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Friday, August 22, 2008

Ham in a Day

Some stakes, districts, wards and branches are using an approach called "Ham in a Day" to train ham (amateur) radio operators for emergency preparedness. The Church recommends that "A reliable emergency communication system should be in place [in wards and stakes] if regular telephone or cell phone service fails." Ham radio is such a system. The tag line for "Ham in a Day " is "Join us for a day of instruction, take the test [which costs $14], and leave a HAM!" Actually, some advanced preparation is also required, in addition to a qualified ham instructor to teach the course and three hams who can serve as FAA examiners for the test—but many Church congregations count hams or know or can recruit hams in the community. Perhaps there are stakes, the district, wards or branches out there in our region that would be interested in taking this approach to establish a communication system for emergencies.

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