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When technology fails, amateur radio will be there

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As we become increasingly dependent on technology, back-up plans for when technology fails have never been more important.

In the spirit of staying prepared, the Amateur Radio Relay League of Columbus and Russell County is competing against other regions across the country to contact as many radio operators as possible in a 26 hour period. They are using every form of radio communication possible, spanning from satellites to Morse code.

"In an emergency, everyone's trying to make a phone call," said Robert Thomas, Amateur Radio Relay League of Columbus spokesperson. "In tornadoes, you also have land lines that can go down. The cell towers can go down. So in amateur radio, we tend to be self-contained. I've got my radio, I've got battery back-up, I've got my antenna, and with that, I can get outside the region and talk to other HAMs and exchange information." 

The Boy Scouts recognize the importance of keeping this form of communication alive, offering a badge in amateur radio operation. People who use HAM radios are often enlisted by hospitals and the Red Cross during times of emergency.

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