NMMI HAM radio operators prepare for disaster

October 17, 2010 • Local News

Snowfall blanketed the streets of Roswell Saturday morning, leaving countless travelers stranded in the sudden blizzard.

At least, that was the simulated scenario played out by amateur radio operators across the state yesterday to improve communication during disasters.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, along with Chaves County Emergency Operation Center, held the annual exercise on the New Mexico Military Institute campus, mocking the December 2006 snowstorm. Three members of the NMMI HAM Radio Club huddled over a computer screen displaying satellite images and made calls over high-frequency radios in a tiny room decorated with world clocks running on Zulu time and an official ARRL Radio Amateur world map.

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