Amateur radio enthusiasts have proved themselves useful during the recent bushfires after traditional telecommunication channels broke down.
- Amateur radio operators in Australia must be licensed with the Australian Communications and Media Authority
- Licensed volunteers have been providing communications support to emergency services during bushfires
- They are especially useful when mobile phone reception is down
Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a skill and international hobby whereby enthusiasts use specific radio frequencies to communicate with each other.
In Australia, users must complete an exam to obtain a license through the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
It was volunteers with these skills who were called in to assist during the recent New South Wales bushfires.
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