network of technical resources and expertise to provide equipment, skilled operators, and emergency services when called upon by local authorities in time of need to assist and protect the citizens in the Lewiston & Clarkston Valley, the community in which we live and serve. LCVAR is dedicated to community service and providing education to the general public about the history, operation, functions, and benefits of the Amateur Radio Service. LCVAR members adhere to the Amateur Radio creed and are considerate, loyal, progressive, friendly, balanced, and patriotic.
Specially trained members of our Club, participating in different programs are ready to serve this area when natural and human-caused disasters occur, and are on call day or night, especially "when all else fails! " and most or all normal means of communications are disrupted.
Amateur Radio isn't all "doom and gloom". While the preparation for and ability to provide critical communications in time of disaster is the primary function of the Amateur Radio Service, ham radio operators also have fun and excitement when talking to fellow hams in other states as well in distant countries and islands around the globe. Hams use various internationally assigned amateur frequency bands and modes which include voice, data modes, even television as well as the traditional International Morse Code. Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of Morse Code is no longer required to obtain an Amateur Radio license. Many hams, however, do learn it and then continue to use this simple but elegant communications mode, that in many circumstances, "gets the messages through" in conditions when other operating modes cannot.