Ham Radio’s Role During the Blackout

By Deane Barker on August 19, 2003

Ham radio operators step into the breach when tech failed: Interesting story about how ham radio operators step in to fill the gap when there’s been a terrorist attack or natural disaster. Apparently they’re trained for this.

“In the New York-Long Island region, with a population of nearly 10 million, about 100 ham radio operators handled the situation, Carrubba said.

Some volunteers headed to a Red Cross headquarters or shelter, fire department, or hospital, he said. One hospital was temporarily out of power and ARRL volunteers provided communications to ambulances until electricity was restored.”