Amateur radio operators hope phone outage is ‘wake-up call’ (Prince Edward Island)

Some amateur radio operators are hoping a massive phone outage in Atlantic Canada inspires people to be more prepared for emergency situations.

Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, uses FM frequencies to communicate with other devices without the use of landline, cell or internet services.

“We’re really a backup network,” said licensed radio operator Chris Vessey, who is based in Charlottetown.

“In the event of a dire emergency, we’re capable of taking our equipment out, setting it up and helping authorities to communicate.”


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