Amateur radios and their operators beat out modern technology last Sunday, possibly helping save lives in the Tinder Fire.
This form of communication is more than a century old.
Bill and Mary Lou Hagan are members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). The two and their emergency district coordinator, Joe Hobart, were at the Coconino County Emergency Operations Center (EOS) Sunday, when the communication troubles began because of poor cell service at the fire line.
“The cell phones started to become difficult and all of a sudden, the information started coming through here,” Bill Hagan said.
Hobart isn’t too fond of the name more commonly used for amateur radio—ham radio.
“I think it started out as a not-very-complimentary term, you’ve heard of ham actors?” Hobart said.
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