When land lines and cell towers fail, it will be the “ham” radios that keep the channels of communication open.
To prove it, for a 24-hour period starting on Saturday, amateur radio broadcasters with the Crescenta Valley Radio Club monitored the airwaves from Verdugo Park as part of an annual display of their ability to pick up where modern equipment might fail in a major disaster. And they do it all with little more than a solar panel, antennas and batteries.
Members of the group spent Saturday touching base with people in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Hawaii.
The exchanges were basic, brief acknowledgments, with the Glendale crew establishing itself as “Alpha Delta Six India Zulu.”
In the world of amateur radio — in which private citizens have access to certain frequencies for non-commercial, wireless experimentation and emergency communication — those who practice do so with a certain sense of duty.