Ham Radio Enthusiasts Make Frequencies in Chico

When there’s a wildfire and power and communication is off, local radio ham experts will still be able to speak to each other.

Posted: Jun 24, 2018 9:35 PM

CHICO, Calif. - When there’s a wildfire and power and communication is off, local radio ham experts will still be able to speak to each other.

The amateur radio dates back to the early 20th century.

Dozens of Chicoans gathered at the Masonic Lodge in Chico Sunday to test them out.

The radio which doesn’t require internet or a cell phone can send frequencies pretty much everywhere.

“What are you going to do when the cellphones don’t work or the landlines are burned out? You have no other means of communication in a fire, in an earthquake in a flood. Your local ham radio operator is going to be there to ensure that the message gets through that might just save your life,” said Rick Hubbard, a member of “GEARS.”

Members of the Golden Empire Amateur Radio (GEAR) are always looking for volunteers, they meet the third Friday of every month in Morrow Lane, Chico.

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