It's a skill I've always wanted to learn. Any time I watch a movie that has a couple of kids going back and forth on one, or if someone came upon an old communications hub that just happened to have one, and they knew how to fire it up and save the day by making contact with people half way across the world...

Knowing how to operate a HAM radio just seems like one of the coolest "tools" you could pull out of your back pocket in an emergency situation.

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And who knows, with the world the way it is at the moment, with things feeling so uncertain, it seems now is as good a time as any to learn this practical skill.

Doubt me? check out this article on the Top 5 reasons You May Want A Ham Radio At Home.

It just so happens there are a number of local HAM radio clubs that could help others, like myself, who happen to be interested in this "resilient form of emergency communication" as it was referred to by the Hancock County, Maine Emergency Management Agency Facebook Page.

Both Hancock and Washington Counties have organizations willing to teach people amateur or HAM radio.

"It’s not expensive, complicated, difficult to learn, or challenging to earn an FCC license. (There’s NO Morse Code requirement).There’s excellent and friendly HAM clubs in both Hancock and Washington Counties that would happily help you get on the air. If you’ve interest in this resilient form of emergency communications, please get in touch."

You can click either of these links for  more details: EAWA.org or mainehamradiosociety.com.

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