Ham radio shows off emergency capabilities

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The Clark County Amateur Radio Club will join thousands of amateur radio operators in their emergency capabilities from noon to 4 p.m. June 22 at the SEH America overflow parking lot, 3900 N.E. 112th Ave.

Amateur radio, often called ham radio, sometimes is the only way people can communicate during natural disasters. Clark County ham radio operators will show different modes of communication, including digital, voice communications and even the historical Morse code.

There will be a GOTA, or Get On The Air, station in which anyone can get on the air and talk with the help of radio operators.

Using only emergency power, ham radio operators build emergency stations in parks, malls, schools and backyards to show that — as their slogan says — "ham radio works when other systems don't."