While some people may consider it to be a lost art, the Orion Township HAM Radio Club has found a way to breathe new life into a hobby most folks had no idea still existed.
The group of 11 meets at the Orion Center at 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday nights and, behind the scenes, provides several public services to the Orion area, but anyone in the north Oakland County area is welcome to join.
Thursday nights are mostly dedicated to the Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC), which is run out of Pontiac and coordinates tornado siren checks, event volunteers, weather and the hospital net.
When extreme weather is anticipated, members of the club will use their personal radios to call into the ARPSC to give reports on weather from their location. This allows for more accurate, effective reporting.
“As good as the radar is, just having people with eye-witness reports has proven to be an additional piece of information that comes in handy,” said Paul Kelley.
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