Ham amateur radio operators ready to respond in Alaska

A hobby that helped save Alaskans during the 1964 earthquake is still keeping communications online when natural disasters shut them down.

Ham amateur radio operators erect a “do-it-youself” antenna at a training session. Photo courtesy of MARA.

Ham amateur radio operators function as first responders relaying crucial information to emergency management officials in disaster situations.

Channel 2 talked with a man who has spent nearly his entire life with a radio in his hand. He talked about his passion for ham amateur radio, and why it’s so important to keep the amateur radio emergency capability alive.

Don Bush is the district emergency coordinator for the Ham Amateur Radio Group in the Mat-Su Borough. For him, Ham is more than a hobby, it’s part of who he is.

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