100 Years of Ham Radio

By: Roxanna Haynes Email
By: Roxanna Haynes Email

One hundred years later, amateur radio is still going strong.

With a room full of equipment topped off with antennas on the roof, Tim Cunningham is a Ham Radio enthusiast.

Cunningham said, "It keeps growing. A lot of new technology keeps growing."

Over the past 100 years radio has served as a vital communication tool. These radios can work in the roughest of conditions, making them vital tools during emergencies.

Mark Tidrow, a Ham Radio operator, said, "During Hurricane Katrina thousands of hams poured into that area. We had portable generators, we have our equipment set up, we provide communication in an emergency basis when it first occurred."

It’s a communication service provided across the world from Venezula to Peru, even St. Helena Island.

Cunningham added, "The FCC has just dropped the Morse Code requirement for people to get their license, so that's going to make a lot of difference as far as people getting involved with amateur radio."

There's no age requirement to get a radio license, and the cost to get started can be as low as $60, and in 100 more years radio enthusiast say Ham Radio will go as far as the frequencies will take them.

Ham Radio operators also served as an important communication tool during the first few hours of 9/11 when communication towers nearby were down.

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