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Keep A Radio Handy For Emergencies – Tech Tuesday Extra

Being a Ham Radio operator, one of the things we do is volunteer for helping in times of emergency with communications. We try and stay ready for those emergency situations and here's some of the tech we use and you can use to stay informed on what is going on. I posted a story about this kind of stuff before, and wanted to bring it up again for this situation.

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Ham Radio by Candlelight
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Be Prepared for a Power Outage – (Not So) Tech Tuesday

So last night, sometime between 9:30 and 10pm, my power did a little flicker, then it was gone. It was pitch black in the house and the lighter and flashlight were in the kitchen. Once Kim and I managed to shuffle our way through the dark to get them and got a candle or two lit, we proceeded to take steps to protect the electronics in the house. Here's some tips to help you too if you find yourself without power.

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Amateur Radio Field Day in East Greenbush, NY
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Field Day Fun in East Greenbush

This weekend was a big day if you were an Amateur Radio operator in the U.S. or Canada. It was Field Day, when Amateurs, better known as Ham Radio operators, setup stations without using commercial power and try to make as many contacts as possible. It's held the fourth full weekend in June. While it could be considered a contest, it's actually a way for hams to test their response should an emergency happen.

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BIG Rich's Ham Radio
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Tech Tuesday – Ham Radio is The Original Wireless Technology

Many people know Wi-Fi as a wireless technology that interconnects computers, handheld and mobile devices together on a home network or to the internet at large. But before all that, there was a wireless technology that existed and still does to this day. It's radio. You use it every day yourself. You listen to us! 103.5 MHz and 103.9 MHz FM, or Frequency Modulation. Today I'll tell you about another aspect of radio. Amateur Radio, better known as Ham Radio.

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