While many consider Amateur Radio out moded, and we struggle to get new members, it has been seen time and time again that when a disaster happens Amateur Radio is there providing vital communications when nothing else works.
It happened back in the Napier Earthquake here in NZ. Recently it happened after the Tsunami, and it happened again in the wake of Katrina.
Specialist Amateur Radio groups around the world provide emergency communication support to Civil Defence organisations, Search and Rescue, and other aid agencies such as Red Cross.
Amateur Radio is a fascinating hobby that covers many aspects of technology, and offers many options and activities for all ages. In particular the Public Service aspect provided by the Emergency Communications groups is vital.
Find out more about Amateur Radio, and how to get involved: