An amateur radio operator is someone who uses equipment at an amateur radio station to engage in two-way personal communications with other amateur operators on radio frequencies assigned to the amateur radio service.

There are over 2.6 million Amateur Radio Operators, or HAMs as they are called, in the world and over 4,000 in Hawaii. HAMs are volunteers and cannot charge for any service they provide.

In October the Amateur Radio Operators in Hawaii activated and practiced in the Simulated Emergency Test, or SET, held on October 1st.

The purpose of the SET is to continue training with all Amateur Radio Operators and volunteers to work with state and county officials to ensure communications are maintained on Oahu and all other Hawaiian Islands. Amateur Radio Operators will assist in passing emergency and time sensitive traffic to the appropriate officials. Examples of messages are Situation Reports, Damage Reports and Request for Assistance.

Amateur Radio Operators kept the communication going for the Government and passed emergency messages. Medical, damage reports and, on the overall general situation reports were passed to the appropriate agencies.

During Hurricane season Amateur Radio Operators are there as well. Doing training, running nightly communications test, and coordinating with agencies to ensure their needs can be meet.

When communications fail, radio amateur can get through. From a simple speaker wire used as an antenna to a store purchased antenna, HAMs can talk around the world when cell phones fail. When the power fails, radio amateurs have back up power systems to send email, fax, or voice communications through their radio systems.

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Hawaii Amateur Radio Emergency Service:

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