NBC Story on Amateur Radio in Hawaii

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  1. KH6OWL

    KH6OWL Guest

    From NBC Left Field:

    During the false missile alert NBC was doing an online story about Amateur Radio in Hawaii and the effects of an EMP, Electromagnetic Pulse.

    Hawaii’s recent false nuclear missile alert showed us how reliant we are on cell phones and modern technology—and how unprepared we are if they become inaccessible. But in case the unexpected happens, an unlikely group of hobbyists—ham radio operators—are standing at the ready and may save us all.

    You can view the story here.

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  2. W1ZY

    W1ZY Ham Member QRZ Page

    One of the better pieces I've seen. Younger journalists appear to "get it".
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  3. N4QWK

    N4QWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Seems like a good story, and accurate too. Now if they could only bring that quality and accuracy to the rest of the NBC network, they might have a product that the American people could trust again.
    W8KIC, KU4NJ, KD2NCS and 8 others like this.
  4. K3FHP

    K3FHP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Good thing I already knew this really happened, otherwise, considering it was an NBC story, I would still have been in doubt.
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  5. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Exactly. We should temper our enthusiasm considering NBC just LOVES North Korea.
    W8KIC, W8TZ, W6ERM and 3 others like this.
  6. W9IND

    W9IND Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice reporting -- and I don't say that very often when it comes to media stories about ham radio.

    The only other point I would have added is that 35,000 of us practice our emergency skills once a year on Field Day. But that doesn't detract from the overall story, which was very accurate and respectful to our hobby.

    Best of all, it's easy for the non-ham to understand, which is why I plan to link to this story when sending out 2018 Field Day publicity and explaining our hobby to the uninitiated. It provides a stark reminder of why amateur radio still matters in the 21st century, and how older citizens can still make a difference.

    Brian, W9IND
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  7. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    In-place, dedicated, enablers of the vital link. That is who we are.

    The best recent example of that is Herb Perez, KK4DCX, who single handedly handled over 4000 pieces of H&W and emergency traffic from SAN GERMAN PUERTO RICO in the days after the Maria disaster.

    Truly--and I don't say this lightly--when ALL else fails, its amateur radio.

    It's not just a catch phrase.


    Chip W1YW
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  8. K3FHP

    K3FHP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I still think "WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS" is the perfect explanation.
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  9. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    "It's the original social media..."

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  10. WW0W

    WW0W Ham Member QRZ Page

    What do the EMCOMM hams do to protect their equipment from a nuke's EMP? Is it standard procedure to keep backup equipment in a Faraday cage? If not I then this will need to be addressed by the EMCOMM community as the apparent rogue nation nuclear attack threat scenario continues to increase in terms of both increased chances of being hit due to improving missiles and guidance technologies and increasing warhead yields that they are developing.
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